Safely Moving and Securing Items in ABF U-Pack
ABF U-Pack is a very common choice for customers who want the affordable and flexible benefits of do-it-yourself moving but don't want to deal with driving the rental truck. It's because ABF trailers are so common that we wanted to put together this brief moving guide about ways to secure your household items once loaded to avoid damage and shifting.
Although we like many things about ABF U-Pack, one thing we do not like is that the trucks are not air ride equipped but instead spring ride. This basically means that their trucks are designed to carry freight, not necessarily household goods, whereas 'You Load, We Drive' companies like Broadway Express are specifically designed for household goods. So what does all of this mean? It means that, while ABF U-Pack is an affordable and viable option for many, it is not the best solution for those with high-end furniture or for people relocating a great distance due to the probability of damage occurring.
How to Load a U-Pack Trailer
Whenever possible you should hire moving help to load your U-Pack trailer. Hiring movers won't just save you time and the physical strain but will also be your greatest chance of having your items arrive at your new home without damage.
Tie Downs for a U-Pack Trailer
The best way to ensure that your household goods are secure is to utilize ratchet straps. Unlike rope, ratchet straps can be winched tight and have a much greater weight capacity, some as high as 3000 pounds. Although any type of ratchet strap will be beneficial, E-Track straps are the best for ABF trailers. These straps have a special etrack fitting so the straps lock into the side of the trailer and are recommended by nearly all of our moving crews. We recommend 4-8 straps for a full 28' U-Pack truck, less of course if you will be using less space. [Related: What size and type rope or tie downs do I need?]
Protecting Furniture in a U-Pack
Ratchet straps alone won't cut it, you'll also need some level of furniture protection. Moving blankets or pads are also very important if you want your furniture to arrive without damage. Read more about the importance of furniture pads for DIY moving to get the full inside scoop.