Comparing U-Box® and the U-Pack ReloCube®
If you compare portable storage options like the U-Haul® U-Box and the U-Pack ReloCube®, you’ll see some similarities. But before you choose a service, learn about how they differ and how that can impact your move. Take a look at this chart for a brief side-by-side comparison, and then keep reading for more details.
While the containers are a similar size and shape, some other important things differ. Here’s a breakdown:
U-Box dimensions are 8’ x 5’ x 7’10” (DWH) externally and 95” x 56” x 83.5” internally — that’s approximately 257 cubic feet. They hold up to 2,000 lbs., which is about one room’s worth of furniture.
U-Box containers are made of plywood and have a vinyl cover. They have two D-Rings inside to tie things down, and they have one place for a lock on the outside.
ReloCube containers are slightly larger at 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (DWH) externally and 70” x 82” x 93” internally — approximately 305 cubic feet. They can hold up to 2,500 lbs., which is normally the contents of a small studio apartment or the furniture and boxes from one room. ReloCubes are made of sturdy, weatherproof metal, and they have floor-to-ceiling tie-down points throughout. For added security, there are two locations to place locks.
U-Haul is nationwide, with locations in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. U-Box availability varies by location.
U-Pack is also nationwide and services all 50 states, Washington D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico. ReloCube rental is based on availability, but U-Pack also offers a trailer move option — so there’s always a way to move without driving yourself.
U-Haul includes U-Box storage in the first 30 days of use (including the move), and then monthly rates apply. If you don’t need the full 30 days to pack, load and move, you’ll still pay for it.
U-Pack gives you three days to load, three days to unload, and storage available if you want to add it. If you select storage, it’s billed on a 30-day basis and starts after we pick up the loaded equipment.
U-Box offers a few different door-delivery options.
- Self-delivery – you pick up the U-Box and tow it home for loading then back to U-Haul for shipping. With this option you’ll need a vehicle that can tow at least 3,000 pounds.
- Moving Help Delivery – You choose local moving help to deliver the U-Box, and they return it to the U-Haul location.
- Truck Delivery – U-Haul drops off the U-Box and picks it up when loading is complete.
U-Pack provides these delivery options:
- Door-to-door delivery – We’ll deliver the Cube right to your location. When you’re finished loading, we’ll pick it up and deliver it to your new home.
- Service Center-to-Service Center – Load and unload at a local service center. Doing this can help you save up to $300!
- Hybrid move. We’ll deliver to your door on one end of the move, and you go to a service center on the other. It’s another great money-saving option.
U-Box transit times vary depending on availability and distance. Transit for a long-distance move can take anywhere from 7-10 days (sometimes longer). Expedited delivery may be available depending on the U-Box location.
Thanks to our efficient transportation provider, ABF Freight®, and a nationwide network of service centers across the U.S., you don’t have to wait long! U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days. We also offer guaranteed delivery options upon request.
Payment Process and Timeline
While both U-Haul and U-Pack offer free online quotes, price and payment differ.
U-Box quotes include the rental rate, the first month of storage, delivery and shipping. You can add liability coverage for an extra charge. A credit card is require to reserve, and delivery and first month rent is charged the morning of delivery. If it’s a one-way move, the card is charged 5 days before the guaranteed arrival date. Delivery charges are put on your card the morning of delivery to your destination. U-Haul will issue a refund for any U-Box units you reserved but don’t use.
U-Pack quotes are all-inclusive. They include the transportation, delivery, fuel, basic liability coverage, tolls and the driver. A credit card is needed for reservation, but you don’t pay anything until the Cubes are in transit. And you only pay for the ones you use — so you aren’t out any money waiting on a refund.
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