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Portable storage weight limit

Capsule moivng and storage weight limits

No matter what portable container company you are using you will learn about a weight limit. We will cover what a portable storage weight limit is, why we have weight limits, and how to gauge the weight of the contents.

What is a weight limit?

A weight limit can be expressed as the total maximum allowable weight of the container and contents, or the weight limit of the contents alone. CAPSULE’s weight limit Is expressed by contents alone. The CAPSULE can have 6,000lbs of contents inside the capsule without going overweight.

Why do we have weight limits?

Weight limits are typically specific to containers that will be moved with contents. Most weight limits do not apply to containers used only for on-site storage. CAPSULE has a weight limit of 6,000lbs of contents for our 8×16 CAPSULEs. This limit, and almost all weight limits set by portable storage companies are due to TXDOT weight regulations, not necessarily the durability of the container or equipment. For our truck, equipment, and container to operate on the road without a CDL driver, the entire rig needs to be under 26,000lbs. That is where the weight limit comes in. This is also why CAPSULE only provides 8x16ft containers and not 20ft, people go overweight with bigger ones, and the weight limits is actually less.

How do you gauge the weight of the contents?

CAPSULE has a machine that weighs the container before loading. However, to avoid delaying your move you want to make sure you do not go overweight. This can be tricky, but there are some easy and clear ways to make it a breeze.

First, it is more about what you put in it, than how much. Household items are not an issue, but some things are, BIG flags that affect the weight are things like:

  • Large gun safe
  • Large Rolling toolbox
  • A fully dismantled rock fireplace (yes that happened)
  • Multiple full filing cabinets
  • Abnormal amounts of boxes with books and paper

If you do not have any of those things, but you are still a little concerned, take the heaviest things you plan to pack, and look them up online for a weight (most retailers provide this online). The weight of the heaviest items should not exceed 4,500lbs.

Other things to consider about weight:

If you’re getting multiple CAPSULEs, try spreading the heavy items between the 2 CAPSULEs instead of all the heavy stuff in one, and all the light stuff in the other.

It is also beneficial to try to evenly distribute the weight in the container for transport. Some make the mistake of loading all the heavy items first, that means they all go in one capsule, and/or loaded on one end.

If you have any questions you can always call ant talk or email us.

Capsule loaded full of weight contents

Packing a CAPSULE Moving and Storage Container

Interior view of a CAPSULE container

So, lets say you’ve made a smart decision and decided to use Capsule moving containers for your local move here in DFW. Now all you need to do it pack, but although some things might seem obvious it’s always good to go over the basics on how to pack before you start. Packing a Truck, and a moving container are fairly the same. When Packing a CAPSULE there are three basics, heavy stuff on bottom, secure it using straps or packing it in tight, and try to distribute weight evenly.

  • Pack up the walls and across the ceiling, like 3-d Tetris.
  • Start with the heavy stuff first like dressers at the bottom, then pack up with the lighter weight stuff from there.
  • Larger heavy furniture should be placed around the edge of the Capsule container. Try to do distribute the weight equally around the left and right side of the Capsule moving container.  
  • Stand longer items up tall to take up less floor space and allow for more room on the floor. Packing up, is harder than using more floor space.  
  • Stack lighter boxes on top. Boxes should be stacked by weight not size. IF using boxes accordingly, smaller boxes hold heavier stuff.
  • Do not underestimate using boxes. The help organize and allow things to be stackable.
  • Use straps to hold anything down that could fall over or slide. Do not ratchet stuff down to hard, just enough to keep stuff in place.
  • If you have got bolts from taking things apart, use baggies, and label them.
  • Label boxes.
  • Do not be afraid to use different size boxes, they come in handy when wedging stuff into place.
  • Load the things you’ll need first at the new place last, and at the doors.

All that seems like common sense, but its good to go over before you start.

Packing a CAPSULE to the door
Packing a CAPSULE to the door, Popcorn machine and all. Looks like Tetris
Interior view of a CAPSULE container
Inside of clean disinfect CAPSULE. Hooks and inserts’ to latch straps