One-Way Trailer Rental

Is moving trailer rental right for your long-distance move? 

Moving belongings to another state often takes more space than what’s available in a personal vehicle. You could hire movers to take care of everything, but it could get pricey fast and take more time than you want. If you’d prefer a DIY move to save time and money, you might think renting a trailer is the way to go. 

Renting a trailer allows you to haul large items, but it might not be the best fit for moving — especially cross country. Let’s explore the pros and cons and look at an easier alternative for out-of-state moves.  

car pulling a trailer during a one-way move


The pros of one-way trailer rental  

Here are the top advantages of renting a trailer for a one-way move: 

Cheap trailer rental rates

You might get drawn in by advertisements for rentals at $20 per day or less. While the rate seems like a bargain, the advertised rates are often for local use only. Driving equipment out of state typically means higher prices. There are also extra costs for liability or damage coverage. 


Loading a trailer within your own timeframe is convenient if you can find the right size for your needs. Keep in mind that inventory varies at each rental company and location.  

Depending on the company, you may or may not have extra equipment like a loading ramp. Plus, not all companies offer enclosed trailers to protect your things from the weather. 

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Using a rental trailer means you can drive whenever you choose without waiting on a mover and adhering to their schedule.  

Long-distance trailer rental cons 

These are common issues that might arise when renting towing equipment to move out of state: 

Hidden costs

Rental rates for trailers can seem inexpensive at first, but there are often extra costs to consider. Installing a towing hitch on your vehicle may cost more. There might also be fees for mileage, roadside assistance and liability or damage coverage.  

Additionally, towing your belongings will decrease your car's gas mileage, increasing fuel costs for your move.  

Limited availability and scheduling conflicts

Most truck rental companies have limited inventory for moving trailers. And some might only allow limited days of use during peak moving season (the summer months).  

If you have to drive to another location to pick up the correct size trailer, it will add extra time and fuel costs to your move. 

Space constraints

You can only fit so much on rental equipment. Getting more space will mean getting a second trailer or exchanging it for a larger one, which might not be possible. If you’re unsure how much space you need, a more flexible DIY moving solution like U-Pack® could be a better option.

Towing a trailer can be difficult

Hauling a trailer increases weight and length while you’re driving. It can be dangerous for drivers unfamiliar with towing since a trailer will change how a car accelerates and brakes. 

Not all vehicles are capable of towing. Ask your dealership or check your owner’s manual to see if your car can tow and what weight limits are safe.  

Review the Consumer Reports’ tips for safe towing for more information. 

Renting a trailer seems complicated. Is there an easier way to move out of state? 

Absolutely! With U-Pack, you can get a budget-friendly DIY move without the hassle of one-way trailer rental. Here’s what we offer: 

  • All-inclusive pricing — our prices include equipment, delivery, transportation and standard liability coverage. There are no hidden fees or extra costs for fuel. 
  • Flexible options — choose from space in a 28’ moving trailer or ReloCube® moving containers. Plus, you’ll only pay for the space you use!  
  • No trailer towing U-Pack drives your belongings to the new home so you can travel without the hassle of hauling moving equipment. 

Request your free, no-obligation quote today or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. If you have any questions about how U-Pack works or how we compare to trailer rental, let us know in the comments. We’re always happy to help! 

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