U-Haul of West Side

U-Haul of West Side

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101 63rd St
Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 277-7202

(S Of Grand)
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Standard Hours

  • Mon-Thur: 7 am - 7 pm
  • Fri: 7 am - 8 pm
  • Sat: 7 am - 7 pm
  • Sun: 9 am - 5 pm


  • Free towing inspection
  • Propane pay at pump
  • 24 hour dropoff

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Trailer Rental & Towing in Des Moines, IA at U-Haul of West Side

Moving to or from Des Moines, IA? U-Haul cargo and enclosed trailers are intelligently designed to protect and secure your precious belongings, while our open utility trailers are perfect for hauling building supplies, landscaping materials or bulky items. U-Haul car trailers have EZ load ramps for effortless loading of vehicles while our motorcycle trailers are lightweight and easy to tow. Get FREE trailer rental rate quotes in Des Moines, IA, 50312 today.

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Cargo trailers

Cargo trailers in Des Moines, IA are lightweight, aerodynamic, and engineered for better fuel economy which makes it easy to tow behind any vehicle. Millions of families use our enclosed cargo trailers to move every year. U-Haul has a large selection of enclosed trailers to rent in-town or one way, review our cargo trailer sizes and reserve a trailer rental online at U-Haul of West Side!

Utility trailers

Utility trailers are perfect for towing large or oversize cargo in Des Moines, IA, 50312. Many utility trailer rentals come equipped with a loading ramp for easy convenience. The utility trailer selection at U-Haul of West Side provides an affordable solution for home improvement projects, furniture delivery and for towing recreational vehicles. Utility trailer rentals are also popular with businesses for deliveries and trade-show events. Utility trailers come in a wide range of sizes and styles so that any car can tow.

Car trailers

Moving cross-country with your vehicle on a car trailer is a smart way to save gas and eliminate miles of wear and tear on your vehicle. Our Tow Dolly is a low-cost option for towing front wheel drive vehicles, while auto transports are ideal for long distance moves. Both car haulers fit most sized vehicles in Des Moines, IA and are also an economical alternative to calling a tow truck in the case of a break-down. Whether towing behind a U-Haul moving van or your own personal vehicle, you can rent a car hauler for both in-town and one way moves.

Motorcycle trailers

Motorcycle trailers in are lightweight, easy to tow and have an easy-access loading ramp. Each motorcycle trailer also comes equipped with an integrated chock for the front wheel and with heavy-duty tie-down rings to support even the heaviest of motorcycles. Reserve your motorcycle trailer rental in Des Moines, IA online today!

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Customer reviews

secan v. on 11/20/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Great experience.

MELISSA C. on 11/20/2014
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Location is good but there just isn't enough room for the trucks and parking of vehicles in the back. Just cramped location. Very friendly, knowledgable staff.

JAMES B. on 11/19/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Very disappointed with the pick up of my rental. I would like to discuss this issue further with someone.

ANDREW E. on 11/18/2014
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

I picked up the Uhaul with just about 3/8th of a tank was never informed if I dropped it off with less than 1/4th I would be charged 30 (just saw this in the fine print contract, picking it up with 3/8th then going a little over on gas to get below 1/4th sounds pretty unbelievable to me- why wasn't it filled to start and to barely go over I would say 5 gallons but somehow it was 10). I also dropped it off with just under a 4th of a tank but it said lower on my bill. I paid almost 500 for the Uhaul then got charged another 75 because of the fine print in the contract that I was never informed of, I knew I may be charged 20 dollars max and get the bill of 75 (wouldn't have even posted anything if it was less than 40 either). This is terrible customer service is my mind and will be not recommend either Uhaul place in the future. Have always used Uhaul but after this will definitely be considering other places in the future (Note to anyone renting- take a picture of where the fuel level is at when you leave the Uhaul, make sure you drop it off with more than 1/4th a tank). Disappointed and surprised by the bill to say the least.

Nickolas H. on 11/18/2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Person helping me get the trailer was excellent

GINA A. on 11/18/2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

It was extremely inconvenient to have to go to a location this far away from where we live for the truck when there was a location a mile away. Most of the miles we used were soley on getting the truck to and from home.

GEORGE C. on 11/7/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent service by Mike ... I have use this location several times and there is always a shortage of staff to handle customers. Mike is excellent but he needs help during peak times.

Tammy L. on 11/6/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The man that was inside and helped us was very pleasant and wonderful

todd g. on 11/5/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

everyone was on task, nice job.

justin o. on 11/4/2014
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Stop manipulating your customers for "MORE" of the almighty dollar and treat your customers with respect...and when a customer comes to You with a complaint don't EVER tell them to deal with it!!! I will never recommend this service to anyone EVER!

PAT O. on 11/4/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

fast drop-off service (Sat @ 6pm) - they have a drop-off lane to the south of the building

GARY W. on 11/4/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

None. It was very smooth from beginning to end.

Phil M. on 11/3/2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While I wouldn't go so far as to not recommend this location, I was frustrated by the hour-long wait in picking up my regisgtration. There were only two people working and one of them was tied up for the first 30 minutes after I arrived filling propane tanks while at least five customers waited in an empty show room to pick up their rentals. You have to have more people manning the store on weekend mornings.

MISTY B. on 11/2/2014
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Fix your trucks to where they actually run correctly. Your uhaul died on us and we had to get a jump. Service engine light came on at some point. The cab and inside trailor of uhaul didnt work. It was very dirty inside. Viser was laying on dash. Breaks were poor. Maintian your vehicles or find better employees and maybe not allow them to smoke in trucks or in sevice garage while they are doing their work

NANDAKISHORE V. on 11/1/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I had a nice experience with the rental: - they let me return the truck past the agreed upon time of 4 hours - they made a courtesy call after I took delivery of the truck, to know if everything was well with the rental

JOHN R. on 10/31/2014
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Gm was extremely rude. Waited twenty minutes to get helped. He may have been the only one there and had to do something, but there were no other customers around and all he said to me when I walked in was, "it's going to be a few minutes." And walked away. I always go to this location when I need a truck, but I'm about over these guys. Some of the employees are nice but the Gm is not, or was not that day.

AUSTIN S. on 10/28/2014
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Have your employees look and act professional, I have never been to a store where I felt disgusted as I did there. My truck was pushed back an hour making my move 2 hours late with no kind of transfer or discount from the store. Our equipment was not in the truck when we left so we had to turn back which was 12 miles away plus more time wasted. If you want to learn how to keep a company running I suggest taking a DMACC course on business and marketing. I will never use this location again it was terrible service. Tell the hippies that work at the 63rd st location to act there age and learn some respect.

Cara U. on 10/28/2014
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

The person in the morning when we picked up the truck was nice and I felt bad for him. I am in retail and he was kind and handled things well. Now it was what happened later that day that was unthinkable. I registered online and it was 'estimated' times. A person called me, asked me when our truck would be back because apparently they double booked our truck. When I responded we were not done he asked when we would be. I responded and he HUNG up on me. Now this put us in a terrible rush and we did not get everything done on time and it cost us more money to get the double booked truck back! Plus it took us longer and more trips in our personal vehicles. Our help was to help for a limited time and ended costing us more. I will be getting money back. Ridiculous!

pamala h. on 10/27/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Always friendly and efficient.

CAROL A. on 10/27/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The location where we made the reservation and looked at the trailer, and was to pick it up from that location was not true. After we got to that location we were told to drive 10 miles to another location to pick up the trailer. Not a happy morning!!!

Dawn G. on 10/27/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I know staffing can be hard, however, this day needed two (or three) people there for the morning rush of pick-ups between 7:30 and 8.

Marlene S. on 10/26/2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is there any way to make the check in go faster? I reserved the trailer for 8AM and there were about 12 people in front of me. There were only 2 people working. They had to check in the people and then go out and get the equipment ready for them. Maybe have people do the check in and different people outside to help people get their equipment? The guy who helped me was very helpful and friendly - very knowledgeable.

Laura G. on 10/26/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Dylan was excellent (i think that was his name.) He handled everyone in line with kindness and courtesy. It was an extremely busy Saturday!

MARYANN S. on 10/26/2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you for the efficient and quick return.

John M. on 10/25/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Online process was easy, staff at pickup and dropoff was friendly and fast