One-Way Trailer Rental

Using a one-way trailer to move long distance 

If you’re moving out of state or across the country, a one-way trailer may be an option (depending on what you’re moving). With this type of rental, you pick it up at one location and drop it off at another. If you’re wondering what companies offer one-way trailer rentals, what sizes and types are available, and how it all works, we’ve got answers. We’ll also tell you about an easy one-way option where you don’t have to tow the trailer.   

Family unloading a one-way moving trailer using a dolly.


FAQs about one-way trailer rentals 

Who has trailer rentals?  

Most truck rental companies and some home improvement stores offer trailers for rent. But, it’s important to note that not all are available for one-way moves. If you’re moving long distance and don’t want to have to return the trailer back to where you picked it up, make sure to check with the company to verify that a one-way rental is available.  Learn more about options from these well-known companies:

What types of trailers are there? 

There are several types of trailers available, depending on your needs: utility trailers, cargo trailers, car carriers and tow dollies. To haul a vehicle, you’ll need either a carrier or a tow dolly. If you’re moving household goods, you’ll need to rent an enclosed trailer

How much does it cost to rent a trailer one way? 

Prices are typically based on things like the type and size of the trailer, the distance between the pick-up and drop-off locations, how long it’s used, and whether you rent it in combination with one-way rental truck

Related reading: How much does it cost to tow a car

What size trailer do I need? 

You can determine which size trailer to rent based on how much you’re moving. Each trailer rental website shows available trailer sizes and their approximate dimensions and loading capacity. Make sure to check out weight limits, too. You don’t want to overload it. 

Can I tow a one-way trailer behind my vehicle? 

Towing behind your personal vehicle is allowed in some cases. But some companies only allow their trailers to be towed behind their rental trucks. Be sure to check!

If you plan to tow behind your personal vehicle, make sure it’s equipped with the proper hitch system. Also, check with the rental company to verify that your vehicle is approved to tow their equipment. Don’t have a hitch system? Review your vehicle’s user manual for details on what size hitch to install. 

What’s the best way to load an enclosed trailer? 

It’s critical that the cargo trailer is loaded correctly. Load heavier items in the front (the end closest to the vehicle) and lightweight items in the rear and on top of heavier furniture and boxes. And secure the load with ropes or straps as you load. Loading this way can help prevent trailer sway and keeps the items from shifting excessively. 

What are some safe driving tips when towing long distance?  

If you’ve towed a trailer, you know it’s different from just driving a vehicle. If you’re not familiar with towing, here are some essential safety tips: 

  • Drive at slower speeds. Some companies recommend driving 55 miles per hour (or slower) while towing. Check your rental agreement for any speed guidelines.
  • Keep a safe distance. Heavier loads need more distance to stop.  
  • Check the tires. Ensure all tires (including those on the towing equipment) are fully inflated. 

Want to move household goods without towing a trailer? 

U-Pack® is an excellent solution for moving one way. Rather than pulling a trailer across the country, U-Pack does the work. We’ll deliver a 28-foot trailer to your home, you load it, then we’ll drive it to your new location. And the best part? Space is flexible. You can use as little as 5 feet of the trailer, or as much as the entire trailer — just pay for the space you use. It’s a convenient option that eliminates the stress of choosing the right size trailer and towing it. 

Think a U-Pack trailer may be the better option for your move? Get a free online quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 for more information.  

Have other questions? 

If you have more questions about renting a one-way trailer or about how U-Pack works, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!  


U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Penske® is a registered trademark of Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. Budget® is a registered trademark of Budget Truck Rental, LLC. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third party.