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PODS® Container Sizes Comparison

May 11th, 2015 - 1:28 PM

How PODS® container sizes compare to U-Pack®

Both PODS® and U-Pack offer a containerized moving solution, designed to make moving and storage more convenient. A container is dropped off at your location, you load it and put your lock on it, and it’s delivered to your destination location. Let’s take a look at the sizes of these containers to help you determine which best meets your needs based on size and cost.

PODS® Container Sizes

PODS® offers three sizes of containers – two for long-distance or local moves and one for local only.

PODS<sup>®</sup> container sizes compared to U-Pack

According to PODS.com:

The 7 ft. PODS® container is 7’ x 7’ x 8’ with interior dimensions of 6’6” x 6’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 5,200 lbs. It typically holds 1 room of furniture and boxes.

The 12 ft. PODS® container is 12’ x 8’ x 8’ with interior dimensions of 11’6” x 7’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 4,700 lbs. It typically holds 2-3 rooms of furniture and boxes. The 12 ft. container is available for local moves only.

The 16 ft. PODS® container is 16’ x 8’ x 8’ with interior dimensions of 15’6 x 7’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 4,200 lbs. It typically holds 3-4 rooms of furniture and boxes.

Note: We questioned why the 7 ft. PODS® container’s weight capacity is more than the 12 ft. and 16. ft. container, too. While we couldn’t find a direct answer, our assumption is that it has to do with the weight capacity of the pick-up and delivery equipment (the PODZILLA®). If the smaller PODS®container weighs less than the larger container (and likely it does) it could hold more weight and stay under the required limit for the PODZILLA® lift system.

U-Pack Equipment Sizes

U-Pack offers two types of equipment for long-distance moves: The ReloCube® and the moving trailer.

The ReloCube is 6’3” x 7’ x 8’4” with interior dimensions of 5’8” x 6’8” x 7’7. It’s designed to hold one room of furniture and boxes and has a weight limit of 2,500 lbs. The Cube is comparable in size to the 7 ft. PODS® container. Learn more about ReloCube size

ReloCube dimensions

Take a look inside the ReloCube for a better understanding of the size, construction, and tie-down points:


The Moving Trailer is 28’ x 8’6” x 9’ with interior dimensions of 324" x 96" x 108". It can hold a large 3-bedroom to small 4-bedroom home and has a weight limit of 22,500 lbs. (if distributed evenly throughout the trailer). Learn more about trailer size

moving trailer dimensions

Flexibility – it’s what sets U-Pack apart from PODS®

With PODS®, you pay for the entire container, regardless of the space you use. U-Pack offers some extra flexibility, designed to make moving a little more affordable. With the trailer option, you pay only for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum). That means if you start loading and figure out you need a little more space, it’s available – without having to pay for a whole other container. On the other hand, if you reserved too much space, that’s ok, too! Just subtract your “per-foot adjustment rate,” and lower your price. Learn more about how “pay for the space you use” works.

If you prefer a container rather than a trailer, there’s flexibility with the ReloCube, too. You can reserve as many as you think you need, but only pay for the ones you actually use.

Figure out how much space you need

If you need help determining how many containers (or how much space) you need for moving your belongings across the country, our Space Estimator Tools will help! For a quick estimate, use one of the simple space estimators, or get more detailed with the Room-by-Room space estimator.

Compare prices

When comparing PODS® container sizes to U-Pack equipment sizes, we think you’ll find that the flexibility you get with U-Pack makes it the convenient, affordable solution. The next step is comparing prices. Get an instant quote online, or call us at 800-413-4799. If you request a quote online, the system will automatically select the best option (based on move size, price and availability). If you would like to change the equipment type on your quote, call a Moving Consultant at 800-413-4799 or simply email your quote number to changequote@upack.com and let us know the type of equipment you prefer – we’ll be happy to check availability and switch it out for you.

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