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Moving Trailer Parking

October 3rd, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Where can I park the U-Pack moving trailer?

There are many details to coordinate before moving day. Everything from what time your friends should show up to help to what boxes you should load last will need to be figured out. You’ll also need to arrange for parking for your moving equipment. If you’re planning on moving in a U-Pack trailer, you may be wondering if it will fit in your driveway, or if it’s legal to park it on the street. Let’s look at some common questions about trailer parking and make sure you have the information you’ll need for the big day.  

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What are my options for trailer parking?

There are three options for parking the moving equipment. Our professional drivers can park the moving trailer in your driveway, a private parking lot or on the street (see requirements below).

The moving trailer itself is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ and is delivered using a single cab tractor. While we do need room to maneuver the trailer when parking it, only the trailer is left at your home. Delivery and parking requires a 14-foot overhead clearance, so be sure to look up for low hanging wires or tree branches. It also requires 10 feet in width.

  • Driveway Parking. The loading ramp is 14’ long and will extend past the trailer. You'll need at least 40 feet — about 3-4 car lengths — for the trailer and the ramp. Trailers must be parked on a solid surface, so no soft earth or grass.
  • Private parking lot. You'll need approval from the owner or property manager, even if it’s your apartment parking lot. If you plan on parking the trailer across parking spaces, you’ll need about five standard parking spots for the trailer and ramp.
  • Street parking. You’ll need legal parking, so check with your city offices or local police department to see if a parking permit is required. The trailer can’t be parked in a fire lane, next to a hydrant, or the wrong way on a one-way street.

Some areas will require parking permits or have specific parking regulations. Talk with your neighborhood association, call your local police or city hall, or talk to your apartment/condo management. The old saying "it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission" doesn't apply here. Make sure you have safe, legal parking for the moving trailer at both origin and destination.

Watch this video to learn more about trailer parking, including residential, apartment and urban parking.

How long will the trailer stay at my house?

Typically, you have three business days to load and unload. When you’re talking with your HOA, landlord or city, it’s important to mention that you will need permission for overnight parking. Because we'll leave the trailer overnight at your home, make sure your vehicles are not blocked in when the trailer is delivered.

What if I don’t have overnight parking? 

If you’re unable to secure overnight parking, talk to a moving consultant. In some areas, we may be able to do a same-day drop-off and pick-up, or a live load (where the trailer is only parked for a few hours).

What if I need to park at a storage facility?

We can typically park the trailer at a storage complex if you have permission from the facility manager. Read more about unusual trailer parking situations.

What if I have nowhere to park the moving trailer?

We have options! If the issue is the space required to deliver and park the trailer, you might be a good candidate for ReloCube moving containers. Cubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ and fit into a standard parking space. You can use as many as you need. A moving consultant will be able to provide you with a moving quote for containers and help you determine the parking needs for those.

If you have no parking available (too-short driveway, city won’t issue permit, etc.), we offer loading and unloading at our service centers. While this option is a bit more work on your end, it does come with significant savings. A moving consultant can help identify the closest U-Pack service center to your location and explain how a terminal load or unload works.

Have other questions about U-Pack parking?

If you still have questions about trailer parking, leave us a comment or call us at 800-413-4799. We’re happy to help in any way!

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