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The Inside Scoop on Moving Trailers  January 25, 2017 – 11:11 am
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What To Expect with Moving Trailer Rentals

If you’re moving long distance and want an option that offers flexibility, security and ease, a U-Pack moving trailer is a great choice. They're different from rental trucks – instead, we deliver it to your home, you load it, then we deliver it to your new home. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of moving trailer rentals and tackle some frequently asked questions that cover size, parking, reservations, loading and how to save money.

Moving Trailer FAQs​

U-Pack trailer moving is the perfect solution for just about any move —

whether big or small, this equipment option is flexible. You can fill the entire trailer, or load into as little as 5 linear feet – and you only pay for the space you use.

How big are moving trailers?​

The exterior is 28’ x 8’ x 9’ (LWH) and the interior is 324” x 96” x 108” – which gives it a loading capacity of 1, 944 cubic feet. It stands about 4 feet off the ground and comes with a loading ramp that is 14 feet long when fully extended. They’re easy to load because you can use a dolly to push or pull your belongings into the trailer. This makes it particularly easy to load heavy items. Read more about the trailer size and dimensions.

Look inside the trailer and get a feel for the size, construction, and tie-down points:

How much does a moving trailer cost?

Because several factors affect the cost of your move, the best way to estimate cost is to get a moving quote. Tell us where you’re moving to/from, how much you’re moving, and when you plan on doing the move to get an instant quote online. In rare cases, we’ll have a moving consultant take a look at the specifics and email you a quote.

How much weight can the moving trailer hold?

moving trailersA 28-foot trailer can legally haul 22, 500 pounds if the weight is distributed evenly. But, when you're talking about household goods, the actual weight will normally be much less than that. We estimate that each linear foot of household goods weighs about 450 pounds. So, a full trailer typically weighs around 12, 600 pounds. Because our equipment is designed to carry very heavy freight, a household move rarely goes over the weight capacity of the truck. If you're concerned about the weight of your items, it may be helpful to spread them out a bit more inside the container. A moving consultant would be able to help you determine your needs; just call us at 800-413-4799.

Does weight matter for a trailer move?

While other moving companies may charge based on weight, U-Pack moves are NOT weight-based. Instead, they are based on the space you use. If you’re doing a military move and need weight tickets, we can arrange for empty and full weights of the trailer. However, for most customers, weight isn’t a factor at all since your U-Pack trailer rental price is solely based on the space your shipment takes up. We measure space by linear feet, which are sort of like “slices” of the trailer. You'll get a "per-foot adjustment rate" which will allow you to add or subtract space and see how it impacts your cost. Check out this video for more information on linear feet and how they work with U-Pack trailer moving.

How do I know how much space I’ll need?

We’ve found that 5 linear feet of the moving trailer (the minimum) will typically hold about one room of furniture and boxes. The full trailer will normally hold a larg 4-bedroom home. If you’re moving somewhere in between, we recommend completing the Room-by-Room Space Estimator Tool to estimate how much space you’ll need. And remember, if you reserve too much (or too little) space, you can just use the space you need and adjust your price accordingly. No worries about running out of room!

What if I need more or less space than I reserved?

No problem! Regardless of the amount of space you reserve, you pay for the space you actually use (with a 5 ft. minimum). Your moving quote comes with a “per-foot” adjustment rate that you can add or subtract if you need more or less space – so you know your price as you load. When you finish loading, simply write your final linear footage on your Bill of Lading (your U-Pack contract). The driver will verify the footage, and that’s the space you’re charged for.

Source: blog.upack.com

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