Enclosed Trailer Rentals

Cargo trailer rentals for long-distance moving

Can you relate to one or more of these situations?

  • You’re looking for an easy way to move a small amount without driving a rental truck
  • You need to move belongings, a car and your family 
  • You have too much stuff for a rental truck and need more loading space 

If so, you may have considered renting a trailer. Keep reading to learn more. 

Which companies offer enclosed trailer rentals?  

Of the major truck rental companies, U-Haul® is the only one that rents enclosed trailers. It offers four sizes: 4’ x 8’, 5’ x 8’, 5’ x 10’ and 6’ x 12’. The size you need will depend on how much you’re moving. Take a look at the following details to determine if renting a cargo trailer is the best option for you: 

Note: According to U-Haul’s website, the following measurements are approximate. The equipment may vary in size based on product design and engineering. 

4’ x 8’ Cargo Trailer 

  • Inside dimensions: 8’1”L x 4’1”W x 4’H
  • Door opening: 3’1”W x 3’5”H
  • Maximum volume: 142 cubic feet 
  • Maximum loading: 1,650 lbs. 
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight: 2,500 lbs. 
  • Empty weight: 850 lbs.  
  • Requires a 1-7/8” or 2” hitch ball (minimum 2,000 lbs.) 
  • Can’t exceed a maximum hitch ball height of 25” 
  • Maximum recommended speed is 55 MPH 

5’ x 8’ Cargo Trailer 

  • Inside dimensions: 8’L x 4’8”W x 5’4”H
  • Door opening: 4’W x 4’10”H 
  • Maximum volume: 208 cubic feet 
  • Maximum loading: 1,800 lbs.  
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight: 2,700 lbs.  
  • Empty weight: 900 lbs.  
  • Requires a 1-7/8” or 2” hitch ball (minimum 2,000 lbs.) 
  • Can’t exceed maximum hitch ball height of 25” 
  • Maximum recommended speed: 55 MPH 

5’ x 10’ Cargo Trailer 

  • Inside dimensions: 9’10”L x 4’9”W x 4’7”H
  • Door opening: 3’9”W x 4’H
  • Maximum volume: 230 cubic feet 
  • Maximum loading: 1,550 lbs.  
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight: 2,800 lbs. 
  • Empty weight: 1,250 lbs. 
  • Requires a 1-7/8” or 2” hitch ball (minimum 2,000 lbs.) 
  • Can’t exceed maximum hitch ball height of 25” 
  • Maximum recommended speed is 55 MPH 

6’ x 12’ Cargo Trailer 

  • Inside dimensions: 11’7”L x 6’W x 5’5”H 
  • Door opening: 5’W x 4’10”H 
  • Maximum volume: 396 cubic feet 
  • Maximum loading: 2,480 lbs. 
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight: 4,400 lbs. 
  • Empty weight: 1,920 lbs. 
  • Requires a 1-7/8” or 2” hitch ball (minimum 3,500 lbs.) 
  • Can’t exceed maximum hitch ball height of 25” 
  • Maximum recommended speed is 55 MPH 

Things to consider when renting moving trailers 

If you’re not familiar with towing enclosed trailers, you’ll want to consider a few things before signing the rental agreement: 

Towing equipment

The towing vehicle requires the right style and size hitch, and this depends on the trailer type and weight class. There are two primary types of hitches: fixed tongue and receiver style. Fixed tongue hitches are permanently installed and receiver-style hitches are removable. The most common hitch sizes are 1¼” to 2”. When renting a cargo trailer, be sure to ask the company if your hitch will work with their equipment. 

Tow chains and plugs are also needed. Tow chains attach to the vehicle and trailer for added security. Plugs come in different styles, from 4-way to 7-way. Having the correct size is necessary for the lights on the trailer to work.   

Trailer sway 

When towing, it’s not unusual to experience trailer sway — a sort of fishtailing movement caused by the extra weight behind the vehicle. While some minor sway is normal, improper loading or driving habits can cause the driver to lose control or drift across lanes. To avoid excessive trailer sway, load most of the weight into the front half of the cargo trailer, properly inflate the tires and drive the company’s recommended speed.  

Decreased gas mileage 

One of the most significant considerations for a long-distance move is the impact towing has on fuel efficiency. According to Fueleconomy.gov, every extra 100 pounds of weight on a vehicle decreases fuel efficiency by 1%. A fully loaded 6’ x 12’ cargo trailer could weigh over 4,000 pounds, causing a substantial decrease in gas mileage. For example, a vehicle that typically gets around 30 MPG might only get 13 MPG when towing a fully-loaded trailer. And for a trip across the country, extra fuel costs can add up.

How to move without renting a cargo trailer 

If you’d rather not drive and tow a trailer long distance, there are other options. In fact, it’s possible to move without having to drive at all. U-Pack®, a “you pack, we drive” service, offers two great solutions: moving trailers and moving containers. 

Our moving trailers are 8’L x 9’W 28’H and have approximately 360 cubic feet of space. While that’s bigger than any cargo trailer rental, you can use as little as five linear feet or up to the entire trailer. U-Pack ReloCube® containers are 6’L x 7’W x 8’H, have about 305 cubic feet of space, and you can use one or multiple containers. Both options are flexible because you only pay for the space used in the trailer or the number of containers you fill! Get a free online quote or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 for more details.

Have questions? 

Searching for additional information about enclosed trailers not covered here? Leave a comment below, and we’ll be happy to help! 

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