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What You Need to Know about Moving Trailers for Rent

Author: Britt Reints

You've signed the papers and have a new set of keys on your ring. Now you have to figure out how to get all of your old stuff into your new home. Moving trailers for rent are a convenient way to move from point A to point B without having to make multiple trips or ask everyone you know with a truck to spend their weekend helping you move. Moving trailers for rent are also great solutions for long-distance moves when more than one trip isn't a practical option.

Services Offered by Moving Trailer Rental Companies

Some moving trailer rental companies will be able to offer additional products and services to assist with your move. You may be able to purchase packing materials or rent dollies for moving large furniture and appliances. A company that specializes in moving may also offer packing and unpacking services for an additional fee. Before hiring movers to handle your items, get an estimate and ask for a guarantee that the estimate will be correct within a certain dollar amount.

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Before renting a moving trailer, you'll need to know:

  • The size of the trailer needed based on how much stuff you have to move
  • Whether or not your auto insurance policy covers moving trailers
  • The rental company's requirements for drivers
  • What towing accessories are needed for the vehicle towing the trailer

Moving Trailers for Rent: Necessary Towing Accessories

The towing accessories you'll need to rent or purchase will depend on the type of moving trailer and the vehicle that'll be doing the towing. For budgeting and safety purposes, be familiar with this list of commonly needed towing accessories:

  • Trailer Hitches: There are several different types of trailer hitches. U-Haul's Select a Hitch Guidewill help you match the correct hitch to your trailer and towing vehicle.
  • Wiring and Lights: With a trailer blocking your vehicle's directional and brake lights, you'll need to connect the trailer's lights to your vehicle's control system.

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  • Towing Mirrors: Adding a trailer behind your vehicle can create a host of new blind spots. Universal towing mirrors will help extend your vision.
  • Trailer Jack: Depending on the road elevation and height of your towing vehicle, it may be necessary to lift the moving trailer onto the hitch mount. A trailer jack will get the job done.
  • Safety Chains: Should the trailer hitch detach, safety chains will keep the trailer connected to the towing vehicle.
  • Brake Controller: Used with electric trailer brakes, a brake controller syncs the braking of the car or truck with that of the trailer.

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Where to Find Moving Trailers for Rent

The phone book is full of companies that offer moving trailer rental, but a yellow page ad doesn't ensure a reputable business on the other end of the phone. It's important that you work with a company that will deliver what it promises at a fair price.

Start you search with the following moving trailer rental companies to get an idea of what sizes and options are available:

1. U-Haul

2. Ryder

3. Budget Truck Rental (offering car-towing trailers)

4. Penske (offering car-towing trailers)

One way to ensure reliability is to go with a national, well-known moving company. These businesses are often set-up to easily accommodate one-way and long-distance moves. You'll be able to pick up a trailer in one town and drop it off in another all the way across the country if necessary. Small, local businesses, while possibly just as reliable, may not be able to accommodate out of town moves.

Another way to find a reputable moving company is to ask for referrals from friends and family who have moved recently. Search local web sites for testimonials and reviews of local businesses and do a final check with the Better Business Bureau before paying any deposits on a moving trailer for rent.

Cost of Renting a Moving Trailer

There are several factors that will determine the overall price of moving trailer rental. Based on estimates from U-Haul as of April 2012, expect to pay a base price of $14-$40 for a six-hour rental. Several elements will influence this base price, and additional costs will also be incurred. Consider the following list of price determinants when budgeting:

  • Pick up date and time (weekends are more expensive)
  • Distance of move
  • Towing vehicle, which will determine the type of trailer you can handle (Car or truck? Size of truck bed? Features like four-wheel drive?)
  • Trailer rental insurance coverage (based on the above U-Haul estimate, insurance costs are $8-$30, depending on trailer size)
  • Towing accessories

Renting a trailer for moving is often less expensive than hiring professional movers. Do a little research beforehand to make sure that this money-saving option works out as planned on moving day.