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Old 12-11-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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Intermodal, 53', 48', 45', 40' containers are commonly used in highway transportation through use of specialized semi-trailers to which they are mounted. They meet all the DOT regulations necessary. However, I do not recall seeing smaller containers (ISO intermodals can be as short as 20') mounted on straight trucks.


Do such straight trucks, capable of receiving 20' intermodals, exist? If not purpose built, could a 20' intermodal simply be loaded and secured onto a flatbed and winched on/off; similar to a dumpster hauler? OR are their 'dry' containers(dumpsters) that can be used on a dumpster hauler?
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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I am not aware of any purpose built straight truck intermodal setups. The trucks I see hauling containers do not have intergal chassis locks. I see rollbacks doing it from time to time. I see a small fraction of intermodal setups.

Yes, you could use a straight truck or a rollback to haul the containers. I use 49 CFR 393.126.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulation...ection/393.126

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(c) Securement of loaded intermodal containers transported on vehicles other than container chassis vehicle(s). (1) All lower corners of the intermodal container must rest upon the vehicle, or the corners must be supported by a structure capable of bearing the weight of the container and that support structure must be independently secured to the motor vehicle.

(2) Each container must be secured to the vehicle by:

(i) Chains, wire ropes or integral devices which are fixed to all lower corners; or

(ii) Crossed chains which are fixed to all upper corners; and,

(3) The front and rear of the container must be secured independently. Each chain, wire rope, or integral locking device must be attached to the container in a manner that prevents it from being unintentionally unfastened while the vehicle is in transit.

(d) Securement of empty intermodal containers transported on vehicles other than container chassis vehicle(s). Empty intermodal containers transported on vehicles other than container chassis vehicles do not have to have all lower corners of the intermodal container resting upon the vehicle, or have all lower corners supported by a structure capable of bearing the weight of the empty container, provided:

(1) The empty intermodal container is balanced and positioned on the vehicle in a manner such that the container is stable before the addition of tiedowns or other securement equipment; and,

(2) The amount of overhang for the empty container on the trailer does not exceed five feet on either the front or rear of the trailer;

(3) The empty intermodal container must not interfere with the vehicle's maneuverability; and,

(4) The empty intermodal container is secured to prevent lateral, longitudinal, or vertical shifting.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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Perfect reply. Thank you, but unable to rep you again.


So digging a little deeper; do these regulations apply only to commercial use of such a combination?


Do you know of the regulations applying to dumpster haulers? Anything to prevent converting a 40 yard dumpster into a 'dry' unit?
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:54 PM
 
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Perfect reply. Thank you, but unable to rep you again.


So digging a little deeper; do these regulations apply only to commercial use of such a combination?


Do you know of the regulations applying to dumpster haulers? Anything to prevent converting a 40 yard dumpster into a 'dry' unit?
Roll off dumpsters have a specific regulation set. The hook locks and both ends are secured. They are not chained down. It is specific designed system. The other thing Rolloff containers also cannot have stuff blowing out during transit.

Whether you're a commercial operation, personal use or farm use, the container has to be secured to the vehicle during transit. In that it cannot move in any direction.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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393.134 covers Rolloff containers. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulation...ection/393.134
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Don't know squat about the law but we have 20' containers all over around here. They can be bought used and leak free for $1400.00 for personal dry storage. We use them all the time for construction site storage. Not uncommon to see these things behind tractors running all over. Looks odd as the truck is almost the same size as the trailer.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Intermodal, 53', 48', 45', 40' containers are commonly used in highway transportation through use of specialized semi-trailers to which they are mounted. They meet all the DOT regulations necessary. However, I do not recall seeing smaller containers (ISO intermodals can be as short as 20') mounted on straight trucks.


Do such straight trucks, capable of receiving 20' intermodals, exist? If not purpose built, could a 20' intermodal simply be loaded and secured onto a flatbed and winched on/off; similar to a dumpster hauler? OR are their 'dry' containers(dumpsters) that can be used on a dumpster hauler?
Is what these guys sell what you are looking for ?

Demountable Truck Body Systems by Demountable Concepts
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:48 AM
 
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Is what these guys sell what you are looking for ?

Demountable Truck Body Systems by Demountable Concepts
I think what they are looking for is similar but for 20' containers.
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Old 12-12-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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Is what these guys sell what you are looking for ?

Demountable Truck Body Systems by Demountable Concepts
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I think what they are looking for is similar but for 20' containers.
They don't seem to say it directly, but it appears they will make these frames any length you need

"Can different body lengths be utilized on the same chassis?
Yes. If the bodies are within 2' increments (e.g. 22' body with 24' body) and the proper wheel base is specified. You may have to add a special bumper or additional lighting to comply with legal requirements. Our engineering department can help answer your specific questions. "
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