Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shipping Containers

We purchased 2 shipping containers from Pambula, they were the only ones who would deliver for a reasonable price. 
$7300 for two 20 foot containers delivered. 
The reason for the containers is we need somewhere to store all our stuff when we get it delivered.
Going form a 4 bed house on 1/2 an acre, to a 1 room cabin on 160 acres. 
Plenty of acres not enough house for all the stuff you accumulate over the years, even though we sold off heaps of stuff before the moving truck arrived.
When the guy got here he said he doesn't complain about stuff but all he did was complain about how far it was from town and how long it took to get here and how bad the road was.
Andrew did tell him but it seems people only hear what they want to hear.

The first shipping container arrived and was placed in just the right spot.

For some reason the guy painted them red.
In our other life red would have been perfect but here in the country a more subdued colour like green or grey would have fit in better.

Instead of driving off the side of the pad the way he came in he attempted to drive up the top.

He got bogged pretty much straight away. Andrew towed him out with Betty, just so he could get stuck in the same spot a second time.
Andrew then towed him back onto the pad so he could go back the way he came in.
Came up to the cabin for a cuppa and morning tea before he left and the complaining continued.
We ended up telling him he didn't have to deliver the second container but he said no, its all work and no use in complaining.

A couple of weeks later he came back with the second container, we tried to put it off as we had had a bit of rain and the paddock was pretty wet.
But he came and guess what got bogged as he drove up top when Andrew told him to drive down low. So Betty pulled him out again.

Unfortunately it was so wet he couldn't get in close enough and it was set down half on and half off the pad.
The reason we wanted them put in a certain place is because we want to put a roof over them so we had a sheltered area in between.
Still more complaints and Betty towed him to firmer ground so he could turn around. Took the rest of the cash and left.
We can get it moved but that is more money that we just don't have to spare.
So we have our containers but we can't have any of our stuff delivered as the ground is just too wet, already had to cancel one delivery date.
Storage is about $300 a month, money we could use else where but we have no choice, we would never be able to tow out a removal truck if it got bogged.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

1 comment:

  1. Don't suppose its an option for them to unload at the farm gate, and have your neighbours help move it all by car trailer loads? Trade them some stuff you no longer want to store, as payment.

    It often takes a confident truck driver to know how to operate his rig, over any kind of terrain. I've seen our trucky neighbour move an enormous rig onto an impossible slope, backwards, just to unload his container. And he did it at night! Granted it was dry, but he had to drive on wet grass on a slope, in an enormous rig, in the dark!

    That takes some skill. But he got his trucking experience, driving rigs out back. Plenty of opportunity to get into a pickle in the landscape, and have to get yourself out again. I bet he'd know what the guy did wrong. Its not that you can avoid the pickle in difficult terrain, its how to work within those limitations to get the job done, and get yourself out again.

    Even quizzed a local delivery guy unloading pallets of bricks on our difficult slope. I warned him about the mud down the bottom and the lower part of the dirt driveway. He shrugged it off and said he delivered to muddy building sites all the time. He worked that slope and quagmire, like a pro!