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PODS® Container Sizes Comparison

August 25th, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Comparing container sizes – PODS® vs. U-Pack®

Moving containers are a great option for anyone planning a move — they’re affordable, easy to load and make long distance relocation and storage simple and convenient. Both PODS® and U-Pack offer moving containers, though they each have different equipment sizes and service options. The information below can help you determine which company’s moving equipment best suits your move.

PODS® containers

PODS® offers three container sizes (7 ft., 12 ft. and 16 ft.) with varying dimensions and weight limits. Two options are available for long-distance and local moves (7 ft. and 16 ft.), and one option is available for local moves only (12 ft.).

Container size comparison

The PODS® website offers this information:

  • The 7 ft. PODS® container is 7’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH) with interior dimensions of 6’6” x 6’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 5,200 pounds. It typically holds one room of furniture and boxes.
  • The 12 ft. PODS® container is 12’ X 8’ x 8’ (LWH) with interior dimensions of 11’6” x 7’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 4,700 pounds. It typically holds 2-3 rooms of furniture and boxes.
  • The 16 ft. PODS® container is 16’ x 8’ x 8’ (LWH) with interior dimensions of 15’6” x 7’ x 7’6” and a weight limit of 4,200 pounds. It typically holds 3-4 rooms of furniture and boxes.

You may have noticed that the 7 ft. container has a greater weight capacity than the 12 ft. and 16 ft. containers. While we couldn’t find direct information as to why, our assumption is that it has to do with the weight capacity of the PODZILLA® (the pick-up and delivery equipment). If the smaller container weighs less than the larger ones (and likely it does), it could hold more weight and still stay under the required limit for the PODZILLA®lift system.

U-Pack equipment

U-Pack has two types of equipment: The ReloCube® and the moving trailer. Both have tie-down points for ropes/straps to help keep items secure during transit.

The ReloCube is 6’3” x 7’ x 8’4” (LWH) with interior dimensions of 5’8” x 6’8” x 7’7” and a weight limit of 2,500 pounds. It’s designed for the contents of a small studio apartment or one room of household furniture and boxes. The Cube is comparable in size to the 7 ft. PODS® container.

ReloCube container size


The moving trailer is 28’ x 8’6” x 9’ (LWH) with interior dimensions of 27’ x 8’ x 9’ and a weight limit of 22,500 pounds. It’s designed to hold the furnishings of a 4-bedroom home.

Trailer size comparison

How much space do I need?

Determine how many containers or how much trailer space you need by using our space estimator tools. For a quick estimate, use one of the simple space estimators, or get more detailed with the room-by-room space estimator.

For trailer moves, you’ll be charged based on how much or how little space is used, down to a 5 ft. minimum. If you start loading and realize you need more room, it’s available, just add your per-foot adjustment rate. On the other hand, if you reserve too much space, just subtract your per-foot rate and pay less (the per-foot rate is included in your quote).

For ReloCube moves, you can reserve as many as you think you’ll need, but only pay for the ones you actually use. So, if you reserve three and only use two, you’ll only pay for two!

Comparing costs

Because prices depend on several factors that change constantly and are different for everyone (like locations and when you’re moving) it isn’t possible to compare hard figures. The best way to know how the price compares is by getting a quote from each company. To get a PODS® quote, you’ll need to enter some basic information online. You’ll receive a reference number and will then need to call for pricing. U-Pack offers instant online quotes, or you can call a representative at 800-413-4799.  

If you get a U-Pack quote online, the system automatically selects the best equipment option for you (based on move size, price and availability). You can change the equipment type online, by calling a consultant at the number mentioned above or by emailing your reference number to changequote@upack.com. Tell us your preference, and we’ll be happy to switch it out for you. 

Additional questions?

Leave a comment below if you have other questions or concerns about how the size of a PODS® container compares to a U-Pack trailer or ReloCube. We'll get back to you shortly!

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