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What is a 1-trip/New shipping container?

If you are in the market for a shipping container for your personal or professional needs, you’ll find yourself faced with a decision: One-Trips or used grades. Which grade is the best fit for your storage needs?

One-trip containers are an amazing option, as they are essentially new containers that have only been used one time for shipping. If your budget allows, a one-trip is often a wise decision to make.

Here are some reasons to choose a one-trip (as new as you can get) Shipping Container over the other grades available. At Rawhide Sheds, One-Trip-grade shipping containers are our newest fleet and rate the highest in both structural quality and aesthetics. Think of these as one of our ‘best’ options on a scale of good, better, and best. When you purchase a One Trip–Grade container from us, you can expect a new container that is in excellent condition.

To learn more about our 1-trip containers,
call Rawhide Sheds at (775) 482-4831

Why Choose a One-Trip-Grade Container?

  • Better Security – Along with the options of installing locks on each handle, your 1-trip container has an extra location to add a lock that secures both doors with one lock AND has a “lockbox” that covers your padlock and prevents theft by someone breaking your lock
  • Ready to Use – Most of the time, one-trip containers are in cargo-worthy condition prior to purchase, meaning that they’re already prepped to be loaded and transported. These storage units are practically new so you will not need to do additional maintenance, repairs, or cleaning. Before use, all you’ll need to do is prep the site for delivery.
  • Inflation Proof – If you purchase a shipping container, you could eventually resell it at its residual value. Shipping containers have the ability to maintain their value up to a few decades after purchase. These units have a long lifespan especially when it’s only had one trip on the ocean.
  • Cost Advantages – Buying a shipping container outright does involve a larger upfront investment, however, it is a one-time purchase.
    If monthly payments work best for you we also have a Rent to Own program available. Everyone qualifies for either 36,48 or 60 month programs with a NO Credit Check and 2 month down payment with security deposit is all it takes to get you set-up with the space you need
  • Options and Availability – One-trip containers are typically available in many sizes and with many more options. At Rawhide Sheds, we have multiple sizes and an array of door options. Whatever your shipping container needs are, we have a solution.

Our one-trip containers are available with the following options:

    • Standard Height: 8’6”
    • High-Cube Height: 9’6”
    • 40-foot
    • 40-foot double door-each end
    • 20-foot
    • 20-foot double door-each end
    • 6,8 and 9 foot roll-up doors
    • Double doors on the side
  • Modifications – When you buy your own shipping container, you are able to make whatever changes you’d like. Our team can make all sorts of custom modifications for your job site or hobby area.
    These changes are completely up to you to customize the security, aesthetics, or functionality of your container.
  • Corrosion Resistant – One-trip containers are made with high-quality Corten steel panels and doors and are painted
    with anti-corrosive paint. Since they’ve only made one trip on a container ship, they are as new as you can get and will be in the best condition with very limited dings and dents that can be more noticeable on the other grades of cargo containers.

What can I expect in a used container?

Your used container has been serving the shipping industry carrying merchandise across the ocean on ships and over the continents on rail or truck for up to 20 years.

However, it is built and designed to handle that kind of abuse and can still give you many years of service.

Pros and Cons of Used Containers


  • Not as good eye appeal: Colors can vary considerably)
  • Dents and scratches: It will have dings and dents in varying degrees but is still weatherproof)
  • Rust/corrosion: It will also have some rust or corrosion but it also has many years of useful life left in it)
  • Doors may swing hard: The hinge or latch may be tough to work without some lubrication to loosen it up)
  • Repairs: You may see patches welded on or wood sections added to the floor so it is still weatherproof.)


  • Price: The initial investment is smaller for your used container compared to a 1-trip
  • Secure: You can install as many as 4 padlocks on your used container to secure it
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