Cheapest Way to Rent a Trailer

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Renting a trailer is often necessary when moving or hauling large items such as appliances or furniture. Depending on where you rent the trailer, the length of the rental and whether you'll be taking the trailer out of state, you might end up paying a hefty fee to the rental company. It is important to shop around and compare the prices of trailer rentals before committing to one company.

Renting a trailer is often less expensive than renting a full moving truck.
Renting a trailer is often less expensive than renting a full moving truck. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 1

Determine what size trailer you need based on the items you plan to move. Trailers come in different sizes, from small utility trailers to full-size cargo trailers which can be used to move the entire contents of an apartment or small house. The smaller the trailer you rent, the less expensive the rental fee will be, so it is important to reserve the smallest trailer size possible to haul your load.

Determine what size trailer you need based on the items you plan to move.
Determine what size trailer you need based on the items you plan to move. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 2

Contact local trailer rental places to inquire about pricing. Determine how long you will need the rental, what you will be hauling and how far you will be traveling. Some trailer-rental companies don't permit one-way rentals, so if you are planning a long-distance move, you'll need to find a company that will allow you to return the trailer to another location.

Contact local trailer rental places to inquire about pricing.
Contact local trailer rental places to inquire about pricing. (Image: Marcus Lindström/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Contact home-improvement stores such as Home Depot which frequently rent small utility trailers for local moves. Depending on your needs, these stores might be the cheapest way to rent a trailer.

Contact home-improvement stores such as Home Depot.
Contact home-improvement stores such as Home Depot. (Image: Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 4

Get quotes from companies to see which trailer rental will the be cheapest. If you need assistance locating rental companies, visit the Service Magic website which connects individuals with reputable services in their area. Rental Site is a similar website which provides the name and contact information of local rental companies.

Get quotes from companies to see which trailer rental will the be cheapest.
Get quotes from companies to see which trailer rental will the be cheapest. (Image: Adam Radosavljevic/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Choose a company for your trailer rental and make a reservation well in advance--particularly if you plan on moving during the beginning or end of the month which are the busiest times at truck rental companies.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Consider renting a trailer in the middle of the month when the demand is low. Prices are higher during peak moving times, so you'll likely get a cheaper trailer rental if you plan your move accordingly.

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