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The latest news from Brockman Trucking, including helpful storage trailer and container rental guidelines and tips. 

What to Look for When Renting a Storage Trailer or Container

If you’re going to trust a company to store or haul your belongings, it should be about more than money. Consider these tips to making the right decision:

Condition & Cleanliness

 Knowing about your trailer or container and the company you’re hiring is key. Look at the condition. Cleanliness keeps your storage items safe from cross-contaminations from other freight and various invasive materials. Also, having a unit that is watertight will protect your freight from variations in the environment during storage or transport.

Plan Ahead

Know when you are going to need your container or trailer, because the right trailers and containers are often owned and operated by good companies. Do your research and be prepared with the following information: 

  • The contents (what you are storing or hauling)
  • The weight (including trailer and packaging) 
  • The square footage (And specifically know the height, width and length) 
  • The timeframe (when you need the storage/transport)

Knowing your product or storage needs will secure the proper size trailer or container with the right company.

DOT Certification

Make sure that the company trucks are DOT certified. Any vehicle that is 10,000 pounds or more is considered a commercial vehicle and requires DOT compliance. Being DOT certified ensures the proper standards for transporting your freight. 

Trustworthy Drivers

Companies should be monitoring their drivers closely through medical exams and background checks. Drivers should have a file containing a certificate of road test evaluation, moving violations and logged hours of time on the road. Depending on your freight, drivers sometimes need to be specially trained. So do your homework on drivers. 

Reputable Company

A reputation is a craft that a company builds. Choose a company that cares about your needs as well as your items. Pay attention to their business practices. Are they clean? Precise? Easy to work with? Pay attention. If the company you are looking into works to uphold their reputation and maintain their name, they will likely do the same for your items. 

Brockman Trucking is a company you can trust to safely transport, secure, and store your freight.