When choosing the best size and type of U-Haul for your hauling needs, it’s important to factor in what kind of gas mileage it gets, so you can understand how much gas will burn during your travels.
The 26-foot U-Haul truck can travel 10 miles to the gallon, and its fuel tank can hold 60 gallons of unleaded gasoline. With this considered, the truck can travel up to 600 miles before it is in need of a fuel refill, but this varies by weather and driving conditions.
To learn more about the fuel economy of the 26-foot U-Haul truck as well as how much each mile driven will cost you, and the other features this U-Haul offers, continue reading!
MPG & Fuel Economy: U-Haul 26-Foot Truck
The 26-foot U-Haul truck gets an MPG of 10 miles per gallon, though this calculation estimates that it can travel in ideal driving circumstances. These ideal circumstances are warm weather conditions, roads that are clear, dry, and paved, or driving with a small load or at regular city speeds. You’ll be able to get better gas mileage when driving on the highway or worse when you have to drive slower due to poor road or weather conditions.
While this gas mileage is lower than that of your typical pickup truck or family vehicle, you’ll get a larger gas tank size, so you won’t have to stop for gas quite as frequently, especially if a majority of your travels are on the highway. The 26-Foot truck has a fuel tank that holds 60 gallons of gas. This means that after filling up the tank to full with unleaded gasoline, you can drive about 590 miles before it’s time to find the nearest gas station to fill up. You should always fill up the tank to the full line (or at least to the level it was at when you picked up the vehicle) before you return the U-Haul.
How Much Does U-Haul Charge For Each Mile Traveled?
U-Haul, unlike some truck and moving van rental companies, does not offer unlimited mileage. This means that instead of just charging a flat rate prior to renting on top of insurance rates and allowing you to drive for any amount of mileage you want to, U-Haul will charge you for every mile that you travel with their trucks. This mileage rate is charged on top of your daily rate, your payment deposit if paying with cash, and any renters insurance you choose to pay.
For a U-Haul truck, you’ll be paying $40 per day, and this rate stays the same regardless of which size truck you decide to rent. It’s recommended that you rent the smallest truck possible for your needs, as a smaller truck will get better mileage, in general, and you’ll end up paying less on fuel, and you will also be charged less per mile by U-Haul.
When it comes to U-Haul’s charging rate per mile, you’ll have to pay somewhere between 50 cents to 99 cents per mile for in-town moves, depending on the size of truck you choose to select. The smaller trucks will cost you less per mile than the large ones. When you go to book your U-Haul, you should have an estimation of how many miles you plan to drive, and U-Haul will calculate the mileage cost and charge you upfront. If you end up driving more miles than the estimated mileage, U-Haul will charge you an extra $1.00 for every additional mile.
26-foot U-Haul Engines & Fuel Type
U-Hauls are manufactured with some of the most fuel-efficient engines and transmissions for the best fuel economy they can offer, depending on the size. Its fleet of 26-foot trucks has a 6.8 Liter v-10 gas engine that will ensure you get the best mileage possible for the smoothest driving experience and most economically friendly fuel usage.
When filling up the tank of your 26-foot U-Haul truck, you should only fill it with unleaded gasoline. While many moving vans used to run on diesel fuel in the past, many truck rental companies, including U-Haul, switched over to unleaded gasoline. You can check around or inside the gas cap for which fuel grade you should put into the truck, but generally, regular 87-grade gasoline will do just fine.
Features of The 26-Foot U-Haul Truck
The 26-foot U-Haul has features that you’ll appreciate for making your moving process go smoother. These include a large, “van-like,” comfortable cab seating that can seat up to 3 adults. This cab is made even more comfortable with air conditioning and heating, as well as the AM and FM radio for those extra-long drives. You can also drive assured that the truck comes equipped with automatic airbags in the case of a collision, so you and your passengers will feel safe throughout the drive.
The truck is an automatic transmission, so you won’t have to learn to drive manually (if you haven’t already learned) to drive the U-Haul. You can also expect a better braking experience with its disc brakes, which have stronger braking capacities than rim brakes, regardless of weather conditions, speeds, or road conditions.
You’ll also be able to hitch an additional trailer to the back of the truck, so you can carry extra cargo or items along with you on your trip, more than what you can store in the back of the 26-foot truck.
Whether it be a car carrier or car dolly to pull your car with you on your trip, an enclosed cargo trailer for extra household items or boxes, or an open flatbed trailer for equipment and cargo that is heavy and weather resistant, you can haul even more than you imagined. All of these trailers can be rented from U-Haul as well, for various prices.
This U-Haul, unlike some of the smaller U-haul trucks and cargo vans, includes a “Mom’s Attic” over the cab. This “Mom’s Attic” acts as additional storage space for you to store any small items or items that are fragile in comparison to the rest of your cargo so that they can be stored away from all the large and heavy items on the deck floor, which can shift around during the move.