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26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

Posted By:
Becky Google+
10:21 AM

Will my stuff fit into a 26 foot rental truck?

As you take a look at your growing pile of moving boxes, it’s normal to wonder “Will it all fit?” If you think you’ll need the biggest truck to move – the 26-foot truck – then take a closer look at its size and what it holds.

26 Foot Truck Size

The loading capacity of a 26-foot truck varies by company. Here's what you can expect:

  • The internal dimensions of a U-Haul 26-foot truck are 26’5” x 7’8” x 8’1”. It also has a “mom’s attic” over the top of the cab that measures 3’ x 7’8” x 3’1”. This translates into around 1,611 cubic feet of loading space with a weight limit of 7,400 lbs.
  • The interior dimensions of a Penske 26-foot truck are 25’2” L x 7’8” W x 8’1 H. This translates into around 1,400 cubic feet of loading space with a weight limit of 10,758 lbs.

Still not sure what those sizes equate to in terms of your belongings? Let’s break it down.

How much can a 26 foot truck hold?

You can expect a 26 foot truck to hold somewhere around a 3-4 bedroom home. But of course, that all depends on what you’re moving. Is it a fully-furnished home? Do you have things in the attic, storage shed, garage or other out-building? Are you moving unusually large furniture or things that are difficult to stack? It can be challenging to estimate the space you’ll need until you’re actually loading the truck—and then it’s too late to change your mind.

But, there’s a solution.

If you’re worried about whether your stuff will fit, check out U-Pack®. U-Pack moving trailers are roughly the size of a 26-foot truck plus a 10-foot truck.  But you pay only for the space you use. And the best part is that, unlike truck rental, you don’t have to drive.

26 foot rental truck compared to U-Pack trailer

To figure out how much space you need with U-Pack, just use the Room-by-Room Moving Space Estimator tool. Your U-Pack quote comes with a “per-foot adjustment rate” that you can add or subtract if you end up needing more or less space in the trailer. The minimum space is 5 linear feet—which typically holds one room of furnishings, but you can use the entire trailer if you need it.

Customer’s love the flexibility!

Still thinking about using a rental truck?

If you complete the Room-by-Room space estimator, and your linear footage comes back at 21 feet or more, your belongings probably will not fit into a 26-foot rental truck. If it comes back less than 19 feet, you may end up paying for more space than you need with the 26-foot truck.  

U-Pack trailers are wider and taller than rental trucks—the inside dimensions are 27’ x 8’ x 9’. That means just 21 linear feet in a U-Pack trailer is comparable to the 26-foot truck.

How does that work?

The 26 ft. truck (U-Haul’s largest truck size) has approximately 1,611 cubic feet of loading space. The entire 28 ft. U-Pack trailer has approximately 1,944 cubic feet of loading space. Comparing apples to apples, a 26 ft. U-Haul truck is close to 21 ft. of trailer space (1,512 cubic feet). If you’re a visual learner, take a look at the schematic below to see how they compare.

Still unsure what size truck you need?

So let’s say you rent a 26-foot truck, but you run out of room. You could rent a trailer and pull it behind a rental truck or your personal vehicle, but that may not be ideal. It costs more, decreases gas mileage, and makes the trip more difficult. You could also leave stuff behind, but will you have to spend money replacing it later? My advice: Go U-Pack instead!

If you don’t think you’ll fill the 26-foot  truck, U-Pack is a great option for you, too. You can use as little as 5 linear feet or as much as the entire truck. No worrying about truck size!

U-Pack is a DIYer’s dream; you pack, load, and unload—but U-Pack does the driving. All of that at a price that compares to truck rental, especially once you add in extra costs like fuel, liability coverage and travel. Check your costs with a U-Pack moving quote!

Curious how the prices compare?

Getting a U-Pack quote is easy (and there’s no obligation). Just enter the basic information about your move online, or call us at 800-413-4799. And if you have questions or concerns about whether the 26-foot truck is the right fit for your move, leave a comment below. We’ll be happy to help!

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