U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Comparing 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack

U-Pack® and 1-800-Pack-Rat® work similarly for portable storage. Both bring the equipment to you, have you pack and load it, and then deliver it to your new home or store it in a safe environment until you’re ready for it. But when looking at specific details, there are some notable differences. Let’s take a look!

A side-by-side comparison

Both services bring a metal moving container to you, have you pack and load everything inside, and then deliver the containers to the new home. But when looking at the details, there are some notable differences. Check out this chart for a quick comparison:

pack rat vs upack chart


Now let’s dive deeper into what those differences are and how they can impact long-distance moves.

Equipment options

A couple of things to note about 1-800-Pack-Rat equipment: Not all sizes are available for long-distance moves in certain locations (be sure to check before reserving), and you pay for every container you reserve, even if you don’t use it. The containers come in three sizes:


  • Holds 1-2 rooms of furniture
  • Maximum loading capacity: 4,000 pounds
  • Outside dimensions: 7.2’W x 7.8’H x 8.5’L
  • 404 cubic feet of loading space


  • Holds 2-3 rooms of furniture
  • Maximum loading capacity: 6,000 pounds
  • Outside dimensions: 7.75’W x 7.5’H x 12’L
  • 620 cubic feet of loading space


  • Holds 3-4 rooms of furniture
  • Maximum loading capacity: 6,000 pounds
  • Outside dimensions: 7.75’W x 7.5’H x 16’L
  • 830 cubic feet of loading space

U-Pack offers one type of container — the ReloCube®. Each CubeTM can hold the contents of a studio apartment or one room’s worth of furnishings, has a maximum loading capacity of 2,500 pounds, outside dimensions of 6.3”D x 7’W x 8’4”H, and has 305 cubic feet of loading space. While it’s smaller than the 1-800-Pack-Rat containers, you can reserve as many you want, but will only pay for the ones you use.

We also offer a 28’ moving trailer that works perfectly for small and large long-distance moves. It holds the contents of a 3-4 bedroom home, has a maximum loading capacity of 22,500 pounds and 1,944 cubic feet of loading space. You can load as little as 5 linear feet or use the entire trailer, again paying only for the space you use.  

Storage solutions

With U-Pack, storage is an optional and additional service. 1-800-Pack-Rat moves include 30 days of storage, which you pay for even if you don’t need it. 

Coverage area

1-800-Pack-Rat has locations in 30 states and Washington D.C., covering 62 cities. They provide portable storage services near those metro areas.

U-Pack has a nationwide network of more than 230 service centers, serving all 50 states, Washington D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Transit times

After traveling to your new home, you don’t want to wait long to get your items. And with U-Pack, you won’t have to. Our transit times average 2-5 business days, whereas 1-800-Pack-Rat typically takes 7-10 business days. Remember their transit times are part of the 30-day rental period, so plan accordingly if you need extra time for unloading.

Quote process

When you’re initially shopping around for a moving quote, you want to get prices quickly and hassle-free. U-Pack provides free and instant online quotes. For 1-800-Pack-Rat portable storage services, you’ll need to call for pricing.

Payment method

Another difference is the way the two companies charge customers. U-Pack doesn’t require payment until your shipment is in transit, but 1-800-Pack-Rat requires a $500 deposit five days before they deliver the empty containers. You’ll also need to pay the remaining balance before they transport them to the new location.  

Choosing between 1-800-Pack-Rat moving and U-Pack

If you need assistance getting a U-Pack quote, comparing it to a 1-800-Pack-Rat price, or have any other questions, please let us know. Leave a comment below, or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077. We’re happy to help!

Want to compare 1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack to other portable storage companies? Check out this moving and storage comparison guide.


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