Container Companies?

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Container Companies?

Postby slanch » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:22 am

Hi all!

My camp is very interested in having a personal container that we could have delivered to playa each year that would hold all of our camp infrastructure so we can stop paying storage units and Budget tons of money. We don't necessarily need to access it during the year.

We're currently on the waitlist for the official Burning Man container but with no expectation that will result in us getting one soon. If we wanted to do something sooner, do you know of any vendors who are already set up and that you recommend?

Preferably the company would be more Reno-based as our camp is people from all over, but it doesn't have to be...


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Re: Container Companies?

Postby AntiM » Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:28 am

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Re: Container Companies?

Postby Meat Hunter » Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:48 pm


Have you tried Googling -- Shipping Containers Reno Nevada........ ?

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Re: Container Companies?

Postby slanch » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:39 am

I have. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with any in particular as good vendors/ have already worked with BM

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Re: Container Companies?

Postby some seeing eye » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:05 am

The shipping container company will need a vendor permit to deliver it and you will need to be placed. Suggest you query BMORG / the BLM for a list of vendors.
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Re: Container Companies?

Postby trilobyte » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:27 am

From my experience, you may be looking at doing business with a few different companies, depending on your plan.

If you're planning on bringing your own container to the BRC Storage program, that's much easier to wrangle, but still a bit of a headache. The process breaks down into two steps... First you buy a shipping container, and then you have it transported to BRC Station (assuming they give you approvals). The best places to buy a shipping container are going to be port cities. Reno's great, but it's not much of a seaport. Long Beach down in LA or Oakland in the SF bay area are probably going to be your best bets at finding a moderately priced 20 foot shipping container. If you don't live in one of those cities, then you (or one of your campmates) will probably want to make the trip in order to make the purchase (if you're not there you risk getting something with too much rust or possibly even damaged and not seeing it until it's too late to say no). From there, you need to make arrangements to get it out to BRC station. From having done that research a few years ago, you need to make sure the trucking company has the ability to get the container off the truck at the destination, since Burning Man does not have cranes or load lifters out there year round. Once you line up the purchase and transportation, then you circle back with the BRC storage folks to make sure everything's okay and to communicate the specifics of the transportation plans (so they know it's coming, and have someone to receive the shipment when it arrives).

If you're not going to do the BRC storage program at all and plan on storing it in Reno year-round, then I'd suggest you start by contacting Reno area storage companies. There might be some that offer full service storage for Burning Man (that is, they've got 20 foot containers and can also handle the transportation logistics for getting them to/from the playa), but odds are most are going to be more do-it-yourself. Look for places that will either sell you a container, or will let you bring your own container to store on their land. Be upfront about it being for Burning Man, and explain that you will want to be able to have it picked up and transported to the playa for the event and then brought back again after (that way you'll weed out anyplace where you wouldn't be able to periodically remove the container).

Once you find a place, you'll know whether you need to buy your own container or not. If you've got to buy/bring your own, it may be cheaper to get it in a port city (Long Beach or Oakland) and have it shipped, just like in the first route. You will also know whether you will need to make your own transportation arrangements or not. If you'll need to make your own arrangements, I would start by reaching out to Burning Man's Outside Services team to see if they can give you the names of companies who have either already applied and been approved, or who they have previously approved and worked with (meaning, a company that knows the process for getting stuff to BMan and back). That will be a bit more tedious, since you'll need to coordinate with the company to make sure they get their OSS credentials sorted, and then circle back once you've got placement details... and then most importantly you'll need to make sure that at least one member of your camp is on-playa for delivery (they've had problems in the past with ppl who try to wrangle delivery before arrival and it's always been a mess, so they're getting tougher on that).

When we got into the container program a few years ago, I'd done a bunch of the legwork looking at all the angles and options. Everything seemed to give us pause, and then we were fortunate enough for a container in the BRC Storage program to open up so we jumped on that and we've been pretty happy with how that works.

Good luck!

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