Should I use a rental truck to move to another state?
For many people planning an out of state move, “Should I rent a truck?” is the first thought that crosses their minds. And clearly, you’ve been thinking about it too since you’re reading this post. What most people want when moving to a different state is a way to get their belongings from point A to point B for a low cost. Today, we’ll look into the cost of rental trucks for moving out of state, what else there is to consider in addition to the price, and an alternative low-cost solution that may pique your interest.
The cost of rental trucks for moving out of state
In the rental truck world, there are three major companies that offer out-of-state moving services: U-Haul®, Penske®, and Budget®. As you can imagine, each company has a reason they are better than the other, but when it comes down to it, they all have one thing in common: you do all the work yourself. Now, the long-standing belief is that if you do everything yourself, you shouldn’t have to pay much in return. That may be true for local moves, but when moving out of state, you might be surprised.
If you were to get a quote from each of these companies to compare prices, then do a little extra math to add in costs like fuel (use the rental truck fuel calculator), damage protection, tow dolly (if you’re using one), taxes, and tolls, it may make you think twice about using a rental truck to move you out of state.
Other things to consider about rental trucks when you’re moving out of state
Price is important, but sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference. First, consider that driving cross country can be tiring. Making the trip in a rental truck… exhausting. Most truck rental companies give you a set number of days to complete your out of state move. That means you’ve got to get the truck, load, drive, and unload, and return the truck all within a certain time frame. It’s a lot of work.
A few other things to consider include:
Stopping at weigh stations along the way. Before you hit the road in a rental truck, check to see if any of the states you’re driving through require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations.
What should you do in case of a break down? Check with the rental truck company to see what you should do if your rental truck were to break down in transit. And, it doesn’t hurt to ask others about their experiences—Facebook and Twitter are a great place to start!
Staying overnight at the hotel. If there’s one thing thieves love, it’s a rental truck parked at a hotel overnight. They know what’s inside, and while you’re sleeping soundly, they could be breaking in. This very situation happened recently, as a San Diego family moving to Illinois lost all their belongings to thieves who ripped off five GPS devices from the truck (sitting in a hotel parking lot) before emptying it entirely. Very sad and unfortunate.
Your family size. Do you have a family of four or more? U-Haul, Budget, and Penske don’t offer truck sizes that can accommodate more than three people. While your spouse may be able to drive the family car behind you with the kids, wouldn’t it be better if you could all ride together?
- Your experience driving a rental truck. Rental trucks are big, and there’s no rearview mirror like in your personal vehicle. You’ll have to rely on the side view mirrors for changing lanes, and you likely won’t be able to cruise into McDonald’s drive-thru for a quick meal because the truck won’t make the clearance. Here are some must-know tips about how to drive a moving truck.
An alternative, low-cost way to move out of state
Now that you’ve got a good idea of what truck rental can cost and other considerations to keep in mind, you may find this alternative way to move out of state very appealing. It’s called U-Pack®. Have you heard of us before? We’re a “you pack, we drive” moving company. What makes us different from truck rental is that we take the burden of driving a rental truck off your shoulders. With U-Pack, you’re free to drive your personal vehicle (with the whole family), or fly to your new home. We’ll deliver the moving trailer or ReloCube® moving container(s) direct to your door for loading (you get three business days), drive them to your new home, and pick them up when you’re done unloading (you get three days for this, too).
So U-Pack does the driving. That’s a really great benefit, but what does U-Pack cost?
U-Pack costs about the same as truck rental. It’s often true for most people moving out of state. We’re able to offer low prices because of our efficient primary transportation provider, ABF. With U-Pack, you can still pay a low price and not deal with the hassle of driving a rental truck.
Now that’s much better.
Get a free moving quote and see the price for yourself. We’re not kidding when we say that it’s possible to move out of state for a cost comparable to truck rental that doesn’t involve driving a rental truck. Every U-Pack quote includes the driver, fuel, taxes, tolls, and standard liability coverage.
If you’d like to talk to a U-Pack moving representative, give us a call at 800-413-4799. We’re always ready to help people plan their move and save money. If you have questions about how U-Pack compares to rental trucks for moving out of state, we’ll answer them right away. Just leave a comment below.