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Parking A Moving Truck

By Jeremy
February 23rd, 2013 - 12:24 PM

Are you worried about parking a moving truck?
When you picture a moving truck, what comes to mind? Is it a large, bulky moving van? I think that’s the image that comes to mind for a lot of people. And in many cases parking something that large in a neighborhood or apartment complex is simply out of the question. There’s good news though; when you move with U-Pack, the truck that’s delivered to you is much smaller, much more maneuverable, and much more affordable. Here’s what I mean:

U-Pack delivers a 28-foot trailer to your location. Let’s put that into perspective: The moving van I mentioned earlier... it’s about 53-feet in length. This is what you’ll usually get with full-service van lines. So, the trailer you get with U-Pack is about half that size. And if you’re moving a 4-bedroom home or smaller, just one trailer normally works great (with U-Pack you pay based on the space you use within the trailer). Of course, if you’re moving more than a 4-bedroom, you can easily reserve space in a 2nd trailer if necessary – and we can drop them off one at a time.

If you would like to see how much it costs to move with U-Pack, getting an online moving quote is simple – just enter some basic information about your move and you’ll see the price instantly.

How much space do you need to park the truck?
We’re so glad you asked because this is a very important question. As I mentioned before, U-Pack’s trailers are 28-feet long. They’re also 8-feet wide, 9-feet tall, and stand about 4.6-feet off the ground (see diagram below). You’ll want to make sure there’s enough room to accommodate the length and height of the trailer, plus a little extra to allow the driver to park it and pick it up (see the diagram below). You’ll also want to make sure there’s plenty of room to open the doors (if you have a swing-door trailer), and enough room for the 14-foot ramp. It’s kind of like parallel parking your car – you need a little more space than the length of your car to fit it in the space, and you don’t want to park so close that you can’t open the door to get out. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself two to three car lengths to make sure you have plenty of room, and you need an overhead clearance of at least 14 feet.

If you have a question about parking a moving truck in your particular area, please give U-Pack or your local ABF service center a call, and we can check it out for you.  




 When the trailer is delivered to you, an experienced driver will drop it off exactly where you tell him to (as long as it’s a safe, legal location). Keep in mind that trailers are heavy (even more so when they’re loaded with your household goods), so we’ll need to deliver it to a level, hard surface – like pavement or hard-packed gravel. The driver isn’t able to park it on grass or other soft ground because there is a high likelihood it would get stuck (and ain’t nobody got time for that!) :). You can read more about trailer delivery here.

If you don’t have enough space for parking a moving truck, don’t fret! U-Pack also offers the ReloCube.
The ReloCube requires less area for parking than a trailer. If you’re moving into or out of an apartment complex or an area with parking restrictions, it’s the perfect moving truck alternative. You can reserve as many as you think you need and pay only for what you actually use. Customer’s love the flexibility! The ReloCube fits easily into a standard-size parking space, and it sits ground-level so it’s easy to load and unload. Its external dimensions are 6-ft. x 7-ft. x 8-ft (see diagram below), and internal dimensions are 70" x 82" x 93". You can read more about ReloCube delivery here.  

Similar to the trailer, in order to deliver ReloCubes, you will need to secure a hard, flat surface. ReloCubes are delivered using forklifts, so we are unable to place them inside covered garages or carports.


Can I park a moving truck here?
Once you've determined that you have a safe place to park the trailer or ReloCube, your next step is to make sure it's legal and allowed. If you’re planning to park on the street, we recommend checking with your local police department, city office, or parking authority to see if a parking permit or special authorization is needed. If your neighborhood has an HOA, we recommend checking with them to see if any restrictions apply. A quick phone call could save you the expense of a tow or citation. If you’re in a rental, check with your landlord to discuss parking. As a courtesy, we also recommend letting your neighbors know when the truck is coming if you’re planning to park the truck on private property.

If you have questions about parking a moving truck that we didn’t answer here, we’ll be happy to help. Just leave a comment below and we’ll find the answer! Happy moving!