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    Anyone have experience of using a shipping container as a storage garage for a car.
     
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      Yes. A friend has them at his body shop. Make sure the roof is sealed from leaks and put vents in for air flow in areas that have high humidity.Also make sure it is as clean inside as possible. They ship all kinds of nasty stuff in those things. Some carry grain and vermin can smell that from miles away.Your car would make a nice home.
       
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        You must need to push and pull cars out of these?
         
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        I know a guy with dozens of them. Yes, you do have to push the car in and out. Actually you have to PULL the car out 'cause there's no room down the sides!! You also need to ventilate them well BUT keep rodents out - so screened vents. And like any unheated building, on warm spring days moisture is going to form on the cold car - LOTS of it !!!
         
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        • Bill M

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          These seem to be a quick and cheap garage to store a car.
           
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          Ventilation is a key and remember these things are just a big HOT box! A spray on insulation would be something I would consider. This area is full of them for all kinds of storage as we re close to the Port. I would not want to have to get a car in or out. Personally I hate them.
           
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          Check your local bylaws too!
           
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          I have 6" insulation in walls and 12" on the roof and 4" in the floor, when winter comes I will build an insulated wall outside the doors.

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          No offense meant but they look trashy to me.
           
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            They're ok in rural areas but if my neighbor ever got one I'd be calling the city pretty quick !!
             
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            Got a neighbor with a shipping container home. If you did not know its construction you would not know the containers were even there.
             
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            A "home" is usually more than one primer red container plunked at the side of the property !!
             
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            You are right about that but what can be done for a home conversion can also be done for a garage. There is all ready a picture posted that would make a good start. See post #2.
             
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            Does anyone have any pictures of cars in these containers?
             
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              I backed it in there more than once.. running and drove it back out. You can open the door just enough to get in if you park it TIGHT to the can on the passenger side. Only reason I pulled it out was it hadn't run in 14 years and one brake drum was stuck.

              Make sure the can you get is DRY and well ventilated. In the summer it will become a "dutch oven" and in spring/ fall may sweat if you don't have it vented well. I have three containers, this one stays nice and dry, one "rains" from the ceiling and the other is somewhere in between.

              Heat cracked the steering wheel in multiple places, but it had already started before I put the car in the can. Also caught it once with the interior covered in mold but a thorough soaking in Lysol fixed that.. and I'm still riding on the same seats!
               
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              I bought one and installed a roll up door on the side...... squeezed it between my building and the 6 foot fence (I had 9 feet to work with lol) I cut a hole in my wall to line up with the roll up. It's pretty much out of sight. I put a roof over it......it stays nice an dry. an extra 320 sq feet of storage.... been there since 07
              excuse any mess, in the middle of major clean up and re-organizing

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              rear view no one sees, gonna extend the building out another 22 feet soon
              ...faces north, needs a good power washing lol

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              tall fences make for good neighbors.....

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              Nice set-up

              What have you done for ventilation?
               
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