3 Important Facts To Know About Renting A Moving Truck

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If you are planning on moving, and you plan on doing the moving yourself, one of the most efficient ways to move your household goods is by renting a moving truck. Renting a moving truck allows you to take on the physical labor of the move and reduce the cost of moving, while allowing you to move your items in fewer trips with the extra space a moving truck can provide you with.

Fact #1: Fuel is Not Included

When you rent a moving truck, generally the fuel is not included in the moving price. What that means is you are expected to refuel the truck back to the same level the truck was when you picked it up. So if the truck was filled up ¼ of the way, you need to return it with ¼ a tank of gas. If the truck was full, you need to return it with a full tank of gas. If you fail to return the truck with the same amount of gas, expect to be charged a premium for refueling the truck.

Also, keep in mind that most of the vehicles that moving companies rent out don't get great gas mileage. Expect to get more around ten to twelve miles per gallon instead of twenty to thirty miles per gallon like you would in a passenger vehicle.

Fact #2: The Speed Is Limited

When you rent a moving truck, don't expect to get to your destination as fast as you would if you were driving a passenger vehicle. Many large moving trucks have much lower maximum speeds, and in general, just move around at a slower rate than passenger vehicles. If you have never driven a commercial truck before, the slower speeds may be a surprise.

When you rent a moving truck, you need to plan for the driving portion of the move to take a little longer than it would if you were driving your own passenger vehicle. Be sure to add extra time in when you calculate how long the drive will take between your two homes, and to and from the truck rental location.

Fact #3: Sizes Vary

Renting a moving truck is not a one-size fits all operation. When you rent a moving truck, you will get to choose what size truck you want. You can rent a moving truck or van. You can rent moving trucks of various lengths, as well as trucks that are capable of pulling a trailer as well. Most moving companies will have guides that will help you match the amount of belongings you need to move to the right size truck. When in doubt, just ask for a recommendation.

If you are planning on handling the physical side of your next move, and you need to rent a moving truck, remember that fuel is not included in the rental price; you have to pay for the fuel you use. Keep in mind that most moving trucks move slower than passenger vehicles.

For more information, reach out to companies that provide services like Uhaul truck rentals.


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