Tips for a Successful In-Town Truck Rental

May 1, 2017

in-town truck rental

If you’re moving within your city limits, you’ll most likely need an in-town truck rental. This means you’ll be returning your U-Haul truck to the same location you picked it up from. There are a few things to consider about your move in order to save yourself time and money. Here are some tips for a successful in-town truck rental!

Select Truck Size

It’s always important to understand which U-Haul truck suits your move because it will make your move easier and save you money in the end. Be sure to:

Do Some Research

Selecting a truck for an in-town move might be different than selecting one for a one-way move. When completing an in-town truck rental, most people will load the truck differently than if they were completing a one-way long distance move.  For a one-way move, you would optimize the space in the truck, taking time to load it bottom to top and front to back, yet for an in-town move, you will most likely just load on the floor and might not utilize the entire space.  So, for an in-town move consider reserving a larger or even the largest truck rather than the size recommended. Check out this guide for choosing the right size moving truck.

Pack and Load Correctly

Once you’ve selected the right truck for your move, be sure to make the most of the room you have. The way you pack a moving truck can either maximize or limit available space. Watch the video below for some helpful tips for loading a U-Haul truck that will create more space inside your truck, as well as protect your items in-transit. Again, if you’re an in-town moving customer, you may want to load differently based on the size of your move.

Search Special Rates

If you plan on using a cargo van or pickup truck and you need it for multiple days for pickup and return to the same location, be sure to check out special rates to get the “best rate guarantee.” Just go to, and type in your desired moving date, as well as your pickup location. Click “extended days/miles special rates” next to either the pickup truck or cargo van option. Then, indicate the estimated mileage you’d like to put on the vehicle, as well as how long you’ll need it to get the best rate.

Get Helpers

Whether your move takes a few hours or several days to complete, it’s always best to be as efficient as possible. This way, you can relax and don’t have to worry about being responsible for your rental equipment any longer. Depending on how large your move is and how many people help out, you may spend a good portion of the time loading and unloading your truck. Whatever the case may be, you can enjoy an easier, more efficient move by hiring Moving Help®. Perhaps you have children to look after during your move, or you just want someone to do all of the heavy liftings. Simply visit the Moving Help® website, fill in the date, time and two locations of your move, and choose from the available helpers.

Manage Your Time

When you’re moving, your time is precious. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to pick up and drop off your moving truck, U-Haul Truck Share is the way to go. With this service, you can access a truck any time, day or night using Self-Pick-Up. When you’re finished, the Self-Return feature allows you to drop off your truck without even having to speak to a representative. All you need is a smartphone and internet connection to get started.

What are some of your tips for a successful in-town truck rental? Share with us in the comments below!

UPDATED: October 31, 2017, to incorporate U-Haul Truck Share 24/7


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