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10 Foot Truck: How Much Does it Hold?

May 11th, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Will a 10-foot truck be enough space for my move?

The smallest rental truck available is the 10-foot truck. It’s intended for small moves — a studio apartment or just a couple of rooms — so, if you’re moving a one-bedroom apartment or a heavily furnished place, it may not have enough space. Before renting a truck, take a close look at the dimensions to make sure everything will fit. 

U-Haul 10’ truck rental

Renting a 10-foot truck

U-Haul® is currently the only large brand rental truck company offering a 10-foot truck. Its internal dimensions are just short of 10-feet at 9’ 11 x 6’ 4” x 6’ 2” (LWH), which is about 387 cubic feet. According to the website, it holds 1-2 bedrooms’ worth of furniture or a studio apartment.

If there isn’t a 10-foot U-Haul available, the next closest options are the 12-foot trucks from Budget® or Penske®. Both companies say these are also best for 1-2 rooms or a studio apartment:

•    Budget: 10’ x 6’ 3” x 6’ (LWH internal dimensions)
•    Penske: 12’ x 6’ 6” x 6’ 1” (LWH internal dimensions)

What fits in a 10-foot U-Haul truck?

Even for a small apartment or just a couple rooms of furniture, you need to make sure the pieces will fit inside. The longest wall is 9’ 11”, so any piece of furniture will need to be shorter than that. Keep in mind that the wheel well does come up into the loading area of the truck, so long pieces will have to be placed in the middle of the trailer or lifted above the wheel well.

Wondering if a king or queen mattress will fit in a 10-foot truck? 

They will definitely fit inside, but you may have to angle them when loading. A standard king-size mattress is 76” x 80” (WL) and a queen-size mattress is 60” x 80” (WL). The opening of a 10-foot U-Haul is 71” x 67”. 

Alternatives to a 10-foot truck

Think you need a little more room? The best way to move a small house, apartment or storage facility long-distance is U-Pack®. You do the packing and loading (like a rental truck), but U-Pack does the driving. There are two types of equipment available, and both are great alternatives to a small rental truck.

ReloCube containers

ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ containers that sit at ground level for easy loading and unloading. They are a little smaller than a 10-foot truck at 308 cubic feet, but you can use as many as you need. For example, if the small U-Haul was not quite enough space, you could reserve three Cubes. If you fit into two, you only pay for two. If you need all three, they’re available. 

Furniture up to 96” will fit, including a king and queen-size mattress. Sofas and couches can fit when placed on end. Take a look at what fits in a ReloCube:


Moving trailers

Another option is the moving trailer. It’s 28’ x 8’ x 9’, but space is flexible — you pay for the space you use, down to a 5-foot minimum. Five linear feet is just about the same loading capacity as the smallest U-Haul. If you need extra room, it’s available. This equipment option is especially convenient for moving furniture that may not fit in a 10-foot U-Haul. See the moving trailer in action:

Get a quote to compare

Instead of fretting about the dimensions of 10-foot rental truck, go with U-Pack. The flexible space takes the stress out of fitting everything in a small truck. Get a free moving quote to compare rates. 

If you have questions about how U-Pack compares to truck rental, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!

Related Resources:

7 Things You Should Know About U-Haul Before Renting a Truck
Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental
What do I Need to Rent a U-Haul

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