By Brandon on Jan 09 2012
Category: Moving Guides

What Size Rental Truck Do I Need?

For your upcoming move you have decided to rent a moving truck but have no clue what truck size you should get - Sound like you? If you search the web you will find many references and opinions, some extremely generic (14' will move 1-2 bedrooms) and others offering a more advanced opinion (12 ft. truck = 450 cu. ft.). The problem, we believe at least, lies in the interpretation of information provided - 1-2 bedrooms may mean something completely different in Arizona than in New York City.

Process of Elimination

The simplest way to choose your rental truck size is to eliminate possibilities that do not exist in your situation. For example, if you have chosen to utilize Budget Truck you will only have three available size options: 10', 16' and 24'. In case you're wondering, 94% of people relocating with a rental truck choose their company based on price or geographical limitations. With that in mind we can assume that most people will have between 3 and 5 truck size options to choose from depending on which company is being used.

Remember the golden rule: If you're ever unsure you should always defer to a larger truck size. This is especially true if you are relocating long distance and multiple trips is not an option. Ask yourself, if I am unable to fit everything into the rental truck what would I do?

Moving Truck Size for Studios and Small Apartments

Rental CompanyTruck SizeSize Class
U-Haul 10' Small
Budget Truck 10' Small
Penske Truck 12' Small
You've got the rental truck, but who is going to load and unload your stuff? Let's face it, your friends probably aren't that reliable. Save your back and keep your friends by hiring movers to do the heavy lifting for you. It's affordable and the movers will load (or unload) your truck way faster than you. Go ahead, book your move help. You can thank us later.

Moving Truck Size for 1-2 Bedroom Apartments and Small Homes

Rental CompanyTruck SizeSize Class
U-Haul 14' Medium
Budget Truck 16' Medium
Penske Truck 16' Medium
U-Haul 17' Medium

Moving Truck Size for 3+ Bedroom Homes

Rental CompanyTruck SizeSize Class
U-Haul 20' Large
Penske Truck 22' Large
Budget Truck 24' Large
U-Haul 26' Large
Penske Truck 26' Large

Still Not Sure?

We know choosing your rental truck size can be difficult, especially if your moving long distance. If you still need more help we recommend reviewing another one of our relocation guides, choosing a rental truck size.

We hope that our guide to choosing the correct rental truck size was helpful for you. We leave you with some final tips and advice not otherwise covered in this blog:

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