I love the creative use of space inside crates and how you pack those amazing Tech Ex Displays into one crate. Don’t ruin that creativity by limiting your crate’s size. HOWEVER, DON’T CREATE DELAYS FOR OTHER TEAMS and UNEXPECTED WAITING TIME COSTS FOR COMMITTEE’S TRUCKS BECAUSE YOUR CRATE IS HUGE AND IS HARD TO LOAD OR UNLOAD. Instead of one gigantic crate, PLEASE consider 2 smaller, more manageable crates instead for the same cost, to avoid costly delays for others.
The cheapest size of crate, and easiest to load on and off any type of truck, any dock and any door opening at TechEX is 8x4x6’High, measured to the outside of the crate and a weight of up to 1800 lbs, including the weight of the crate itself.
Shipping is cheapest @ 8x4x6’H because 2 will fit beside each other inside a trailer. Last year, some teams tried to reinforce their crates at the last minute, by screwing extra 2×4’s on the exterior of the crate, but the 2×4’s made crates too wide and they had to load end to end, requiring more truck space, possibly an extra truck. So make sure your dimensions are to the outside, and reinforce only inside the crate, never outside, if it adds extra width.
Width: If one is an extra foot wider, at 8x5x6’High, it won’t fit beside another crate that’s 8x4x6’H in the trailer, so your 8x5x6’H costs double what an 8x4x6’H costs to ship, because the whole width of the trailer is required to accommodate your extra width of 1’.
Length: if a crate is too long, it takes space the space of what could’ve been another crate, so length costs more as well. Also, trucks are 8’ wide. Any crate 9’ or longer can’t load sideways, and the length is really difficult to load into a trailer if a forklift’s forks are only 4’ long.
Height is also important: Don’t build higher than 6’, unless cleared with me first. Why? Trucks can load 8’ High crates, but the doors leading from the TechEx dock to the Hall may only be 6’ High, blocking entry of crates over 6’ high from getting inside to the TechEx Hall.
Tailgates on the rear of some trucks help lower freight to the ground, but they are only 8×4’ and useless with crates that are bigger than 8×4’. Larger crates are hard to unload.
If we know dimensions in advance, we can advise you or arrange equipment to help unload if required. So tell us your dimensions early. Logistics Decisions can plan for any event, but your crate dimensions and approximate weight has to be known by us well in advance so we know how many trucks, how to unload them, what if any other equipment is required and how much warehouse storage space we’ll need to rent.