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Moving Weight Restrictions

February 17th, 2009 - 12:03 PM

Many of you ask whether our prices are based on weight, like many other movers . . . and luckily that isn't the case. U-Pack charges by the linear footage or the number of Cubes you use. This way of determining cost gives you more control over your price.

DOT Weight Restrictions
With this in mind, Our transportation providers are subject to state and federal over the road weight limits, and there may be fines assessed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) if the shipment exceeds legal weight limits. If you feel like your shipment may be slightly heavier than a normal household shipment, this can be very important.

For example, if you're loading into a moving trailer, and you plan to fill the entire trailer, the total weight of your items should not exceed 22,500 lbs., or it will cause the trailer to exceed the legal weight limit on any axle. An easy way to balance the weight of the trailer is to keep the weight under 825 lbs per linear foot.

If you're using a ReloCube, you'll need to keep the total weight of your items under 2,500 lbs. If you exceed this weight, it may be difficult for our forklift to pick up the Cube and place it on our trailer. In addition, an overweight moving and storage container can also cause us to exceed the trailer legal weight limit once it is loaded for transit. 

This isn't something to spend a lot of time worrying about – these instances are very rare because most household goods won't come close to this kind of weight. But, as a precaution, it's helpful to distribute your heavier items more evenly throughout the space you're using.