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Ok, this Instructable doesn't just promise the crazy.... It's gonna DELIVER!
Ever want to make your own cargo/shipping/pod style container? Well, now you can!

Container can be lifted from trailer at any location by two people.
Trailer can then be rolled out from under and used for other work.

Very Rough Specs:

The walls and roof are 4 1/2" thick.
Can fit 3 1/2" of insulation boards with 1 1/2" air gap.
Floor is an insulated sandwich using 1.5" foam board.
Uses roughly 180 2x2x8 furring studs. At $1.33 each that's $239 total for the framing.
540 lbs framing weight (not counting insulating floor deck and wall coverings)
16 sheets outer siding (example: RV style 4x8 metal @ $60 a sheet is $1000)

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I've been on a building kick lately with 2x2x8 "furring strips". Basically they are 1.5" x 1.5" x 8' mini studs. You can build all manner of structures and things from them.

Link to check realtime stock at Lowe's:  Click Me

You need to use "premium" versions of these. They come strapped in bundles of 9. The wood will stay straight if kept strapped. Make sure you bug stores to stock these highly useful construction elements. Home Depot might be a strikeout for you. They stock inferior lower grade 2x2's most of the time.

This is an Instructable that will be developed over time. I just want to get it out there and fill in pages as I go. There is a LOT of detail to build with this method. I've developed a clever system for making 2x2x8 construction super rigid.

There is nothing hard about this method. And no fancy parts or tools are needed. All components and tools can be bought at Home Depot/Lowe's and Harbor Freight.
You could literally make this with only hand tools. I recommend a decent power miter saw and a good jig saw though.

After building half of a car using this method, I'm pretty confident about how tough it is.
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The Google Sketchup file is here: Click Me
Drawing will be updated daily.

If you don't know how to use Sketchup...DOWNLOAD AND LEARN IT NOW
I can't stress that enough. Forget blueprints, 3D models are the way forward from now on.

The Sketchup model shows enough to build the container.
If you OWN a 16 foot flatbed trailer and want to build this like "right now', send me a pic of yourself with the trailer and we can talk via Skype etc. Please have Google Sketchup installed and be familiar with it.


Tool wielding apes unite!......Or something like that.....

 
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dodgedartgt2 years ago
I wanna see more of Mega-Van. Do you have a build log or photo album someplace I can look at? I'm also interested in doing some kind of pax/cargo van conversion, maybe even a van fully converted to pick-up, and a custom slide in camper specifically for it. Nice thiing about vans is starting with a 15 passenger version, you can have a 10-12ft long bed.
rudi1382 years ago
Clicked on the link for the file, and it wasn't there, except some thing called Dropbox.No File!
RCS822 years ago
Any updates on this one? I am looking at potentially building one of these as a shed/workshop at some point, but it would be nice to see the finished instructable to work off of.