To find the perfect U-Haul for your moving and transporting needs, you need to ensure that the size of the truck will fit all your needs. We will go over all the dimensions of the 17-foot U-Haul truck and all that you can fit inside.
The 17-foot U-Haul truck features box length, width, and height dimensions of 16 feet 9 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches, which includes extra over-the-cab storage with dimensions of 2 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 2 feet 7 inches.
To learn all about these dimensions, plus the dimensions of the entire truck, as well as all the truck features, continue reading!
Box dimensions and what can fit inside
The box dimensions of a U-Haul truck are only the box of the truck where you load all your items, and the length does not include the truck cab where you and your passenger will be sitting. The height of the box only includes the rooftop to the deck and not the roof to the ground. The length, width, and height dimensions of the 17-foot U-Haul box are 16 feet 9 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches.
These dimensions also include the dimensions of the over-the-cab storage space, referred to as the “Mom’s Attic.” On its own, the “Mom’s Attic” has a length, width, and height of 2 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 2 feet 7 inches.
The dimensions of the box as a whole, once you’ve subtracted the dimensions of the “Mom’s Attic”, will be 14 feet 3 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches. This is how much space available deck space you’ll have for loading and stacking boxes and furniture onto. The total dimensions of the entire box, including the “Mom’s Attic” storing space, calculate the total volume of 865 cubic feet.
Of this total volume, you’ll be able to store the average 2-bedroom home amount of cargo, household items, and furniture. Depending on the size of the home and how much stuff you need to haul, you may even be able to load this 17-foot truck with a 3-bedroom home amount of stuff. You’ll be able to store a king-sized bed with a frame and box spring, plus regular-sized furniture, kitchen appliances, and several boxes of household items.
Deck Height & Loading Ramp
The deck height is included in the overall height of the truck itself, which greatly contributes to the overhead maximum clearance, both of which we will discuss later on in this article. The total height from the top of the box deck to the ground is 33 inches, which is just over 3 feet, and because the deck height is low in comparison to many other box trucks, it makes for easier loading and unloading.
While 3 feet is a bit higher than the 10-foot U-Haul truck, the truck comes equipped with a loading ramp, which makes loading and unloading the truck even easier. This loading ramp has a width of 2 feet and 2 inches, so you’ll have plenty of space to walk across the ramp or wheel items up the ramp with a moving dolly.
Overall Truck Size Dimensions
When considering how large the truck is, we will take into account the measurements of the entire width of the truck, plus the length of the truck, including the cabin, and the height of the truck from the top of the box roof to the ground. The total height will be the box plus the deck height, or 7 feet 2 inches plus 33 inches.
With these considered, the overall length, width, and height of the truck are 23 feet 11 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 9 feet 11 inches. The overall truck length and height are important to ensure whether or not you will be able to fit it in your garage or in a parking spot, as well as to determine the height clearance.
Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight
The maximum gross vehicle weight includes both the weight of the empty truck by itself and how much weight the truck will be able to haul inside of it. The truck’s empty weight is 8,340 pounds, but it can run on a total weight of 14,500 pounds once it has been loaded.
This means that you will be able to load up to 6,160 pounds onto the truck deck. Exceed this amount and you could compromise the weight distribution of the entire truck and create problems for the truck’s ability to haul the weight of the load you place onto it, so it won’t be able to drive efficiently.
Knowing the towing capacity of your U-Haul can help you determine how much additional weight you will be able to load onto a trailer attached to the back hitch of the truck. The towing capacity of the 17-foot U-Haul truck is up to 10,000 pounds, meaning it can pull your family car, an open bed trailer, or even a closed trailer with additional cargo. You can rent these trailers or a car carrier or car dolly from U-Haul, making for an easy pickup or drop off of both your U-Haul truck and trailer.
Whenever you are driving a large vehicle, it’s important to know the height clearance so that if you ever need to drive through a parking garage, a drive-through, a motel, or a bridge while driving, you’ll be able to know if the truck can fit beneath it. Nobody wants to get stuck during their move, as this can cause expensive damage to the vehicle and tack extra hours onto your total rental payment.
The overall height clearance of all U-Haul moving trucks is 12 feet, so you’ll want to ensure that the height clearance bars and other overhangs indicate or appear to be 12 feet or higher. At a minimum, however, these overpasses should be at least one foot over the overall height of the vehicle. In this case, the overall height is 9 feet 11 inches, so you’ll only be able to fit under an overpass 11 feet or higher while driving the 17-foot U-Haul. Luckily, U-Haul moving trucks don’t fluctuate too much in height differences, so you can expect the same height clearance regardless of which size of truck you choose to rent.