Penske Truck Rental

Using a Penske® rental truck to move 

So, you’re thinking about using a Penske truck to complete your do-it-yourself move. You probably have some questions about the service — like what trucks they offer, which size you need, how much the service costs, etc. To help you find the answers easily, we created a list of frequently asked questions about their trucks and services. Explore this information to find out if Penske is a good fit for your move.   

Want details and answers to FAQs about rental trucks in general? Check out this resource on renting moving trucks

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10 FAQs about Penske Truck Rental

How does the service work for long-distance moves?

Penske truck rental is a true DIY service. You pick up the equipment, load your belongings, drive it, unload it, refuel it and return it. There are two types of rentals: round-trip and one-way. Round-trip rentals are typically for local moves — you pick up and drop off the equipment at the same location. One-way rentals are typically for long-distance moves — pick up and drop off at different locations. With one-way moves, they offer free unlimited miles.

What truck sizes does Penske have?

They have four equipment sizes: 12-foot, 16-foot, 22-foot and 26-foot trucks. However, the website states that the exact measurements of each truck varies by make, model and year, and the sizes listed are based on their most commonly rented fleet. Here’s the breakdown of each:

  • 12-foot
    • Holds the contents of 1-2 rooms
    • Seats two people
    • Interior dimensions: 12’ L x 6’ 6” W x 6’ 1” H
    • Maximum loading space: 450 cubic feet
    • Maximum loading capacity: 3,100 lbs.
    • 33-gallon gas tank
    • Not towing compatible
  • 16-foot
    • Holds the contents of 2-3 rooms
    • Seats two people
    • Interior dimensions: 16’ L x 7’ 7” W x 6’ 6” H
    • Maximum loading space: 800 cubic feet
    • Maximum loading capacity: 4,300 lbs.
    • 33-gallon gas tank
    • Towing compatible
  • 22-foot
    • Holds the contents of 3-5 rooms
    • Seats three people
    • Interior dimensions: 21’ 11” L x 8’ 1” W x 8’ 1” H
    • Maximum loading space: 1,200 cubic feet
    • Maximum loading capacity: 10,000 lbs.
    • 50-gallon diesel tank
    • Towing compatible
  • 26-foot
    • Holds the contents of 5-7 rooms
    • Seats three people
    • Interior dimensions: 25’ 11” L x 8’ 1” W x 8’ 1” H
    • Maximum loading space: 1,700 cubic feet
    • Maximum loading capacity: 10,000 lbs.
    • 50-gallon diesel fuel tank
    • Towing compatible

How do I know which size I need?

Penske’s website has a tool called the Truck Wizard to help you determine what size truck to rent. It works like this: The Truck Wizard takes you through each room in a house, listing common items found in that room. Select the number of items by clicking the adjacent up arrow (e.g., you can select how many couches, bookcases, TV stands, etc., are in the living room). Once you’ve filled out as much as possible, the Truck Wizard gives you a recommendation on what size to rent.

Keep in mind that if there’s more in your home than what is entered into the Truck Wizard, the size recommendation may not be accurate. With truck rental, if you run out of space, you may have to make a decision — adding another truck or trailer or leaving things behind. On the flip side, if the truck is too big, you may pay for wasted space.

Would you rather not worry about which truck size to rent? Consider U-Pack®. The space in our 28-foot moving trailer is flexible, and you only pay for what you use. If you use less space than you were quoted, you pay less! And if you need more space, it’s available. For more information, call 800-413-4799.

What kind of towing equipment does Penske rent?

They offer car carriers (maximum loading capacity of 4,050 lbs.) and tow dollies (maximum loading capacity of 4,300 lbs.) for all towing needs. If you decide to use their towing equipment, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It can only be used in conjunction with Penske trucks
  • You can’t tow your own trailer or dolly
  • You can’t put the vehicle in reverse while the towing equipment is attached
  • Not all vehicles will fit on their towing equipment

Learn more about the Penske trailer options.

How much does it cost to rent their equipment?

Because Penske’s rates change daily and are based on equipment availability and customer demand, there is no set rental price.

Curious about the average price of truck rental services and what factors influence the cost? Read this article on how much it costs to rent a truck.

What forms of payment are accepted?

According to Penske, you can pay with cash, major credit cards, cashier’s checks, traveler’s checks, company checks or personal checks. Note that not all locations accept company and personal checks — be sure to call beforehand if you plan to use this form of payment.

Do they offer rental insurance?

Penske offers five types of rental insurance: Limited Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance, Supplemental Liability Insurance, Cargo Insurance and Towing Insurance. It’s best to talk with a Penske representative if you have questions about coverage.

How old do I have to be to rent from Penske?

Renters must be at least 18 years old and will be required to present two valid forms of ID.

What if I need more days to complete my move?

If you need additional travel days, the charge is an extra $100 per day.

Are Penske trucks governed?

Yes, but information about the speed trucks are governed is currently not available online.

Have other questions?

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