If you’re moving to a new location, one of the things you’ll have to figure out is how you’re going to move all your furniture and belongings from Point A to Point B. If you can’t ship it or fly it, you may need to drive it. In this article, we provide the key details about numerous companies that offer one-way trailer rentals, including the types of trailers available, the vehicle requirements for towing the trailers, and the customer reviews for each business. With this information, you can make an informed and confident decision about securing a one-way trailer rental to ensure that your move is as easy and hassle-free as possible.

In This Article

  • The Companies That Offer One Way Trailer Rentals: Cargo Trailers/Moving Trailers/Enclosed Trailers

  • Trailer Types and Sizes

  • Vehicle Requirements for Towing Such Trailers

  • Customer Reviews

1. U-Haul

“U-Haul trailers are aerodynamic, lightweight and low profile for better gas mileage. Our wide track, stabilized suspension and low center of gravity make for moving made easier.”

U-Haul shows you the specifications of each trailer. There are numerous options you can choose from:

  • Cargo trailers range in sizes from 45 cu. ft. to 396 cu. ft.
  • Utility trailers range from 26 sq. ft. to 74 sq. ft.
  • All of its car trailers have trailer ramps that make loading even low clearance vehicles possible.


“In order to tow, your vehicle must be equipped with an adequate hitch system and lighting connections. Your hitch system includes the receiver hitch, ball mount and ball. The overall rating is determined by the lowest rated component of the three.”

Requirements for using a U-Haul trailer varies depending on the exact size of the trailer you’d like but typically the curb weight of your tow vehicle must exceed the weight of the loaded trailer.

Another thing to note: You can drive the U-Haul trailers across the Canadian border, but you aren’t permitted to enter Mexico.


One-way move rates are determined by a combination of trailer size, point of origin, destination and the date of the move. The price includes a set number of days to complete your move. This same sort of thinking goes along with most other companies. Once everything is determined, the price is worked out.


5-star reviews are a little hard to come by with U-Haul. Some people have had great experiences. Others… not so much. Satisfaction really depends on your specific location. As a result, reviews are often mixed. Here’s what customers had to say:

  • Employee was very nice and professional. My only campaign is that wait time to get your truck on a Saturday morning. We stood in line for over an hour.”
  • “Everyone was very nice and helpful…they took really good care of me..I thank them for that. :)”
  • “While the truck ran and looked fine, the interaction between a center employee and a customer was well below expected customer service expectations in my opinion. When the employee asked the customer to move their vehicle he handled it in a very rude and short manner to which upset the customer and an exchange of words was had in front of all of us waiting in the parking lot.”

Contact Information

Reserve over the phone: 1-800-468-4285

View the trailers and book online

2. U-Pack

If you’re worried about driving, U-Pack is handy. It has a system where you load the trailer and employees come pick it up. This means you can fly to your new home, which may ease the stress of a long trip.

  • According to its website, “Outside dimensions are 28 ft. x 8 ft. x 9 ft. and inside dimensions are 324 in x 96 in. x 108 in. The full capacity is approximately 1,944 cubic feet. Because your U-Pack price is based on the linear footage used, it’s important to note that each linear foot is 1 ft. x 8 ft. x 9 ft., or 72 cubic feet.”
  • 2 foot wide loading ramps are also provided


U-Pack charges based on how much space you use, not how much space you buy. You won’t be charged for unused space in the trailer.

“Payment isn’t due until after loading, when you know your exact linear footage. Plus, there’s no down-payment or deposit.”


Similar to U-Haul, there are mixed reviews. This is because each location differs. Here are a few customer comments:

  • “Very accommodating at destination terminal. Allowed trailer rental until the sale of our home closed so we wouldn’t have to move in and out of a storage unit. This option was priceless, saving us labor, storage cost and extra wear and tear on our belongings!”
  • For cross-border (US/Canada) moving, I highly recommend U-Pack. I used U-Haul to move from San Francisco to Vancouver = nightmare. I used U-Pack to move back from Vancouver to San Francisco = great. It was about the same price as U-Haul, but they were 1000x more professional. The Surrey office set me up for the move, and the Oakland office received me. Everyone knew their stuff, were organized, helpful and friendly, and everything went smoothly. I used one pod to pack up my bedroom and a few kitchen things.”
  • “Used u pack 2 years ago and it seems their service worsened. The trailer arrived after 10 pm (no call to say their late). And upon inquiry, I’ve been directed to very rude people. I don’t know who they’re directing their anger to, when I’m the one who has to load a truck Late at night. I ordered the guaranteed time but it’s been significantly late both ways. I’m very disappointed.”

Contact Information

Reserve over the phone: 1-877-453-7274

View the trailers and book online

3. Xtralease

The Xtralease website doesn’t state requirements, and there aren’t any customer reviews. Because it’s a smaller company, it isn’t well known and there isn’t much information about it.

Unlike U-Haul and U-Pack, Xtralease only delivers in a few locations. Locations are in Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, New England, San Jose, Newark NJ, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Here’s what they offer:

Dry Vans

  • 53′, Air-ride, Swing-door, Side skirts
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Swing-door, Side skirts
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Roll-door, Side skirts
  • 57′, Air-ride, Swing-door, Side skirts


  • 53′, Spring-ride, Swing-door, X4-7300
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Roll-door, X4-7300
  • 53′ Spring-ride, Swing-door, Precedent S-600
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Roll-door, Precedent S-600
  • 53′, Air-ride, Swing-door, Side skirts
  • 53′, Air-ride, Roll-door, Side skirts
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Swing-door, Side skirts
  • 53′, Spring-ride, Roll-door, Side skirts


  • 53′, Air-ride, Alum-Steel Combo
  • 48′, Air-ride, Alum-Steel Combo
  • 48′, Air-ride, Alum-Steel Combo
  • 48’x102″, Air-ride, Spread-axle
  • 48’x96″, Air-ride, Spread-axle
  • 45’x96″, Air-ride, Spread-axle


  • 20′-40′ Combo Tridem Chassis

Storage Vans

  • Lengths from 28′ to 53′
  • 100″ widths

Cartridge Vans

“Right now we have a large selection of 2003 – 2005 model-year cartage vans available in a variety of sizes and specs to fit your short-haul needs.”

Contact Information

Reserve over the phone: 1-800-325-1453

View the trailers and book online

In Summary

Whether you need a one way cargo trailer rental or a one way car trailer, these are the one way trailer rental companies available. The list is short, yes, but at least it’s possible to get a trailer and never need to come back to your original location. Not happy with the selection for any reason (such as price)? Read our roundup of which rental companies offer car tow dollies — a much cheaper option than a trailer.