A dry van shipping container with double doors on one end is a fully enclosed big metal shipping container that is often seen stacked on cargo ships and in ports. It has one set of double doors on one end for an entrance and an exit. It is the most commonly used shipping container and the most readily available.

Dry Van Shipping Container With Double Doors on One End

A dry van shipping container with double doors on one end is a fully enclosed big metal shipping container that is often seen stacked on cargo ships and in ports. It has one set of double doors on one end for an entrance and an exit. It is the most commonly used shipping container and the most readily available.

Dry Van Shipping Container With Double Doors on One End

Did you know that shipping containers are also called:

  • Dry vans, storage containers, and intermodal freight containers
  • Cargo containers, c-cans, conex containers, railroad containers
  • Steel containers, old shipping containers, storage trailers, metal containers, and more

Dry van shipping containers come in the following sizes: 10-foot, 20-foot, 40-foot, 40-foot High Cube, and 45-foot High Cube. There are larger sizes, but they are less common and often quite difficult to source. If you need a different size, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is a High Cube Dry Van Shipping Container?

A Dry Van High Cube (HC) container is a shipping container that is one foot taller than the standard dry van. Inside, it will give you more vertical space and will feel less “boxy.

How Big Is a Dry Van Shipping Container?

It can be a challenge to picture exactly how big a container can be. Here are a few everyday guidelines to help you.

How much space will it take up outside?

10 Ft

About half a single large parking bay

20 Ft

Slightly bigger than a large single parking bay

40 Ft

Slightly bigger than two large single parking bays head to toe

40 ft HC

Slightly bigger than two large single parking bays head to toe

45 ft HC

About 5 ft longer than two large single parking bays head to toe

How high is it externally?

10 Ft

About half a foot shorter than standard ceiling height (9ft)

20 Ft

About half a foot shorter than standard ceiling height (9ft)

40 Ft

About half a foot shorter than standard ceiling height (9ft)

40 ft HC

About half a foot higher than standard ceiling height (9ft)

45 ft HC

About half a foot higher than standard ceiling height (9ft)

How high is the inside?

10 Ft

About a foot and a couple of inches lower than standard ceiling height. (9ft)

20 Ft

About a foot and a couple of inches lower than standard ceiling height. (9ft)

40 Ft

About a foot and a couple of inches lower than standard ceiling height (9ft)

40 ft HC

About two inches lower than standard ceiling height (9ft)

45 ft HC

About two inches lower than standard ceiling height (9ft)

What can I fit through the door?

10 Ft

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will be about a foot on either side

20 Ft

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will be about a foot on either side.

40 Ft

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will b about a foot on either side.

40 ft HC

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will b about a foot on either side.

45 ft HC

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will b about a foot on either side.

What can I fit inside?

10 Ft

You can fit garden equipment and outdoor furniture inside quite easily. Great for storing a portable BBQ.

20 Ft

One average-sized car or SUV

40 Ft

Two average-sized cars or SUVs parked head to toe

40 ft HC

Two average-sized cars or SUVs parked head to toe

45 ft HC

Two average-sized cars or SUVs with room to spare

What Are the Dry Van Shipping Container Dimensions?

Here are the approximate dimensions of the most common dry van shipping container sizes.

10 Ft

20 Ft

40 Ft

40 Ft HC

45 ft HC

External Dimension

10 Ft

10’ long
8’ wide
8’6” high

20 Ft

20’ long
8’ wide
8’6” high

40 Ft

40’ long
8’ wide
8’6” high

40 ft HC

40’ long
8’ wide
9’6” high
(1ft taller)

45 ft HC

45’ long
8’ wide
9’6” high
(1ft taller)

Internal Dimension

10 Ft

9’ 3” long
7’ 8” wide
7’ 9” high

20 Ft

19’ 3” long
7’ 8” wide
7’ 9” high

40 Ft

39’ 5” long
7’ 8” wide
7’ 9” high

40 ft HC

39’ 5” long
7’ 8” wide
8’ 10” high

45 ft HC

44’ 5” long
7’ 8” wide
8’ 10” high

How wide is the door?

10 Ft

7’ 8” wide
7’ 5” high

20 Ft

7’ 8” wide
7’ 5” high

40 Ft

7’ 8” wide
7’ 5” high

40 ft HC

7’ 8” wide
8’ 6” high

45 ft HC

7’ 8” wide
8’ 6” high

What is the internal floor space?

10 Ft

72 sq.ft.

20 Ft

147 sq.ft.

40 Ft

302 sq.ft.

40 ft HC

302 sq.ft.

45 ft HC

340 sq.ft.

What is the volume? (Cubic Feet)​

10 Ft

550 cu.ft

20 Ft

1,144 cu.ft

40 Ft

2,343 cu.ft.

40 ft HC

2,670 cu.ft.

45 ft HC

3,009 cu.ft.

What does it weigh empty? (Tare)

10 Ft

2800lbs

20 Ft

4,000 - 5,000 lbs

40 Ft

8,000 lbs

40 ft HC

9,000 lbs

45 ft HC

9,810 lbs

What Can This Type of Container Be Used For?

A standard dry van shipping container with double doors on one end can be used for many things. From storage to shipping container builds, here are a few ways that our customers use them:

  • Extra storage for everything from furniture to paper work
  • Container modifications such as laboratories or water purification units
  • Shipping container builds – tiny houses to offices
  • For shipping or transporting products locally and internationally
  • Economical and portable retail space
  • For community art projects and giant movie screens The most important factor to keep in mind when choosing the type of container is the condition of the container.

DRY VAN
CONDITIONS

DRY VAN CONDITIONS

CARGO WORTHY

Guaranteed not to leak, structurally sound, and good enough condition to be certified as safe for export.

WIND & WATERTIGHT​

Guaranteed not to leak and structurally sound. Excellent for storage and building projects. This is our most popular container.

AS IS

These shipping containers have not been repaired or patched so that they are not guaranteed to be wind and watertight.

ONE TRIP

These containers are as close to new as you can get in the USA. They are in excellent condition…

Watch the video below to get an idea of the condition of our most popular Wind and Water Tight Container.

As you can see, standard dry van shipping containers are versatile and can be extremely useful. If you need any help deciding on what size or type will be best for you, feel free to contact us. We will do our best to help you.

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On-Site Storage Solutions has partnered with TimePayment to offer affordable lease-to-purchase options for qualified applicants (Minimum 550 FICA). If you need a shipping container for your business or personal use this option allows you to purchase your shipping container over time. Payments are usually less than the cost to rent an off-site storage unit with the added benefits of owning the container at the end of the term and having the storage on-site for easy access.

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