Shipping Containers: An Novel Approach To Go Glamping

Recently, it’s impossible to go to any kind of festival without hearing people raving about their “glamping” experience. Some are staying in teepees, yurts, and many other crazy structures that are far from the traditional tent. But what is glamping? And how can a shipping container have anything to do with camping?

Just like the words smoke and fog combine to form “smog,” glamping is a portmanteau of the words glamorous and camping. It is camping without having to sacrifice comfort, even in locations in far off reaches or wilderness areas and beaches. The exact type of accommodation varies and is usually dependent on the local culture. In Africa, safari tents are used, in Mongolia they opt for yurts, and in the United States high-end trailers and RVs are often used.

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So where to shipping containers come in?

Shipping containers are rapidly gaining popularity in the glamping world, primarily thanks to a particular beach resort located in Argentina called Alterra.

This resort has created high-end and portable cabins out of old shipping containers that have been modified and fully equipped. However, these aren’t your average beat up old containers. The interiors of these containers have been completely altered so that they more closely resemble a 5-star hotel than a rusty old box that is carted across the ocean or behind trains.

This resort is surrounded by a dense forest of pine and has a private pool that was constructed using recycled components. There is also an impressive gallery of art. Nearby, you can find organic local produce, supplies for painting and other arts and crafts, and spas where you can enjoy a long, relaxing massage.

The resort was designed to be friendly to the environment, and each shipping container was placed so that they did not need to remove any trees. The containers use lighting and appliances that are energy efficient, and, should the need arise, the shipping containers can be removed easily so the area can go back to nature.

Each cabin is made using two used shipping containers in the shape of an L, with a wooden deck filling the area into a rectangle. The insulation used is made out of recycled materials and is locally sourced in Argentina. However, this luxury does not come cheap. Staying in one of these luxury shipping containers can run up to $250 dollars US.

Preston Hire (a Sydney crane hire company) has long known the versatility of using shipping containers for storage and site offices.

Are you ready to experience the wilderness from your very own luxurious shipping container?

Glamping in these remodeled shipping containers may have started at that elite resort in South America, however, it has started to spread around the world. They are no longer the solely the domain of the wealthy. These containers are cheap to buy and easy to place on most any type of land that you can access. You will need two shipping containers, wired for electricity and with plumbing added, insulation to line the walls, a door, and a couple of windows. Once assembled you will be able to customize the container however you see fit, from the bare essentials to luxurious splendor. It is all up to you (and your budget, of course).

 

My Asbestos Garage Nightmare (Part 2)

A few months ago I posted about my asbestos garage problems. I was procrastinating for a while and maybe this is a lesson that I needed to learn…

Since then a lot has happened.

In fact bad stuff, very bad.

My nephew borrowed my Black Pontiac to drive down the coast a few weekends ago.

Anyways, long story short, when he brought it back in he crashed into the old asbestos garage!!!!

I’m not sure what I was more worried about, the asbestos fibres flying everywhere or more poor baby, who coped a bit of a beating form the garage that shielded it for so many years.

So I’ve arrange for the asbestos removal company to come out next week and get rid of it for me once and for all.

Hey guys, just a quick update on this post – I did get the guys from Clear Asbestos Sydney to get rid of my garage. I told them about the website and they told me if any of you other car lovers out there need asbestos removal Sydney (for your old garage) to give them a call and they will sort you out with a mean discount bros. Call them on 02 8806 3701 or visit the website on think above for more information.

My Old Asbestos Garage

I have lived in my current house in Fairfield West for 20 years. When I bought it I was not aware, the handy little garage out the back that I planned to house many a classic car (and I did) was riddled with asbestos, as many houses and garages in the area were in those days.

The main danger of asbestos is a type of cancer called mesothelioma that is almost always eventually fatal. A lot of people never even show symptoms for decades, but 30 years after they are exposed to asbestos, they may die from this dreaded disease. I certainly didn’t want that to be me.

You cannot get sick just by being in the same room or looking at this material. However, fibers tend to come lose and they can get inhaled without even realising it.

So anyway, I had the garage inspected when I moved in, there was some minor Asbestos disposal sydney to be taken care of and I was given the all clear to use it.

I housed many cars in that garage over the 20 years, including my valued ’67 Fastback and ’69 Pontiac.

But now has come the time to say goodbye, I am replacing it with a Colorbond structure that will hopefully still be there when I decide to kick the bucket, and long after.

asbestos riddled garage

 

I will say that I will be glad to have this old thing off my property, despite the many happy memories I had in there, it always made me a little paranoid, that I was going to break off a piece of asbestos and break in it’s toxic nectar.

Good bye old friend, good bye!

 

 

Now That’s a Ferrari

The car was more widely known as the Daytona after Enzo Ferrari’s plans to name the car after his team’s 1967 triumph became common knowledge, even though Ferrari himself had subsequently shelved those plans and reverted to the original name.

The 365 GTS/4 was a ‘Spyder’ variant of the original Ferrari Daytona, the 365GTB/4 from 1968. It was designed after the realisation that a Spyder variant could increase the appeal of the GTB/4, labelled a ‘berlinetta’, or in more common terms a saloon or coupe.

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Although the GTS/4 sported new bodywork and panelling, the specifications were the same, with both cars able to achieve speeds close to 275kmh thanks to the V-12 engine that produced 355hp and 427nM of torque. This enabling the 15 competition models of the GTS/4 that were produced to win many a race over the years.

Fewer than 125 models were built overall, making them all the more desirable, to the point where some of the more numerous GTB/4s had to be rebuilt with the new bodywork to convert them into GTS/4s.

With its combination of power, looks and later a prominent television role it has a long standing fanbase. It was the dream car of many young males of its era, although its rarity meant that only a select group of society could actually get their hands on one.

Nowadays the value of the GTS/4 has increased even more due to the lack of them. $450,000 tends to be as cheap as they can be found, while some have been sold over $1million.

Car insurance quotes for expensive classic cars such as the 365GTS/4 are usually less than the actual value of the vehicle, with many car insurance companies unwilling to take the risk of insuring them for full value.

In Miami Vice, the 1980s crime drama, the main character – undercover detective Sonny Crocket – drove the GTS/4 for the first two seasons. Although the series attached yet more prestige to the car’s name, it was a contentious issue at Ferrari as the car that was actually used was a Corvette with a Ferrari body.

Ferrari Daytona restoration specialists, McBurnie, who still operate today, were met with a lawsuit from Enzo Ferrari, who was annoyed that the show was gaining fame by using a fake Ferrari Daytona Spyder. This led to the GTS/4 being dropped, depicted in an explosion in the third series, replaced by two Testarossas donated by Ferrari himself.

Although more traditional Ferrari colours are red (thanks to the racing department) or yellow (representing their hometown of Modena), the Daytona featured in the show was initially black, although the Testarossa was changed to white on Ferrari’s request.