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U-Box vs U-Pack

September 22nd, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Comparing moving containers​

Both U-Pack® and U-Haul® offer portable moving and storage containers that help make long distance moving more convenient.  Each container type features ground-level loading and a lockable exterior, and each company can move you to and from all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. While similarities are certainly present between the U-Box and ReloCube, differences in size, construction material and price can impact which service you choose. 

 U-Haul U-Box comparison to U-Pack Cube

U-Box vs. ReloCube — size and service options​

How does a U-Haul U-Box compare in size to a U-Pack container?​

  • ReloCube containers are 6’3” x 7’ x 8’4” (dwh) externally and 70" x 82" x 93” internally. Loading capacity is 305 cubic feet.
  • U-Box dimensions are 8’ x 5’ x 7’6” (dwh) externally and 95" x 56" x 83 ½" internally. Loading capacity is 257 cubic feet.


U-Pack ReloCube interior

Interior of U-Pack ReloCube

How much weight can they hold?​

  • ReloCubes can hold up to 2,500 lbs. This is typical of the furniture and boxes from one room.
  • The U-Box can hold up to 2,000 lbs. This is also typical of one room’s worth of furniture and boxes.


U-Box dimensions interior

Interior of U-Haul U-Box

What are they made of?

  • ReloCubes are custom-built, metal, weatherproof containers.
  • The U-Box is constructed of plywood with a vinyl cover.

How are the containers delivered?​

U-Pack offers a few delivery options:

  • Door-to-Door delivery. The containers are delivered to your door on a flatbed or drop-deck trailer, using a forklift to place the container in a driveway, parking lot, etc. (the type of trailer used for delivery varies by location).
  • Terminal-to-Terminal. You save money by loading and unloading at a local service center (on average, this option costs $300 less than a door-to-door move).
  • Hybrid move. Have your belongings delivered to your door on one end of the move, and go to the terminal on the other. It’s another great money-saving option.

U-Haul offers four delivery options for the U-Box:

  • Self-delivery. You tow the U-Box to your location, and bring it back when you’re finished loading. Your vehicle must be able to haul 3,500 lbs. and be equipped with a 2” ball hitch. And, it cannot be a 2010 or older Ford Explorer (here’s why).
  • Load/unload at U-Haul. You load/unload your belongings into the U-Box at a U-Haul location.
  • Hired delivery. Includes labor that delivers the U-Box, fills it and moves it to your destination (or stores it), then delivers and unloads.
  • Truck delivery. This is the most similar to U-Pack door-to-door service. The U-Box is delivered to your location and picked up with you’re finished loading.

Do I have to be there when the containers are delivered?

  • For ReloCube delivery (at origin and destination), you or someone you designate should be available to sign for the container and show the driver where to place it.
  • This varies across the country, so you’ll want to ask the local U-Haul location for verification.

How do I secure my things inside them?

  • The ReloCube is equipped with tie-down points throughout the interior to keep your belongings secure. You can purchase a ReloCube accessory kit from the U-Pack Box Store to get utility rope, a lock and furniture pads.
  • The U-Box has two D-rings located on each side of the box to strap items down. U-Haul boxes and tie-down supplies are available for purchase from their online store.

Can I track the containers during transit?

  • Yes! U-Pack offers tracking 24/7 online or by phone. Just enter your tracking number or reference number online, or have it ready when you call.
  • U-Box does not offer shipment tracking in transit.

How do I know when they’re ready to be delivered to my final location?

  • Since you’re able to track the delivery during transit, U-Pack normally instructs customers to call the destination service center 1-2 days before the estimated delivery date to schedule a delivery appointment. You can even opt for text message reminders so you don’t forget to call.
  • Because you can’t track the U-Box during transit, U-Haul typically calls or emails when the containers arrive at the destination.

Is storage available?

  • Storage with U-Pack is available, but it’s optional. Cubes can be kept at origin or destination, and storage is billed on a 30-day basis.
  • U-Box containers include storage for the first 30 days of use. Monthly storage rates apply if you need more time.

Comparing U-Box and ReloCube pricing details  

What’s included in the price?

U-Pack prices include:

  • transportation costs for delivering the ReloCube(s)
  • the cost for shipping
  • liability coverage

U-Haul prices include:

  • delivery costs to transport the U-Box to and from your home
  • the cost for shipping
  • the cost to store the container for one month (either at your residence or at the U-Haul facility)
  • furniture pads

Liability coverage is not included in your U-Haul price, but can be added for an additional charge.

When am I charged?

  • With U-Pack, you’ll pay after your belongings are loaded. This way, you know exactly how many Cubes were used, and you won’t have to wait for a refund.
  • With U-Box, you’ll pay on the morning of delivery for all of the containers you reserved. If you don’t use all of the containers, a refund will be issued.

While it’s easy to see the differences in how pricing works, the best way to compare costs is by getting a moving quote from each company. You can get instant prices from U-Pack online, or by calling 800-431-4799. If you have more questions about how U-Pack and U-Box compare, leave a comment and let us know. We look forward to helping.

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