When looking for a U-Haul to rent, you’ll want to make sure that the truck will be large enough to fit everything you need to haul or move from one location to the next. We will help answer all your questions regarding the dimensions of the truck and all of what you will be able to fit in this 15-foot U-Haul.
The U-Haul 15-foot Moving Truck has box length, width, and height dimensions of 15 feet by 7 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches. The truck also has an extra cargo space above the cab with length, width, and height dimensions of 2 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 2 feet 7 inches.
To learn more about all the dimensions of this 15-foot U-Haul truck, its features, and all of what you can fit inside it, continue reading!
Box Dimensions & What Can Fit Inside
The box dimensions include the length, width, and height of just the box where you will be loading all of your items and do not include the height of the wheels or the length of the cab. The length of the box is different in that it includes the length of the box that hangs over the cab, which U-Haul refers to as “Mom’s Attic.”
The dimensions (LxWxH) of the box are 15 feet by 7 feet 8 inches by 7 feet 2 inches. If you were to subtract the length of the “Mom’s Attic” section that hangs over the cab, the length would be reduced to 12 feet 5 inches, which is the length at which boxes and furniture items can sit on the floor and be stacked up to the height of the box.
The “Mom’s Attic” portion of the box has individual dimensions of 2 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 8 inches by 2 feet 7 inches, and this is where you can store smaller and more fragile items away from the rest of your heavier and larger items.
The length, width, and height of the box, including the “Mom’s Attic” portion of the box, each add up to an interior total volume of 764 cubic feet. Within this volume, you can store a one-bedroom home or a 2 bedroom apartment worth of items.
It’s a great option for childless partnerships or married couples moving from one home to the next. You’ll be able to fit up to a king-size mattress and bed components, including the box spring and the bed frame, plus your kitchen appliances, your washing and drying machine, some small furniture items, and even a 3-seat couch and all your boxed household items.
Deck Height & Loading Ramp
A low deck height can make for easier loading and unloading of all your items, but this process can be easier if the truck comes with a loading ramp. The 15-foot truck has a low-loading deck height of 33 inches from the ground, just over 3 feet.
While this is a bit higher than the smaller, 10-foot U-Haul truck, this U-Haul comes equipped with a loading ramp, which has a width of 2 feet and 2 inches, making for the perfect slope for loading and unloading with a box dolly.
Overall Truck Size Dimensions
The overall truck dimensions include the entire length of the truck, including the seating cabin, from the end of the trailer hitch to the front bumper. It also includes the height of the wheels, adding up both the height of the box plus the deck height to equal an overall total height from the top of the box to the ground.
The width of the truck is the same as the box width. So, with all these things considered, the total length, width, and height dimensions of the entire truck are 22 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 3 inches by 9 feet 11 inches.
Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight
The maximum gross vehicle weight is how much the vehicle weighs on its own plus how much more additional weight it will be able to handle. This additional weight is how much cargo you will be able to store inside the vehicle before it won’t be able to run smoothly or effectively. The overall empty weight of the truck is 8,115 pounds, but it can reach a maximum gross vehicle weight of up to 14,500 pounds.
If you exceed this amount of weight, then the weight of cargo inside the truck won’t be evenly distributed, and the truck will struggle to carry this weight. Subtracting the empty vehicle weight from the gross vehicle weight gives you an additional 6,385 pounds, which is a ton of weight, so it will be easy not to exceed this weight.
Not included in the maximum gross vehicle weight is the towing capacity. This is the amount of weight that can be towed by the rental truck using a trailer hitched to the back. The larger the vehicle, the more powerful it is, and therefore the higher the towing capacity is. If you are to rent the 15-foot U-Haul truck, you’ll be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds of cargo.
This means that you can either hitch a car carrier or a tow dolly to the back to tow your family car for the move, or you can attach a trailer to the back of it for extra cargo space. These trailers can be rented directly from U-Haul, making it an easy one-stop trip to pick up or drop off your 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. 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.
Some other features of the 15-foot truck include a large and comfortable cab that seats 3 adults, automatic transmission, air conditioning, automatic airbags, AM and FM radio connection, and disc breaks. Disc breaks are significantly safer than rim breaks because they have stronger braking power in various weather and slope conditions. They stop your vehicle more quickly than rim breaks, so you can drive rest assured that you’ll be able to stop more safely.