Estimate Gas Costs For Your Rental Truck

If you’re planning a one-way move in a rental truck, don’t forget to consider how much you’ll spend on fuel. You may find that the additional cost can more than double your rental truck price.  

Here’s an example: Let’s say you move from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA, in a rental truck. You can expect to pay somewhere around $1,500 in fuel alone. If your cost to rent a 26-foot truck is $3,000, you can end up spending more than $4,500 just to drive the truck yourself (not including sales tax or damage coverage).

Did you know that with U-Pack, you don’t have to pay extra for fuel, sales tax, or standard liability coverage – and you don’t have to drive? It’s all included in the price.

And speaking of price, when you move long distance, U-Pack’s price is typically on par with what you’ll pay to rent a truck and drive it yourself! So go ahead, get a free moving quote from U-Pack and compare. We Drive. You Save.®   

Now, to estimate how much it costs to fuel a U-Haul®, Penske®, or Budget® rental truck, just enter the locations you’re moving from and to into the Moving Truck Gas Estimator below, and click “Calculate.”

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Rental Truck Fuel Estimator

Whether you’re considering U-Haul, Budget, or Penske, your fuel estimate can fluctuate based on truck size, terrain, how much is loaded into the truck, and whether you’re towing a vehicle or trailer. For instance, a fully-loaded rental truck, towing a vehicle, and traveling through the mountainous regions to the West would get worse gas mileage than a half-full truck, traveling through West Texas. The charts below represent the miles per gallon and fuel tank size of each of the major rental truck companies. Keep in mind that the miles per gallon listed is best case scenario.

U-Haul Gas Calculator
Budget Truck Gas Calculator
Penske Truck Gas Calculator

Do you have more questions about how U-Pack compares to truck rental? Call or click today for a free moving quote. U-Pack representatives are here to help Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST. Or get an instant moving quote online anytime. If your U-Pack quote doesn’t provide an option or price that works with your needs and budget, call 800-355-1696 to discuss more options and more ways to save.