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How Big are Moving Trucks and Storage Containers?

several U-Haul trucks sit at a U-Haul facility ready to be rented

If you are planning a DIY move then you are likely going to rent a moving truck, moving container or freight trailer to transport and store your items. But did you know that each option can have many different size variations? Size options vary from company to company - some only have one size option while others may have five or more.

We've created this handy moving guide to help you understand what moving container and truck sizes are available, and which companies provided them.

Rented Moving Trucks

Renting a moving truck and driving it to your new home is the most popular way to complete a DIY move. You'll want to be sure that you choose a truck rental company that offers the best truck size for your move - having too much space can be just as problematic as renting a truck that is too small.

10' 12' 15' 16' 17' 20' 22' 26'
Penske Truck Rental®
Budget Truck Rental®

Moving Containers

The use of portable storage containers has grown exponentially over the past 20 years, making it the second most popular way to complete a DIY move. If you'll need storage before moving into your new home, moving containers are especially convenient as you only have to load and unload them one time.

But, just like a rental truck, there are many container companies out there, each offering different container sizes. Most people will find 12' and 16' units to be satisfactory for their move, but not everyone. Be sure to carefully evaluate how much stuff you have so you can choose the right size container(s) for your move.

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6' 8' 10' 12' 15' 16' 20'
ABF Relo Cube®
U-Haul U-Box®
MyWay Storage®
UNITS Storage®
Cool Box Storage®
Go Mini's®
Zippy Shell®

Freight Moving Companies

Freight moving companies, also known as "You Load, We Drive", are an affordable and convenient long-distance moving option. With these companies you can rent as much space as you need on one of their trailers. You will typically only pay for the space that your stuff takes up. Best of all, you don't have to drive the truck yourself!

28' Trailer 53' Trailer
Broadway Express®
ABF U-Pack®
Old Dominion®
Estes Sure Move®

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