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January 9th, 2015 - 1:51 PM

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

(Updated 1/9/15)

The quickest way to calculate the cost to fill up a rental truck for your move is to use the U-Pack®Fuel Cost Calculator.

It’s 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

To help you see the price differences, here are some example moves using the Fuel Calculator:

  • Seattle, WA to Miami, FL (3,335), you'd pay around $1,022
  • Boston to Seattle (3,044 miles), you’d pay around $938
  • New York to Los Angeles (2,792 miles), you'd pay around $874
  • Portland, OR to Memphis, TN (2,244 miles), you'd pay around $705
  • Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA (2,076 miles), you'd pay around $647
  • Cleveland, OH to Salt Lake City, UT (1,565 miles), you'd pay around $541
  • Miami, FL to New York, NY (1,282 miles), you'd pay around $405
  • Denver, CO to Spokane, WA (1,083 miles), you'd pay around $342
  • Little Rock, AR to Pittsburgh, PA (904 miles), you'd pay around $277
  • Dallas to Denver  (780 miles), you’d pay around $246
  • Pittsburg, PA to St. Louis, MO (602 miles), you'd pay around $187

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 a rental truck. 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 (see the chart below for figuring gas mileage for different size trucks)

What gas mileage do rental trucks get?

  • Fuel type (some trucks use diesel while others use gasoline)
  • The weight of the load
  • Weather conditions
  • Road grade and condition
  • Current gas prices (use gasbuddy.com to check prices)
  • If you’re towing a car or trailer behind the truck
  • How many stops you make
  • How fast you travel (some companies recommend a certain speed while others advise sticking to the speed limit)
  • Distance traveling
  • The cost to return the truck with the same amount of gas that was in it when rented

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 calculations. 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. Instead, you can use a calculator like this one from fueleconomy.gov to estimate the fuel in your personal vehicle for moving long distance. A MUCH more affordable price, right?

Speaking of price, U-Pack prices are very similar to rental truck prices (if you’re moving long distance, that is). 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.

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