If you're renting a moving truck for your DIY move then you will want to be aware of the clearance height. This is important information to have as some bridges, overpasses and tunnels have a lower height clearance and, if not avoided, can cause significant damage to your moving truck.
General Rules for Truck Height
- The DOT mandates that there must be a minimum height clearance between 14' - 16' on major roadways and interstates. You shouldn't have much to worry about if your not venturing off to a rural or historic area
- In an instance where a bridge or tunnel has a low clearance you can rest assured that you will be warned often. In these situations you will typically see a sign that tells you where to exit and what alternate route you should take
- If you're not sure whether you have enough clearance you should never chance it! Stop immediately and determine if you will fit
It's Not Just Bridges...
It's pretty rare that you will come across a bridge with a low enough clearance that you will need to take action, especially if you are on an interstate or main road. That's because bridges and tunnels have height regulations to prevent this very problem. What isn't regulated?
- Fast food drive thru's
- Bank and ATM drive thru's
- Building awnings
- Parking garages
- Gas station canopies
Clearance Height by Truck Size
|Truck Size||Clearance Height|
|16 Ft||11' 6"|
|22 Ft||13' 6"|
|24 Ft||13' 6"|
|26 Ft||13' 6"|
Refer to the Height Clearance Sticker
The data we have provided should be used as a guideline, the actual clearance height of your specific rental truck may be different. Refer to the specification sticker posted on your rental truck for the most accurate data.
Factors That Affect Truck Height
The height of a rental truck will vary by a number of factors:
- Rental company
- Make and model of the truck