What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul Rental Truck?
That’s a loaded question that I’m ready to unpack for you. It seems like I see a U-Haul® rental truck almost every time I’m on the highway, and I always hope that the person driving is doing a local move because driving a rental truck cross-country is probably costing them a pretty penny for fuel. You can determine the gas mileage of a U-Haul® rental truck by comparing the following:
U-Haul® offers 6 different rental truck sizes for different sizes of homes.
Tank Size, MPG, & Miles Per Fuel Tank
Each rental 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. Well, what U-Haul® may not tell you is that the more you move, the lower MPG the truck gets. Once you have your belongings loaded on the truck, subtract 2 MPG (as suggested by a U-Haul® representative), and you’ll see how many MPG the truck really gets on the road. You see, the rental truck MPG shown on the U-Haul® website is for an empty truck, not a full one.
If you break up the trip over 3 days (stopping in Kingsport and Memphis, TN for the night), you will spend about $210 per fill-up ($3.50/gal. unleaded fuel). You’ll make around 3 stops to fill up the tank completely, so you will easily spend around $700 on gas for an empty rental truck.
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
If you want a mover that doesn’t make you pay extra for fuel, check out U-Pack Moving – a “you pack, they drive” moving service that offers comparable prices to truck rental, but WE do the driving! U-Pack customers love that the FUEL, taxes, and driver are included in the moving quote. Compare your U-Haul® truck rental quote + fuel to your free U-Pack moving quote. It’s likely you’ll see that U-Pack’s price is lower.
We’ll gladly answer any moving questions you have. Just call 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below and I’ll respond with specific information! We drive. You save. ®
Chart information found on the U-Haul® website.