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Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks

June 1st, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Budget truck FAQs

Curious about Budget® truck sizes, fuel usage, pricing and the process of renting and driving a truck? Get answers to common questions about Budget truck rental, and then take a look at U-Pack®, an affordable alternative to truck rental

Budget moving trucks

Budget truck sizes and dimensions

What truck sizes does Budget offer?

Trucks come in three sizes:

  • 12-foot truck holds 1-2 rooms or studio
  • 16-foot truck holds 3-4 rooms or a 1-bedroom home
  • 26-foot truck holds 5-8 rooms or a 2/3-bedroom home

What are the truck dimensions? 

  • 12-foot truck (LWH): 10” x 6’ 3” x 6’ (380 cubic feet)
  • 16-foot truck (LWH): 16’ x 6’ 3” x 6’ 7 (830 cubic feet)
  • 26-foot truck (LWH): 26’ x 8’ 1” x 8’ 1” (1,698 cubic feet)

What is the weight limit for each truck?

The weight limit varies by size:

  • 12-foot truck has a 3,610 lb. weight limit
  • 16-foot truck has a 5,524 lb. weight limit
  • 26-foot truck has 9,180 lb. weight limit

What is the overhead clearance height?

Clearance varies by truck:

  • 12-foot truck has a 9’ clearance
  • 16-foot truck has an 11’ clearance
  • 26-foot truck has a 13’ clearance

Knowing overhead clearance height restrictions is very important to avoid hitting anything overhead while driving.

Can I rent a car carrier or tow dolly?

Budget offers both car carriers and tow dollies. Car carriers are for four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, while the tow dolly is best for front-wheel drive vehicles. The car carrier has a maximum width of 6’ 7” and a maximum weight of 4,055 lbs. Both types of towing equipment must be used in conjunction with a Budget rental truck and cannot be rented separately. 

Fuel Usage

How many miles per gallon does a Budget truck get?

Miles per gallon varies by truck size:

  • 12-foot truck gets 8-14 MPG (gasoline)
  • 16-foot truck gets 6-10 MPG (gasoline)
  • 26-foot truck gets 8-10 MPG (diesel fuel)

Note that these estimates are for empty trucks — loaded trucks use more fuel. Read more about Budget truck rental gas mileage.

How much fuel can they hold?

The 12-foot truck has a 35-gallon tank, the 16-foot truck has a 33-gallon tank, and the 24-foot truck has a 50-gallon tank.

How much will fuel cost?

Fuel costs are determined by the average MPG of the truck, the distance of the trip and average fuel costs. Use this rental truck fuel calculator to determine costs for your trip. 


How much does Budget truck rental cost?

Costs vary based on locations, truck size and move date. Quotes are available online or over the phone and include a set number of miles and days for one-way rentals. If you need additional miles or days, they are available for $70.00 per day and $0.70 per miles in advance, or $85.00 per day and $0.85 per mile upon return of the equipment.  

Do they require a deposit?

Yes. The type and amount varies by location, but most put a $150 hold on your card. When the truck is returned, the hold is released and the card is charged for the final cost of the rental.  

Do I need a credit card to rent moving equipment?

Yes, a credit card is required and used to secure a deposit in the event of damage.

Are there any additional fees?

In addition to extra charges for additional miles and days, some possible fees include:

  • Additional driver fees (varies from $12-31 depending on the length of the move)
  • A surcharge for drivers 18-23
  • A cancellation fee, if the rental is cancelled within 48 hours of pickup
  • An administrative fee for filing a damage claim
  • Fee for insurance and/or the damage waiver

Renting a truck

What do I need to rent a Budget truck?

Along with a credit card, you need a valid driver’s license. Most Budget locations have an age requirement of 24 years old, but some locations allow customers 18-23 to rent with additional fees and an additional form of identification. Members of the military or government with active orders can rent a truck at 18. 

Can I rent a moving truck for state-to-state moves?

Budget offers both one-way and local moves. A move where you pick up the truck at one location and return it to another location is called a one-way move. 

Do the trucks come with ramps?

The 12-foot trucks do not come with ramps. The 16-foot and 26-foot do. Budget ramps have a 1,000 lb. weight limit. 

Is the reservation guaranteed?

A reservation locks in your rate and shows preference for locations, time and date of rental and truck size. However, equipment can be substituted based on availability.


How many people can fit in a truck?

Budget’s 12-foot and 16-foot trucks have two seat belts, and 26-foot trucks have three. There are no 4-passenger or 5-passenger Budget trucks.

Can you put a car seat in a Budget truck?

Because there is no back seat, traveling with children is not recommended. Most states’ laws require children to travel in the back. Read more about car seats in rental trucks.

If you're planning to travel with children, U-Pack is an excellent alternative. We handle driving the moving truck so you can travel in your vehicle. And, the price compares to truck rental!

How fast can I drive?

Budget does not give a maximum speed, but you should always obey the posted speed limits. Remember that a full rental truck can be harder to maneuver and stop than a personal vehicle, so keep the speed at a manageable level for safe driving. Budget does say that when towing, you should not exceed 55 MPH or 45 MPH if using the car carrier. 

How far can I drive in a day?

There are no regulations for the number of miles or hours a non-commercial driver can travel in a rental truck (commercial drivers have many rules surrounding their hours of service, and a limit of 11 hours of driving time is one of them). If you plan to stick to that 11-hour guideline and travel at an average speed of 50 MPH, you could drive about 550 miles in a day.

Do I have to stop at weigh stations?

Whether or not rental trucks are required to stop varies by state. Check out this list of states that require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations for more information. And if you’re in doubt, it’s better to stop just in case. 

How much will highway tolls cost?

Most toll charges are by axle. Budget trucks are 2-axle vehicles and are tolled as such. If you are towing a car, you'll add another two axles, for a four axle toll.

Compare to U-Pack

U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. And even though we do the driving, it’s often compared to truck rental because of the affordable rates (especially after you factor in the cost of fuel). Here’s how it works:

Instead of worrying about renting and driving a Budget truck across the country, U-Pack delivers door-to-door. Get a free moving quote to start comparing prices. 

Do you have questions that weren’t answered here? Leave a comment and we’ll find the answer for you. 

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