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Parking at an Apartment Complex or Storage Facility

August 12th, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Being in the moving industry gives us the opportunity to talk to people from all over the country. Regardless of location, when it comes to moving, people share a lot of the same concerns. One issue that comes up often is parking—specifically when it comes to parking larger equipment like the moving trailer.

So, we’ll take a look at the sizes of equipment you’ll get with a U-Pack move, and look at ways to make it work for your apartment complex or storage facility.  

If you’re moving from a larger apartment or storage facility and a trailer move seems like the best choice, we’ll deliver a 28-foot trailer to your location. The dimensions are 28 ft. x 8 ft. x 9 ft. (lwh) and the driver will pull it in with a single-cab tractor. Though it’s not as large as the 53’ vanlines you may have seen, it does need about 3-4 car lengths (around 40-50 feet) to park it and leave room for the ramp. We’ll also need to park it on pavement or hard-packed gravel—no soft earth or grassy areas. And, it’s important to make sure the area leading up to the location is free of low-hanging power lines and tree branches. The overhead clearance needs to be at least 14 feet.

If you’re moving from a smaller apartment or storage facility, and ReloCubes sound like a good option, you’ll need one parking space per Cube. The ReloCube is 6’x7’x8’ and sits flat on the ground. Like the trailer, it requires a paved, level location for delivery (no soft ground or grass). It also needs a 14-foot overhead clearance since it’s delivered to your location by a flat-bed trailer and placed on the ground at your location using a forklift.  

In many locations, the slope or angle of the parking area is a concern. Both the trailer and the ReloCube need a level location for parking. Ideal conditions are an incline of less than 5º. If you think your parking area is steeper than this, call us at 800-413-4799 and a U-Pack Moving Consultant can help you work with the local service center to determine if parking will be an issue.

Other potential issues to be prepared for before moving day are gated entryways with sharp turns. Both the moving trailer and flat-bed trailer carrying ReloCubes will have difficulty making sharp turns following a gated entrance.

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If you are deciding between multiple apartments or storage units, select a location free of low hanging power lines and tree-branches.  If there is a gated entryway, make sure there are no sharp turns following the entrance. Remember: just because something can get in, that doesn't necessarily mean it can get back out again!

Once you select a location, try to build a relationship with the manager of the facility and clearly address your parking needs. If you are moving with ABF U-Pack, you will need approximately one parking place per ReloCube and approximately 3 parking places/40 feet for a moving trailer.

I help people in situations like this every day, but ultimately it is up to you to find safe and legal parking for our equipment.  Most of the time you'll find that people are quite accommodating, but you never want to assume this will be the case. If you're unsure whether our equipment can access a particular location, email me a picture and we'll see what we can do!