7 Things You Should Know About U-Haul Before Renting a Truck
Jan 25, 2023
Making an out-of-state move in a U-Haul rental truck
Renting a truck from U-Haul® might seem cheap and easy for a long-distance move, but that’s not always the case. By the time you add in fuel for a fully loaded U-Haul truck, it’s often more expensive than other options like U-Pack® where you can get the savings of a DIY move without having to drive or purchase fuel. Here are some things to consider about U-Haul before making a decision.
Reservations don’t guarantee the truck size
For long-distance moves, U-Haul offers 5 truck sizes ranging from 10 ft to 26 ft. You can choose a size based on the size of your home, but it can be difficult to exchange the truck if you need more space. Plus, making a reservation (even in advance) doesn’t guarantee the equipment will be available.
With U-Pack, you can reserve space in a moving trailer and adjust the size up or down to fit your needs (down to a minimum of 5 linear feet), or order ReloCube® moving containers and only pay for the ones you use.
Wondering what you need to make a reservation? Check out the requirements for renting a U-Haul.
U-Haul rentals won’t comfortably hold a family
Rental trucks typically seat 2-3 people, which can make traveling with children or pets uncomfortable (or impossible).
U-Pack handles moving belongings so your family can travel together in the comfort of a personal vehicle.
You have a time limit for picking up and returning trucks
U-Haul prices include a set number of days to use the truck, and extra days cost more money. While reserving a truck, you’ll have to select locations for pickup and return — so make sure you’re choosing dates and locations wisely to avoid those extra costs.
You don’t have to worry about picking up or returning the equipment with U-Pack, and you’ll get three business days for loading or unloading.
Long-distance rentals are more expensive than daily rates
Daily rates for a local move are often inexpensive, but U-Haul rates can get pricey fast for out-of-state moves, especially when you add the cost of fuel and liability coverage.
U-Pack includes fuel and liability coverage in every quote.
U-Haul trucks have low gas mileage
The average gas mileage of U-Haul trucks is typically 10-12 MPG, but this can vary based on the terrain and the weight of your belongings. Customers can maximize gas mileage by following U-Haul’s recommended speed limits and practicing good driving techniques like avoiding fast acceleration or heavy braking.
Traveling in a personal vehicle while letting U-Pack transport your things will save you money in fuel since you’ll get better gas mileage during the drive.
Discounts are rare for U-Haul rentals
Occasionally, there are discounts on U-Haul truck rentals, but it’s often cheaper to move with a company like U-Pack that consistently offers coupon codes for moves.
Equipment inventory varies per location
U-Haul also has other rental equipment besides moving trucks, but not all locations will carry the same inventory. They rent pickup trucks, cargo vans, trailers (cargo, utility and motorcycle/ATV) and U-Box® portable storage containers.
Learn how U-Box compares to U-Pack’s ReloCube.
There’s an easier way to move long distance
U-Pack services moves all over the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, so you don’t have to worry about driving a U-Haul. See how we compare to truck rental and then get a free online quote today. Or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant.
If you have any questions, give us a call or let us know in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!
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