If you’re getting ready to move and you own a Dodge Ram or an F-250, you really don’t have to spend much time considering the weight of a U-Haul trailer. If you’re driving a Hyundai Santa Fe or a Nissan Rogue, the weight of a U-Haul is far more important. So how much does a U-Haul trailer weigh?

For the most part, a Hyundai Santa Fe or a Nissan Rogue can handle a U-Haul trailer, as the average weight is around 1.250 lbs. However, they can be much larger and heavier than that so you’re towing capacity is very important before you plan your move.

Of course, U-haul offers a pretty large variety of trailer choices, so it’s not as if you’re stuck with something that will effectively haul your couch around and nothing else. They can get downright heavy as well.

The largest trailer that U-Haul offers is the 6 x 12 Utility trailer with a ramp. It weighs 2.290 lbs.

The different trailer dimensions and weights

U-Haul is generally going to have you covered because they offer a broad array of trailers with different uses and capabilities. Some are enclosed trailers while others are open, with the more traditional look of trailers that can haul cars or motorcycles.

Type of trailer W x L (ft) Weight (lbs)
U-Haul motorcycle trailer N/A 800
U-Haul utility trailer (#1) 4 x 7 630
U-Haul utility trailer (#2) 5 x 8 1.000
U-Haul utility trailer/spring-assisted loading ramp 5 x 9 1.240
U-Haul open trailer 6 x 12 1.730
U-Haul utility trailer/fold-down ramp 6 x 12 2.290
U-Haul cargo trailer (#1) 4 x 8 850
U-Haul cargo trailer (#2) 5 x 8 900
U-Haul cargo trailer (#3) 5 x 10 1.250
U-Haul cargo trailer (#4) 6 x 12 1.920

The smallest and lightest trailer that you can rent from U-Haul is the first utility trailer while the heaviest and largest is a utility trailer that is 6’ wide, 12’ long, and weighs 2.290 lbs. As with everything in life, size, weight, and usage determine the price and the largest U-Haul trailers are going to cost more.

Types of U-Haul trailers

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Knowing how much they weigh and how much they cost is at least as important as knowing what you can do with them. You don’t want to rent the wrong trailer for the wrong task because it’s a matter of money and usefulness.

For example, you don’t want to rent a U-Haul utility trailer with a spring-assisted loading ramp for your motorcycle, when U-Haul has a perfectly legitimate trailer that is designed for hauling motorcycles.

Enclosed, lightweight U-Haul cargo trailers

These are the little enclosed U-Haul trailers that you see all of the time on the highway. You can just about use anything to tow them due to their lightweight. The smallest one that you can rent is going to be primarily used for the small items and appliances in your house because you can pack a lot of them into a small space.

Of course, there isn’t just one size to choose from either. U-Haul’s standard, enclosed utility trailers come in a variety of sizes and weights. The heaviest enclosed cargo trailer is the 6 x 12 trailer that weighs 1.920 lbs. The lightest is the 4’ x 8’ and it weighs 850 lbs.

With enclosed trailers, the only thing that you have to worry about is renting one that has enough vertical space for your tall, household items. If you have something like a king-size bed frame, it’s going to be a close shave with the largest selection available.

U-Haul utility trailers

If you’re thinking that the enclosed cargo trailer might have trouble with a king-size bed frame, you’re probably right. Fortunately, U-Haul also rents open trailers and there are more to choose from as well.

The largest of the utility trailers is the 2.290 lbs, 6 x 12 utility trailer with a ramp. There’s not much that you’re not going to be able to load on it, including a king bedframe. Utility trailers come with the tie-down straps necessary to hold everything in place and the best part is U-Haul doesn’t charge extra for them.

The only thing that you have to worry about with the utility trailers is whether or not you have the towing capacity for them. Most mid-size SUVs with respectable towing packages need not worry, however, sub-compact SUVs may not be able to legally or safely tow some of U-Haul’s larger trailers.

Car trailers

One of the trailer types that U-Haul offers that wasn’t listed above is the car trailer. U-Haul offers several varieties including a standard car dolly, auto-transport, motorcycle trailers (like the one that made it into the above list), and ramp trailers.

For the car dolly, your vehicle must weigh a minimum of 750 lbs more than the vehicle being towed (even that seems like a really close shave) and must have a class 2 hitch that is rated for 3.500 lbs. If the vehicle you are driving can’t handle 3.500 lbs, there’s no sense in even bothering with it as it’s illegal and unsafe.

The car dolly tows a vehicle with only two wheels on the dolly and two wheels on the road. An auto-transport is the way to go for vehicles that you would prefer to be completely off the road, especially if you’re not sure if it’s FWD or RWD.

The vehicle towing another vehicle on the auto-transport must exceed 80% of the weight of the trailer and the vehicle being towed. Bear in mind that the trailer alone weighs 2.210 lbs. It requires a 2” hitch ball with a towing capacity of 5.000 lbs.

The motorcycle trailer has a 950 lbs towing capacity and is much lighter than the auto-trailer. The specs for towing it are the same as the car dolly yet there is more real estate available for parking your bike on it.

U-Haul also offers a ramp trailer, which is 5 x 9 and is primarily designed for hauling things like four-wheelers and bobcats. The specs require that your towing vehicle must weigh more than the loaded trailer, which makes sense, of course.

A 2” hitch ball is required with a minimum tow capacity of 2.000 lbs.

How much weight can U-Haul trailers carry?

There are two numbers that you should be aware of when it comes to the weight you’ll be loading onto a U-Haul trailer. The first number is the cargo weight capacity of the trailer and the second number is the trailer’s towing capacity. The two numbers aren’t the same thing because, for some reason, nothing can just be simple.

The best way that you can figure out how much weight you can haul in your rented trailer is to get U-Haul to confirm the calculations. They need a few things first, namely the hitch rating of the vehicle that’s going to be doing the towing, along with the trailer’s capacity.

Don’t worry, U-Haul will do the math for you if it’s been a while since Mathematics 101. Once they take the numbers and crunch them all together, they will come up with a “recommended” cargo weight that may or may not match the cargo weight rating stamped on the U-Haul trailer.

U-haul will even take the time to consider whether or not your vehicle is capable of towing the trailer that you want to rent. If you’re pimping a Nissan Leaf, you may be able to tow a wheelbarrow but you’ll have to bring something else to U-Haul for trailer-towing purposes.

U-Haul prerequisites for trailer rental

There are a few things that U-Haul wants to see and check over before you ride off into the sunset with one of their trailers:

  • Make, Model, and Year of your vehicle
  • If you’re in an SUV, it must have a hardtop
  • Your vehicle must have external mirrors
  • All lights must be functional

This is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone who goes to U-Haul to rent a trailer. They will test your system for you before they allow you to rent the trailer and so long as everything conforms to U-Haul’s standards, you’ll be good to go.

If you happen to lack the hitch rating necessary for the trailer that you want to rent, you can grab one right there at U-Haul and some will even provide them, so long as you remember to turn it in along with the trailer after you have reached your destination and unloaded.

U-Haul will also crunch the numbers and let you know what the recommended cargo weight is, according to your towing vehicle and the type of trailer that you rent. In other words, U-Haul will do most of these tasks for you. The only thing that you will have to concern yourself with is packing in the stuff that you’re going to transport.

Final thoughts

U-Haul trailer weights are pretty diverse, with the lightest trailer weighing a mere 630 lbs compared to the heaviest trailer at 2.290 lbs. Regardless of what size trailer you need, U-haul will do the math for you and determine your cargo capacity and whether or not your vehicle is worthy of pulling one of their trailers.