This is my ideas surrounding moving as a profession and the trades in general.
Renting a moving truck can get a little expensive. Especially if you factor in gasoline, moving supplies, and storage rooms. Moving can become very expensive. Some moving companies may participate in matching prices with competitors however U-haul does not offer price matching. One thing U-haul does offer though is discounts and it’s still possible to get a lower cost for your move.
Make sure to verify with U-haul rental to ensure that it matches your rental needs. If the rental is not the exact size you asked for from the exact location that you requested and available for pick up at the exact time you requested, the company will pay you $50. This $50 can be applied as a discount on your rental.
Check the “Discounts and Specials” section of the U-Haul website. You can view current promotions that are available to renters. These promotions can save you money on trucks, storage, moving supplies and other items. To apply a discount, click on the promotion link.
Use a U-Haul discount code to receive a discount off your rental. Many online websites advertise discount codes you can use.
apply for a business services account. U-Haul usually offers discounts to businesses that rent frequently. To apply for a business services account, complete the online request form or telephone a a business services manager at 800-528-6042
Today, Jim, a customer in Eugene, Oregon wanted to know what size of truck he should rent from Penske. To approximate the size of truck Jim should use, we asked him a series of questions:
Q1: How many bedrooms do you have?
Jim’s Answer: I live in a two bedroom apartment, and moving to a 4 bedroom house in Springfield,
Q2: How many boxes would you say you have, and how many large furniture items?
Jim’s Answer: I have about 25 boxes, 1 large couch, 2 loveseats, a kitchen table (with chairs) an
armour, a treadmill, and 1 large TV.
Q3: What about appliances? What about outdoor furniture? Anything else?
Jim’s Answer: I have no appliances that are going. No outdoor furniture. However, I do have
a small storage room full of my company’s construction equipment.
Based on what Jim told us, the solution to his question wasn't necessarily clear. Normally, a two bedroom apartment (given the items listed) would fit into a 16’ truck; however, the ‘construction equipment storage room’ makes the calculation a little more problematic. To get a better estimate we asked Jim to measure the dimensions of the storage room. He told us that the room was 4’ x 5’ and 6’ tall, and that the room was completely filled. Based on those dimensions, purchasing a 16’ truck seemed a little sketchy. In turn, we advised Jim to aim and get a truck size larger. Jim is currently deciding to go with the 26’ Penske truck.
Here are a few other tips and things to remember when deciding upon your truck size:
The size of truck that you may decide upon can often be dictated by availability. Be sure to plan well in advance. Just because a rental truck provider lists a particular size, doesn't mean that they actually carry it for the date or time requested. In turn, they might not carry the truck you are looking for, and you may need to go with a smaller size.
Your truck should be large enough to accommodate 10-15% more than what you own. This is to ensure you're going to have enough room. Too much room is better than too little. Besides, the next size up, in regards to pricing, may only be slightly more that the size before it ($10-$30 more). Doesn’t it seem safer just to go with the larger truck?
Compare the actual volume of the rental trucks. Truck sizes (in cubic feet) vary from one agency to another. For instance, the truck rentals from the company UHAUL typically exhibit wheel wells (metal humps) which take floor room, and make packing a truck difficult in their proximity difficult. Here is a link to common misperceptions of trucks, and a side by side comparison of their actual volume differences.
Survey your belongings. Tally all your items, take approximate cubic measurements, then find the total cubic footage. Keep in mind, fragile items (e.g. glass hutch) or bulky items (e.g. dining room chairs, outdoor furniture, treadmills, bikes) take up a lot of room because they arn’t safe to stack, or won’t stack. If you are struggling with these sorts of calculations try free “Truck size calculators” like this one: http://www.pensketruckrental.com/moving-truck-rental/moving-and-storage/house-moving.html
Don’t be scared of driving the larger truck. A smaller truck size doesn’t necessarily make the drive any easier than the larger. Too often a customer purchases a smaller truck only to learn that they must make multiple trips. Note: mileage on the truck is very expensive (typically around $0.70 a mile), and so is gas (to fill up a 24’ truck typically costs around $210) . Remember, companies wouldn’t rent their trucks out to customers if they felt it might endanger the general public. We have seen 80-yr-old Grandmas drive large 26’ trucks with rather ease.
Another factor that might affect your decision, especially if you are traveling a long distance, is fuel cost. Diesel fuel is less expensive than gasoline and some moving truck companies offer larger trucks with diesel engines. If you think it wouldn’t hurt to go a size up and you want to save on gasoline, try out a fuel calculator to see if you can save some money.
So, you want a big moving truck to move your big house, but you’re wondering which one of the big three rental companies (U-Haul, Penske, Budget) in Eugene, Oregon is actually the biggest. Below is a side by side comparison of their largest truck sizes.
26 ft U-Haul Truck 26 ft Penske Truck 24 ft Budget Truck
(23'5" L) x (7'8" W) x (8'3 T) (24' L) x (7'5" W) x (7'5" T) (24' L) x (7'5" W) x (7'5" T)
(179.5 square feet of floor space) (192.9 square feet of floor space) (178 square feet of floor space)
The important calculation to take note of between all three of these trucks is the actual square feet of floor space. The less floor space, the less room there is to make stacks. Lesser stacks means taller stacks. The taller the stack, the greater potential for damage because of instability and sheer weight.
Here are a few other things to consider:
U-Haul trucks typically have the wheel wells on the floor space. This also takes up a lot of unnecessary space.
U-Haul rentals have other equipment attached to the wall. This takes up space.
U-Haul trucks do have a "Mom's Attic" that we did not include in the measurements as it is only suitable for small/light items.
Penske trucks are rarely more than 2-3 years old. Their box sizes may differ slightly as they are constantly improving their design.
When renting a moving truck you may not be familiar on how to drive, park or even use it, it may be tricky and scary at times. Make sure to always set the parking brake when parking to ensure that the truck won’t go anywhere. When you’re facing downhill make sure to turn the wheels towards the curb and when you’re facing uphill turn the wheels away from the curb. When backing up make sure you have someone behind the truck to guide you because many rental trucks have blind spots and make it extremely hard to see. Also make sure that the ramp is not extended while the truck is in motion. What you shouldn’t do is push the gas all fast and have the truck sort of jerk, just simply ease on the gas while parking to avoid any mishaps. Always make sure that there’s no pedestrians around or small children while parking because you don’t want to have any injuries to happen. But overall if you follow these simple steps and you’re careful about it parking a rental truck should be no problem.