Transportation & Installation

Transportation

All of our shelters are priced FOB ‘from the factory’ and do not include the cost of transport. Transport costs vary with gasoline prices; therefore, it is difficult to estimate these costs. We would be happy to get transport quotes for you at any time. Just send us your zip code and the shelter size you are considering purchasing.

Shelters up to 32 feet in length can be transported on one trailer. Long shelters, or shelters with large diameter entrances, require two trailers. This does not double the transport cost, as the 2nd trailer will be shorter.

Installation Costs

Installation costs vary widely. Installers in Utah have been charging between $4,000 and $6,000 for the installation. This has included the price of the crane for 2 hours, a track hoe for 2 days, and all the crushed rock for bedding purposes. This price may vary with the soil type (large rocks, sand, clay, etc.). Expect higher installation costs if you have a small lot or if the fill must be trucked off site.

Installation Supervisors:

Our customers often request the help of an installation supervisor. These supervisors oversee the installation process, but do not run the machinery. We can give you the names of several supervisors that have worked for us in the past; however, they are not our employees. They typically charge about $500 per day, plus travel, food and lodging, and have been very conservative in their food and lodging requirements.

If you choose to hire an installation supervisor, you may wish to hire a person that is also a licensed electrician. Most people like to have a source of power from another building brought into their shelter, or they require an electrical connection to alternate power sources. We have found that the money saved by not needing to hire another electrician usually pays for the price of the two-day supervisor.

Installation Requirements:

We will send you further installation information, after you have ordered your shelter. Installation is not our area of expertise, but there are some basic directions that must be followed.

  • Always use a certified and licensed installer who has large diameter pipe installation experience. Let him guide you in the installation process. If you hire a local installer, he will usually be familiar with your soil type, depth of water table, and local requirements.
  • Check well ahead of time to see if you need a permit to install your shelter. We have seen permits take as long as 6 weeks before being granted.
  • Always call for blue staking well before the installation time. If they are busy, they may keep you waiting up to 2 weeks.
  • Do not place corrugated steel shelters into the water table. They will leak. If your water table fluctuates, or you have a high water table, place you shelter at least 6 inches above the water table and mound earth over the top to the required depth of shielding.
  • If the water table is high, consider purchasing a steel plate shelter instead of a corrugated steel shelter. Do not place the shelter floor of steel shelters any deeper than 6 inches into the water table, as it will accentuate ground shock from blast.
  • Place fill (crushed rock) to the radius of the shelter, before backfilling with dirt. Place the crushed rock evenly on both sides of the shelter. Do not allow more than a 4-inch deviation of crushed rock on either side of the shelter.
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