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December 26th, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Things you should know about Ryder® rentals

As you start looking at rental truck options for an upcoming move, you might be thinking about using a Ryder truck. If so, there are some things to consider before making a reservation. Learn what equipment is available, get answers to FAQs, and learn what costs to expect when renting from them.

Ryder truck on the highway

Types of Ryder trucks

There are the three main choices for household goods moves: 

  • The Sprinter Van is a light-duty van with 547 cubic feet of loading room.
  • The Box Truck is a lightweight rental truck suitable for moving into or out of urban areas. This truck is 16 feet long and comes with either a lift gate or ramp. 
  • The Straight Truck comes in sizes up to 26 feet, depending on location. It has a lift gate and a 14-foot loading ramp. 

Ryder offers even more vehicles to rent for commercial use (details are available on their website). The company’s commercial trailer rental options include dry trailers, flatbed trailers, refrigerated trailers, refrigerated city vans, stake trucks, and single- and tandem-axle tractors.

What to know before renting a Ryder truck

Before reserving a Ryder truck for a household move, here are some factors to consider:

  • No one-way rentals. Although there are about 500 Ryder truck rental locations across the country, they only offer round-trip rentals. This means the truck must be returned to the same place it was picked up — even if it’s a long-distance move. 
  • A CDL isn’t necessary. While a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required to rent and drive a commercial vehicle rental, it isn’t required for household moving rentals. A valid driver’s license is required to rent a Ryder truck for household moving.
  • Multiple drivers could cost more. If you’re planning on more than one driver for your travels, be sure to talk to the local representative. Though it’s allowed, fees may be required for each additional driver — policies vary by location. 
  • Rental rates apply per day. Ryder moving trucks are billed for 24-hour periods. This means if it’s picked up at 8 a.m. one day, you can use it until 8 a.m. the following day. Partial or prorated day rates are not available, so if it’s returned later than the 24-hour window, you are charged for an additional day. 

Get prepared for the truck rental process by exploring this rental truck how-to guide.  

What kind of gas mileage to expect when renting a Ryder truck 

Fuel economy is an important factor to consider when planning a move. Keep in mind that the gas mileage estimates below are for an empty truck; when loaded, the fuel economy will likely decrease.

  • The Sprinter Van can get up to 25 MPG
  • The Box Truck averages 8-12 MPG
  • The Straight Truck averages 8-12 MPG

Frequently asked questions about Ryder trucks

How much do Ryder truck rentals hold?

The Sprinter Van holds 1-2 rooms, the Box Truck holds 3-4 rooms and the Straight Truck holds 5-8 rooms; however, note that these are approximations and, depending on the contents of the home, you may need more space than estimated. It can be tough to decide which truck is best. Selecting a smaller size may mean running out of room, but choosing a bigger one could result in paying for space you don’t need.

How much do Ryder rentals cost?

Rates vary based on the truck size and how long you use the truck (they will quote daily and weekly rates). Don’t forget to budget for liability coverage, taxes and fuel — these are not included in the quote.

Is a deposit required?

Most household moves require a credit card deposit.

How to move without driving a rental truck

For an alternative to Ryder truck rentals, check out U-Pack®. We’re a “you pack, we drive” moving service that allows you to do a one-way move at an affordable price, without having to drive.

U-Pack rates include fuel, liability coverage, tolls, the equipment and an experienced driver — no deposit required. We also offer the flexibility to only pay for the space you use, eliminating the worry of running out of room or paying for unused space.
And the best part is: you don’t have to drive! Pack and load your items into a moving trailer or container, and we’ll deliver it to your destination, so you don’t have to worry driving the rental truck back to where you started — all at a rate that’s comparable to driving a rental. 

Get a U-Pack moving quote and see how to save time and money on your upcoming move. If you have questions about moving, leave us a comment below. We’re here to help!


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