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What To Expect When Moving With A U-Haul Trailer

Updated Oct 10, 2022

Updated Oct 10, 2022

Home > Moving > What To Expect When Moving With A U-Haul Trailer

Moving into a new home is exciting, stressful, and often labor-intensive. While taking inventory of your moving boxes and furniture pieces, you may wonder: How will I ever move all of this stuff? Luckily for DIY movers, U-Haul provides many moving services and rental options to make a transition more manageable. 

We’ve sifted through the company’s trailer rental services to help you find the right tow-behind moving container for your load size and vehicle type. U-Haul offers many moving services beyond trailer rentals, including towing equipment, trailer hitch installations, and moving truck rentals. We’ll discuss which options work best for different moving needs and home types. Then, we’ll review U-Haul’s price points and renter requirements to ensure you’re well-prepared for your next move.

U-Haul Rental Requirements

U-Haul rentals are highly accessible due to their relatively loose rental requirements.

All customers must have a valid driver’s license to rent U-Haul trailers and moving trucks. The company requires that trailer renters be at least 16 years of age and truck renters be at least 18 years of age. All customers must also provide a phone number for pickup and drop-off communication.

U-Haul doesn’t require a security deposit if you pay by major credit card or debit card. However, you can only make an online reservation with an American Express, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover credit card. You’ll put the card on file at the reservation and have the option to pay in cash when returning the rental. If you pay for your rental with cash, you’ll have a $60-$75 deposit due at pickup. 

U-Haul Trailer Rental Options

U-Haul offers three different trailer size options for various moving needs. These cargo carriers and trailers are suited for towing behind vehicles equipped with a receiver hitch and ball mount. 

If you’d like to use a tow-behind trailer for your move but don’t have a hitch, you can schedule a tow hitch installation at U-Haul. The company has over 1,500 installation locations to help outfit your vehicle with the right equipment. 

If your vehicle already has a tow hitch, you’re all set to rent a trailer. The following sections will explore U-Haul’s cargo carrier and utility trailer rental options. We’ll list approximate pricing for in-town and long-distance moves based on quotes from the U-Haul website. 

We generated the quotes for:

U-Haul’s long-distance or one-way trailer rental policy includes three days of use and unlimited miles. Your specific rates will depend on your selected trailer size, pickup location, and moving date. U-Haul’s local or in-town rates include one day of use and unlimited miles at a flat fee.

Cargo Trailers

U-Haul’s cargo trailers attach to your vehicle’s tow hitch to provide additional storage and hauling capacity. Each trailer has a weather-resistant hardcover, lockable latch, and unlimited miles.

Size OptionsFeaturesPrice
4-by-8Smallest enclosed cargo trailer option
A load capacity of 1,600 pounds
Includes a low loading deck, padded rails, and lightweight design
In-town – $38
One-way – $59
5-by-8U-Haul’s most popular cargo trailer option
Features a fully enclosed top and lockable door for added security
A load capacity of 1,800 pounds
In-town – $52
One-way – $79
6-by-12Largest enclosed cargo trailer option
A load capacity of 2,500 pounds
Features automatic hydraulic surge brakes for safe towing
In-town – $59
One-way – $139

Utility Trailers

U-Haul’s utility trailers provide unlimited vertical storage space for tall furniture items or recreational vehicles. Each trailer includes an open-top design and heavy-duty tie-down rings to keep your items secure during transport. 

Size OptionsFeaturesPrice
4-by-7Smallest utility trailer option
Features low loading deck and tie-down rings
Suitable for towing behind any vehicle
A load capacity of 1,770 pounds
In-town – $14.95
One-way – $14.95
5-by-8Midsize option great for towing tall furniture items
U-Haul’s most economical trailer option
A load capacity of 1,890 pounds
In-town – $18.95
One-way – $18.95
5-by-9 with rampU-Haul’s most popular utility trailer option
Features a fold-down loading ramp
Includes a chock for transporting motorcycles
A load capacity of 1,650
In-town – $52
One-way – $79
6-by-12A load capacity of 2,670 pounds
Includes a low loading deck and automatic hydraulic surge brakes
Great for large, local moves
In-town – $29.95
One-way – $29.95
6-by-12 with rampA load capacity of 3,710 pounds
Features heavy-duty tie-downs and spring-assisted ramp for safe and easy loading
Great for moving motorcycles or golf carts
In-town – $34.95
One-way – $34.95

U-Haul Truck Rental

If a trailer or towing device isn’t your best option, you can still avoid hiring a moving company by renting a U-Haul moving truck. You can even tow a trailer behind the U-Haul truck to double your moving capacity.

U-Haul’s Truck Share system allows you to reserve and pick up a truck from one of the company’s 20,000 rental locations around the country. The service is available 24/7, allowing you to reserve and retrieve a moving truck on your own schedule.

U-Haul includes mileage limits in truck rental contracts, so keep that in mind when planning your move. You’ll get an estimate for rental rates when you retrieve a free quote online. Based on the quotes we found, a move from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio, includes up to one day of use and 65 miles. A move from Raleigh, N.C. to Adamsville, Ala., includes up to four days of use and 664 miles.

The table below shows U-Haul’s truck rental options:

OptionsFeatures
Pickup truckSuited to haul small loads or lawn equipment
Seats three adults
A load capacity of 2,280 pounds
A towing capacity of 6,000 pounds
Cargo vanGreat for moving appliances, mattresses, and furniture items
Seats two adults
A load capacity of 4,030 pounds
10-foot truckSmallest box truck option
Perfect for moving a studio or one-bedroom apartment
A load capacity of 2,850 pounds
A towing capacity of 6,000 pounds
15-foot truckCommonly used for moving two-bedroom apartments and condos
Features an EZ load ramp, Mom’s Attic, and seating room for three adults
A load capacity of 6,385 pounds
A towing capacity of 10,000 pounds
20-foot truckGreat for moving two to three-bedroom homes
Spacious enough for large furniture pieces, mattresses, and moving boxes
Features a loading ramp and Mom’s Attic
A load capacity of 5,700 pounds
A towing capacity of 7,500 pounds
26-foot truckLargest truck rental option
Suited for moving large families
Features loading ramp, Mom’s Attic, and seating for three adults
A load capacity of 12,859 pounds
A towing capacity of 10,000 pounds

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what to expect with a U-Haul trailer or truck rental, you’re on your way to a smooth and efficient DIY move. We think U-Haul’s flexible scheduling and wide selection of moving containers make it one of the best rental companies in the biz.

You’re sure to find an option that suits your needs and provides seamless transportation to your new home. You’ll be able to unload, return the rental, and bask in a move well done.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Hitch Ball Size Do I Need for a U-Haul Trailer?

You should use an 18.5- to 18.75-inch ball height to tow a U-Haul trailer. Determine your ball mount’s height by measuring from the ground up to the middle of the mounted hitch ball. If the ball isn’t within the optimal height range, purchase the size you need from U-Haul’s wide selection of trailer hitch balls or a local auto parts store.

Where Do I Drop Off My U-Haul Trailer After My Move?

Before trailer pickup, you’ll complete a rental contract detailing pickup and drop-off locations, rental rates, and the rental period. The contract will specifically state where and when to return the trailer after your move. 

If you rented a trailer for an in-town move, you’d return it to the U-Haul location where you picked it up. Otherwise, one-way move agreements state the drop-off location and contact information to arrange a smooth rental return.

How Do I Load a U-Haul Trailer for Moving?

Proper loading techniques are crucial to a safe and efficient U-Haul trailer move. Here are some tips for loading your trailer properly:

  • Load your heaviest items first and push them to the front of the trailer.
  • Aim to load 60% of your cargo’s weight in the portion of the trailer closest to your vehicle.
  • Stack lighter items atop heavy ones and toward the tail end of the trailer.
  • Always tie down your belongings with straps or ropes; this technique prevents items from shifting during transport or tumbling off of an open-top utility trailer.

Can I Move My Extra Car With a U-Haul Trailer?

U-Haul offers additional towing equipment options to help you transport an additional vehicle. Get moving with one of these four rental options:

  • Rent a tow dolly to pull an additional vehicle.
  • Select an auto transport car trailer to bring your extra car for the move.
  • Borrow one of U-Haul’s motorcycle trailers or ramp trailers to tow motorcycles and golf carts to your new home.

What Is a U-Box, and Why Should I Rent One for My Move?

U-Boxes are portable storage units perfect for moving your belongings. Here’s how they work: 

U-Haul delivers the container to your home so you can pack it on your preferred timeline. Alternatively, you can hire someone to load the box for you. U-Box containers are rentable by the month, so you can keep them as long as you need. 

Once you’re ready to get moving, U-Haul will pick up the container and transport it to your new home. Otherwise, you can load the U-Box onto a trailer to move it yourself. If you’re traveling between homes, U-Haul will store the container at a secure facility until you need it delivered.

You should consider renting a U-Box if you’re moving cross-country, need extra storage, or must make an emergency move.

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