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Let us convert a storage container to fit your unique requirements. Our knowledgeable staff at AZ CONTAINER  has over 20 years experience with custom container modifications to assist you from start to finish.

Select from the categories to learn more about the custom modification we offer. Our modification abilities are not limited to the products and options mentioned. We are able to convert a storage container to your specs and accommodate any of your needs.

As always, our container specialists are available to speak with you directly. Feel free to give us a call today. We are happy to work with you one on one to discuss the right container modifications for you, contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.


From the simplest to the most elaborate project…we can and will meet your needs!

Do you have heat sensitive items that you need to store? Don't let the hot weather stop you; just let AZ Container  help. Our AZ Container A/C Boxes are the same as our regular boxes: same dimensions, same durability, same security, same convenience. The only difference is the containers come with insulation and air conditioning so you control the temperature. How cool is that?

Our climate controlled portable storage containers are insulated ISO containers and are equipped with a Heat/Cool Air Conditioner.  You can run either 110V power or 220V power to power the unit. The AZ Container A/C Box is designed to create climate controlled storage and maintain room temperature.


Standard containers and require no foundations or structural assembly. They are wind and water-tight to protect your things from the elements. AZ Containers Boxes are extremely durable because they are built with:

    ▪    1" foil-backed rigid foam insulation (3R rated) attached to interior walls

    ▪    Air conditioning, heating, lighting, and electrical systems

    ▪    16 gauge vertically corrugated galvanized steel

    ▪    Double, asymmetrical steel doors with ground-level entry

    ▪    Heavy-duty, marine-grade wood flooring

    ▪    Die-stamped steel roof

    ▪    Wind and water tight

We know your things, even your perishable things, are important to you. We'll help keep them safe and cool while they're stored until you're ready to use them.
For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

We find that at least 50% of all of the new containers purchased for resale have "lock boxes". Simply put, this is a box that is welded onto the edge of the right door of the container which, when the door is closed, covers a hasp which is welded to the left hand door. This allows you to lock the hasp within the box with a padlock that is now unaccessible to the jaws of a bolt cutter, hack saw, or cutoff wheel. Generally speaking, it's been our experience at AZ Containers that lock boxes added are just one of the many modifications we can add at our yards prior to delivery. Fireproof steel strongboxes provide increased protection for the container's contents. Alarm system:For additional security, a monitored alarm system can alert authorities to a potential break-in.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

What we’re referring to are the handles used to open the container. They will typically be at one of two heights. We've found that containers built specifically to be used for one trip (from Asia to the US) and then resold once unloaded will have "high" locking gear. Conversely, storage containers built specifically for shipping lines to be used for 10 or more years both on ships and tractor trailers, will have "low" locking gear. I can only surmise that the reason for this is that a container with "high" locking gear is more difficult to open when it is on the chassis of a trailer as the handles are high up off the ground. If you're buying a container to use for ground level storage, high locking gear is preferable as you don't have to bend over as far to grab the handles to open the container.


For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

A modern day pioneer is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas. The builder is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of storage containers.

A couple years ago, he built a tiny house, which is powered by 270 watts of solar and four 100-watt small wind turbines. Now, the builder’s current project is the construction of a live/work space made from four 20-foot shipping containers.  He hopes to finish his 1,600 square-foot space for less than $20,000 and has some helpful pointers for others looking to take on a container project.

Here are 10 things to consider if you’re thinking about using storage containers in your next project:

1. Even with all the hype, containers are difficult to obtain and expensive to ship long distances, buy locally. In the state of Arizona, AZ Containers has a location in Phoenix and Flagstaff. They will deliver.

2. Fill out your info on their website for a competitive quote.

3. The price for a 20′ shipping container can range from around $2000 and up depending on the condition.

4. Containers provide an extremely secure storage structure which requires a blow torch or dynamite to break into, and they are too heavy to walk off with.

5. AZ Container will delivery by tilt bed roll off truck. A 20′ shipping container weighs almost 5,000 lbs.

6. Rust is the only natural predator that can harm a shipping container, so don’t scrimp on a good paint job.

7. These metal monsters become ovens or freezers depending on the outside temperature, really good insulation and ventilation is a MUST! AZ Containers has all types of modifications. Visit

8. The real bonus to using a storage container is the new green phrase “adaptive reuse.” Our trade deficit with the rest of the world is causing these to pile up in our country.

9. If you are going to use one for a structure, stay true to the form. Don’t cover the exterior with other building materials – show it for what it is.

10. While searching the web for how containers are being used, most sites either show computer renderings, and actual completed structures that have also been built. We would recommend consulting an architect for this type of investment.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Need to temporarily remove furniture and other household items from your home for renovations or repairs? We have the perfect solution for you.

    ▪    Don't rent a storage unit where you would have to rent a truck and load and unload it twice.

    ▪    We'll deliver your very own storage unit to you. You never have to rent or drive a truck, and you only have to load it and unload it once.

    ▪    We'll pick it up when you're done.

    ▪    In the meantime, keep it on your property or store it in our secure warehouse; it's up to you.

Contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608, for more information.

Know where you want to put your storage container, but not sure if you should put something underneath it? 

Whenever AZ Containers sell a container to a person who will use it for storage, the person buying it typically asks "what kind of site prep is necessary"? 

We recommend :

  • Placing the container on 6 x 6 timbers.
  • Placing the container on a bed of Crushed Stone.
  • Placing it directly on Asphalt. (You may want to place the corners with 2 x 10 wood planks to the corners of the container doesn’t sink into the asphalt during periods of high temperatures.)


The only thing to be concerned about is that the surface is fairly level, smooth, and firm. The truck and trailer weigh over 30,000 lb., a concrete pad, asphalt paving or other sturdy surface is preferred and most drivers will not drive off of a road or paved surface. If you need an off road delivery it is best to discuss the road condition in advance. In considering the resting location for a container Asphalt, gravel, grass, earth, concrete surfaces are all acceptable. The container is self-supporting at the four corners. Therefore, on soft unstable surfaces we recommend each corner casting to be supported with a concrete footing, railroad ties, asphalt or a bed of gravel to spread the weight. This is also very important for container doors to operate smoothly.

We recommend to keep them out of the wet mud and dirt as I believe they will last longer.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.

Creative architects have latched on to the idea of recycling steel shipping containers to save on construction costs. While it's certainly cheaper, this isn't just some exercise in odd-looking green building, but an honest attempt to create stylish homes out of the ubiquitous steel boxes. In its simplest form, like this rendition, the container house is just a single box with all the necessary essentials for living crammed inside, but things get much, much more complex.

If you are interested in building a container home, call AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 or visit

When we modify high cube containers, we have some advantages. We have a greater space to work with which allows more to be done. See here for an example.

High cube containers were designed and are used for shipping and storing bulk in volume, lightweight materials or products e.g. clothing or linens. Because of the extra 1 foot in height, products could be stored that were too high for the standard height containers.

The external height of 9 ft 6 inches then leaves 8 ft 9 inches internally. 

So 'gooseneck' containers were developed so that most of the container could have the added height.

You have more storage space for the same footprint.

So how could you take advantage of this benefit?

Used storage containers make great offices, storage containers, barns, small shops, kitchens, meeting rooms, school rooms to name a few of the uses to which they have been put.

One of the uses has been to use as a security guard hut.

A window to give extra light with bars and a strong door was used. Plug points, flooring, lighting, extra ventilation which can be closed or the option of an air conditioner.

The extra height was used as storage space for equipment and staff personal items. If storage cupboards similar to those used on airplanes is used then the floor space can be used to greater advantage. Finished in the colors of the company it gives a professional greeting at the entrance to business. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.




Shipping containers for sale can come in a variety of conditions.  Generally speaking, containers are either used, refurbished, or new.  Used containers can vary greatly.  ‘As is’ boxes are not usually wind and watertight, or there could be something functionally wrong with them.  Examples of the issues often seen with ‘as is’ containers are holes in the floor or soft spots, extensive rust, broken gaskets, doors that do not open or close, and holes in the roof.  These containers are great for people that do not necessarily need a perfect container.

Many used containers are in wind and watertight condition.  This means that there are no holes in the container so water can get in and that it protects the goods inside from the wind.  Because used containers can vary greatly, it is important to really look at these boxes.  Make sure you do the following when checking out a used container:

1.) Open up the doors, and try to close them again.

Sometimes doors or hinges can sustain damage from being bumped into by vehicles or other containers during shipping.

2.) Walk around the container to inspect any rust spots.

If there are any large dents, they will probably turn into large rust spots eventually. No used container will be perfect, but by thoroughly inspecting the container, you will know what you are purchasing.

3.) Inspect any internal flooring.

Many containers have wood flooring, either plywood or particleboard, and you should check for rotting wood, or even potential mold problems.

New or ‘One-Trip’ containers are in the best shape.  They will have minimal dents and very little rust. A container can never be purchased new and never used.  These units are built in Asia and are shipped to America, hence the ‘one-trip’ notation.  If you are worried about the way a container will look or if you don’t want to do any maintenance work on the unit, a new container might be the best option.

Contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.