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How Do Moving Trailers Work?

August 25th, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Info About U-Pack Moving Trailers

You’ve got choices when it comes to moving, and one of the most cost-effective is in a moving trailer. Today let’s look at what you get with U-Pack moving trailers, including how big they are, how much room you need for parking, how to load one, and how to get a quote.

To put it very simply, a moving trailer is a large metal box on wheels. It differs from your standard rental truck in that it detaches from the tractor, so it can be left at your location to pack up. Here’s an example of the moving trailers used by U-Pack. 

A U-Pack Moving Trailer


And Here’s What You Can Expect When You Move in a Moving Trailer

  • An experienced driver takes care of delivering it right to your door at the origin and the destination.
  • Your price is based on the linear footage your shipment takes up inside the trailer. So, the less you move, the less you pay. The minimum space for a U-Pack move is 5 linear feet, or you can use the whole trailer (or multiple trailers for that matter).
  • In most locations, you get three days to load and three days to unload. If you need it picked up sooner, mention that to your U-Pack moving specialist, we’ll be happy to help.
  • Though it looks large in this picture, don’t let it fool you. It’s not as big as the typical semi-truck (which is 53’ long). Instead, it’s a smaller 28’. No worries about a gigantic trailer being left in your driveway or on the street in front of your house.
  • You’ll need about 40 feet of pavement or hard-packed gravel (3-4 parking spaces) for parking. Just make sure it’s safe and legal, and the driver will drop it off where you choose. You can read more about trailer parking here, and if you have more questions, call 800-413-4799 to speak with a moving specialist. In some cases you may need to get a permit from the city or permission from your HOA.
  • The exterior dimensions of a U-Pack moving trailer are 28’ x 8’ x 9’ (LWH). Inside, they’re 324” x 96” x 108”. That gives a cubic capacity of about 2,000 cubic feet. To put it into terms that are more relatable—it’s equivalent to a 26’ rental truck PLUS a 10’ rental truck. So, there’s plenty of room to pack a standard-size 3-4 bedroom home. You can read more about the trailer size and capacity here.
  • These trailers sit about 4 ½’ off the ground, and they come equipped with a ramp for easy loading and unloading. You can read more about the ramps here.
  • The trailers are designed to help secure your belongings while they’re traveling across the country. You’ll find what we call “logistics tracking” along the inside walls of the trailer. Basically, they’re tie-down points. You can secure your items with rope or straps as you load to keep things nice and snug in transit (it’s a good idea to tie your load off about every three feet).
  • Once your belongings are all loaded, you’ll install a secure dividing wall at the end of your shipment. We call it a bulkhead, and you can read more about it here. The purpose of the bulkhead is to separate your belongings from the commercial goods on the moving trailer. Remember, yours are the only household goods in there!  
  • Like the picture bellow shows, most moving trailers have footage markings on the inside of the trailer so you’ll know precisely how much space you’re using as you load. And, you only pay for what you use, so if you fit into less space than you originally thought, just subtract the per foot adjustment rate included on your quote.

inside a U-Pack moving trailer

Is a Trailer Move Right for You?

As you can see, whether you’re moving a little or a lot, moving trailers work great! You can load into the space you need (and only pay for what you use), take your time loading, and drive in the comfort of your own vehicle instead of a cumbersome rental truck.

You can find out how much a moving trailer would cost for your move with an online moving quote. It’s free and simple (and, of course, there’s no obligation).

Check out this video for a little more information on how U-Pack works

If you have more questions about U-Pack, we would love to hear from you! Just leave a comment below or use the “Ask the Experts” tool. You can also call and speak directly with a friendly, helpful moving specialist at 1-800-413-4799.