Thinking about using U-Box® for moving and storage?
Moving containers like the U-Haul® U-Box offer easy loading and unloading, but did you know that with the U-Box you may have to haul your own container to get the cheapest rate? Or that liability coverage costs extra? Take a closer look at the details of moving in a U-Box, and then compare to moving with a U-Pack® ReloCube®. Once you explore equipment construction, dimensions, shipping and delivery options, you might find that a U-Box alternative is the better way to go.
Get to know the details of the U-Haul U-Box
U-Box dimensions and construction
Some people are surprised to learn that U-Box containers are made of treated plywood with a weather-resistant vinyl cover that fits over the box. And that they’re one of the smallest moving containers on the market.
U-Box dimensions are 8’ x 5’ x 7.5’ (LWH) externally and 7' 11" x 4' 8" x 6' 11.5" (LWH) internally — that’s 257 cubic feet. They hold up to 2,000 lbs., which is about one room’s worth of furniture.
Inside, they have two D-rings to tie things down, and a place to use a single lock.
Delivery and shipping
U-Haul offers a few options and not all include delivery. Available options can vary by location.
- You can choose home delivery, where you either pack on your own or select full-service with a moving crew
- You can haul them yourself on a trailer
- Or you can pack them onsite at a U-Haul location
When it comes to shipping U-Boxes, U-Haul uses a variety of carriers, and shipping times vary — 7-10 days on average.
One of the selling points of the U-Box is that it includes one month of use. But since that time includes loading, unloading and shipping, there’s not much left for the free storage. Additional days for storage are available for a monthly fee, so be sure to factor that into your price if you need extra time.
And if you’re trying to move quickly, check on how much time you’ll have left over before you commit. If you have extra time and don’t need to store your belongings, you’ll paying for it anyway.
To rent a U-Box you’ll need a credit card on file. Delivery and the first month’s rent are charged the morning the containers arrive at your origin. If it's a one-way move, transportation charges are due 5 days before the arrival date, and any delivery charges are due the morning of destination delivery.
U-Haul gives U-Box quotes online or over the phone — it may take a little work to figure up the total cost, since each part of the move is priced separately. To give you an idea, let's look at an example of a family in a 2-bedroom home moving from Dallas, TX to Pittsburgh, PA. For this move, U-Box recommended 3 containers. Quotes were from uhaul.com in September 2020.
For this move, U-Box rates were:
- $59.95 for 30 days of use
- $3,072 for shipping (12 day delivery time)
- Delivery options:
- Haul yourself or load at service center: free
- Home delivery: $99 in Dallas, $74.95 in Pittsburgh
- Full-service delivery (includes moving crew): $429 in Dallas, $452.95 in Pittsburgh
- Coverage for your belongings ranges from $36/month to $120/month depending on the level of coverage (you can opt out of coverage, but it’s not recommended).
So, this move would range from $3,131.95 (to either haul it home yourself or load and unload at a service center with NO coverage) to $4,132.95 (for full-service delivery and premium coverage). You could meet in the middle with $3,341.90 (for home delivery with basic coverage), but it's possible to move faster and in a better-constructed container with U-Pack.
How does the ReloCube compare?
Container size and construction
ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH), with a capacity of 308 cubic feet, and they can hold up to 2,500 lbs. (a bit bigger than each U-Box). Cubes are metal and weatherproof, and they have logistics tracking (rails that allow you to tie-down your belongings) throughout the container — so you can easily keep things secure inside. You can also put your own lock on the Cube to keep it secure while loading and unloading and during transit.
Delivery and shipping
Most U-Pack moves include door-to-door delivery via our primary transportation provider ABF Freight®. You may recognize the yellow and green trucks on the interstates. Thanks to an efficient network, transit times from loading to unloading are some of the fastest in the industry — averaging just 2-5 business days. You get three days for loading, and 3 days for unloading. So, if you’re looking to complete your move quickly without dragging on for weeks, U-Pack is a great option.
Another perk is you can request as many ReloCubes as you think you need, but only pay for the ones you use. Any unused Cubes are picked up at no charge. And if you don’t have room for parking, you can load or unload at a local service center and save money.
The nice thing about storage with U-Pack is that you only pay for it if you need it. U-Pack storage rates are charged every 30 days, and storage begins once it arrives at the destination service center where it’s stored. We can store as long as you need — just let us know when you’re ready for delivery. The rates vary based on location.
Loading and unloading help
If you need help loading and/or unloading your Cube, we can refer you to experienced local moving crews that are available in most locations. Hire them for as much or as little time as you want (with a minimum charge).
U-Pack requires a card on file for reservations, and then you can pay by credit, debit or Paypal®. There are no upfront costs — pay after loading once your belongings are in transit (since final costs depend on how many containers you use).
Easily check U-Pack rates online or over the phone. Your price includes the moving container(s), transportation, delivery, fuel and liability coverage.
For the same sample move as above (2-bedroom home from Dallas to Pittsburgh), U-Pack recommended 2-3 ReloCubes. Quotes were from upack.com in September 2020.
- 2 Cubes: $2,765 (includes door-to-door shipping and liability coverage)
- 3 Cubes: $3,356 (includes door-to-door shipping and liability coverage)
- Add moving help: $372 in Dallas and $438 in Pittsburgh
While the prices are comparable, with U-Pack you get a little more space, faster, more reliable transportation and better-constructed containers. That’s a win!
Other U-Box alternatives
Of course, U-Box and ReloCube containers aren’t the only options. If you’d like to explore other U-Box alternatives, take a look at these portable storage company comparisons. While most work similarly, the specifics can make a difference for your move.
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