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    Anyone use a shipping container as a barn?

    Wondering if anyone has gotten creative with shipping containers and using them as a "barn"? Looking to store implements mostly (tractor in heated garage!), and curious if there are any innovative storage/shelving options people have come up with. I would like to eventually add some trusses, a roof (maybe windows?) and create a little porch off the side. I love the idea of using a shipping container and have seen some creative examples online, but I want to see yours and hear your experience! Thanks for the input!
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    I considered them. Look into them long and hard for what they are. As a storage corridor with shelves both sides, that's about the best they can get, without time and expense to open the sides with some type of door/track system, getting anything out sheer frustrations. Sure, I can cut/weld/fabricate, but the time and effort (plus cash) exhausted, it made more sense to me to go (run) quickly away from the thought. Not to mention they're ugly. IMO, creativity is costly. No matter how cheap those things are, beyond what they're intended for.

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    It works great,, as long as the ROPS will fit,,,



    It appears to be mouse proof also,,,

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    I have been thinking of adding shelves to mine to store the implements on but haven't got around to it yet right now it just stores the tractor
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    look to u-tube for ur ideas of containers. lots and lots of people have used these for barns and houses. good luck with urs
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    Shipping containers are nice. If I had one, a single, it would be for drive-in / drive-out only. Two side-by-side would be a better configuration. I would cut out a large section of the side walls, similar to a double-wide Mobile Home..for rolling implement storage. Bolt (with a seal) the two together. Then a low-pitch roof above. The end result would be a slick set-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    It works great,, as long as the ROPS will fit,,,



    It appears to be mouse proof also,,,

    Dang, that one looks new!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    Dang, that one looks new!
    They are called a "one use" container,,
    I guess they are like a Campbells soup can to a mouse!!

    When this one was purchased, the one use container cost about $200 more than a VERY well used container,

    The very well used containers all needed paint, and in some cases they needed floor repairs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    How much does a good one cost?
    Not sure what other towns are around you, but this might help for your location.... minneapolis for sale - craigslist


    I've read a lot of threads here and on "that other tractor forum" about the pros and cons of using containers for barns. Depending on your location/climate, you might have issues with condensation on the inside so you may need to cut vents.

    If you buy two containers, place them parallel and then span them with a roof, you can end up spending about as much as you would for a pole barn of similar size. The downside is that you have long, narrow storage that makes it difficult to move stuff around, get it in and out, etc. You wouldn't have that issue with an open floorplan pole barn.

    The containers do offer some advantage of being able to secure them if they're left at some remote location, but locks can always be ground/cut off.

    The aesthetics are another thing. These containers are not the most attractive things in the world. Will your other half be OK with that if it's something that she has to look at every day? For me, that is a big, fat NO!
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