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Pick the Right Moving Truck Rental

by: Greg Keefer
01 Dec 2010

If you're not using a professional moving company, one of the most important decisions you make concerning your move is the type of moving truck or van you need to rent. Most people underestimate the size moving vehicle they need to move their possessions. Many moving truck websites have calculators on their sites to help you estimate what size truck you need based on how many rooms you have in your home.

Although it might be easy for college students to limit how many possessions they plan to pack in their dorm rooms, that's usually not the case for families with children or older adults who have lived in the same home for decades.

Understand your Moving Truck Options

Take a look at the available options so you can make an informed choice:

  • Cargo vans and pickup trucks. Cargo vans and pickup trucks are designed for do-it-yourself moving. Several boxes and a few pieces of small furniture fit in a cargo van or pickup truck. Both types of vehicles are easy to drive and work for distance moves with a small cargo load or local moves where you make several trips.

  • Hauling trailers. You can pull a hauling trailers behind any good-sized car or truck. They come in a variety of sizes from 142 to 396 cubic feet. You can rent a towing hitch and temporarily install it on your own car to pull the trailer. This is an ideal way to transport your possessions while you drive your own vehicle to your new home.
  • Moving trucks. Enclosed trucks are the most common self moving rentals. They're large enough to move household appliances, furniture, and personal property and small enough to navigate through traffic. These trucks come in a wide range of sizes from 10 feet to 26 feet in length. You can also add a hauling trailer if you need some extra space or a trailer for a family vehicle.
  • Vehicle trailers. For self movers who need to transport the family vehicle--pickup, car, or motorcycle--car and motorcycle trailers, which keep all wheels off the ground, are an excellent choice for long distance moves. Car dollies that keep the front wheels of the vehicle off the pavement are a lower cost alternative for front-wheel drive vehicles.

  • Self-pack trucks. You can also rent space on a larger commercial moving truck. You pack your possessions and load or hire someone to load them onto a larger moving truck, which transports them to your new home. You are also responsible for unloading.

There's a moving truck rental to meet your specific moving needs. Renting the right truck can take some of the stress out of moving day.

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