What is a Mobile Office Trailer?

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Mobile Office Trailers - What They Are and Are Not


Whether it's for office or storage purposes, almost every business has a need for temporary space at some point or another. But with so many portable options out there, how do you know what type of mobile unit to choose? Learn common uses and benefits of a mobile office trailer to help you determine if it's the right temporary space solution for your needs.

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A Mobile Office Trailer IS:

  • A pre-manufactured portable office - Also known as a mobile office trailer or MO, for short, that sits on top of a wheels-and-chassis trailer base.
  • Easy to deliver - Delivery and set up are easy, because it sits on a trailer.
  • An above-ground office - An MO requires a set of stairs or a ramp.
  • A single self-contained unit
  • A short-term office solution - mobile offices are typically used for several weeks up to a few months and have a life expectancy of 1-5 years.

Storage container, glo and modular buildings are NOT mobile office trailers

A Mobile Office Trailer IS NOT:

  • A ground-level office or GLO (Read more: GLO vs. MO: Which Way Do I Go?)
  • A long-term or permanent building (Read More: Modular vs. Mobile: What's the Difference?)
  • A residential home - Most mobile office suppliers focus on commercial needs.
  • Immune to heavy winds and flooding - Lightweight construction makes the trailer easy to lift or move in strong winds; though above ground, water can enter the office if placed on a site that is prone to flooding.
  • 100% Theft-Proof - Just like any property, mobile office units are not 100% theft-proof. But: if you're worried about theft, consider investing in add-ons such as metal bars on the windows and a high-end locking system.


Common Mobile Office Trailer Features:

  • Wood Siding
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Metal Roof
  • HVAC
  • Windows
  • Stairs/Ramp
  • Bathroom
  • High security locking mechanism
  • Kitchen/Break Area
  • Partitioned Space for Multiple Work/Storage Areas

Note: Most suppliers charge an additional fee for certain features. Be sure to ask your local supplier what is included in their standard package.


Common Mobile Office Trailer Uses:

  • Construction - Temporary onsite office for contractor/builder
  • Government - Administrative office or document/record storage
  • Medical - Lab, medical records/document storage, administrative office
  • Education - Temporary classroom or office
  • Retail - Office and/or inventory overflow space

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Learn More

Find out more about Mobile Office Trailers in our Mobile Office Buyer's Guide and our Mobile Office Renter's Guide.

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