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February 15th, 2016 - 11:34 AM

What’s a quick way to calculate fuel for a rental truck?

No matter where you’re driving to and from, the quickest and easiest way to determine the cost to fill up a rental truck for your move is to use the U-Pack®Fuel Cost Calculator. Let’s take a closer look at using this tool, some example fuel costs, and talk about the factors that contribute to gas costs.

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How to use the fuel cost calculator

Even if math isn’t your best subject, this calculator is easy to use. Just enter where you’re moving from and to, then click “Calculate” to see the estimated cost. If you need some guidance on exactly how to use the truck mileage calculator, watch this video for a simple explanation:



You can also do the math on your own using this equation:

Total Miles ÷ Moving Truck MPG x Price of Gas per Gallon = Total Cost to Fuel the Rental Truck

Example moves using the fuel calculator

Even though the cost of gas is low at the moment, fuel can still make an impact on your move. To help you see the price differences, here are some example moves using the Fuel Calculator:

  • Seattle, WA to Miami, FL (3,335 miles), you'd pay around $841
  • Boston to Seattle (3,044 miles), you’d pay around $772
  • New York to Los Angeles (2,792 miles), you'd pay around $719
  • Portland, OR to Memphis, TN (2,244 miles), you'd pay around $580
  • Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA (2,076 miles), you'd pay around $533
  • Cleveland, OH to Salt Lake City, UT (1,565 miles), you'd pay around $445
  • Miami, FL to New York, NY (1,282 miles), you'd pay around $333
  • Denver, CO to Spokane, WA (1,083 miles), you'd pay around $281
  • Little Rock, AR to Pittsburgh, PA (904 miles), you'd pay around $228
  • Dallas, TX to Denver, CO (780 miles), you’d pay around $203
  • Pittsburg, PA to St. Louis, MO (602 miles), you'd pay around $154

As you can see, distance plays a big role in how much you’ll pay simply because the farther you travel, the more fuel you’ll use. The prices above are also based on the national fuel average and the average MPG for rental trucks. But those aren’t the only things that affect the price.

What else goes into my rental truck fuel cost?

There are a number of other factors that can affect your overall fuel cost, including:

  • The truck’s tank size and MPG. Check out the chart below to figure out the average gas mileage for different size trucks:

What gas mileage do rental trucks get?

  • Fuel type. Some trucks use diesel, which is typically more expensive than unleaded, while others use gasoline.
  • The weight of the load. Of course, the heavier the load in your truck the more fuel you will use. This is one factor you can’t ignore because the rental truck will be loaded with your belongings.
  • Weather conditions. Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy because friction increases in cold temperatures and colder air increases drag on your vehicle.
  • Road grade and condition. Driving up and down hills and through mountains will decrease fuel efficiency.
  • Current gas prices. While prices are lower now, they may not be as low during peak moving season.
  • Towing. In the same way that a heavier load impacts fuel use, towing a vehicle adds weight and drag, making an impact on fuel value as well.
  • The condition of the truck. A well-tuned vehicle with properly inflating tires is the best for higher MPG. However, truck rental companies may not service vehicles as much as you would your personal vehicle, so the condition of the truck will usually have an effect on gas mileage.
  • How fast you travel. While some companies recommend a certain speed, others advise sticking to the speed limit. Either way, having a lead foot will cost you at the pump.
  • Distance traveling. Going farther requires more fuel. You can’t really change how far it is between where you’re moving to and from, but you might want to take the most direct route to your destination.
  • Returning the truck full. Most companies require you to return the truck with the same amount of fuel as it had when you rented it. So that means that even after you pay for gas on your trip, you may also have to pay to fill it up in order to return it.

With so many factors at play, it can be hard to say exactly how much your fuel costs will be before you move. That’s why the fuel calculator is so helpful – it gives you a solid estimate to help you plan ahead.

Is there another way to move without fueling a rental truck?

There’s actually another and better way to move long distance that doesn’t require any fuel worries. It’s called U-Pack.

Just as the name suggests, U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service – which means you don’t have to worry about calculating fuel for a rental truck!. So instead of worrying about the cost of gas, your U-Pack rate includes all the fuel and other transportation costs already.

Speaking of costs, U-Pack prices are very similar to rental truck prices, especially if you’re moving long distance. That means you don’t have to drive a rental, yet it's still easy to stick to your budget.

Give U-Pack a try!

If you want to leave worries of fluctuating gas prices behind, call U-Pack at 800-413-4799 or get a quote online now. You pack and load your belongings, and we take care of the driving. There are no additional charges for fuel, taxes, or tolls.

Let us know if you have any questions about how much rental truck fuel will cost for your move or how U-Pack compares in price.  Just leave a comment below and we'll get back to you right quick with an answer.

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