Choose the right truck size for your move

Figuring out the right size moving truck is simple. All major truck rental companies can assist you. They will base their estimate on whether you live in a home or an apartment, how many rooms you have to move, if you have children, and if you use the garage as partial storage. In most household moves, the weight of your things is usually not the issue; it's the size of your furniture and bulkiness of your things that have to be taken into consideration.

If your relocation is a long-distance, one-way move, you’ll definitely want to rent a truck that's more than large enough to fit all of your belongings. It can be a really stressful situation to have to decide what goes on the truck and what goes in the trash at the last minute, when you realize your truck isn't big enough for all of your things! Therefore, it's always better to get a slightly larger truck than you think you'll need, especially if you're loading it yourself or with friends. DYI movers generally aren't able to fit as many items in a truck as professional movers.


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Photo of a truck sizing chart based on the size of your apartment or home.

Moving Truck Sizes Explained

Cargo Vans

Cargo vans are perfect for moving a small studio apartment or a college dorm room, and have the capacity to hold a queen mattress set. They are also a more fuel-efficient choice when making a local move.

Volume: 245 cu. ft.
Max load: 4,000 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 9,000 lbs. max.
Empty weight: 4,950 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 9’6″ x 5’7″ x 4’7″ (LxWxH)
Miles per gallon: 16 -18 mpg.

Ten foot Truck

Best for moving a one or two bedroom home.

Volume: 402 cu. ft.
Max load: 2,810 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 8,600 lbs. max.
Empty weight: 5,790 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 6,000 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 9’11” x 6’4″ x 6’2″ (LxWxH)
Miles per gallon: 12 - 14 mpg

14 foot Truck

Best for a one or two bedroom home.
Volume: 763 cu. ft.
Max load: 6,385 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 lbs. max.
Empty weight: 8,115 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 6,200 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 14′ x 7’8″ x 7’2″ (LxWxH)
Miles per gallon: 12 - 14 mpg

17 foot Truck

Best for two to three bedroom home.

Volume: 865 cu. ft.
Max load: 5,930 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 14,050 lbs. max.
Empty weight: 8,120 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 7,000 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 13’9″ x 7’8″ x 7’2″ (LxWxH)

Miles per gallon: 10 - 12 mpg

20 foot Truck

Best for a two to three-bedroom home.

Volume: 1015 cu. ft.
Max load: 5,605 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 lbs.
Empty weight: 8,895 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 7,500 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 19’6″ x 7’8″ x 7’2″ (LxWxH)
Miles per gallon: 10 mpg.

24 foot Truck

Best for a three to four-bedroom home.

Volume: 1224 cu. ft.
Max load: 6,205 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 17,500 lbs.
Empty weight: 10,895 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 7,500 lbs.
Inside dimensions: 23’6″ x 7’8″ x 7’6″ (LxWxH)
Miles per gallon: 8 - 10 mpg.

26 ft. Truck

Best for four+ bedroom moves.

Volume: 1,611 cu. ft.
Floor space: 208 sq. ft.
Max load: 7,400 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 20,000 lbs. max.
Empty weight: 12,600 lbs.
Towing capacity: Up to 7,500 lbs.
Miles per gallon: 6 - 8 mpg
Inside dimensions: 26’5″ x 7’8″ x 8’3″ (LxWxH)

There are multiple moving truck rental companies to choose from when planning your next relocation such as Penske, Ryder, Hertz, Enterprise and Budget. You’ll want to make sure you choose the one that best fits your budget and the one that is most conveniently located near your current and new home.

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