U-Haul Truck Size Guide: Picking the Perfect Size for Your Move

What Size U-Haul Moving Truck Should You Rent for Your Next Relocation?

When relocating from one place to another, you might need a moving truck, and not just any truck, but the exact one that fits your need.

U-Haul is the number one truck rental company that exists and they have a wide range of truck options so that all your needs, at whatever level, are met.

That said, the next thing you need to know is what truck size you should get when you want to relocate or move items from one place to another, so you can rent a truck that suits your needs best.

But first of all, why does the truck size even matter at all? Why exactly can’t you simply contact U-Haul and rent any of their available trucks? We will tell you why.

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Why Truck Size Matters

Let’s paint two scenarios for you to explain why you should take time out to confirm what truck size you need before renting any U-Haul truck.

First, imagine that you order a truck and it arrives. Happily, you start to carry your furniture and moving boxes out, until you get to a point where your truck cannot take your belongings anymore.

You would be forced to spend more money in this case, and bad enough not considering how stressful that would be.

Packing up boxes to move is stressful enough already, you don’t need any more. This is one reason failing to rent the right truck size will cost you more money, time, and energy.

Second scenario; you might have imagined what it is, but hear it still. You get so careful not to rent a truck that will be too small, so you get a bigger one. Luckily enough, it takes your entire load and there is even space for more!

Unfortunately, when it comes to your moving boxes, that is not such a good thing. Excess space in the truck gives room for your boxes and luggage to get damaged.

Based on these, if you want a sweet and smooth relocation or delivery experience, you must be cautious and intentional about the truck size you decide to rent.

Read below many options offer by Uhaul as well read this guidelines here!

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Available U-Haul Truck Sizes

  1.  Pick Up Trucks (8’)

This truck is ideal for doing local jobs, moving small load, and short-term travel or relocation. It can accommodate a small bed frame or averagely big equipment like an industrial machine, musical equipment like Piano.

It is the perfect truck for holiday travel, or for a student moving to their dorm. The price range starts from $19.95.

Features 

Internal Length, width and height: 7’1, 5’2 and 1’9 respectively.

  • Max Load: 1897 lbs.
  • Volume: 76 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 3’
  • Gross vehicle weight: 6,700 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 6,000 lbs.
  • Size of tank: 34 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 19  mpg
  • Miles per fuel tank: 646
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Gentle-ride suspension
  • Has 3 adult seats
  • Has airbags and radio.
  1. U-Haul Cargo Van (9’)

This van is mostly used for deliveries. It is similar to the pickup truck in efficiency, as well as price, starting from $19.95.

However, it consumes less fuel and has good height to accommodate some items the pickup truck cannot. This van is a great option when you’re moving a queen mattress, some furniture, and your boxes.

Features

  • Internal Length, width, and height: 9’6, 5’7, and 4’8 respectively.
  • Max Load: 3880 lbs.
  • Volume: 246cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’5”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 8550 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: none
  • Size of tank: 25 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 18  mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Gentle road suspension
  • Has only 2 adult seats
  • Has cruise control
  • Has airbags and radio
  • Nerf bars for easy climbing.

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  1. U-Haul 10 ft. Truck

This is a suitable truck for small families relocating from a one or two-bedroom house to a long-distance location. The truck can take a king-sized bed considering the length of the vehicle, and many other loads.

Features

  • Internal Length, width and height: 9’11, 6’4 and 6’2 respectively.
  • Max Load: 2850 lbs.
  • Loading ramp: none
  • Volume: 402 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’5”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 8600lbs
  • Towing capacity: 6000 lbs.
  • Size of tank: 33 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 12 mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Has 2 adult seats
  • Has cruise control
  • Has airbags and radio
  • Contains disc brakes, tie-downs and rub rails
  • Gentle-ride suspension
  • V-8 engine for fuel management.

What fits in a 15 ft U Haul?

  1. U-Haul 15 ft. Truck

This truck is mostly used by people who are moving more than one bedroom – ideally, 2 bedrooms. It has room for a lot of boxes and furniture that you might need to pack.

Features

  • Internal Length, width and height: 15’, 7’8 and 7’2 respectively.
  • Mom’s attic (L x W x H: 2’6, 7’8, 2’7)
  • Max Load: 6,385 lbs.
  • Loading ramp with 2’2 width.
  • Volume: 746 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’10”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs.
  • Size of fuel tank: 40 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 10 mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Has 3 wide adult seats
  • Has airbags and radio
  • Contains disc brakes, tie-downs, and rub rails
  • Has power brakes/steering.

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  1. U-Haul 17ft Truck

This truck is very similar to the 15’ truck. The major difference is its height. This difference is significant because it allows you to pack more home accessories and can fit more moving boxes.

Features

  • Internal Length, width and height: 16’9, 7’8 and 7’2 respectively.
  • Mom’ s attic (L x W x H: 2’6, 7’8, 2’7)
  • Max Load: 6,160 lbs.
  • Loading ramp with 2’2 width.
  • Volume: 865 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’10”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs.
  • Size of fuel tank: 40 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 12 mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Has 3 wide adult seats
  • Best ramp
  • Contains disc brakes, cruise control and gentle-ride  suspension.
  1. U-Haul 20ft Truck

This truck is the best option for big families with plenty of rooms or families looking to move into a much bigger house. The attic allows you to store fragile items separately, and the truck space gives room for almost all home items.

Features

  • Internal Length, width and height: 19’6, 7’8, and 7’2 respectively.
  • Mom’ s attic (L x W x H: 2’6, 7’8, 2’7)
  • Max Load: 5,700 lbs.
  • Loading ramp with 2’2 width.
  • Volume: 1015 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’11”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 7,500 lbs.
  • Size of fuel tank: 40 gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 10 mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Has 3 wide adult seats
  • Has airbags and radio
  • Contains disc brakes, tie-downs, and rub rails
  • Has power brakes/steering.

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  1. U-Haul 26’ Truck

This truck is the biggest and most spacious truck that U-Haul offers for rental.

It can accommodate up to 4 bedrooms so it’s your best bet if you have a very big family. You can store up to three king-sized bed frames, furniture like wardrobes, dining set, couches, and so on.

Features

  • Internal Length, width and height: 26’2, 8’2 and 8’3 respectively.
  • Mom’ s attic (L x W x H: 2’8, 8’2, 3’3)
  • Max Load: 9,010 lbs.
  • Loading ramp with 2’7 width.
  • Volume: 1682 cu. ft.
  • Deck height (from the ground): 2’11”
  • Gross vehicle weight: 25,999 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs.
  • Size of fuel tank: 60gallons
  • Miles per gallon: 10 mpg
  • Has an air conditioner
  • Automatic transmission
  • Has 3 wide adult seats
  • Has airbags and radio
  • Contains disc brakes, tie-downs, and rub rails
  • Has power brakes/steering
  • Cruise control.

From this wide range of trucks and their features, you can almost guess which one suits you best. However, that’s not all.

To be clear that you’re making the right decision, these are additional six factors that you should also consider before concluding on any of these trucks.

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6 More Factors to Guide You

  1. Property size

As we have already said, picking out the right truck size is very crucial to your move. You don’t want to go too small or too large.

One thing you therefore need is an inventory. How many rooms do you have or how many boxes are you likely to have?

Also, how many big items do you have? If you have more than 3 rooms and large items in your current home, going with the 26ft U-Haul truck would be your best bet.

If you have two rooms in your current home going with an 18ft truck would be better. Always remember to take into account the number of properties you have. If you have a lot of load, you should go with a bigger sized truck.

  1. Location you’re moving to

Are you moving to a far area, across the country, or within the same state you’re in? If you’re carrying your items to nearby places, then you can consider opting for the smaller trucks and multiple trips instead of a one-time trip with a big truck.

U-Haul Cargo Van 9"

  1. Driving

Now, another thing you need to consider is the driving of the U-Haul truck you need to rent. Driving a U-Haul is not much different from driving a car.

The only difference is its slow response time to your handling. This is because of how big and heavy it can get after loading your properties.

In America, many states have a speed limit of 65 MPH or higher for trucks, but the recommended speed limit is 55 MPH regardless of its size.

If you’re driving a U-Haul truck for the first time, you should go take your driving slower till you get a grip of it.

If you’re driving a trailer, you can go faster than 65 MPH depending on its size and how packed with load it is. A smaller trailer will allow for more movement flexibility when driving through sharp corners.

  1. Passengers

A U-Haul truck usually sits about two to three passengers in front which isn’t enough space if you have more people moving with you. The number of seats varies with truck sizes.

A 10ft truck has just 2 seats, a driver seat with one passenger seat, but the 15ft, 17ft, 20ft, and 26ft truck sizes usually have 3 seats. You will need to look for an alternative vehicle to transport the other people to your destination if you have more people moving with you.

We advise you have at least one passenger with you in the truck who can drive. This person will keep you company and take over from driving the truck when you get tired.

  1. Supplementary Car or not

If you intend to make use of your vehicle to move as well, you should consider that. What you want to do in this case is picture how much load your vehicle will be able to accommodate, and then pick a truck size that will fit the leftover items.

  1. Hidden Costs

When planning to move, there are a lot of hidden expenses that may creep on you. Expenses like damage protection, environmental fee, and gas fee.

After renting a U-Haul truck, you still need to fuel the truck with gas – and the bigger the truck, the more its fuel consumption. Get more gar mileage tips here!

A 26ft U-Haul truck needs about 60 gallons of unleaded fuel for a full tank which can take you about 600 miles. A 20ft truck needs 40 gallons of fuel for a full tank. So you should have that added to your expenses.

Those are the very important things to be considered and here is a general summary of when to use each type of truck so you can find your category and know which truck size works best for you. Please note that this is not 100% accurate but for an average or estimated situation.

S/N Truck Type APPLICABLE CATEGORY
Pick Up Single room, carrying moderately heavy items e.g. machines, basic pieces of furniture.
2. Cargo Van Self-deliveries, studio apartment, student luggage.
3. 10’ Truck One bedroom, vehicle towing, huge furniture, plenty of boxes, long distance.
4. 15’ Truck Two bedrooms, carrying machines, long distance, vehicle towing.
5. 17’ Truck Two bedrooms, multiple furniture, plenty of large boxes, and home accessories
6. 20’ Truck Three bedrooms, chunky furniture, long-distance, heavy items, fragile items to be kept separately, towing big vehicles.
7. 26’ Truck Three to four bedrooms, almost all home accessories, towing extra vans or vehicles, lots of boxes.

 

Conclusion

Your selected truck size can make your move the sweetest or the worst. In addition to the information presented above to you, try as much as possible to start packing way earlier than you intend to move.

That way, even if you have judged wrongly, you will be able to make adjustments early enough. All you need is to find out what suits your situation and pick the size that aligns with it. Happy packing!

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