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Moving Container or Trailer?

September 20th, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Choosing the right equipment for your U-Pack move

When selecting a moving service, equipment options may be part of the decision-making process. U-Pack offers two types: moving containers and moving trailers, and they both have their advantages. Price is likely a large factor, but what other things should you consider? Take a look at the things that stay the same with U-Pack®, no matter which equipment you use, and the things to consider as you choose between our moving trailers and containers.

Want to go over the specifics of each equipment type? Here’s everything you need to know about ReloCubes and moving in a trailer.

U-Pack moving container vs. trailer

Equipment similarities

No matter which equipment option you choose, these things apply to all U-Pack moves:

  • Flexible space. Every move has our “pay for the space you use” pricing, which provides a lot of flexibility. With the trailer, prices are based on the linear feet used (down to a 5-foot minimum). For example, if you think you need 7 linear feet, but end up needing 10, no problem — use what you need and we’ll adjust the rate. With the ReloCube containers, rates are based on the number of containers you use. For example, if you have three ReloCubes delivered, but only use two, you only pay for two.
  • Loading and unloading time. For most moves, there are three business days to load and three business days to unload. We find that this is the perfect amount of time to load for most customers.
  • Great customer service. U-Pack moving consultants are available to help with planning, reservations and anything you need throughout the move.
  • Quick transit time. Shipments get to destination quickly — most moves average just 2-5 business days in transit.

Take a look at the specifics

Most moves would be successful with either type of moving equipment, but there may be preferences or situations that make one type a better option. Here are some things to consider:


The moving trailer needs about 40’ in length (about 3-4 car lengths) for parking, and it must be parked on a solid surface, no soft earth or grass. Trailers also need 14’ in overhead clearance, so no low tree branches or wires. Each ReloCube takes up a standard parking space, so if parking space is limited, then containers may be a better option. But if you have a driveway (or permission/permits to park on the street or in the apartment’s lot), then the trailer will work fine.

Learn more about parking a trailer and ReloCube parking needs.

Home size

For larger homes, the moving trailer is probably the best option. Trailers can typically accommodate up to a 4-bedroom home (and you can use all or part of a second trailer if needed). A ReloCube typically holds the furniture and contents of one room, so it’s great for apartments and smaller homes. While you can use multiple containers, it generally becomes more cost-effective to use the trailer for larger homes.


ReloCubes sit at ground level while the trailer sits 3.5 feet off the ground, requiring a 14-foot ramp to access it. It’s easy to use a dolly to walk items into the trailer, but if you’re moving by yourself, then a Cube might be easier.


The prices can vary a bit between equipment types due to availability and a variety of other factors. If you’re trying to find the cheapest option, get a free moving quote to see which equipment is best.

Get help deciding on equipment

Still need to talk it out? The U-Pack moving consultants can help determine which type of equipment is best for your move. Give us a call at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below — we’ll be happy to help!