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The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers

March 19th, 2015 - 1:31 PM

What To Expect When You Rent a Moving Trailer

When you’re moving long distance, and you want flexibility, security, and ease, a moving trailer is a great choice. We deliver it to your home, you load it, and we drive it to your new home – and you only pay for the space you use. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of moving rental trailers and tackle some frequently asked questions covering size, parking, reservations, loading and how to save money.

Moving Trailer FAQs​

A U-Pack trailer is the perfect solution for any size move. You can fill the entire trailer, or load into as little as 5 linear feet – and you only pay for the space you use. Customers love the flexibility.

How big are moving trailers?

The exterior is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ (LWH) and the interior is 324” x 96” x 108” – which gives the moving trailer a loading capacity of 1,944 cubic feet. It stands about 4 feet off the ground and comes with a loading ramp that when fully extended is 14 feet long. Read more about the trailer size and dimensions

moving trailer dimensions

Look inside the trailer and get a feel for the size, construction, and tie-down points:

How much weight can the trailer hold?

A 28-foot trailer can legally haul 22,500 pounds, if the weight is distributed evenly throughout the trailer. But, when you’re talking household goods, the actual weight will normally be much less. We estimate that each linear foot of household goods weighs about 450 pounds. So, a full trailer would typically weight around 12,600 pounds.

Does weight matter for a trailer move?

Not with U-Pack! While we can get empty and full weight tickets for military moves, your U-Pack trailer rental price is solely based on the space your shipment takes up in the trailer. Specifically, the number of linear feet. Want to learn more about how linear feet are calculated? Check out this video.

How do I know how much space I’ll need in the trailer?

We’ve found that 5 linear feet of the trailer (the minimum) will typically hold one room of furniture and boxes. The full trailer will normally hold a 4-bedroom home. If you’re moving somewhere in between, we recommend completing the Room-by-Room Space Estimator Tool to estimate how much space you’ll need.

What if I need more or less trailer space than I reserved?

No problem! This is where the U-Pack moving trailer option shines. Regardless of the amount of space you reserve, you pay for the space you use (with a 5 ft. minimum). Your trailer quote comes with a “per-foot” adjustment rate that you can add or subtract if you need more or less space – so you know your price as you load. When you finish loading, simply write your final linear footage on your Bill of Lading. The driver will verify the footage, and that’s the space you’re charged for.  

How does a U-Pack moving trailer compare in size to a 26’ rental truck?

While it doesn’t seem like there would be much difference in size between a 28-foot trailer and a 26-foot rental truck, there actually is. When it comes to loading space, the trailer offers 500 more cubic feet of space than the 26-foot rental truck. The trailer is equivalent to a 26-foot truck plus a 10-foot truck.

How does the trailer compare to the ReloCube?

The trailer is much larger. ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8 externally and 70" x 82" x 93" (DWH) internally. So, one Cube is equivalent to about 5 linear feet of trailer space. The Cube is a great option for small moves, or moves where parking is a problem. You can use one or multiple, and each Cube fits into a standard-size parking space.

How are U-Pack trailers delivered?

The trailer is delivered to your location via a single cab tractor, and only the trailer is left at your location.

Can I park the trailer at my house?

In most cases, yes! The trailer just needs to be parked on a solid surface (like pavement or hard-packed gravel), and you need about 40 feet of length – which is about 2-3 car lengths. You’ll also need a 14 foot overhead clearance that’s free from low-hanging tree branches and power lines. And, before moving day, we recommend checking with your city, police department, HOA, apartment manager, etc., to see if a parking permit is required. Check out this video for more detailed information on parking the trailer at your location (including information about parking at an apartment complex, residential parking and parking in urban areas).

How much time do I have to load the trailer?

You have up to three business days to load and unload. That means, if you have the trailer delivered on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you get the weekend, too! (Note that there are a few locations – normally urban areas – where parking restrictions limit the amount of time the trailer can be parked. We will make you aware if you’re moving into or out of one of these areas).

Are there places to tie down inside the trailer?

Yes, the trailer is equipped with tie-down points throughout, and we highly recommend tying your shipment down as you load to keep it secure in transit. You can also create your own tie-down points if necessary – this includes nailing bracings to the wood strips in the trailer floor. Check out these loading tips.

What if I don’t use the entire trailer – what goes in the rest of the space?

After you finish loading, you’ll install a secure divider wall at the end of your shipment. Any space you don’t use will be used to transport commercial goods moving in the same direction. Your belongings are not co-mingled, unloaded or transferred. Once you secure them, they stay behind the bulkhead wall until you remove it at your destination.

Can I load a car into the moving trailer?

While we can ship large items like lawn mowers, motorcycles and 4-wheelers, we’re not equipped to ship automobiles. We’re happy to refer you to uShip for automobile shipping.

Is storage available with moving rental trailers?

Yes, we offer trailer storage. It’s a great option for those who aren’t sure where they’re moving and those who aren’t ready to unload right away. After you finish loading, we’ll store it at the origin or destination service center until you’re ready for delivery. Storage rates are per trailer, per 30 days. Read more about trailer storage.

Are my belongings insured while they’re in the moving trailer?

Because U-Pack is a self-move service, your belongings are not insured; however, your price does include Liability Coverage for damage that occurs due to carrier negligence or catastrophic loss. You can read more about that liability coverage here.

How do I reserve a moving trailer?

Reserving your move is easy! After you get a moving quote, you can reserve online or by calling a Moving Specialist at 800-413-4799. A credit card or debit card is required for reservation, but no charges are placed on the card until after you finish loading. (You may also want to note that there’s a $25 discount for reserving your move online).

How do I pay for a moving trailer?

We accept all major credit and debit cards (with major credit card backing) for payment. Since your price depends on how much space you use, your card isn’t charged until you’re loaded and your belongings are in transit. There’s no down payment or deposit.

How can I save money on my trailer rental?

78% of U-Pack customers chose U-Pack because of price and the flexibility of paying only for the space you use. If you’re searching for more ways to lower your moving costs when you rent a moving trailer, consider these tips:

  • Pare down. Since you pay for the space you use, if you move less, you pay less! Take some time before moving to go through and get rid of any unwanted items.
  • Pick your move date wisely. Similar to airfare, there are peak and off-peak moving days. When you click to get an online moving quote, you’ll automatically be given the most affordable date in your range. When you’re choosing your move date, speak with a moving consultant to make sure that day is best for your budget.
  • Do a terminal load and unload. While it’s a little more work, you can save big by loading, unloading, or both at a local service center.

Do you have more questions about renting a moving trailer?

Let us know – we’re here to help. Call 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below.