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Learn More About U-Box® Portable Storage & Moving Containers

Learn More About U-Box® Portable Storage & Moving Containers


How to Load a U-Box Moving and Storage Container

story U-Box moving containers are an alternate option to traditional moving and storage services. Use the U-Box container to fit up to a room and a half of furniture and boxes and then simply store the container at a U-Haul location of your choice or have it shipped to a new destination.

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How to Load a U-Box Moving and Storage Container

story U-Box moving containers are an alternate option to traditional moving and storage services. Use the U-Box container to fit up to a room and a half of furniture and boxes and then simply store the container at a U-Haul location of your choice or have it shipped to a new destination.

What can I pack in a U-Box® Container?

story As you begin going through your belongings to pack what you want to take with you on your move, what things you may want to donate, and what you want to just throw away, you may wonder what items you can pack into your U-Box® container.

U-Haul U-Box® Containers vs. U-Pack® - Mobile Storage

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is U-Box®?

U-Box is a portable moving and storage solution.  U-Box containers are perfect if you need extra time with your move or need temporary storage where you are living now or where you are moving to.

U-Box offers multiple delivery options to suit your needs.

Truck delivery We Deliver Have your containers delivered directly to your door.
Moving Help Delivery Full Service Delivery & Load Professional movers in your area will deliver your container and load it for you.
Self Delivery Self delivery Pick up a U-Box container at your convenience with a U-Box trailer.
Load Unload Access at a U-Haul Location Save time and money by loading/unloading at a neighborhood U-Haul location.

Once you have the U-Box containers at your residence, load them at your convenience and then either bring the loaded U-Box container back to U-Haul on our specially designed trailer, or call us and we pick them up with our flatbed truck. We can store them at our secure location or ship them anywhere in North America.

What is included in my quote?

Your free, online quote includes the entire cost of your move, including:

  • Monthly storage (monthly fee to store your U-Box containers in our secure facility).
  • Delivery to and from your home (home delivery fee where applicable).
  • Shipping your container (when shipping from one location to another)

You won't have to worry about unexpected costs like fuel, hotel stays, extra driving time, etc. Using U-Box containers provides the convenience of knowing you can leave your items with us until you're ready.

When do I pay for my U-Box® containers?

U-Haul makes payments simple. When you make the reservation, we will collect your credit card information to hold your reservation. Nothing is due at the time of reservation, unless you have selected Moving Help® labor services. You will be charged the first month’s rent and delivery charge on the morning of the delivery. Every month thereafter, on the same day, we will charge your credit card with the monthly rent. 

If you are moving one-way, we charge shipping five days prior to your guaranteed arrival date. Any delivery charges will be charged to your card the morning of the delivery at your destination. 

How much does a U-Box® cost?

The cost of a U-Box move varies depending on your needs. 

U-Box reservations can be made for storing or moving in-town, or to move one-way across the country. There are several delivery options to fit your budget, including free and do-it-yourself delivery options by towing a specially made U-Box trailer. Unlike our competitors, you can get a one-way quote online and choose the delivery option that is right for you. 

Other cost factors to consider when you move with U-Box containers:

  • No driving or hauling your goods
  • No extra fuel costs
  • Save time and add convenience with home delivery

How big are U-Box® containers?

  • Internal dimensions are approximately 4’8” (56") wide x 7’11” (95") long x 6’11 ½" (83.5”) high.
  • T & U models are 91.5" in length and 77" in height.
  • Capacity is 257 cubic feet, holding up to 2,000 lbs.
  • External dimensions are approximately 5’ (60”) wide x 8’ (96”) long x 7.5’ (90”) high.

Each container has a large door for easy access and will typically accommodate an average room to a room and a half of household goods and furniture. U-Box containers rest about 6 inches off the ground to ensure that your belongings are safe and dry. A King size mattress will fit standing up. A California King mattress will fit diagonally (corner to corner inside the box is 100.5"). All measurements are approximate. View complete dimensions, including metric, here.

How many U-Box® containers will I need?

You can use our estimator tool to get an idea of how many U-Box containers you will need. You can then get a quote from our online reservation system. If you end up getting more containers than you need,we will be happy to pick up the unused U-Box containers and credit you the full cost. You’ll never be charged for U-Box containers you don’t use.

How much time do I have to load/unload U-Box® containers?

As much as you need! The beauty of U-Box is you load your belongings on your own timeline, not ours, and you can keep the U-Box container on site for as long as you need. While the U-Box containers are on your property, they will have a weather resistant cover to keep moisture out and ensure the safety of your belongings. 

Will U-Haul load the container for me?

U-Haul partners with Moving Help® to provide Delivery and Load or Unload services. Just look for the delivery options in your area to book Moving Help when you reserve your U-Box containers.

How long can I store my containers with U-Haul, and is there a fee to access my U-Box® containers while in storage?

You can store your U-Box containers for as long as you need. You can access your containers for free anytime during normal business hours. Just give us a call 24 hours in advance so we can have your containers ready.

What are U-Box® moving and storage containers made out of?

U-Box storage and moving containers are made exclusively for U-Haul. Each U-Box container is made of premium, pest-resistant plywood, which provides your belongings with a stable and chemical free environment for storage and transit. This is especially important if you have wooden furniture. Our U-Box containers breathe much better than steel containers reducing the chance for mold and mildew. Each container is also covered with a highly durable, weather-resistant cover when delivered. 

How do I pack my U-Box® container(s)?

We recommend watching our quick, informative video on how to properly work with and load your U-Box container before starting.  Then, be sure to follow the helpful tips below.

  • Plan your move carefully and distribute your heaviest pieces between multiple U-Box containers. I.E. appliances, hardwood furniture, or a safe.
  • Each U-Box container comes with 24 free U-Haul furniture pads.  Use these pads to wrap and protect your furniture. Use any extra pads to fill in any empty space or gaps between items.
  • Place the heaviest items on the bottom-center of the U-Box container and distribute weight as evenly as possible. Avoid putting the heaviest items to one side. 
  • As you load your container, each item should be lighter than the item below it.  Can the item on the bottom withstand the weight of the items above it?
  • Fill empty spaces with sofa cushions, bagged pillows or U-Haul furniture pads.
  • Secure all rows of furniture and boxes with tie downs and rope
  • Load no more than 2,000 lbs into each U-Box container or you may be asked to move items into another container at your cost. 
  • Stand sofas and mattresses on end and disassemble bed frames and other furniture to maximize space.

Packing Tips and Guidelines

It’s just as important to properly pack the boxes that are going into your containers to avoid damage during transit.

  • U-Haul packing boxes are built for stacking to help maximize your storage space. 

  • Pack books in U-Haul book boxes for easier lifting. 

  • Pack your belongings in each box tightly to avoid shifting of contents during transit. Use U-Haul bubble wrap and packing paper in between each item. 

  • Label each box to indicate it is fragile. 

  • Pack mirrors and pictures in U-Haul mirror boxes and bubble wrap. Wrap these boxes in U-Haul furniture pads. 

  • Reinforce the bottom of boxes with U-Haul packing tape

  • Coat fine wood furnishings with wax to prevent against scratches. Wrap these items in U-Haul furniture pads

How do I keep my belongings from shifting during transit?

The easiest way to avoid load shift is to properly pack and load your U-Box container. Your heaviest items should be loaded towards the bottom-center of the container and distributed evenly. Each U-Box container can hold up to 2,000 lbs. If you have a lot of heavy furniture, you’ll want to distribute those pieces between multiple containers. Each item should be lighter than the item below it. As you pack the container, you’ll want to use furniture pads, sofa cushions, or pillows to fill empty space. If there are no air gaps between items, there will be no room for your contents to shift; this policy applies to your packing boxes too. Need help loading your container? You can add professional, customer-rated Moving Help® providers to load your container for you when reserving your U-Box containers online.

Are U-Box® containers secure while on my property?

Yes. Each U-Box container has a latch that can fit a padlock. If you don’t have your own lock, you can buy one at your storage location. U-Haul employees do not keep the keys or combination to your lock, only you do! 

Are my belongings insured while in a U-Box®?

The belongings in your U-Box containers are not insured for loss or damage while in transit or while they are being stored in the U-Box warehouse. However, you can add a variety of coverage options when you make your reservation. For example, you can add Safestor® coverage to protect your belongings and cover accidental damage to the U-Box container, U-Box cover and U-Box trailer. 

What are the U-Box® delivery options?

There are a variety of delivery options to fit your individual move and budget.

  • We Deliver – A certified driver brings your container on a flatbed truck and places it where you want using a forklift. Or, Moving Help ® service providers deliver the container to you on a U-Box trailer. 

  • Full-Service Delivery & Load –Professional, customer-rated providers bring the container, pack it with your belongings and return it to your neighborhood U-Haul facility for storage or shipping. 

  • Self-Delivery – Tow your U-Box container to your place and load at your convenience, using a specially designed trailer. If you don’t have a vehicle capable of towing, you can rent one of our pickup trucks to tow the trailer. 

  • Access at U-Haul location – Bring your belongings to one of our locations and load your containers there, free of charge. 

Not all delivery options are available in all areas. Request a quote to see available options and pricing for your move.

What items cannot be placed in my U-Box container?

Motorized items (motorcycle, ATV, riding lawnmower, etc.) cannot be placed in a U-Box container unless all oils, fuel, and liquids have been drained from the engine.

    We do not recommend you place the following items in your U-Box container: 

    • Jewelry (including watches and precious stones) 
    • Financial records, deeds & documents 
    • Currency and securities 
    • Works of art 
    • Antiques 
    • Stamps
    • Furs or garments trimmed with fur 

      The following items are prohibited from being placed in your U-Box container:

      • Living organisms
      • Flammable/combustible liquids (gasoline, alcohol, paint thinner, etc)
      • Hazardous materials (corrosives, bleach, ammonia, etc)
      • Compressed gases (propane tanks, oxygen/acetylene tanks, scuba diving tanks, etc)
      • Perishables (plants, produce, food, etc)
      • Explosives (ammunition, fireworks, firearms, etc)
      How do I cancel my U-Box reservation? Is there a cancellation fee?

      If you would like to cancel your U-Box reservation, call 1-877-GO-UHAUL (1-877-468-4285) and a representative will assist you with the process. We do not charge any cancellation fees.

      International U-Box moves: What destination countries require international certified packers?

      Mexico, Fiji, Argentina and Venezuela all require you have your container packed by international certified packers. We can put you in touch with someone who can do this for you. Just fill out the form and we will provide you with a quote to ship your container and contact person for packing.

      International U-Box moves: When will I receive contact information for a port agent in my destination country?

      We are unable to provide contact info for a port agent until your container is on the barge. As soon as your items are in transit we will be able to get you in contact with someone in your destination country. 

      International U-Box moves: What will it cost to get my container from the international port to my final destination?

      We can refer you to an international agent/broker in the country you are moving to who will get you a quote to get your items to your final destination. 

      International U-Box moves: How do I pack my U-Box container and create an Inventory List?

      Once you have accepted your international quote, you will be sent an information packet via email that outlines all requirements and instructions on how to pack your U-Box container, along with a template for your packing list. 

      International U-Box moves: Am I required to be in the destination country when my U-Box container arrives?

      Yes, you must be present in the destination country when your container(s) arrive. This is required in order to avoid storage or detention charges at the destination port warehouse. When your U-Box container is delivered to the destination port, you can arrange for delivery to your exact destination address.

      International U-Box moves: Who arranges the customs clearance process in the destination country?

      You will need to arrange the customs clearance process and are responsible for all requirements. This rate does not include destination customs clearance fees, port/warehouse charges (THC/LCL Charges), quarantine charges, duties, customs exam fees and taxes associated with this shipment. All shipments are subject to the possibility of a customs exam.

      What can I store in my U-Box container?

      Most common household goods can be stored in your U-Box container. 

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