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Metal Storage Containers for Rent

December 26th, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Do you need to rent a metal storage container?

Then you’ve come to the right place. Because of their growing popularity, more and more companies are offering storage containers for rent – customers love that they’re easy to load and unload and they provide great protection from the elements. While it’s good that there are plenty of options to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best one to suit your needs.

Let’s compare metal container options to help you find the one most ideal for your move.

Which moving companies offer storage containers that are made of metal?

On a national level, U-Pack®, United Mayflower, Pack-Rat®, and PODS® all offer metal containers. Here’s the scoop on each:

U-Pack

U-Pack offers two types of containers: the ReloCube and Moving Trailer.

  • The ReloCube is 6’ x 7’ x 8’ externally and 70” x 82” x 93” internally. That means it can hold up to one room of boxes and furniture. It fits easily into a single parking space and can accommodate up to 2,500 lbs. of household goods. ReloCubes sit ground-level and have tie-down points throughout the interior for securing items. You can reserve as many Cubes as you want and only pay for the ones you use.

     ReloCubes from U-Pack are metal storage containers ideal for moving and storage.
     
  • The moving trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ externally and internally is 324” x 96” x 108”. That means it can hold up to a four-bedroom home. The weight limit is 22,500 lbs. if the weight is evenly distributed. The trailer has logistics tracking that serves as tie-down points throughout the interior, and comes with a ramp that is 14 feet long and 2 feet long for loading and unloading. You pay for the space you use inside the trailer (down to a 5 ft. minimum).

    You can use the U-Pack moving trailer to move and store your belongings.

United Mayflower

  • United Mayflower containers are 16’ x 8’ x 8’ externally and can hold a 1,500 sq. ft. home. It can accommodate up to 7,500 lbs. of household goods, has tie-down rings throughout, and a translucent roof. You pay for the number of containers you have delivered to your home whether or not you use them all.

Pack-Rat

Pack-Rat offers two container sizes for long-distance moves: 8 ft. and 16 ft.

  • The 8 ft. container is 8’5” x 7’2” x 7’8” externally and can hold a studio size apartment. It can accommodate up to 4,000 lbs. of household goods and has tie-down bars throughout.
     
  • The 16 ft. container is 8’ x 8’ x 16’ externally and can hold 3-4 rooms. It can accommodate up to 6,000 lbs. of household goods and also has tie-down bars.

With both sizes, you pay for the number of containers you have delivered to your home whether you use them all or not.

PODS®

PODS® offers two container sizes for long-distance moves: 7 ft. and 16 ft.

  • The 7 ft. container is 7’ x 7’ x 8’ externally and can hold one room. It can accommodate up to 5,200 lbs. of household goods, has eyehook tie-downs throughout, and has a translucent roof.
     
  • The 16 ft. container is 16’ x 8’ x 8’ externally and can hold 3-4 rooms. It can accommodate up to 4,200 lbs. of household goods, has eyehook tie-downs throughout, and has a translucent roof.

*You may notice that U-Haul® isn’t on this list. That’s because U-Haul only offers wooden storage containers, not metal.

How do I pick the best metal storage container for my move?

That depends on what’s important you. All the containers above are made of metal and can accommodate moving and storage, but they differ in other areas:

  • Pricing. U-Pack is the only company with an option for paying for what you use. The other companies require payment for the entire container, regardless of how much you fill.
     
  • Variety. United Mayflower is the only option that doesn’t offer multiple container sizes.
     
  • Sizes. The U-Pack trailer option is the largest container. Just remember – you only pay for the space you use inside. The ReloCube and 7 foot PODS® container are the smallest available, and are comparable in size.

How much does it cost to rent a metal storage container?

Cost is often the deciding factor when choosing a storage container, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. We put together an example move from Memphis (37501) to Phoenix (85003) for a studio-size apartment to help you see the cost differences. Because each company offers different types and sizes of equipment, the container sizes below aren’t all comparable, but it gives you an idea of what you might expect. And, it’s also important to note that prices fluctuate based on when, where and how much you’re moving, so we encourage you to get quotes for your move and compare.

U-Pack: $1,233 for one ReloCube; includes taxes, transportation, fuel, and liability coverage; Optional monthly storage $105. The price for 2 Cubes is $1,850. And if you prefer 5 feet of trailer space instead of the Cube, it would cost about the same at $1,295 with $68 per additional foot you use beyond the 5 foot of space quoted.

United Mayflower: $3,567.13 for the 16 ft. container; includes one month of storage inside their warehouse, transportation, and taxes (damage coverage isn’t included).

Pack-Rat: $2,750 for the 16 ft. container (8 ft. containers are not available for example zip codes); includes 30 days of storage, transportation, taxes, and damage coverage.

PODS®: $2,451.96 for the 7 ft. container; includes 30 days of use, taxes, transportation, and damage coverage.

And the winner for moving a studio-size apartment from Memphis to Phoenix is U-Pack!

How do I rent a metal moving container from U-Pack?

You can get a quote online and reserve your trailer or ReloCube, or call 800-413-4799 and a U-Pack representative will help you get started. If you get a quote online, you can see the price for moving and get storage rates. If you just need storage or even on-site storage, give us a call. We’re here to help with any long-distance moving and/or storage needs you have.

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