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What moving truck size do I need?

March 7th, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Because moving trucks come in many different sizes, it can be difficult to figure out which one you need for your upcoming long distance move. Check out the information below to answer your question, “What moving truck size do I need?”


If you have a good idea of how much you’ll be moving, you can figure out which truck size you need based on how many rooms each truck size holds. 


It’s easy to understand how many rooms each truck size can hold, but things get tricky when trying to choose the moving truck size right for your move. For example, let’s say you are moving four rooms. According to the chart above, you could go with a 15 ft. U-Haul truck or 16 ft. Budget truck. So which one do you choose? That’s the hard part. It can be very confusing to find the right truck size that will truly hold the exact amount of stuff you have to move.

What size moving truck do I need?

So what size moving truck do I need after all?
What if you didn’t have to worry about the size of your moving truck at all and you could just use the exact amount of space you need? Thankfully that moving option does exist! With U-Pack’s trailer, you never have to worry about having too much or not enough space. In fact, it can hold almost any size home imaginable!

U-Pack’s 28’ x 8’ x 9’ trailer is wider and taller than most moving trucks. Its size is equivalent to a 26 ft. rental truck plus another 10 ft. rental truck with some room left over. That’s a lot of space to use.


The best part about the trailer is that you only pay for the amount of linear feet that you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum). Here’s how U-Pack’s trailer space compares to moving trucks in terms of size and space:


How does U-Pack trailer size compare to rental truck size?

Note: These figures are for estimation only. You and the driver will indicate actual space used on your Bill of Lading.

As you can clearly see, 10 ft. of rental truck space does not equal 10 ft. of trailer space – it actually equals 5 ft. of trailer space! Because you control your price while you load your trailer, you can save big on your move.


For example, let’s say you are moving the same 4 rooms again, which is typically equivalent to about 10-11 ft. of space in the trailer. If you pack really well and fit everything into 9 ft. of trailer space, guess what? You only pay for 9 ft., even if you were originally quoted 11 ft. If you need to use more space, go ahead. U-Pack will adjust your rate accordingly. U-Pack customers love the flexibility, and you will, too! How much space do you need in a U-Pack trailer? Get a free moving quote to find out or use U-Pack’s space estimator tool here.


You don’t have to worry about space with U-Pack, which can be a stressful factor when choosing a moving truck. 


Go U-Pack!
It can be difficult and sometimes confusing picking out the right moving truck size. Play it safe and go with U-Pack, where you only pay for the space you use.

Click to get a free moving quote from U-Pack or call 800-413-4799 to talk with a helpful U-Pack moving representative. Have questions about U-Pack? Leave a comment below and I’ll be glad to answer them!