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Bulk Salt Storage Can You Use A Enclosed Trailer or other options

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by THORNTON, Dec 30, 2013.


    THORNTON Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Helo I am in need of advice from the guys that use bulk salt , my issue is storage etc , I plan on moving my business location in a few years aprox 3 depending on finances , but anyhow I currently have a carport to store it in the floor is gravel , I have to have the salt dumped and move it into the carport with my tractor , but I have the inside wood etc so it does not rust out but I am concerned with the loss due to moisture , and the mixing of the gravel into the salt , all that stuff. its become a slossy mess in front as well with the rain etc. I know someone who has a 24 ft car hauler trailer 8.5 x 24ft it is a 10,000 lb gvw model but is a little older and the bearings etc are not good for pulling everyday etc but long story short is he is willing to sell to me pretty cheap , I am curious if this trailer will hold salt and how would it do? Obviously it will be more than the gvw because you can only haul 8000lbs in it but a load of salt is easily 40,000lbs , if it is blocked up and supported will this work for storing the salt? I do not plan on moving the trailer with the salt in it , it will just be sitting there , has anyone done this if so please let me know pro's and con's I was just thinking this way I could take my salt bin with me to next location vs spending a ton of money on the floor of the car port that will just stay with the current property. Ideas thoughts feedback greatly appreciated trying to brain storm and get something together here pics of salt bin ideas helpful also , thanks.
  2. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Oo how would you load/unload the salt.
    I'd suppose if the trailer is on blocks it would work

    Why not just make a salt bin. Concrete blocks. And darn near anything will work for a roof. I'll post a pic of mine tomorrow.
  3. all ferris

    all ferris Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    If you put salt in an enclosed trailer you won't have to worry about bringing it with you in 3 years because it will be a rusted POS by then.

    THORNTON Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a salt bin , its the floor that's the problem read above , the tractor with rops down will drive into trailer.
  5. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,145

    Look for a shipping container on craigslist. Or you can find dealers locally. Guessing because of your location you should be able to get an older one for a good price. $500-$1000. They are strong and water tight.
  6. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    2nd on the shipping container.. if it rust out in a few years your not out to much. I don't see the floor on the trailer holding up to that much weight. And if you bump the side with your bucket it will rip open like a tin can.
  7. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    I see the sides splitting ope before anything. Why not just call a concrete company and have them pour you a little pad. If you have a tractor or something with a bucket flatten the area, spread some stone, and form the outside with 2x4's. 8x10= 1 yard of concrete at 4 inches thick. So depending in the size you want it not that bad in price.
    If your a handy guy watch some videos on youtube and get a better idea and you can even pour the concrete your self. It dont have to be perfect. Pour it and bull float it. Done. Thats all you really need for what your looking to do.

    THORNTON Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    yea the more I think about it I will probally just pour a cement floor in the carport , that will solve my problem with the gravel , etc. I am figuring the trailer will not stand up to the abuse and be a waste of time.
  9. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 569

    Cement is expensive...Just do a basic 2-4" asphalt cap. I did one myself at my first location years ago. Dump and grade out the asphalt, rent a roller...Done, and on the cheap since you'll be moving.

    The sea crate is another good idea.

    Trailer = bad

    Bin blocks and asphalt = the way to go...IMO
  10. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    If you have nothing to do, buy the trailer, fix it, and flip for profit. But as a salt bin it will be useless.

    Pour the pad yourself. Easy as pie. Or a sea container. Both will work far better than what you have, and infinitely better than that poor trailer...
  11. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    Thats a great line.
  12. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    or you could use 53,729 plastic sandwich bags. Shipping container is the best solution. If you are in a built up area, you need permits to build a pad and then you pay more in real estate taxes
  13. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    Think the trailer would be a horrible idea, and what was the plan to unload it?
  14. DobbinsINC

    DobbinsINC Member
    Messages: 61

    I'd say blacktop as we'll it's about $67 a ton up my way
  15. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    We have used a container for the last few years. It really helps out to keep it dry. We get the salt brought in by slinger trucks. When it's done this way you could probably get 30tons in there vs. 15-18 if you load it with a skid. We lined the walls with 3/4" ply wood to keep the salt off the steel. This is a 20' model. Here are some pics.

  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    How did you manage to talk them into delivering it with slinger trucks?? I tried, they won't touch salt here... I keep mine in an 18' cube from a delivery truck. Skidsteer and tractor can drive in and out but not the dump truck, so I wanted a way to easily get it in and that was my solution too, just no one would do it!
  17. tru450

    tru450 Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    My only question is, if there is any salt left over during the hot summer months in the shipping container, how well does it store?
  18. R75419

    R75419 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    x2 We have been considering a sea container too, but have worried about the summer time humidity creeping in and making a hard rock in the front of the bin.
  19. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    My bulk gets stored in a 22 foot truck cube for the past 5-6 years. No problem other than this year the roof sprung a leak and turned a section into a rock... otherwise all was ok.