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Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental

November 25th, 2015 - 7:29 AM

Are you considering renting a U-Haul®?

As you’re planning your long distance move, you may be considering truck rental. While we’re experts on the U-Pack “you pack, we drive” service, we’ve researched the answers to some of your top U-Haul-related questions and have the facts. If you have a question that’s not addressed in this post, just leave us a comment below.

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Rentals

What are the sizes of U-Haul trucks?

10 ft., 15 ft., 17 ft., 20 ft., 24 ft., and 26 ft.

What size truck do I need?

It depends on how much you’re moving. Here’s what typically fits in each size:

  • 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 miles per gallon do the 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 listed above are estimations for ideal driving circumstances. Driving with a heavy load, various 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 for your move. 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 do they use?

All trucks use unleaded fuel.

Does U-Haul have unlimited mileage for their 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 one come with a loading ramp?

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

Do you have to stop at weigh stations while driving a rental truck?

Laws vary by state. We’ve compiled a list of states that require you to stop at weigh stations in rental trucks. According to U-Haul, if you are in doubt, stop at the weight station.

How fast can I drive a U-Haul?

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

How many people can fit in a rental truck?

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

Do U-Hauls have back seats?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the back seat is the safest place for a child under 13. None of them have back seats.

Can I put a car seat in them?

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. Read more about car seats in rental trucks.

Do they 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 a U-Haul?

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 to rent one?

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

What requirements are there to rent 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.

Do you have to pay tolls when driving a U-Haul?

If you’re driving on a toll road, you will have to pay tolls on your U-Haul rental. Most toll costs are based on the number of axles.

How many axles do they have?

All U-Haul trucks have two axles. Using a tow dolly adds one axle, and using an auto transport trailer adds two axles.

Can I drive a U-Haul truck into Canada?

Yes, you can drive from the U.S. into Canada. Note 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 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?

Rates depend on the size rental 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 truck 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 the other resources U-Pack® customers have found helpful as they compare us to U-Haul.

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