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May 23rd, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Explore the different U-Haul® truck sizes

If you're considering U-Haul for a move, you may have some questions about truck sizes. Not only will you need to know the dimensions to determine if your belongings will fit, you’ll also need to understand how many passengers each size U-Haul rental holds and what gas mileage they get. Let's go over the specifics of U-Haul truck sizes and other important details. And, in case you’re exploring options, we also have some U-Haul alternatives to consider.

U-Haul truck sizes

U-Haul Truck Sizes

Our research shows five different U-Haul truck sizes are available for local and one-way moves: 10 ft., 15 ft. 17 ft., 20 ft. and 26 ft. They previously offered 24 ft. U-Haul trucks, but that size is no longer listed on their website. Non-truck options include pickups and cargo vans.

It’s important to note that the trucks with a Mom’s Attic (all except the 10 ft. truck size) are measured by the entire truck length, which includes the Attic. The actual floor loading space is the deck length. For example, on a 20 foot truck, the deck length is 16’8”. Though the Mom’s Attic will give you more storage space, it’s separate from the deck loading area. It’s important to understand the specifics of each size U-Haul equipment, so you understand what you’re getting.

Here‘s the breakdown of each of the rental sizes:

The 10 ft. U-Haul is the most popular size, according to U-Haul. They say it’s best for studio apartments or 1-2 bedrooms. It’s the smallest truck they have. Here are the details for the 10-foot U-Haul size:

  • 9’11” x 6’4” x 6’2” (inside dimensions)
  • Deck height of 2’5”, deck length 9’1”
  • Door opening 5’11” x 5’7”
  • No loading ramp provided
  • Seats two people
  • Can hold 2,810 lbs. max
  • 402 cubic ft. capacity
  • Fuel tank capacity is 31 gallons (327 miles per fuel tank)
  • Gets 12 MPG

The 15 ft. U-Haul is the next size up in the line of U-Haul truck rentals. They say it will hold a 1-2 bedroom home or apartment. Take a look at how this truck measures up:

  • 14’6” x 7’8” x 7’2” (inside dimensions)
  • Deck height 2’9”, deck length 12’5”
  • Door opening of 7’3” x 6’5”
  • 2’2” wide loading ramp provided
  • 2’6” x 7’8” x 2’7” Mom’s Attic
  • Seats three people
  • Can hold 6,385 lbs. max
  • 763 cubic ft. capacity
  • Fuel tank capacity is 40 gallons (400 miles per fuel tank)
  • Gets 10 MPG

The 17 ft. U-Haul is one of the mid-size U-Hauls. It’s said to hold the contents of a 2-3 bedroom home or apartment. The details for this truck are:

  • 16’9” x 7’8” x 7’2” (inside dimensions)
  • Deck height 2’10”, deck length of 14’3”
  • Door opening of 7’3” x 6’5”
  • 2’2” wide loading ramp provided
  • 2’6” x 7’8” x 2’7” Mom’s Attic
  • Seats three people
  • Can hold 5,930 lbs. max
  • 865 cubic ft. capacity
  • Fuel tank capacity is 40 gallons (400 miles per fuel tank)
  • Gets 10 MPG

The 20 ft. U-Haul is a mid-size rental with a larger “van-like” cab. They say it also holds a 2-3 bedroom home. This truck’s specifics are below:

  • 19’6” x 7’8” x 7’2” (inside dimensions)
  • Deck height 2’11”, deck length 16’8”
  • Door opening of 7’3.75”x 6’5”
  • 2’2” loading ramp provided
  • 3’4.5” x 7’8” x 2’8.2” Mom’s Attic
  • Seats three people
  • Can hold 5,605 lbs. max
  • 1,015 cubic ft. capacity
  • Fuel tank capacity is 40 gallons (400 miles per fuel tank)
  • Gets 10 MPG

The 24 ft. U-Haul is no longer offered on their website.

The 26 ft. U-Haul is the largest truck available to rent from U-Haul. They state that it holds a 4+ bedroom home.

  • 26’5” x 7’8” x 8’3” (inside dimensions)
  • Deck height 2’9”, deck length 23’5”
  • Door opening of 7’3” x 6’10”
  • 2’7” loading ramp provided
  • 3’ x 7’8” x 3’1” Mom’s Attic
  • Seats three people
  • Can hold 7,400 lbs. max
  • 1,611 cubic ft. capacity
  • Fuel tank capacity is 57 gallons (513 miles per fuel tank)
  • Gets 10 MPG

More U-Haul® Moving Truck Specifics:

  • All U-Hauls use unleaded fuel and have towing capabilities.
  • The company states on their website that young children and those in car seats should not ride in front seats.
  • U-Haul trucks don’t have back seats.
  • All trucks have safety restraints and some have multiple airbags.

How do I know which size U-Haul I need?

Even though U-Haul truck dimensions provide a general idea of what each size truck will hold, it can be difficult to estimate whether your belongings will fit. For example, the 20 ft. says it holds 2-3 bedrooms, but a 2 bedroom apartment that you’ve only lived in for a year is much different from a 2 bedroom home with an attic and storage building that you’ve lived in for 10 years. It can be tough to strike the right balance between having enough space, but not overpaying for a truck that’s too big.

It can be tough to decide which size U-Haul you need. That's why many people decide to check out U-Pack®, a “you pack, we drive” moving company. It’s an excellent alternative because you don’t have to worry about choosing between several sizes. With U-Pack, space is flexible and you only pay for the space you use. We can help you figure out how much space you'll likely need, or you can easily calculate it with our simple space estimators.

A Comparable U-Haul® Alternative

If you’re interested in the flexibility that U-Pack provides, take a look at the specifics of the service. Truck rental customers like U-Pack because it’s a different type of moving service – affordable, but you don’t have to drive.

Equipment: The U-Pack Moving Trailer is 28 ft. long. That’s equivalent in size to one 26 ft. U-Haul plus another 10 ft. U-Haul with some room left over.

However, don’t let the size scare you. We take the trailer and divide it up in linear feet, which are sort of like one-foot-long “slices” of the trailer. You can use as little as 5 linear feet (which is 5’ x 8’ x 9’) or up to the entire trailer. Use the space you need and pay for the space you use.

To break down the specifics, the trailer can hold 22,500 lbs. max if the weight is distributed evenly throughout the trailer. It has a 2,000 cubic ft. capacity. Trailers sit 4.5’ off the ground and come with a 14’ x 2’ ramp to make loading simple.

U-Pack also offers moving containers, called ReloCubes. Cubes are metal, weatherproof containers that sit at ground level for easy loading. They are 7' x 8' x 9' containers that easily fit into a standard-size parking space. You can use as many Cubes as you need, but only pay for the ones you use.

Flexibility: The best part about U-Pack is that unlike a rental truck (where you pay for the entire truck whether you fill it all up or not), U-Pack provides the ability to determine your space needs while loading. The flexibility is what makes moving easy, regardless of how much you're moving. Here's an example: if you reserve 16 ft. of space in a trailer, but end of up using only 14 ft., you only pay for 14 ft.  If more space is needed, it's always available, and the price is adjusted based on the per foot rate on your moving quote.

With ReloCubes, reserve as many Cubes as you think you’ll need and only pay for the ones use. So if you reserve 3, but only use 2, you only pay for 2. With U-Pack, you won’t have to worry about truck sizes at all.

Storage: While you can’t store your belongings directly in most U-Haul equipment, you can store directly in a U-Pack trailer or ReloCube. It's much easier to store your belongings without have to transfer them to a storage building.

Driving: U-Pack takes care of that  – delivering your belongings door to door.

No Extra Costs: A U-Pack moving quote includes the driver, fuel, taxes, tolls, and standard liability coverage. With U-Haul trucks, these fees are all extra.

Compare the price of U-Haul trucks to U-Pack

When you take a look at the prices of U-Haul rental, U-Pack prices are typically comparable (especially after you factor in fuel!). Get a free moving quote from U-Pack and compare it to your U-Haul quote. Get a quote on our website 24/7 or by calling 800-413-4799.

If you have questions about U-Haul truck sizes or about U-Pack, we’re here to help. Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!

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