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Sometimes, you don’t want to pay for (or wait for) delivery of your new chair, lawn mower, or plants. Or you might have a few belongings to move to a new spot. U-Haul has a transportation solution that is much cheaper than buying your own pickup truck. You can rent a pickup truck from U-Haul to take care of your local small moving needs. Read on for more info on how U-Haul works and what kinds of trucks the company offers.

How does U-Haul work?

A lineup of U-Haul trucks being disinfected in Reading, Pennsylvania
A lineup of U-Haul trucks | Bill Uhrich/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

If you don’t own a pickup truck, renting one from U-Haul is easy. It’s useful for transporting objects, like furniture or lawn and garden equipment, or for towing your boat or car. For even larger jobs, U-Haul also rents several trailer sizes, cargo vans, and multiple moving truck sizes.

There are more than 20,000 U-Haul locations in the United States and Canada from which to rent. U-Haul makes it easy to rent a truck, and you can pick it up and return it any day at any time (using your phone). Larger trucks can be rented from one location and returned at another, but pickup trucks are for local purposes. Rental rates start at $19.95 with an additional charge per mile, which varies depending on location.

A U-Haul pickup must be reserved with a credit card but can be paid for with cash. You should plan to return the truck with the same amount of gas that it started with. Truck renters must be at least 18 years old.

Which pickup trucks can you rent from U-Haul?

While different U-Haul locations offer various pickup truck makes and models, the options come from GMC and Ford. GMC has the Sierra 1500, which provides a Regular Cab with a long box. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 has a long box of 98.2″, which is just over 8′. Similarly, the 2022 Ford F-150 also offers a Regular Cab with an 8′ box.

U-Haul doesn’t offer all the options usually available when purchasing a GMC or Ford pickup truck. Both manufacturers also have smaller pickup models and a variety of customization options on the Sierra and F-150. The GMC Sierra 1500 also has a Double Cab or Crew Cab. It offers a short box option of 69.92″ or a standard box of 79.44″. Ford sells F-150s with Super Cab or SuperCrew cabs and with 5’6″ or 6’6″ bed lengths. U-Haul doesn’t rent these smaller pickup trucks, but it does rent cargo vans, which have a 9′ interior, and box trucks in lengths of 10′, 15′, 17′, 20′, and 26′.

What are U-Haul pickup trucks’ specifications?

While GMC and Ford trucks have their own exact specifications, you can expect to rent a U-Haul pickup truck with an inside bed dimension that’s 8′ long by 5’1″ wide by 1’10-½” high. The deck height is about 34″ off the ground. The pickup truck has a gross vehicle weight of 6,800 lbs max and an empty weight of 4,474 lbs. It can carry a maximum load of 2,280 lbs and tow up to 6,000 lbs.

U-Haul’s pickup trucks take unleaded gas and have a 28-gallon fuel tank. They get about 19 mpg, although a heavy load and certain driving conditions could lower it. Pickup trucks from U-Haul do come with some comforts. There’s space in the cabin for three people, and the truck has air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and airbags. U-haul trucks have automatic transmissions and a gentle-ride suspension.

You won’t have all the pickup truck options that you would if you bought a GMC or Ford truck, but renting one from U-Haul is easy and affordable and might be just what you need.


The Charge For This U-Haul Trailer Rental Is $153,000. Plus Tax