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Should I Use a 'You Load, We Drive' Moving Trailer to Move?

Using a Moving Trailer for Long Distance MovesAs we've previously reviewed, you have three primary transportation and storage options when it comes to a do-it-yourself move: A rented moving truck, a portable storage container (POD), or a 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer. Today we are going to discuss the 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer option, helping you understand what this transportation option entails, how it works, and when a moving trailer should be used for your move.

What is a 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer?

Typically operated by a freight carrier, a 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer is a 28' truck that is used for long distance moving. A moving trailer is a very affordable long distance moving option for both large and small moves. Companies operating these moving trailers handle all of the driving, you simply load and unload your household items (or hire professional moving help) and they transport the trailer between your origin and destination.

How does a moving trailer work?

Begin by contacting one of the three major moving trailer companies: ABF U-Pack®, Estes SureMove®, or Old Dominion®. Each company will provide you with a quote for the transportation of your items as well as an estimate of the amount of space you will need, from the minimum of 3-4' to the full 28' trailer. The company will drop off your moving trailer at your home and (usually) provide you with up to three days to load your items. Once loaded, the trailer will be picked up and driven to your destination, usually arriving in 3-5 business days. You will then unload your items into your new home and the trailer will be taken away.

What are the benefits of a moving trailer?

A moving trailer is one of the most affordable ways to move long distance, and thus, is a major benefit. Companies that provide this service can offer affordable rates because they will use the entire 28' trailer, regardless of how much space you actually use. For example, if you utilize 13' of space the company will use the remaining 15' of space to transport commercial goods. Rest assured that the shipments are separated by a bulkhead to prevent your items from mixing in with the commercial goods. Additionally, these companies have very low minimum space requirements making it a very attractive option for small moves that only need a few feet of space.

What are the downsides of using a moving trailer?

Although a very affordable relocation option, moving trailers do have several downsides that you should be aware of. First, these trailers do not have an air-ride suspension. This basically means there is little shock absorbed and your items are more likely to be rattled around unless they are very carefully secured. Second, moving trailer companies do not offer a furniture blanket rental option. Because you cannot rent furniture blankets from these companies you are often forced to spend a significant amount of money buying your own or utilize less effective options, such as bedding and towels. It is important to understand that furniture protection is vital to ensuring that your furniture arrives at your new home without damage. Be sure to factor in the cost of furniture blankets into your moving budget while shopping for a transportation solution.

Need help locating affordable furniture blankets? Check out our moving guide, "Your Guide to Furniture Pads".

When should I use a moving trailer for my move?

A 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer can only be used for a long distance move. A moving trailer is your best option if you do not want to drive a rented moving truck and if you are able to move into your new home right away without having to store your items temporarily.

Hire moving help to load or unload your freight trailer

Aside from the obvious physical benefits of hiring moving help, there are several other reasons to consider hiring movers. Firstly, you are billed for the amount of space you use on your trailer. By hiring professional movers you will be able to maximize the available space and, ultimately, use less space, saving you money. Secondly, moving trailers have a spring ride suspension and your household items are more likely to rattle around during the drive. Professional movers have the expertise to know when and where to use e-track straps and how to best pad and wrap your furniture to help reduce the risk of damage.

Learn more about hiring movers to load your moving trailer and see why it's both beneficial and affordable. You can also request a moving help quote online or by contacting Customer Support at (888) 354-8303.

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