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Moving Trailer Parking

July 12th, 2018 - 4:01 PM

How much space do I need to park the U-Pack moving trailer?

Arranging parking is one of the most important tasks to take care of before moving day. Because of this, some of the biggest questions customers have about the moving trailer is “Can it fit at my house?” and “Where will I park it?” In most cases, the trailer will fit in your driveway or on the street, but it’s essential to go over the details to make sure. 

Take a look at this overview of trailer parking and then keep reading for more information:

Trailer parking by the numbers

The trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’, and it’s delivered using a single cab tractor. On moving day and at pickup, our driver will need a little extra room to maneuver the cab and trailer. 

You’ll need:

  • Safe, legal parking at both origin and destination
  • 40 feet of length (3-4 car lengths) for parking and loading (the trailer plus the ramp)
  • 14-foot overhead clearance (check for low hanging wires or tree branches)
  • 10 feet in width
  • A solid surface (no soft earth or grass)
  • Parking for up to three business days (make sure to check with your neighborhood association or HOA about overnight parking, if applicable)

Make sure the driveway area is clear, no vehicles are blocked at delivery and the trailer is accessible at pickup. 

moving trailer parked in driveway

Other options for parking

If there’s not enough space to park in your driveway, or you don’t have a driveway, we can often use other spots. Trailers can typically be parked in a parking lot or on the street, but there are some additional requirements to consider.

Private parking lot

Need to park at an apartment complex or storage facility? You’ll need approval from the property manager or landlord. If you plan on parking the trailer across parking spaces, you’ll need about five standard parking spots for the trailer and ramp. Make sure to get permission for overnight parking, as you have up to three business days to load. Read more about these parking situations

Street parking

Check with city offices or the local police department to see if a parking permit is required. There may be specific guidelines to follow. For example, in areas of Boston, a permit is required, and signs must be posted days before the equipment is delivered. It’s important to note that the trailer can’t be parked in a fire lane, next to a hydrant or the wrong way on a one-way street. 

Live loads

U-Pack offers a live load in some cities — where the driver stays with the truck as you load or unload, so there’s no long-term parking. If you think you need this type of delivery, call 800-413-4799 to talk with a moving consultant. 

What if there is not enough space for parking?

If the issue is the space required to deliver and park the trailer, ReloCube containers might be a good option. Cubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’, and each one fits into a standard parking space. You can use multiple Cubes, depending on the size of your move. 

If you really have no parking (driveway is too-short, the city won’t issue a permit in time, etc.), we offer loading and unloading at our local service centers. While this option is a bit more work on your end, it does come with significant savings. 

To discuss these options, call a moving consultant at 800-413-4799

Need a moving quote?

Now that you know trailer parking will work at your location, it’s time to get a moving quote. The quote will automatically give you the equipment option that best fits your needs. If you got a ReloCube quote but wanted a moving trailer quote, please email changequote@upack.com, and we’ll be happy to change the details.

If you have questions about trailer parking, please leave us a comment or call us. We’re happy to help!