When You Plan Your Budget Plan for Fuel
If you ask friends who’ve used a U-Haul® for a local move, they may tell you that they didn’t have to spend too terribly much on fuel. But, of course, moving down the street is a whole different ball game than moving across the country. If you’re planning a long-distance move, and you're considering a U-Haul rental truck, you’ll definitely want to plan for fuel.
The truck size
U-Haul offers 6 different rental truck sizes.
The Tank Size, MPG, & Miles Per Fuel Tank
Each U-Haul truck has a different tank capacity. Because each tank size varies, the MPG and Miles Per Fuel Tank also vary.
What does it all mean?
You may be wondering what the size of your home has to do with gas mileage. As you can see, the larger the truck you rent, the lower MPG it gets. And, once your belongings are loaded into the truck, subtract 2 MPG (as suggested by a U-Haul representative we spoke with), and you’ll see how many MPG the truck actually gets on the road. A loaded truck gets lower gas mileage than an empty truck.
An example of U-Haul gas mileage
If you break the trip over 3 days (stopping in Kingsport and Memphis, TN for the night), you’ll spend about $210 per fill-up (at the rate of $3.50/gallon for unleaded fuel). You’ll make about 3 stops to fill up the tank completely, so you will easily spend around $700 on gas for an empty rental truck. (Check out the rental truck fuel calculator to check the cost of fuel for your move.)
But no one moves cross country in an empty rental truck, do they?
A 24’ rental truck really gets around 6 MPG when loaded. Recalculate and that’s almost $850 for gas. YIKES!
How to move WITHOUT paying out of pocket for fuel
With U-Pack, there's no additional charge for fuel. It's included in your price. We deliver a moving trailer or container to your home. You load it, and we'll drive it to your new home. It's easy and affordable! If you're moving long distance, the price is often comparable to truck rental.
Get an instant quote online and compare!
Have questions about how moving with U-Pack compares to U-Haul rental trucks, let us know!
Related Resources to U-Haul gas mileage
Chart information found on the U-Haul® website.