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Rental Trailer Size and Capacity

Moving in a U-Pack® rental trailer

When you move door-to-door in a U-Pack moving trailer, we'll deliver the 28-foot trailer directly to your location. When you're finished loading, we'll pick it up and deliver it to your new home quickly and safely. U-Pack offers the convenience and affordability you're looking for in an out of state moving company.

And whether your move is large or small, U-Pack can help. We provide “per foot” pricing that allows you to pay only for the space your shipment occupies inside the rental trailer – down to a five foot minimum. So, reserve as much space as you think you’ll need, and pay only for what you use. We drive. You save.®

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Trailer Rental FAQs

How big is the U-Pack trailer?

External dimensions are 28 ft. x 8 ft. x 9 ft. (lwh). Internal dimensions are 324 in. x 96 in. x 108 in. (lwh), making the full-trailer capacity approximately 1,944 cubic feet. Because your U-Pack price is based on the linear footage usedMoving Trailer Rental Dimensions inside 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 3- to 4-bedroom home. To estimate how much space you’ll need, try out the U-Pack Space Estimator tool.

How much weight can the trailer hold?

A 28-foot trailer can legally haul 22,500 lbs., but only if the weight is evenly distributed. We estimate that a linear foot of typical household goods weighs 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 lbs. it’s capable of holding). A half trailer (14 linear feet) would typically weigh around 6,300 lbs.

Where can I park the rental trailer?

The rental trailer must be parked on pavement or hard-packed gravel, and as long as it is a safe and legal location, the driver will place it right where you want it. Keep in mind that some areas require parking permits or permissions, so make sure to contact your HOA, apartment manager, city office, etc., before moving day to make arrangements.

How do I load the rental trailer?

The trailer sits approximately 48 inches off the ground, and U-Pack offers complimentary ramps to make loading and unloading easy.  The ramp is two feet wide, allowing for the use of a standard-size moving dolly.

Have you read our packing tips and loading tips yet? They’re helpful for learning how to pack and load high and tight in order to use the least amount of space possible (since you pay for the space you use).

How are my belongings secured on the trailer?

To help prevent shifting during transit, you can nail blocks and braces to the trailer floor throughout the loading process. You can also use screwable metal hooks and eyes to assist in tying down your shipment. Most U-Pack trailers are equipped with logistics tracking that runs from floor to ceiling. These tie-down points allow you to secure your shipment with ropes and ratchet straps as you load. You can request a rental trailer with logistics tracking from the origin service center, though availability is not guaranteed.

What if I don’t use the entire rental trailer?

The trailer comes to you completely empty, equipped with a secure divider wall (called a bulkhead). The bulkhead is designed to separate your shipment from palletized, boxed, or crated commercial goods that are moving in the same direction as your belongings. U-Pack moves one household goods shipment per trailer, so your belongings are not transferred, unloaded, or co-mingled with other household shipments during the move.

Check out this video to learn more about moving in a rental trailer, and how to install the bulkhead.

Learn More About U-Pack Trailers

Trailer Parking
Trailer Storage
Loading/Unloading Ramps
How to Install the Secure Divider Wall
How to Calculate linear feet
How are U-Pack trailers delivered?
Moving trucks – FAQs