A Quick Way to Calculate the Cost to Fuel a Rental Truck
Just use the U-Pack Fuel Cost Calculator. It’s designed to help you figure out how much you would spend to gas up a rental truck for a move from your old home to your new.
It’s simple. Enter where you’re moving from and to, then click “Calculate” to see the estimated cost. The number you’ll see is based on the National Average Price per Gallon and the average miles per gallon of a rental truck. Try it out! If you want to do the math on your own, you can follow this easy equation:
Total Miles ÷ MPG x Price of Gas per Gallon = Cost to fill up the rental truck.
What You May Not Know About Rental Truck Fuel Economy
When you think about gas mileage, what do you think of? Your personal vehicle, right? That’s probably because your vehicle gets adequate gas mileage that doesn’t make you cringe every time you fill up. But rental trucks are different. Their fuel tanks are bigger and their fuel economy is smaller. And that means more time at the pump and more money out of your pocket.
If you’re moving long distance, the cost of fuel can considerably increase the cost of your move. In some cases, your price could even double. So where a rental truck once looked like an appealing way to move…now, not so much.
Let’s take a closer look at the gas mileage rental trucks get:
Some Example Moves
Here's what that might mean for a long-distance move in these example locations:
- New York to San Diego (2,753 miles), you would pay around $1,393
- Portland, OR to Memphis, TN (2,230 miles), you would pay around $1,128
- Albuquerque to Atlanta (1,368 miles), you would pay around $692
- New York to Miami (1,282 miles), you would pay around $649
- Denver to Spokane, WA (1,083 miles), you would pay around $548
- Denver to Dallas (780 miles), you would pay around $395
- Pittsburg, PA to St. Louis, MO (593 miles), you would pay around $300
Fuel type, tank size, and Miles Per Gallon are all important factors that can affect your rental truck fuel cost, but they aren’t the only ones. Other factors can include: current gas prices, the weight of the load, weather conditions, road grade, if you’re towing a car or trailer, how many stops you make, how fast you go, how far you’re traveling, and the cost to return the rental truck with the same amount of gas that was in it when you rented it.
If that feels exhausting, there's a better way to move long-distance that doesn’t require rental truck fuel calculations, and it’s called U-Pack.
Compare the cost of fuel and the rental truck to U-Pack
Like our 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. Instead, you can use a calculator like this one to estimate the fuel in your personal vehicle. A MUCH more affordable price, right?
When you get a quote, you’ll see that U-Pack prices are actually very similar to rental truck prices (if you’re moving long-distance, that is). If you want to leave worries of fluctuating gas prices behind, give U-Pack a try! You pack and load your belongings, and we take care of the driving. There are no additional charges for fuel, taxes, or tolls.
How much will rental truck fuel cost for your move? And how does your U-Pack price compare? Leave a comment and let us know.