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26-Foot Truck: How much does it hold?

January 6th, 2017 - 8:46 AM

A close look at 26-foot box trucks

If you’re moving from a large house, you most likely have a lot of boxes and furniture to pack and load — which may have you wondering if there’s a rental truck big enough to hold everything. The largest available rental truck size is the 26-foot truck, but will all of your belongings fit inside? U-Haul®, Penske® and Ryder® estimate their equipment to hold different household sizes, so it’s important to look into your options before making a decision. The information below can help you decide if a 26-foot truck is a good solution, or if an alternative like U-Pack® is the better way to move.  

26 foot box truck

How big are they?​

The loading capacity of a 26-foot truck varies by company. Check it out:  

  • 26-foot U-Haul – 26’5” x 7’8” x 8’3” and a volume capacity of 1,611 cubic feet
  • 26-foot Penske – 25’11” x 8' 1” x 8’1” and up to 1,700 cubic feet of loading space
  • 26-foot Ryder – 25’10 x 8’1” x 8’1” (according to a company representative) and up to 1,600 cubic feet of cargo space

Will a 26-foot truck work for my move?

You can typically expect a 26-foot rental truck to hold the furnishings of a 3-5 bedroom home, but each company provides slightly different home size estimations:

  • U-Haul truck – homes with 4 or more bedrooms
  • Penske truck – 5-7 rooms
  • Ryder truck – 5-8 rooms (according to a support agent)

While these estimates are good starting points for determining what can fit inside a rental truck, it’s important to think about the number of items in your home and the type of furniture you have. Do you plan to move unusually large furniture or things that are difficult to stack? Do you have a lot of items in a basement, garage, storage shed or attic? If so, a 26-foot truck may not be big enough. Consider these things before you start loading so you can be sure you’ll have enough room.

What if I’m not sure everything will fit?​

If you’re unsure about whether or not your household goods will fit into a 26-foot truck, use our online Room-by-Room Space Estimator tool to find out. This tool allows you to list all your belongings so that you can receive the most accurate estimate of the cubic footage you’ll need. If you figure out the 26-foot truck isn’t big enough, but still want to rent one, try the following:

Downsize. Before packing any boxes, sift through everything you own and decide if there’s anything you can leave behind. Any items you no longer want or need can be donated, sold or trashed.

Pack and load properly. Another way to maximize the space in a 26 foot box truck is by packing and loading efficiently. Not only will this give you more space to work with, but it’ll ensure that your belongings travel to your new home safe and secure.  

How does a 26-foot rental truck compare to a U-Pack trailer?

U-Pack moving trailers are roughly the size of a 26-foot truck PLUS a 10-foot truck.  Since they’re wider and taller than rental trucks — the inside trailer dimensions are 27’ x 8’ x 9’ — you won’t have to worry about choosing the right size. Just load your belongings and pay only for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum).  

See how the U-Pack trailer compares to a typical 26-foot truck in the graphic below.

26 foot truck compared to U-Pack trailer

Choose U-Pack for flexibility and convenience

Here’s how moving with U-Pack works:

  •  We deliver a trailer to your door
  •  You have three business days to load your items inside
  •  We pick up the trailer and deliver it to your new home
  •  You have three business days to unload

Get a free moving quote from U-Pack to see how prices compare. Just enter the basic information about your move online, or call us at 800-413-4799. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. 

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