Box-n-Go Container Loading Guidelines
Warning: Cargo Carrying Capacity is Limited
8′ x 5′
16′ x 8′
20′ x 8′
Please do not overload the storage container.
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Box-n-Go Container Loading Guidelines
DO NOT OVERLOAD THE CONTAINER. Due to safety concerns the maximum allowable CARGO LOAD LIMIT is 2000 pounds for Box-n-Go 8’x5′ Modular unit, 6500 pounds for Box-n-Go L 16’x8′ unit and 8000 pounds for Box-n-Go XL 20’x8′ unit. Handling containers that are overloaded may result in injury or death due to equipment overturning.
Use Box-n-Go Storage Calculator to estimate the weight of the items you are planning on storing.
Do not place any loose items without padding, strapping or otherwise securing as items may shift during transit.
Load container evenly over the entire floor surface. Place heavy items on the floor towards the center of the container.
Box-n-Go reserves the right to cancel any pick up due to improper loading. Box-n-Go is not responsible for damages resulting from contents shifting due to improper packing. It is the responsibility of the customer to secure all the items inside the container.
- Loading guidelines
- Loading tips
- Loading recommendations
- Do-Not’s of loading
- Prohibited items
- Inventory forms
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Box-n-Go Storage wants to help make your storage and moving process as safe and hassle-free as possible. Please take a few moments to review these guidelines before you begin packing your Box-n-Go storage containers. These guidelines will help you protect your belongings while also making the most of the space in each container. Placing items correctly inside your storage container will make the ride smoother and unloading a whole lot easier. Here are some major items you need to know:
- Prop the container’s door open while loading to keep it from closing unexpectedly.
- Plan the storage space inside each unit before you start loading it.
- Make good use of the Inventory Form for each unit. Make sure to note the unit number.
- Distribute the weight evenly throughout the storage unit (do not stack heavy items to one side).
- Place heavy items on the bottom, lightweight items on the top.
- Pack all items as tightly as possible to prevent shifting. Place moving blankets on or around the items for protection
- Fill all the boxes completely to prevent the contents from shifting and boxes from crushing. Close the lids to ensure contents remain intact. Use smaller boxes for heavier items.
- Wrap boxed items in bubble wrap. Fragile items can be packed inside the dresser drawers.
- Remove all removable table legs and break down the furniture where possible to optimize the space. Stand mattresses upright on their side
- Secure the Box-n-Go storage units with high security laminated steel padlocks when unattended or packing is complete. We recommend using 1½” padlocks as a minimum.
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Box-n-Go Storage wants to help make your storage and moving process as safe and hassle-free as possible. Please take a few moments to review the specific tips before you begin packing your Box-n-Go storage containers. These tips will help you protect your belongings while also making the most of the space in each container.
Packing Tips – How To Pack Specific Items
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Before delivery of your storage container to your location you’ll need to plan ahead and decide on the best location for your unit(s). If necessary, contact your property manager, home owner’s association or local authorities to ensure you will be complying with any covenants, guidelines or zoning restrictions.
Be sure to use the storage inventory list provided by Box-n-Go to record which items go in each Box-n-Go storage container and its general location within the container. This will allow you to find an item easily, should you need to access your goods while in storage. All boxes should be labeled with your name and list of contents on several sides. This will make finding things easier. If you are renting and storing more than one Box-n-Go storage container, store items you’ll need most often in one particular storage container.
Prop the Box-n-Go container door open while you are loading to keep it from closing unexpectedly. Cover floor with cardboard, blankets or plastic sheeting depending on what is being stored prior to loading to help protect your valuables.
Loading in a pre-planned, “smart” order will greatly reduce loading time and fatigue. It will also ensure a safer ride for your belongings. Load each Box-n-Go storage container a quarter at a time, packing it tightly from floor to ceiling. Avoid leaving open space where items can shift. Secure each quarter with rope or twine to prevent shifting during transit.
Always load the heaviest items first; this will help keep the container stable on the road. Place bureaus, dressers, large china cabinets, sofas, refrigerators, and other heavy appliances in the center of the Box-n-Go storage container for an even weight distribution. Use protective covers on sofas and mattresses. Then load chairs, tables, bookcases and light items towards the back and sides. Take advantage of the tops of dressers and the like to stack boxes and other items.
Stack boxes in the corners and underneath tables. Also, stand mattresses on end and break down bed frames. It’s a good idea to store items you’ll use most at the front of the unit where you can get them easily. All stored items should be clean of food stains and particles.
If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to “prop” them up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape and become lumpy. This remains the same for sofas or love-seats placed on their sides. It is best to cover these items. Use only blankets or thin breathable plastic made specifically for storage. Do not use heavy plastic to cover furniture.
Be generous with blankets and padding. Remember to use bagged pillows, stuffed animals and furniture cushions as well as additional paper and cardboard to fill all gaps and spaces.
Stand large, flat items like mirrors, mattresses, box springs and tabletops upright against the walls and tie them securely. Wrap mirrors and pictures with protective pads or use a special mirror carton and store them on end. Protect your items with paper pads, bubble pack or moving blankets. Make sure to have all of the right packing materials in advance.
Boxes should be filled completely and lids closed. Heavy items should be packed in small boxes for easier lifting. Stack lighter boxes on top of bigger, heavier ones.
Box-n-Go Storage offers a great variety of packing and protective supplies such as mattress bags and boxes for sale, and they’re delivered right to your front door. Check out our website for details.
Lock each Box-n-Go storage unit with your own padlock and keep the key in a safe location, where you will easily be able to find it upon re-delivery. Each storage container must be locked before pick up. Use a strong commercial grade HIGH QUALITY padlock, keeping your valuables as safe as possible. For extra security, it is a good idea to park your car in front of the door of the container. Seal the Velcro on each vault cover, providing added security in case of inclement weather. Please notify us if more time is needed to load your containers.
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[ps2id id=’donot_loading’ target=”/]For your safety and that of others:
- DO NOT let children play in, on, or around Box-n-Go storage containers.
- DO NOT load more than 2,000 lbs. in any Box-n-Go storage containers.
- DO NOT load all heavy items on one side of the Box-n-Go storage container.
- DO NOT store any prohibited items as listed in the “Prohibited Items” section.
- DO NOT Remove the weather resistant cover from your storage container(s).
- DO NOT items of high value inside the Box-n-Go storage container(such as antiques, fine art, high value artwork, valuable documents, jewelry, fragile goods or goods of high or emotional value. Carry valuable papers and items with you so they are not lost or damaged)
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For your safety and that of others the there are number of items that you MAY NOT pack inside Box-n-Go storage containers. Generally these are:
- aerosol cans
- alcoholic beverages
- synthetic clothing
- combustible metal products
- plastic upholstered furniture
- linoleum products
- oil-based paints
- foamed-back rugs
- asphalt shingles
- synthetic thread or yarn
- flamable solids
- toxic chemicals
- lubricating or hydraulic fluids
- rolled paper
- rubber tires
- foamed rubber or foamed plastic mattresses or pillows
- vegetable oil and butter in plastic containers
- wood or metal furniture with plastic covering and/or padding
- regulated substances
- valuable documents, jewelry, money, deeds or stocks, irreplaceable items
- agricultural or food products
Here is a more complete listing of the items that are not allowed to be stored inside our storage units:
Food, agricultural goods, valuable documents, income tax and medical records, accounts, bills, currency, deeds, evidence of debt, money, notes, securities, stamps, antiques, paintings, statuary, fine art, jewelry, jewels, gems, heirlooms and heirloom quality goods, watches, precious or semi-precious metals or stones, collectibles, furs, garments trimmed with fur, or similar valuables, musical instruments, artwork, fragile goods (i.e. glass, mirrors), items of sentimental or emotional value or other articles whose value are difficult to ascertain or that by their nature cannot be readily replaced with new articles, controlled substances, drugs, perishables, hazardous, toxic, radioactive, explosive, incendiary or highly flammable or combustible materials or items, firearms or ammunition, plants, living or dead organisms, liquids, chemicals, fumigants, anything that can be damaged by freezing or hot temperature or unusually high or low humidity, all material classified as Class IV Commodities of High Hazard Commodities under the Uniform Fire Code, aerosol cans, propane tanks (full or empty), alcoholic beverages, combustible metal products, glycol, linoleum products, oil based paints, pharmaceuticals, asphalt shingles, flammable solids, lacquers, lubricating or hydraulic fluid and all other substances and materials whose storage or use is regulated or prohibited by federal, state or local law, regulation, rule or ordinance are prohibited from being packed inside the Box-n-Go containers.
Customer agrees that Box-n-Go shall not be liable for any damage or loss arising from Prohibited Items packed inside the customer’s container(s) or that of another customer of Box-n-Go.
Customer acknowledges that placement of Prohibited Items inside the Box-n-Go containers could result in additional charges due to penalties and fines levied by local, state and federal agencies, as well as Customer’s liability due to loss or damage to property and associated personal injury.
Box-n-Go may require Customer to immediately remove any Prohibited Items stored in a container or may immediately terminate the service Agreement, at its sole discretion.
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Be sure to use the storage inventory form provided by Box-n-Go to record which items go in each Box-n-Go storage unit and its general location within the container. Make sure to note the unit number. This will allow you to find an item easily, should you need to access your goods while in storage. All boxes should be labeled with your name and list of contents on several sides. This will make finding things easier. If you are renting and storing more than one Box-n-Go storage container, store items you’ll need most often in one particular storage container.