Here are a few things—good and bad—we learned you should watch out for if you decide to rent a moving trailer from U-Haul.
When they first went to pick up their trailer, the Ruizes were worried they had made a mistake. From the outside, the trailer looked far too small to hold everything they needed even after they had sold most of their big furniture.
When they gave it a college try, though—packing creatively and using every inch of space—they were pleasantly surprised. It turned out that the trailer was just deceptively small on the outside, and they were ultimately able to get all of their remaining belongings to fit.
The bad things about this move weren’t actually U-Haul’s fault, but they’re worth mentioning.
First, U-Haul allows you to rent trailer hitches for your car if you want, but the Ruizes found a better deal from a third-party hardware company. Unfortunately, there was an error at the store and the Ruizes were sent the wrong hitch. With just a week until their move, they had to scramble to get the right hitch.
Luckily, they were able to find the hitch they needed from another hardware store three days before their move, so everything worked out. However, if you’re on a very tight schedule and you can afford to pay a little extra, we recommend just renting your hitch from U-Haul to avoid unforeseen problems like this.
The other bad surprise came at the gas pump. Hauling a trailer can greatly lower your car’s gas mileage, especially if you’re driving over mountainous areas like New Mexico (which the Ruizes had to drive through). Over the first leg of their journey, the Ruizes were shocked by how much they had to refill the gas tank of the car hauling the trailer.
If you’re going to rent a trailer for your move, you should plan refueling stops more frequently than you normally would and make sure there is room in your budget for extra gas.