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What Are the Dimensions of a Trailer?

January 5th, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Determine space and parking needs with U-Pack trailer dimensions

If you’ve never moved in a U-Pack® trailer before, it can be tough to picture  what’s going to show up at your home on moving day. You might be wondering if there’s enough room to park it in the driveway, or you may be trying to imagine how to load all of your furniture and belongings inside. Understanding the dimensions of the trailer can help clear up confusion. Take a look at how big the trailer is and get information about parking and loading.

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Moving trailer dimensions

The trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ externally and 27’ x 8’ x 9’ internally. It stands 48 inches off the ground, comes with a 2’ wide, 14’ long ramp, and holds about 1,944 cubic feet. It can accommodate most large pieces of furniture, including all sizes of mattresses and long couches.

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Because cubic feet can be difficult to picture, we look at the interior of the trailer in one-foot long “slices” called linear feet. This measurement makes it easy to keep track of the space you’re using, and is what we use to calculate moving prices.

How trailer dimensions relate to price

With U-Pack, you pay for the space items take up inside the trailer (down to a minimum of five linear feet). We’ll give you an initial quote based on home size, and you can mark that footage on the trailer floor to keep track while you load. If more or less space is needed, simply add or subtract the per-foot adjustment rate from your U-Pack quote to update the price. When the driver comes to pick up the trailer, the final footage will get marked on the Bill of Lading. You don’t get charged until the shipment is in transit!

Watch this video to learn more about how moving trailers work:

Note that the trailer has a 22,000 pound weight limit. Each linear foot of household goods typically weighs around 450 lbs., so most customers don’t have issues. However, if you’re moving heavy items, it’s best to spread them throughout the trailer so the axles aren’t overloaded.

Parking a moving trailer

It’s not every day that you park a moving truck in your driveway, so you may be concerned about having enough room. The trailer will be delivered by a professional driver and a single-cab tractor, which you can see in action here.

You’ll need an area that’s at least 40 ft. long, 10 ft. wide and 14 ft. tall to park the trailer and use the ramp for loading. In residential areas, it’s best to measure 40 feet to make sure the ramp doesn’t extend into your garage or carport, since you’ll need overhead clearance to load items easily. In an apartment or with street parking, 40 feet of space looks like:

  • 5 side-by-side parking spaces
  • 3 standard parallel spaces

Remember, the trailer must be parked on a solid surface (and it can’t be marked as a fire lane). If you plan to park the trailer on a public street, in an apartment lot, storage facility parking lot or in an area with a Home Owner’s Association, check if parking permits or permission are required.

Questions about trailer size?

If you have any questions about the dimensions of a moving trailer, estimating space or parking, leave us a comment or call us at 800-413-4799.

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