What is the advantage of a container house over a single wide or mobile home?
In my case, I want a space with just a bathroom, bedroom/small living space and a microwave. Could be solar powered, propane and as for water source, just rainwater. So very low tech and simple for me, a mobile home would be overkill.
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I used to haul the containers to people on my big rig flatbed. The ones I hauled were mainly metal. They were more like you see on a railcar.
Now, if I were going to live in one, I'd go with a wood sided trailer, like a 48 ft. If you buy one with a refrigerated unit on it, you have cooling like you wouldn't believe and it can run off of a diesel tank.
I think it's a good idea. On the 6666's ranch, they used to use them as stalls and barns for their horses. With the back to natural movement, I would think there'd be all sorts of sites with info dedicated to this type of home.
When I retire I want to downsize my living space to either a houseboat or one of those 800sf manufactured homes.
Growing up in the country our nearest neighbor brought in this very large metal "can". He converted it into a house. It was freaky ugly and my mom always worried he would burn up if a fire ever started in it.
They do get flaming hot in the sun. And, many of the ones that get sold are sold because they have issues, IE they leak or are unsound. See if you can find a trucker friend who can help you PPE one, and think about having insulation put behind the paneling somehow, What did the feedstore people say about where they got theirs?
You may want to check into modular homes (not mobile homes).
They are built to your specifications in a warehouse, so quality control is great, are extremely well made if you go to a reputable company, are up to code and the small ones cost less than those containers.
They can be moved and set on your place and sold again and moved when you don't need it any more.
Many ranches around the SW use those as bunk or guest houses, hunting lodges, some as main houses if they want a smaller one for headquarters.