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Old 05-03-2006, 05:15 PM   #15
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kat,
I have one of those too (shipping container) and you are right they are butt ugly, doesn't matter what color you paint them Mine is an unusual one...it is all aluminum except for the corner frames and strong back. Mine was basically free, had to pay to have it hauled out to the house from about an hour away I may eventually either cut mine up for scrap or hang vinyl house siding on it to make it look better. But before I do that I am going to get a second one to put beside this one and put trusses over the top for a 40' long garage in between them

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Old 05-03-2006, 05:20 PM   #16
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I bought a used 20'er for $1900 this year ( shipping container) real nice storage sheld
40'er are about 3k
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Old 05-03-2006, 05:22 PM   #17
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Ya know, there is a 1996 model 34 footer in the forums classifieds right now that you may be able to afford, I think they want just a little more than you say you want to pay, or best offer.
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Old 05-03-2006, 05:38 PM   #18
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Thanks overlander63.

Since I've decided to rarely move it I can back through the classifieds and look at the larger trailers. I had limited myself to 25 feet previously.
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Old 05-03-2006, 06:57 PM   #19
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Shipping containers & Airstreams!

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wahoonc: My favorite other than the AS is an ISO shipping container. They're watertight, they can stand winds of 100 mph, can be picked up and moved anywhere in the world, and they'll hold about 30 tons. Containers can be modified after purchase or ordered to your specs. They're stackable too! Decent used ones go for about $3k.

One reason I've ruled them out is that it won't look too purdy next to our brand new house. Another reason is that the semi's that pick up and deliver them don't like to go off of the pavement.

Looks like I have the best of both worlds. I own two of each! The containers were $2600 each, delivered and leveled. I have 5 acres in the woods (way off pavement), so there's plenty of room, and I don't have to deal with neighbors concerns about aesthetics.

Words of advice: If not properly ventilated, they are like giant pizza ovens in the summer, the noises they make as they expand and contract as the temperature changes are rather interesting, condensation can be an issue at times, and they will fill up with all your cool stuff before you know it. Oh, make sure they are grounded.
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:13 PM   #20
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:20 PM   #21
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Thanks SilverRanger. It's good to know that containers can be delivered to remote places.

Here's one of the links I collected pertaining to container living:

http://www.fabprefab.com/fabfiles/containerbayhome.htm
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:50 PM   #22
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I really enjoyed the link, Kat. Some of the design concepts were very creative. I also picked up some tips on ventilation. And I thought I was being clever by using part of one for a workshop...
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:38 AM   #23
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It's funny... the more time I spend looking at abused trailers the more tempted I am to get something in good shape and just adjust myself to it. I just spent the last year constantly building/remodeling one thing or another.

I've been looking online at 1970's 30ish foot long AS's hoping to find one that was clean outside and structurally sound, for pretty cheap, to customize. Then I noticed that some Sovereigns have a floor plan that looks fairly efficient for year-round living. They have a walk around large bed in the rear with good natural light, and the bath appears to be between the bedroom and the galley. The fridge looks to be decent size too. The front of the one I'm checking out now has a sleeper sofa in it which looks like it can be easily removed to make space for different needs.

I guess it's time to search the forum for lovers of avocado colored synthetic materials. Is there a subgroup of 70's fans? How was the quality then?

It shouldn't surprise me if I end up with an original condition 1970's AS since I graduated high school in "76".

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