Preparing for a DIY move? If so, you’re going to need a rental truck to haul all of your belongings. For many, this means renting a trusted U-Haul moving truck. Thankfully, with thousands of locations nationwide, it’s easy to find a U-Haul franchise near you. The go-to rental moving truck company offers plenty of trucks and services to meet your moving needs.
Don’t reserve that rental truck just yet, though. Here are 11 things you should know first about renting a truck from U-Haul.
Some U-Haul equipment is only available for local moves
Those setting off on a long distance move won’t be able to rent just anything. U-Haul’s cargo van, pickup truck and open trailer are reserved for local moves only.
You can purchase additional days or mileage for a one-way move
If you find yourself needing more time to finish the move, you’re in luck! Customers are charged $0.40 per mile, if they exceed the allowed amount. If you need extra days to move, make sure to plan this with the U-Haul employees at your local pickup location. According to U-Haul, the fees are: an additional $40 per day for U-Haul trucks; an additional $20 per day for U-Haul trailers; and an additional $20 per day for U-Haul towing devices.
Most of U-Haul’s moving trucks can seat three passengers
While most U-Haul moving trucks can seat up to three passengers, not all of them will. According to U-Haul, the company’s 10 ft. moving truck and cargo van are equipped with only two seats for passengers.
You can rent more than just moving trucks
In addition to the typical moving truck, U-Haul offers cargo vans, pickup trucks, U-Box containers and trailers for towing.
Rental moving trucks don’t have great gas mileage
Be aware that U-Haul’s rental trucks don’t offer great gas mileage. This is especially true for the company’s larger trucks. For instance, U-Haul’s 26 ft. moving truck only gets 10 miles per gallon. The company’s 10 ft. moving truck gets 12 miles per gallon – albeit with a smaller fuel tank capacity of 31 gallons. If you’re planning a local move, this may not be such a big deal. However, those moving long distance or across the country should be aware that the fuel costs of renting a U-Haul moving truck do add up quickly.
You probably won’t need to stop at a weigh station (but you might!)
You most likely will not need to stop at a weigh station when driving a U-Haul moving truck. According to U-Haul, customers are normally not required to stop because it is not considered a commercial move. However, a few states do require non-commercial trucks that exceed a certain weight (usually 10,000 pounds) to stop in at the weigh stations. To find out more about a state’s weigh station requirements, check the state’s local Department of Transportation for details.
U-Haul’s rental trucks come in a variety of sizes
Choosing the right size rental truck is absolutely crucial. Trust me – you do not want to spend hours loading up the truck, only to realize that there’s not enough room for your last set of boxes. To avoid this, make sure to refer to U-Haul’s size guide online. For instance, U-Haul recommends renting an 8 ft., 9 ft. or 10 ft. moving truck for small moves. For a medium to large move, U-Haul recommends looking into their 15 ft., 20 ft. and 26 ft. moving trucks. These trucks are capable of transporting large loads. U-Haul’s largest moving truck is its 26 ft. rental truck, which can hold up to 7,400 pounds and also comes with the ability to tow a trailer.
You can also purchase your moving supplies from U-Haul
Whatever you need for moving, U-Haul has it. The rental truck company offers customers a wide assortment of moving supplies and add-on services. These include: moving labor, moving boxes, covers and bags, packing supplies, rope and tie downs, storage options, hitches, bike racks, wheelchair carriers, hitch accessories, RV and boat accessories, wiring and lights, grilling supplies, motorcycle towing and much more. Customers can choose their add-ons when making a rental truck reservation.
Know how old do you have to be to rent a Uhaul
Not just anyone can rent a U-Haul moving truck or trailer. The rental truck company requires their customers to be 16 years of age to rent a trailer and 18 years of age to rent a moving truck. To rent either option, customers must have a valid driver’s license.
Loading a U-Haul truck correctly will save you room (and money)
Loading a U-Haul moving truck correctly will save you time, money and aggravation. A few important loading tips include:
- Disassemble all furniture.
- Place the heaviest or largest items on the truck first.
- Heavier items should go in the front of the truck towards the cab.
- Small moving boxes should be the last thing you load onto the rental truck.
- Make sure your couches and mattresses are arranged vertically.
- Use padding to protect items from breaking during transport.
- To prevent your belongings from shifting during transport, make sure to use packing straps or tie downs. Strap down tiers of items separately.
- U-Haul claims that “packing for a tight, evenly distributed load is key to ensuring that all belongings arrive undamaged.”
Read more about our expert tips for loading a moving truck, here.