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Consider these factors when building shipping container survival shelters


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Consider these factors when building shipping container survival shelters

Three years ago, Tom and Mary started planning for their survival shelter.

When COVID-19 hit, the couple jumped into action.

With grocery stores running out of food, and millions losing their jobs, the couple got into their camper.

They drove 19 hours to South Dakota - to their bunker.

Tom and Mary are now living at the base called xPoint.

The property is owned by a company called Vivos. They have survival campuses in South Dakota and Indiana.

It looks like an abandoned ranch with steel doors tucked in the grassy hills.

It’s surrounded by 100 miles of private roads.

Bunkers provide people with a sense of comfort and control.

When Tom and Mary bought their bunker they planned to use it as a home base once they retired.

They wanted to travel to the U.S. but have a place to call home.

The $35,000 bunker served its purpose a lot sooner than they expected.

When the pandemic hit, the couple saw the writing on the wall and put their plan in place.

They knew that if a full-on collapse of society occurred, they would be safer in their bunker.

So, they packed their camper and left Atlanta.

But moving to an old Army base in South Dakota isn’t an option for everyone.

The cost and the difficulty getting there can present challenges.

This is why building a shelter close to home is a good idea.

When it comes to shelters, one of the best options is shipping containers.

You can buy a 40’ shipping container for less than $3,000 (a lot cheaper than building or buying a cabin).

There are several advantages to using storage containers as survival shelters.

First, the structure is already built. You won’t waste time or money building and waiting for supplies.

A shipping container is also one of the least expensive ways to build a shelter.

In addition, shipping containers are easy to secure.

They are made of steel and have four lock bars on the door.

The 14-gauge steel sides of the container won’t stop bullets, but will protect you from the elements, and you can always reinforce them.

A shipping container is water-resistant, so you shouldn’t have to worry about rain or snow.

But, shipping containers tend to be hot in the summer months.

And if you're interested in one of these shelters, here are a few more factors people often overlook.


Doors and windows:

When designing your shipping container, ask yourself if you want any windows or doors at all.

Adding them makes your shelter a lot more livable, but reduces your shelter security by adding another intrusion point.

If you decide to add doors, go with a quality steel doors.

For windows, consider adding steel bars or other protections to prevent them from being used for access.

These options won’t be cheap, but they will keep the shelter secure.


Plumbing in a shelter is always a challenge.

First, consider whether you want to have an outhouse or try to keep it all indoors.

Obviously, the outhouse will be the easiest option because it's simple to build and requires less water.

If you feel like you want an indoor bathroom, I would suggest using a system similar to an RV’s.

These systems are simple and designed to use minimal amounts of water.

You'll still need a place to dump the waste. For this, you will need to build a septic tank under your container.

You might be able to find an older RV and remove the plumbing. This will make it a lot easier to do it yourself.


The shipping container is already water-resistant.

It has a roof, but some shelters have an added roof for even more protection from the elements.

The best way to make the added roof is to build a roof that only slants to one side, instead of having two sloping sides.

This type of roof is faster and easier to build, plus it uses less material.

Then, use some inexpensive rolled roofing material and you should be safe from the elements.

Also, if you are going to add a roof then you should consider an awning.

Living indoors all day, every day can be a lot to handle.

So, if you are going to add a roof take another step and add an awning.

When you are building a shipping container shelter talk to others who have already done it.

Get their opinion on any overlooked ideas.

The truth is, you can get really fancy with shipping container shelters, but I wouldn’t go overboard.

At the end of the day, you want a shelter that will protect you from elements and danger.

So, if you're looking for a survival shelter you can build quickly, without breaking the bank, consider using shipping containers.


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Henry said...

I wonder how much local officials will fight having one of these?

Candace said...

Terrific amount of useful information here; it's motivated me to get me butt in gear as I fear what's coming.