Using U-Box® for Moving or Storage

Using U-Box® for Moving or Storage


This video will show you the best way to load
your U-Box to avoid damage and maximize space. All U-Boxes are designed to hold 2,000 pounds,
and no more. To properly load your U-Box, you are going
to need at least three dozen furniture pads per U-Box, some U-Haul tie-downs or rope,
and a U-Haul utility dolly. If you are moving appliances, we also recommend
a U-Haul appliance dolly. These tools are critical to avoid damage during
shifting, and to make your move easier. It is also critical that you pack your load
as tightly as possible, filling any voids or gaps with U-Haul furniture pads. You should load heavier items to the front,
and avoid loading all of your heavy items to one side, to provide stability. Park the U-Box trailer, put the tow vehicle
in park, turn the motor off, and set the parking break. Remove the provided wheel chalks from their
storage compartment, and place them under the front and rear facing sides of each trailer
tire. Disconnect the safety chains and lighting
wiring from your tow-vehicle. Loosen the hand wheel on the coupler by pressing
the latch while rotating the hand-wheel counterclockwise. Pull the retaining pin on the tongue jack,
and rotate the jack down to the vertical position. Release the pin, making sure it is engaged,
to secure the jack vertically. Turn the tongue jack handle to raise the cupler
off of the ball. Rotate the tongue jack handle to raise or
lower the tongue, until it is about two inches lower at the front than at the trailer rear. Lower the rear drop down stabilizers, located
behind the trailer wheels, by removing the codder clip from the pin and then removing
the pin from the stabilizer. Place the pin into the hole that allows the
closet contact to the ground. Place the codder clip back in the pin. Repeat on the opposite side of the trailer. Rotate the tongue jack handle to raise the
trailer until the stabilizers make contact contact with the ground. The trailer should now be stable for loading. Pull the vehicle forward, away
from the U-Box trailer. Life the ramp gate until it disengages from the gate retainers and carefully lower the ramp gate moving your hands away from the end Move the weather resistant vinyl cover out of the way and fasten it to the velcro located on either sides Using a wrench, remove the two blots from the U-Box door and set them aside. Remove the lock and release the door latch to open the door. With the door open, lift and rotate the door retainer pin to hold the door in place while loading. Begin at the back of the U-Box and work your way forward. Stand large items such as couches on end to maximize space and place a furniture pad between the floor of the U-Box and the item you are loading. Tie these items down with rope or tie downs to prevent shifting. Glass or fragile items should be wrapped in U-Haul furniture pads to prevent damage. TVs 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 place against a flat cushioned surface. Cover all furniture with U-Haul furniture pads and secure larger items with 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 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 dresser, heavy boxes, chests and appliances on the bottom of the U-Box and distribute evenly across. 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 furniture pads to prevent load shift. Make sure you are evenly distributing your heaviest items and not loading them all at one end or one side of your U-Box. Always be flexible in repositioning your items so that they are tiered and 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 tool boxes, safes and refrigerators should be loaded in the center of the U-Box. Lock the wheels if possible and secure with tie downs. Lift and rotate the door retaining pin to release the door. Re-engage the door latch and install your lock. Re-install the two door bolts using a wrench. Close and fasten the weather resistant U-Box cover to the velcro on the side and top of the door making sure the velcro is fastened completely, leaving no gaps. Return the gate to the upright position and lower it into the gate retainers. Lower the tongue jack to release any tension on the stabilizers. Remove the cotter clip, raise the rear drop down stabilizers and re-install the pin into the last hole to hold the stabilizer in place. Repeat on the opposite side. Remove the wheel chocks and return to their storage compartment, located on the front passenger side of the trailer. Verify the retaining strap around the U-Box is secure and tight. Fully loosen the handwheel and lower the coupler onto the handwheel. Ensure the ball clamp is below the coupler. Hand tighten the handwheel. Stow the tongue jack to the horizontal position. Move your tow vehicle forward several inches, then ensure the handwheel is tight. Reconnect the safety chains between the trailer and hitch. Pull the safety chains through the hitch holes. Adjust and secure the S-hooks with rubber retainers. Attach the trailer lighting wiring.