U-Haul Trailers: Information and Alternatives
What types of trailers does U-Haul offer?
When considering a trailer for a do-it-yourself move, it’s important to take stock of what you have so you can decide the best way to transport it. Do your belongings have to be kept inside or can they be safely exposed to the elements during a long trip? Maybe it’s a mixture of both.
U-Haul offers three main types: cargo, utility and auto/motorcycle.
- Cargo. These are enclosed and designed to protect household goods from the elements. Each one also comes with a built-in lockable latch for security.
- Utility. These are built with an open design for transporting oversized items. Some come with equipped with a ramp so a dolly can be used when loading.
- Auto/motorcycle. These come with a loading ramp that allows you to drive the automobile or motorcycle onto the trailer and transport with all four tires off the ground. It also comes equipped with security chains and tire straps.
NOTE: U-Haul also offer a sport trailer — a compact two-wheel option that is used for hauling sporting goods, camping and hiking gear, or tools. This may not be available in all locations.
U-Haul trailer rental sizes
The trailer sizes available with U-Haul are:
NOTE: Dimensions are listed by length, width and height for cargo trailers; by length and width for utility trailers; and by width and height for door openings.
Cargo trailer sizes
- 4’ x 8’ (1,650 lb. limit; 8’1” x 4’1” x 4’ inside; 3’1”W x 3’5”H door opening)
- 5’ x 8’ (1,800 lb. limit; 8’ x 4’8” x 5’4” inside; 4’0” x 4’10” door opening)
- 5’ x 10’ (1,550 lb. limit; 9’10” x 4’9” x 4’7” inside; door opening 3’9” x 4’)
- 6’ x 12’ (2,480 lb. limit; 11’7” x 6’ x 5’5” inside; door opening 5’0” x 4’10”)
Utility trailer sizes
- 4’ x 7’ (1,770 lb. limit; 7’8” x 3’4”)
- 5’ x 8’ (1,890 lb. limit; 108” x 51.5”)
- 5’ x 9’ with ramp (1,650 lb. limit; 9’2” x 4’9”; ramp width 4’9”)
- 6’ x 12’ (2,670 lb. limit; 12’ x 6’2”)
- 6’ x 12’ with ramp (2,110 lb. limit; 12’ x 6’2”; ramp width 4’9”)
Auto/motorcycle trailer sizes
- Tow dolly (3,450 lb. limit FWD; 3,900 RWD)
- Auto transport (5,290 lb. limit)
- Motorcycle (1,600 lb. limit; 7’8” x 3’9.5”; ramp width 3’9”
Cargo and utility trailers are designed to haul most items. Check out this resource for towing a car if you need to transport a vehicle.
U-Haul trailers: frequently asked rental questions
The decision to rent a trailer involves more than just figuring out the size and type you need. This list of FAQs will help you find out about age and vehicle qualifications, and learn the details of the towing process.
What does U-Haul require for towing?
U-Haul has specific requirements to rent a trailer. Some types of vehicles are excluded — for safety reasons, U-Haul won’t rent a trailer if you're planning on pulling it with a Ford Explorer built in certain years. When you reserve online, the website will check the vehicle type to make sure it fits with the company’s equipment. Use this checklist to make sure your vehicle qualifies:
- The vehicle must have external mirrors on both sides
- There must be an adequate hitch system with receiver hitch, ball mount and ball (1 7/8” or 2” ball, 2,000 lbs. minimum, with maximum hitch ball height of 25”)
- Must be compatible with a four-way flat light connector
- If the vehicle is an SUV, it must have a hard top
- The curb weight of the tow vehicle must be at least 80 percent of the loaded weight of the trailer
How much does it cost to rent a trailer?
According to the U-Haul website, cargo and utility trailer rentals start at $14.95, but you'll want to get a quote to check actual prices for your move. For a local move, the cost will depend on the size of the equipment and the location. Prices for long-distance moves (where you pick up at one location and drop off at another) are based on the distance between locations and the amount of rental time.
How old do I have to be to pull a U-Haul trailer?
U-Haul requires you to be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.
How fast can I drive with a trailer?
U-Haul’s maximum recommended speed is 55 mph.
Can I take a U-Haul trailer across the U.S./Canadian border?
Yes. However, you’ll be subject to any laws and regulations governing the border. Call one of the numbers below for the most current information:
Canada Border Services Agency: 204-983-3500
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: 703-526-4200
How will I know where to drop off my equipment?
Call the phone number listed on your rental contract. The U-Haul representative will provide the location to return the equipment at the destination.
U-Pack: An alternative to trailer rental
There’s lots to consider when renting a trailer — things like picking up and dropping off equipment, towing, extra fuel costs and how much space is available for your stuff. With U-Pack®, you don’t have to deal with any of that. Plus, you keep complete control of your move without having to drive!
The process is simple: U-Pack delivers the equipment to your door, you load, U-Pack picks it up and delivers it to the destination, you unload, and U-Pack picks up the empty equipment. Rates are based on the starting point and destination, the move date and how much space you use.
To compare, call us for a free moving quote at 800-413-4799. Our rates include transportation, fuel and liability coverage. To save even more, speak with one of our experienced moving consultants about money-saving options like loading or unloading at a service center.
Leave us a comment below with any questions about how renting a U-Haul trailer compares to moving with U-Pack. Want to learn more about U-Haul trailer rental? Check out these things you should know before renting a U-Haul truck.
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