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March 4th, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Renting an enclosed trailer for your move

If you’re trying to move your belongings, your car, and your family, then you may be thinking that a cargo trailer rental is the best option for your move. However, there are a few things to consider before you hitch up for your move. Plus, there may be a way to move without having to tow a trailer. Let’s look at the things to think about before renting an enclosed trailer, as well as alternatives for moving.

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What to consider when renting a box trailer

Whether you call them enclosed trailers, cargo trailers, or box trailers,  they are all pretty similar. For the purposes of this post, we are talking about fully-enclosed trailers that you tow yourself. You can pull them either behind your personal vehicle or behind a rental truck. Enclosed trailers come in different sizes, depending on where you rent them from. The size cargo trailer you’ll need depends on how much you’re moving. But before you sign the rental agreement, consider these things:

  • You’ll need the right type of towing equipment. Your vehicle will need the proper type of hitch, which depends on the type of trailer you're renting and the weight class of the enclosed trailer. There are two types of hitches: fixed tongue hitches are permanently installed, while receiver style hitches are removable. Hitches come with different size openings, most commonly 1 ¼" and 2" – so make sure you have the right hitch to match the equipment you’re looking to rent. Otherwise, on moving day, you won't be able to hook up and tow.
    • Beyond the hitch, you'll also need to be aware of the additional equipment needed, such as tow chains and plugs. Tow chains attach to both the trailer and the vehicle for extra security. This requires that you have a place to connect them on your vehicle. As for plugs, they come in different styles, ranging from 4-way all the way up to 7-way, depending on how the equipment is set up. Make sure you have the correct type of plug so you can have working brakes and lights
  • Be aware of trailer sway. Trailer sway is a type of fishtailing movement that can happen when towing an enclosed trailer rental. While minor sway is normal, improper loading or inadequate vehicle care can result in unsafe swaying, causing you to lose control or drift across lanes. To best avoid this, load most of the weight into the front half of the box trailer and make sure tires are properly inflated.
  • Towing will decrease your gas mileage. One of the biggest factors when renting a cargo trailer is the extra cost of fuel needed during towing. Any time you tow, your fuel efficiency decreases. In fact, Fueleconomy.gov says that every 100 pounds of extra weight decreases fuel efficiency by 1%. A typical full 6’ x 12’ enclosed trailer will weigh over 4,000 pounds – which can really impact you at the pump. A vehicle that typically gets 30 MPG may only get around 13 MPG when towing an enclosed trailer. For a long-distance move, that decrease in gas mileage can add up.

So how can you move without towing a box trailer?

If you're rethinking the enclosed trailer rentals for your move, don't worry. There are other easy ways to move that don't involve towing a trailer. In fact, you can choose to use an enclosed trailer rental from U-Pack® that gets delivered right to your door, so you don't have to drive.

U-Pack offers moving trailers (and also moving containers) that are often comparable in price to truck rental and trailer rental. And the best part is that the trailers are delivered door to door. You can drive with your family in the comfort of your own vehicle without the hassle of towing a trailer.

U-Pack trailers are 28’ x 8’ x 9’ – but don’t worry about the size. You can use as little as five linear feet or up to the entire trailer. Customers love the flexibility. No more worrying about choosing the right equipment size – instead, you just use the space you need.

A U-Pack move works like this:

  • We bring the trailer to your home.
  • Typically, you have up to three business days to load your belongings.
  • When you’re finished loading, we pick up and handle the driving to your destination.
  • Most shipments arrive in just 2-5 business days, with storage options available if needed.When you’re ready for delivery, we bring the trailer right to your home.
  • You have up to three business days to unload.

It’s a much easier alternative to picking up a cargo trailer, driving it across the country, and having to return it.

How much do U-Pack enclosed trailers cost?

The easiest way to check prices is to get a quote online. We just need a few details about where you’re moving to/from, where you’re moving, and how big your home is – then you get a free, no-obligation quote. Or if you prefer to talk with someone, give us a call at 800-413-4799, and a helpful moving consultant will get you a quote over the phone.

Have any questions about enclosed trailer rentals?

If you have any questions about moving with U-Pack or about cargo trailers in general, leave us a comment. We're here to help you in any way!