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December 4th, 2012 - 3:48 PM

U-Haul Rentals

Most people think U-Haul when they think truck rental. But is U-Haul truck rental the best moving option for you? Let’s explore some specifics about U-Haul rentals including equipment options, extra costs, and customer reviews, along with some alternatives

U-Haul Rentals – Equipment Options

U-Haul offers options from truck rentals to extra equipment. Let me break it down.

Rental Trucks. U-Haul’s truck fleet spans everything from small jobs to 4-bedroom homes. They have pickup trucks, cargo vans, 10’ trucks, 14’ trucks, 17’ trucks, 20’ trucks, 24’ trucks, and 26’ trucks. Not all truck sizes are available at all locations. Make sure your location offers the size you need, or you may end up running out of room, or paying for unused space. Also, some states require you to stop at weigh stations in a truck, so be sure you are familiar with the laws of the states you will be driving through.

Trailers and towing. U-Haul offers cargo trailers, utility trailers, and car trailers, however many vehicles are unable to tow trailers. For enclosed cargo trailers, they have a small sport trailer to a 6’ x 12’ trailer. For open utility trailers, sizes range from 4’ x 7’ to 6’ x 12’ trailers. For towing, they offer auto transport and motorcycle trailers. They also have tow dollies for front-wheel drive vehicles. Just note that towing a trailer will decrease your fuel efficiency, therefore costing you more at the pump.

UBox. For those not wanting to drive, U-Haul has the U-Box. The U-Box is a 5’x 8’ x 7.5’ It is constructed of wood and covered with a tarp.

U-Haul Rentals – Extra Costs

When renting a U-Haul truck, you need to ask about the extra costs that are on top of your truck rental price. For starters, be sure you add on any towing equipment that you need. Next, you will need truck rental coverage through U-Haul. They have several different coverage options depending on your liability needs. You will also need coverage for any trailers or towing equipment as well. U-Haul gives you options for moving supplies and help loading and unloading as well, but those are optional. The biggest expense when using U-Haul rentals will be your fuel. For a 26’ truck going from Miami, FL to Las Vegas, NV, fuel will be a whopping $1,300!

U-Haul Rentals – Customer Reviews

Anytime you spend lots of money on something, you will want to do your homework and check out customer reviews. If many others have had bad experiences, you may want to steer clear. A popular review site is epinions.com. On epinions.com, U-Haul has 579 1-star reviews and 45 5-star reviews (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best).

U-Haul Rentals – Moving Alternatives

If you are just looking for an affordable stress-free move, U-Haul isn’t your only option. One great option is U-Pack.

With U-Pack, you get prices comparable to truck rental, but U-Pack does all the driving! So you will never have to get behind the wheel of a bulky rental truck, and you won’t have to pay for fuel or extra coverage.  To compare your U-Haul rental truck size to the space you need with a U-Pack move go here.

With U-Pack, you can use as much space as you need, so you won’t have to worry about towing trailers. Also, since we do all the driving, you won’t have to tow your car! No paying for extra equipment with U-Pack.

And U-Pack comes with awesome reviews! On epinions.com, U-Pack has 479 5-star reviews and only 82 1-star reviews (almost opposite of U-Haul!).

To compare your U-Haul costs to U-Pack, get a free moving quote. When you factor in the extra costs, you can really save big! We drive, you save®.

Get a free moving quote today to see how you can move with U-Pack!


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