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Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

July 22nd, 2013 - 1:53 PM

Are you considering renting a U-Haul® Truck?

We’re in the heart of peak moving season, which means that more and more people like you who are moving long-distance are asking questions about truck rental. Today, we’ll take a look at the most frequently asked questions about U-Haul® truck rental. While we’re experts on U-Pack’s “you pack, we drive” service, we’ve researched the answers to some of your top U-Haul-related questions and have the answers. If you have a question not answered below, just leave us a comment or use our Ask the Experts tool – if we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it and get back to you. We hope these answers are helpful!

The Most Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental


What are the sizes of U-Haul trucks?
10 ft., 15 ft., 17 ft., 20 ft., 24 ft., and 26 ft.

What U-Haul truck size do I need?

  • 10 ft. = Studio/Apartment
  • 15 ft. = Apartment up to 2 Bedrooms
  • 17 ft. = Home up to 2 Bedrooms
  • 20 ft. = Home up to 3 Bedrooms
  • 24 ft. = 3-4 Bedroom Home
  • 26 ft. = 4+ Bedrooms

How many MPG do U-Haul trucks get?

  • 10 ft. = 12 MPG
  • 15 ft. = 10 MPG
  • 17 ft. = 10 MPG
  • 20 ft. = 10 MPG
  • 24 ft. = 8 MPG
  • 26 ft. = 10 MPG

Note: According to U-Haul, the miles per gallon above are estimations for ideal driving circumstances. Driving with a load, road grades, weather conditions, and vehicle speed are all factors that can affect the miles per gallon you actually receive.


How much does it cost to fuel a U-Haul truck?

Our rental truck fuel calculator is great for figuring the cost of fuel in a rental truck. Just enter in where you’re moving from, where you’re going, and click “calculate.” Or, follow this simple equation: Total Miles ÷ MPG X Gas Price = Total Cost of Fuel


What type of gas does U-Haul use?

All trucks use unleaded fuel.


Does U-Haul have unlimited mileage for their truck rentals?

No. They give you a set number of miles and days to complete a one-way move (based on where you’re moving from and to). If you exceed your allotted mileage and days, it’s $40 per day and $.40 per mile. If you are towing a vehicle or trailer, you will also pay an additional $20 per day.


Does each truck come with a loading ramp?

The 10 ft. U-Haul truck is the only truck that does not include a loading ramp. All other truck sizes include a loading ramp.


Are U-Haul trucks required to stop at weigh stations?

Laws vary by state. According to U-Haul, if you are in doubt, stop at the weight station.

How many axles do U-Haul trucks have?

They have 2-axles. Adding a trailer will increase it to 3 or 4 axles depending on the type of trailer you use.

How fast can I drive a U-Haul truck?

U-Haul recommends that you go 55 MPH if you are driving a truck with a trailer or if an auto transport trailer attached. If you are not towing anything, they recommend you go 65 MPH.


How many people can fit in a U-Haul truck?

  • The 10 ft. truck has 2 seats for adults.
  • The 15 ft., 17 ft., 20 ft., 24 ft., and 26 ft. trucks all have seats for 3 adults.

Do U-Haul trucks have back seats?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the back seat is the safest place for a child under 13. U-Haul trucks do not have back seats.

Can I put a car seat in a U-Haul truck?

According to U-Haul, most of their trucks do not satisfy the local requirements for car seats. They state that young children and those in car seats should not be seated in front seats. U-Haul does not have a policy regarding minors riding in the truck.

Do U-Haul trucks have airbags?

All of their trucks have a driver’s side air bag, but not all have passenger’s side airbags. The passenger’s side airbag (if it is available) can be turned off.

How many seat belts are in U-Haul trucks?

Most trucks have three seats with safety restraints. The middle seat only uses a lap belt. The driver’s and passenger’s sides both have shoulder belts.

How old do you have to be do rent a U-Haul truck?

To rent a truck, you must be at least 18 years old.

How old do you have to be to drive a U-Haul?

To drive a truck, you must have a valid driver’s license.

What is included in a U-Haul quote?

When you reserve your move, the rate to rent the truck is shown on your initial quote. Moving supplies, moving help, towing, and damage protection are all optional add-ons. Sales tax, fuel, and road tolls are not included in your quote. There is a $5 environmental fee added on to your move.

Can I drive a U-Haul truck into Canada?

Yes, you can drive a truck from the U.S. into Canada. U-Haul notes that you will be subject to any laws and regulations governing the border.

Can I drive a U-Haul truck into Mexico?

No, you cannot drive a truck from the U.S. into Mexico.

Can I tow a U-Haul trailer with a Ford Explorer?

No. Click here for more information about why U-Haul won’t rent a trailer for a Ford Explorer.

How much does it cost to rent a U-Haul?

U-Haul truck rates depend on the truck size you choose, where you’re moving from and to, and when you’re moving. You will need to get a quote to see how much it will cost to rent a U-Haul for your long distance move.

If you have more questions about how U-Haul truck rental compares to U-Pack, give us a ring at 800-413-4799. Or, leave a comment! We look forward to helping you. And in the meantime, take a look at our other resources U-Pack® customers have found helpful as they compare us to U-Haul.

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