Hey we all know as preppers it is our dream to have our own secret bunker that we can climb into when something happens. The problem is that not everyone can afford some of the bunkers we see on television, but not to worry there are ways to get your bunker cheap and still have it be nice inside.
Alright I know you want a bunker like the one in the picture, but lets be real here because most of us are not able to afford one like that. However, you can still get a nice bunker built for a lot cheaper then you think. I am sure your’e wondering how you can have a cheap underground shelter without paying thousands. The answer to this is with used shipping containers. That’s right fellow preppers I said shipping containers. Of course for long time preppers you already knew this. However, many that are new to the prepper way of life most likely had not thought about shipping containers as a cheap alternative to a concrete bunker.
Preppers know that cargo containers make great bunkers for many reasons, but the main one being that they are cost effective. In most instances shipping containers can be purchased at websites like Ebay or found locally for only a few hundred dollars. Of course many newbie preppers get worried that shipping containers will leak, but that is just not the case. In fact shipping containers are great because they are waterproof already.
Shipping containers are designed to be loaded on cargo ships to move goods across the ocean. They are built to withstand the elements thrown at them by the ocean as goods are transported from country to country. It’s this that makes them a perfect solution for hidden underground bunkers.
Shipping containers are inexpensive and easy to connect into a series of large rooms and storage areas. They can be easily customized to suit the needs of anyone. There are some things you need to know though before just burying one and moving in.
Like any structure you need to give thought to how you construct your underground shelter.
- Cargo containers are made of steel and thus are subject to corrosion. Make sure to seal them well before burying them in the ground.
- Pour a concrete cap over your container. I would recommend a concrete slab as well for them to sit on.
- Reinforce the container or the pressure of the dirt combined with the possibility of rust will eventually cause the container to collapse.
- Install a sump pump backed up by batteries and solar or wind power. The last thing you want is to have your new underground bunker fill with water somehow.
You can easily insulate the walls of your storage container, install wood frame walls, heaters and all the other comforts of any home. What you do is up to you and only limited by your imagination.