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Truck rentals for moving one way – how much do they cost?

If you’ve invested much time in researching cheap options for moving one way, you may have found that to get the lowest price you have to do at least some of the work on your own. If you think one way trailer rental is the cheapest option, remember that you also have to add in the extras like fuel, sales tax and insurance coverage.  So how much do one way rentals really cost? Let’s compare the rates and services of the big three (U-Haul ®. Penske ® and Budget ® ) and take a look at U-Pack Moving – a low-cost alternative to truck rental.

Comparing the cheapest one-way moving trucks

To best compare prices, we have to compare apples to apples. Let’s look at an example one-bedroom apartment move from San Diego, CA to Houston, TX (1,466 miles) for all companies. We’ll compare the smallest size trucks – a 10 foot U-Haul truck, 12 foot Budget truck and a 12 foot Penske truck.

Note that these are example prices based on today’s rates – prices can change daily and depend on several factors, including where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving and how much you’re moving. We recommend comparing prices based on the details of your move, including an instant quote from U-Pack .

U-Haul One Way Truck Rental Rates

The U-Haul rate includes up to 6 days of use and 1,736 miles. The 10 ft. U-Haul rates breaks down like this:

  • Truck rental – $1,284.00
  • Safemove ® truck rental coverage – $105
  • Fuel cost using the rental truck fuel calculator – $483
  • Environmental fee – $5
  • Sales tax at 8% in San Diego – $111.52
  • Total = $1,988.52

This U-Haul rental offers unlimited miles and included 6 rental days. With a day for loading and a day for unloading, you would have 4 days to travel from San Diego to Houston.

Budget One Way Truck Rental Rates

The Budget rate includes 7 days and unlimited miles. The 12 ft. Budget truck rental rates break down like this:

  • Truck rental – $1,320.30
  • Damage coverage – $149.70
  • Fuel cost – $483
  • Cost recovery fee 6 Days – $21
  • Energy Recovery Fee 6 Days – $.78
  • Sales tax at 8% in San Diego – $117.61
  • Total = $2,092.39

This Budget rental offered unlimited miles and included 6 rental days. With a day for unloading and a day for loading, you would have 4 travel days.

Penske One Way Truck Rental Rates

The Penske rate includes 6 days and unlimited miles. The 12 ft. Penske trailer rental rates break down this way:

  • Truck rental – $1,558.00
  • Limited Damage Waiver – $125
  • Fuel cost – $483
  • Environmental fee – $9
  • Sales tax at 8% in San Diego – $135.36
  • Total = $2,310.36

This Penske trailer rental offered unlimited miles and included 6 rental days. With a day for loading and a day for unloading, you would have four travel days.

So what does all of this mean?

In this particular example, U-Haul is the cheapest one-way trailer rental. However, with different circumstances, the outcome may change. And remember that while you’re spending all of that money, you still have to spend the time and effort to drive the truck. Did you know there’s another way to move that’s comparable in price and you don’t have to drive?

Compare U-Pack to One Way Truck Rental

If you want to move cheap, there are options besides just truck rental. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” company known for affordable rates, great customer service, and flexible moving options. And customers agree that one of the best things about it is that you don’t have to drive – a professional driver delivers the truck door-to-door – no picking up the rental truck, no driving. Just pack, load and unload and you’re done!

U-Pack: the affordable alternative to one-way truck rental

For the same example move from San Diego to Houston, U-Pack costs $1,298 for 7 linear feet in the moving trailer. which is similar in size to a 12 ft. rental truck (learn more about how to calculate linear feet ). Or you could move in a ReloCube and pay $1,199 for one and $1,799 for two.

If you go with U-Pack, you save over $700 over the cheapest moving truck, AND you don’t have to drive. That means a cheaper and easier move than using a moving truck.

Here are more reasons U-Pack is a great alternative to one-way moving truck rental:

  1. U-Pack does the driving for you, so you can travel in the comfort of your own vehicle
  2. You get up to three business days each for loading and unloading
  3. Your belongings are delivered in just 2-5 business days
  4. You only pay for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum)

Your U-Pack quote  includes taxes, fuel, the driver, and standard liability coverage. One low price – no surprises.

How do I know how much space I need?

Because our one way moving trailer is wider and taller than a rental truck, 7 linear feet of the trailer is similar in loading space to a 12 ft. rental truck. Don’t worry about choosing the right moving truck size; go U-Pack and enjoy the flexibility of paying only for the space you use, down to a 5 ft. minimum.

That means, if you use less space, you pay less. And, if you need more space, it’s always available. Your moving quote comes with a per-foot adjustment rate that you add or subtract based on the space you use. It’s an easy way to calculate your price as you load.

The same goes for the ReloCube. Reserve as many as you think you’ll need, but only pay for the ones you actually use.

If you need help figuring out how much space you need, check out U-Pack space estimators .

How does moving one way with U-Pack work?

U-Pack makes moving one way easy!

  • We deliver the trailer or Cube to your home
  • You have three business days to load
  • We pick up the trailer or Cube and deliver to your new home
  • You have three business days to unload  
  • We pick up the empty equipment

Moving with U-Pack is easier than driving a bulky truck one-way across the country.

Get an instant quote to see how much you’ll save

If you’re searching for cheap one-way moving truck options, check out U-Pack. Get a free moving quote  or call 800-413-4799  to start comparing U-Pack to truck rental.

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