Selecting the Vehicle

The first fact you need to know about your moving vehicle is its size: how big it is. Sure, you need to know its length, but more important, how much cargo room is in it?

Your rental agent can tell you the cubic feet of space available in the unit you’ve selected. Or you can estimate it yourself. Small trailers may have only 100 cubic feet of interior space, while a large moving truck will have 1,600 cubic feet or more. A cubic foot is simply a square foot (width times length) times the height. So an area 1’ X 1’X 1’ is 1 cubic foot (cu. ft. or c.f.).

So a 4’ X 8’ trailer that’s 4 tall inside is 128 (4’ X 8’ X 4’) cubic feet. A 20’ X 8’ truck with an 8 ceiling has 1,280 cubic feet. Add in the overhead or attic of 3’ X 3’ X 8’ (72 cu. ft.) and you have about 1,350 cubic feet of loading space.

Whether your vehicle is a moving truck, a moving trailer, or a friend’s pickup, you need to know how to efficiently pack and relocate it.

Moving Tips

The best way to move family pets is in the car or truck cab with you. And avoid fines and other added costs by making sure you know the animal regulations of the city and state where you are moving.

Planning the Load