Cheapest Way to Rent a Trailer

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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.

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 travelling. 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 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.

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.

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.


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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Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.