Who's got the bigger truck?

You want a big moving truck to move your big house, right? And it's important to you that everything fits. This is especially important to you if its a one way long distance move, because additional shipments could cost you thousands. In turn, you are comparing truck sizes, and just as human history has shown us, what one guy says is the 'biggest', isn't actually true. So, let's get out our rulers and compare the three "biggest" truck rental trucks:

As Advertised: 26 ft U-Haul 22' L x 7'7" W x 7'1" T 166.83 square feet of floor

As Advertised: 26 ft U-Haul

22' L x 7'7" W x 7'1" T

166.83 square feet of floor

As Advertised: 24 ft Budget 23' 10" L x 8" W x 8" T 190.66 square feet of floor

As Advertised: 24 ft Budget

23' 10" L x 8" W x 8" T

190.66 square feet of floor

 As Advertised: 26 ft Penske 25'11" L x 8'1" W x 8'1" T 209.49 square feet of floor

 As Advertised: 26 ft Penske

25'11" L x 8'1" W x 8'1" T

209.49 square feet of floor

The important calculation to take note of between all three of these trucks is the actual square feet of floor space. The less floor space, the less room there is to make an appropriate stack. Lesser stacks means taller stacks. 

Here are a few other things to consider:

  • U-Haul trucks typically have the wheel wells on the floor space. This also takes up a lot of unnecessary space.

  • U-Haul rentals have other equipment attached to the wall. This takes up space.

  • U-Haul trucks do have a "Mom's Attic" that we did not include in the measurements as it is only suitable for small/light items.

  • Penske trucks are rarely more than 2-3 years old, and over 150,000 miles. Their box sizes may differ slightly as they are constantly improving their design.

 

Although UHAUL advertises a 26 ft truck, in reality you are only getting 22 ft of actual stacking space. In turn the mom's attic gives the illusion of your ideal 26 ft truck. 

Although UHAUL advertises a 26 ft truck, in reality you are only getting 22 ft of actual stacking space. In turn the mom's attic gives the illusion of your ideal 26 ft truck.