U-Haul Rental Trucks

By Kent Ninomiya

  • Overview

    U-Haul is the nation's leading rental truck company, renting more trucks than anyone else. U-Haul has more locations around the county and is the most recognized brand. U-Haul offers a variety of truck sizes and types for rent. This allows customers to select the right truck for their specific moving job. It is important to know the specifications and abilities of each type of truck before selecting one for rental.
  • Large Trucks

    U-Haul offers three types of large rental trucks for moving items from houses. The 26-foot Super Mover is the biggest. It is recommended for a four-bedroom home. It is has a fully loaded gross vehicle weight of 20,000 pounds. The 24-foot long Household Mover is recommended for a three to four-bedroom home. It has a fully loaded gross vehicle weight of 18,000 pounds. Both the Household Mover and the Super Mover have 60-gallon gas tanks that take the trucks about 420 miles. They get about 7 miles per gallon. The 17-foot long Easy Loading Mover is recommended for a two to three-bedroom home. It has a fully loaded gross vehicle weight of 14,050 pounds. It has a 40-gallon gas tank that takes the truck about 400 miles. It gets about 10 miles per gallon.
  • Small Trucks

    U-Haul also rents trucks for apartment moving and smaller jobs. The 14-foot long Thrifty Mover is recommended for a one to two-bedroom home. It has a fully loaded gross vehicle weight of 11,000 pounds. The 30-gallon gas tank takes the truck about 300 miles. It gets about 10 miles per gallon. The 10-foot long Mini Mover is recommended for a small apartment. It has a fully loaded gross vehicle weight of 8,600 pounds. The 35-gallon gas tank takes the truck about 420 miles. It gets about 12 miles per gallon. The U-Haul Cargo Van holds 236 cubic feet and holds 3,673 pounds. The 35-gallon gas tank takes the van about 525 miles. It gets 15 miles per gallon. The U-Haul Pickup Truck holds 75 cubic feet in its open air cargo space. The 34-gallon gas tank takes the truck about 510 miles. It gets about 15 miles per gallon.
  • Driving a U-Haul Truck

    All you need to drive a U-Haul rental truck is a regular driver's license. You do not need a special truck license regardless of the size of the truck. All vehicles have automatic transmissions. It is important to take wide turns and beware of overhangs while driving a U-Haul rental truck. Also, increase your braking distance to compensate for the extra weight. You should not stop at highway truck weigh stations. U-Haul rental trucks do not qualify as commercial truck traffic. All the trucks take regular unleaded gas. Do not put diesel in a U-Haul rental truck.
  • Renting

    It is very important to select the type of U-Haul rental truck you want and make a reservation. This can be done by calling U-Haul or using their website. (See Resources) The availability of U-Haul rental trucks varies considerably from place to place and day to day. It will be harder to find the U-Haul rental truck that you want on weekends, holidays and summertime. It can be virtually impossible to find a U-Haul rental truck at the last minute in a college town at the beginning and end of semesters. A U-Haul representative will call you the day before your scheduled pick up to tell you where to get your U-Haul rental truck. This could be at a location up to a one hour drive away. You have no control over this. U-Haul does not know where their trucks will be until they are returned by other renters.
  • Cost

    The cost of U-Haul rental trucks depends on a number of factors. The larger trucks cost more. All U-Haul rental trucks cost more during busy times and at popular rental locations. Most one way rentals cost a flat fee. U-Haul gives you a set number of days and a set number of miles to get the truck to its destination. This is always plenty of time and distance as long as you don't take too many detours. If you take longer or drive further, you will be charged more. Most local rentals come with a flat fee and a mileage charge. You are expected to return the U-Haul truck with the same amount of gas that was in the tank when you picked it up.
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