How to Load a U-Box® Moving and Storage Container

How to Load a U-Box® Moving and Storage Container

Before loading your U-Box, make sure to drain
all water connections from appliances, as well as gas and fluids from lawnmowers, weed
eaters and/or motorcycles. Also be sure to label all boxes with room names, as this will
make your unloading and unpacking easier. Begin at the back of the U-Box, and work your
way forward. Stand large items, such as coaches, on end to maximize space and place a furniture
pad between the floor of a U-Box and the item you are loading. Tie these items down with
U-Haul rope or tie downs to prevent shifting. Glass or fragile items should be wrapped in
U-Haul furniture pads or bubble wrap to prevent damage. TV’s must be wrapped in furniture
pads and then placed in a U-Haul TV box, or covered with a large piece of cardboard. Use
the U-Haul utility dolly whenever possible, as this will save energy and make your move
easier. The screen side should placed against a flat, cushioned service. Cover all furniture
with U-Haul furniture pads and secure larger items with U-Haul tie downs, and place smaller
ones in voids between existing items. Removing legs from tables and chairs not only prevents
breakage, but maximizes space within your U-Box. Wrapping these, and all other sensitive
items in U-Haul furniture pads or bubble wrap will prevent scratching. Stand these items
on end to maximize space. Fill all gaps, voids, and spaces with U-Haul furniture pads and
couch cushions to prevent shifting. Light and fragile items should be loaded at the
top of each tier. Place heavy items, such as dressers, heavy boxes, chests, and appliances,
on the bottom of the U-Box and distribute evenly across. Make sure to stabilize any
moving parts of furniture, equipment or appliances that you are loading. Utilize all open spaces
within cabinets, bookshelves, and entertainment centers. Professional loaders build tiers
from the floor to the ceiling, spanning side to side, creating wall-like layers. This will
evenly distribute the weight in the U-Box from the front to the back. Keep your tiers
as tight as possible, filling any empty spaces with additional items or U-Haul furniture
pads to prevent load shift. Make sure you are evenly distributing your heaviest items,
and not loading them all on one end or one side of your U-Box. Always be flexible and
position your items, so that they are tiered and that there are no gaps between them. Fill
any gaps with U-Haul furniture pads, pillows, or couch cushions. Do not load all heavy items
on one side, or one end of the U-Box. Extremely heavy items, such as toolboxes, safes, and
refrigerators, should be loaded in the center of the U-Box. Lock the wheels if possible,
and secure with tie downs. Do not load the following articles inside of the U-Box. Any
hazardous materials, explosives or other dangerous articles such as tanks or bottles designed
to contain butane or propane. This also includes tanks and containers for gas barbecue grills,
torches, heater, tools and appliances, as well as tanks and bottles certified as empty,
but still under pressure. Articles which are liable to contaminate the U-Box or otherwise
damage equipment or other property, as well as articles that cannot be taken from the
premises without damage to the article of the premises. Perishable articles such as
refrigerated and frozen foods, liquid items of any kind, living plants and animals, legal
documents and articles that may be needed during time of transit such as passports,
visas, birth certificates, and medications.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Everything looks good except for the two end tables that were loaded without pads right against the wood side of the u-box,These will be getting scratched up while in motion.

  2. What should I do when I order a Ubox for self-pickup, and
    Uhaul changes the pickup city (for some unknown reason) to an entirely
    different location on the day of pickup? Then what should I do when I make multiple
    calls to Uhaul and they just transfer me around, and don’t call back? Then what
    should I do when Uhaul repeatedly changes my Ubox delivery date and pricing
    without my consent?

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  4. Probably not a good idea to do business with a company that doesn't give a damn about customer service and guaranteeing reservations:

  5. NOT SECURE!!! Just got a uBox the other day and am SO PISSED OFF that the cheap, chinsy hasp that they put on the side of it is NOT big enough for a heavy duty lock. The ONLY type of a lock that will fit in this tiny little hole it the type that can VERY EASILY be pried off with a crowbar or cut with a bolt cutter. BEWARE.

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