Container Home Garage Can Hold Which Vehicles?

Shipping home containers are normally used for shipping.  They are durable, sturdy and can handle a lot of freight weight to ship.  They can also hold practically anything you can fit in it.  Even an automobile!

In fact, when cars are shipped across seas, up to two cars can be fit in a 20-foot container.  From this the idea of a container home garage came to be!

Weight Limits

The amount of weight someone can add into these containers is a tremendous amount.  Movers are capable of stuffing an entire household of goods into any of these containers as long as the container doesn’t exceed a weight limit.  

A shipping container can hold roughly 44,000 pounds, which is 22 tons.  That’s just a 20-foot container! The larger container, at 40-feet, can hold 44,500 pounds.  That’s 22.25 tons of weight.  

These weight restrictions only apply to shipping conditions.  When a shipping container is docked at its buyer’s destination, it will be able to handle more weight as it’s planted.

Internal Specs of Containers

To get a better idea of what automobiles can fit into a container, we’d need to consider that a single container might be harder for medium to large vehicles to fit in and for its driver to be able to get out of the mobile.  

Here are the dimensions of the interior of the common containers that people use as home containers:

*20-foot container:

*Length: 19-feet 3-inches

*Width: 7-feet 8-inches

*Height:  7-feet 9-inches

*30-foot long container:

*Length: 29-feet 4-inches

*Width:  7-feet 8-inches

*Height: 7-feet 9 inches

*40-foot container:

*Length:  39-feet 5 inches

*Width:  7-feet 8-inches

*Height:  7-feet 9-inches

Now based off of these specs, we can find out what vehicles can fit in a container. 

Will a single container be a good fit, or should someone opt to have two containers to fit their auto.  

Will My Auto Fit In A Container Home Garage?

I have a 2016 Toyota Tacoma and its dimensions are:

*Length:  17-feet 6-inches

*Width:  6-feet 5-inches

*5-feet 9-inches

Taking a look at these specs my Tacoma can fit into a 20-foot container.  But I wouldn’t be able to get out of the truck without dinging the door against the interior of the container.  

The recommended room space needed to open a persons automobile is 2-feet 6-inches.  

The Tacoma would have less than 12-inches of opening space and not very many people can fit through 12-inches of space.  

Therefore, most people may need to opt to getting 2 20-foot containers modulated to offer more space to open their door.  This is especially true for those who have 2 vehicles or more.


The awesome thing about containers is they’re modular.  If someone wanted, they could cut a part of the wall out on the sides to allow room for the doors to open and still be able to lock up their vehicle within the container safe and sound.   

Or they could cut out part of the container and then turn the opening into a drop gate to allow enough space to exit your auto without dinging your ride.  

As mentioned before, if a family has more than one vehicle they may choose to combine two 20-foot containers to fit their autos.  

What about larger vehicles?  If someone had larger trucks would they fit?

Large Trucks

Some people prefer to have a heavy-duty truck such as the Dodge Ram, or it’s larger industrial models, the Dually.  These trucks are meant to handle a lot of workload, and usually have 4 pair of rear tires to support heavy loads.

That would mean that the Dually would have a wider rear end than a truck like the Toyota Tacoma.  

There are 3 types of Dodge Ram Dually to choose from.  Here are the specs:

Regular Cab:

*Length:  19-feet 3-inches

*Width:  6-feet 5-inches

*Height:  6-feet 6-inches

Crew Cab:

*Length:  19-feet 7-inches

*Width: 6-feet 5-inches

*Height:  6-feet 5-inches

Mega Cab:

*Height:  20-feet 8-inches

*Width:  6-feet 5-inches

*Height:  6-feet 5-inches

Looking at the specs for the different Dodge Ram trucks, none of them would fit in a 20-foot container. 

Those who have a Dually will need to upgrade to a 30 or 40-foot container and have it’s sides turned into a lift gate for door swing clearance.  

So anything with larger specs than the specs of the containers listed can have their containers altered to allow door swing space.​

One such example is they could remove the sides of the shipping container and leave the roof in tact to use the container as a cover for their automobile.  Or the previous method of turning the sides into drops gates.  

Another great option to think about is if someone owns multiple large trucks such as the Ram Dually, they may want to stack containers to create a large enough space for their trucks to drive into and have enough space for door swing.  

If the owner wants privacy of their vehicles, they can have a drop gate put in at the entrance of the garage to lock their property garage.

In fact there are several ways shipping containers can be stacked to create an opening as a garage: (All examples will have two containers, the list will consist of what types of roofing is used.)

*Gable= V-roof connecting the containers.  

*Gambrel= V-roof with a slope on each side to connect the inner edges of the containers.  

*Inner Mount= V-shaped roof that rests on the inner edge of the containers.  

*Outer Mount= V-shaped rests on outer edge of containers.  

*Offset Mount= V-shaped roof that is resting offset on the containers.  One edge of the roof will rest on the outer edge of one container while the other side will rest on the inner edge of the container.  

What to Choose?

Everyone has a preference when it comes to the car they drive.  Some prefer a reliable, low maintenance functional car, some SUVs, and others love their trucks - small or large, standard or custom.  Where you park your car or truck is just as important.  A container garage will work for you just like a regular garage, if not better.

Make sure to always look at the specs before making a final decision.   Be creative, you can design your container garage just the way you want it!