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Rental Trailer Size and Capacity

What to expect from a U-Pack rental trailer

When you select the moving trailer option from U-Pack, a 28-foot rental trailer is delivered right to your door by a professional, courteous driver. You load it, and we deliver it to your new home quickly and safely.

And with U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use. So if you're moving a small home and won't come close to filling a 28-foot rental trailer, no problem; just pay for the space you use. If you're moving a large home and feel certain you'll fill the entire rental trailer (plus some), that's perfectly fine too. More space is always available.

The rental trailer comes to you completely empty, equipped with a loading ramp and a secure divider wall (designed to separate your shipment from any palletized, boxed or crated commercial goods moving in the same direction). Because U-Pack moves only one household goods shipment per rental trailer, you don't have to worry about your belongings being unloaded or transferred – a perk U-Pack customers love!


How big is the rental trailer

U-Pack Moving rental trailer dimensions

The external dimensions are 28 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. (lwh), and the internal dimensions are 324 in. x 96 in. x 108 in. (lwh). That results in a full-trailer capacity of about 2,000 cubic feet. And because your U-Pack price is based on the linear footage used in the trailer, it's important to note that each linear foot is 1 ft. x 8 ft. x 9 ft. (lwh), or 72 cubic feet.

How much will the rental trailer hold?

U-Pack trailers are significantly larger than even the largest rental truck. In fact, the loading space is equivalent in size to a 26-foot and 10-foot rental truck combined (with some space still left over). That means the full trailer typically holds a large 3- to small 4-bedroom home. To estimate how much space you'll need, use U-Pack's moving space estimators.

How much weight can it hold?

A 28 foot rental trailer can legally haul 22,500 lbs., but only if the weight is evenly distributed throughout the trailer. Each linear foot of household goods is estimated to weigh around 450-500 lbs. That means a trailer full of household goods would weigh approximately 12,600 lbs (a far cry from the 22,500 that it's capable of holding). A half trailer (14 linear feet) would typically weigh around 6,300 lbs.

Rental trailer parking


Where can I park the rental trailer?

It should be parked on pavement or hard packed gravel rather than soft earth or grassy areas. And as long as the parking is safe and legal, the driver will park it where you want it. Keep in mind that some areas require parking permits, so make certain to contact your HOA, apartment manager, city offices, etc., before moving day to make arrangements.



How do I load the rental trailer?

The trailer sits approximately 48 in. off the ground, so U-Pack offers complimentary ramps for loading and unloading. The ramp is 2 ft. wide, allowing for the use of a standard-size moving dolly.

How are my items secured?

If you've checked out U-Pack's packing tips and loading tips, you know that items that are loaded securely and tied down inside the rental trailer travel much more safely. To help prevent shifting in transit, you may nail blocks and braces to the trailer floor throughout the loading process. You can also use screwable hooks and eyes to assist in tying your shipment down. Many rental trailers are also equipped with logistics tracking that runs from floor to ceiling and offers multiple anchor points for tying down your shipment with ropes or ratchet straps. These types of trailers may be requested with the origin terminal, but they are not guaranteed.

For more information related to moving in a rental trailer, check out these posts from the U-Pack Blog

How much does it cost to move across country?
How are U-Pack Trailers Delivered?
Moving Trucks – Frequently Asked Questions
Moving Weight Restrictions