Sometimes I think we need to seek mental help. I mean… What husband and wife attempt to move a 2000 lb garden shed while their three little kids are running around on a Sunday morning? Can’t we just take a day off for crying out load!?
Did I just say a day off? God forbid!
My husband found this truck box for free. Free is as cheap as a storage shed can get, so we had to have it. We will use it like a garden shed, for outdoor storage of tools and such.
It was once sitting on a truck, but now stuck in the corner of the yard of an abandoned house.
After we had got the OK to pick it up from the new owner of the house, we pulled into the neighborhood with our heavy duty trailer.
After a bit of maneuvering, we backed the trailer up to the box.
Next, we used a high lift to raise one side of the box…
Just to clarify, by “we” I mean my husband. I was too busy yelling stuff like “oh my God, it is going to fall on the fence!” Or “it is going to kill us all!” While trying not to have a heart attack.
We used this floor jack to hold the side of the box up. If you ever attempt this, I recommend placing a thick and wide piece of wood under the jack.
Here it is leaning to one side. God help me.
We released the high lift and went to do the same thing on the other side. It was much more difficult because there was no room to pump the high lift since the box was so close to the fence, so my husband ended up placing the high lift in diagonal.
He placed another floor jack under the side that was close to the fence and released the high lift.
We had to get rid of the black bumper. If this thing was on a truck it will be the back of it, where the door rolls up. It wasn’t attached very good, and we needed better access to the frame of the box, so it had to go. It wasn’t that hard, just a few screws.
So here we are with the floor jacks on either side and no bumper. My husband had to mess with it a bit to raise the box a little higher by using the high lift to lift each side and extend the floor jacks.
We needed the front of the box to be just a little higher than the trailer.
Did you ever hear about trailer ski? Probably not…. We placed a big piece of plywood under the ramps (is that how you call those things?) of the trailer…
And slowly drove backwards…
Until the trailer was under the front of the box.
Then, we put a piece of wood under each of the front legs of the box…
Next, we connected a chain to the frame of the box…
And a come-along puller to the chain.
We tied a heavy duty strap to the neck of the trailer…
And connected it to the other end of the come-along…
And started pulling.
Did you ever hear of storage box ski? Probably not.
After pulling a few times, we noticed the back legs (the ones still on the ground) were starting to sink to the ground. They needed skis too. Duh..
We lifted each side (with the precious high lift) so that we could slide wood under the legs.
We kept pulling until most of the box was on the trailer.
To get the back on the trailer, we lifted the box with the high lift…
So it is leveled with the front…
Then, we pushed a wheel and a piece of wood under the box in front of each leg to hold it up so we can release the high lift.
A few more pumps of the come-along and the box was on the trailer.
This whole thing took a few good hours, add the heat and the stress and we were ready to call it a day. We drove back home and parked the thing in the driveway for a couple of days.
Originally, we planned on unloading the box at our land, which we are working on turning into a vegetable farm, but then we decided to store the farm equipment close to home since we use it around the yard as well.
We backed up to the side of the house…
Then parked our recreational Jeep on the hill in front of the box.
We connected the cable winch to the chain that was still connected to the box and started pulling the box forward.
Here is what happened next…
The front legs slide of the trailer, but in the process, one of the wheels got stuck under the box in a way that we could not pull it out. It caused the box to lean towards the house. I was sitting in the Jeep, with my shaky foot on the break paddle, my blood pressure at an all time high, my nervous system about to crash, and my hands covering my eyes (therefore the lack of photos here, sorry). I was positive the thing is going to crush my house.
My husband stopped the winch from pulling, took a quick look around the box, then came back announcing that there was nothing to do but keep pulling. The man was cool as a San-Francisco Summer.
So he pressed the button, and the cable started rolling again. I heard several scary noises, but when I opened my eyes, the box was on the ground by the house. No damage to the house or the box, but we did break one of the rare lights of the trailer.
We will have to do this again at some point, when we decide it’s time to move the box to the farm or when we want to sell the house. Will we spend the $300 it cost for a professional to move it? Maybe…. But more than likely we won’t. I mean… What’s the fun in that??
Hi! I’m Lady Lee. I help homesteaders simplify their homesteading journey while still producing a ton of food! I am a single mother of four, I was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. Now I homestead in central NC.