Storage Trailers Rentals: A Quick Rundown on the Expected Weight Limit and Capacities

Now it’s possible to move business goods and several rooms worth of furniture in one trip through the service of a rental storage trailer. Storage trailers come in several sizes, but the common thing about them is that they have axles and wheels to ease movement, unlike storage containers which you have to load on a flatbed for transport. You tow the trailer using your vehicle. Most importantly, before renting a storage trailer, you need to ensure that its weight rating matches the towing capacity of your truck. Let’s take a look at the weight limits and capacities that you should expect when hiring a storage trailer rental.

Relationship between a Towing Vehicle and Storage Trailers

Even before renting a storage trailer, it’s of utmost importance to first determine the towing capability of your towing SUV or truck. Every vehicle has its GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) which refers to the total combined weight of your car, including cargo, passengers, fuel, and fluids. GVWR helps determine the size and weight of a trailer that your vehicle can tow comfortably. For instance, if your 5000-pound truck has a GVWR of 7500 pounds, you can safely carry 2500 pounds in your vehicle. If you are towing a trailer with a tongue weight of 400 pounds, then you can only carry passengers and cargo weighing 2100 pounds.

Trailer GVWR and payload

Trailers have their GVWR measure. As much as trailers come in different sizes, they also have different GVWRs. The axle(s) of a trailer has a weight rating known as GAWR (gross axle weight rating) which most trailer manufacturers standardize to the value of GAWR. Additionally, the weight of the load that you can cram in your rental trailer is known as the payload. To obtain the payload, subtract the trailer’s dead weight from its GVWR. For instance, for a trailer with 4000 pounds GVWR and deadweight of 1000 pounds, you can only load it with 3000 pounds, assuming that your vehicle weight rating can allow for the hauling of the loaded trailer.

Trailer Size and Capacity

Two trailers of the same size can have different payload ratings due to a difference in materials used in their construction. For example, a container made of construction-grade wood and measuring 8 foot* 7 foot*7 foot(392 cubic foot) can handle up to 2500 pounds while a steel and aluminum trailer of the same capacity can handle as much as 5000-pound payload. Nonetheless, some container rental companies provide longer trailers whereby a 16-foot long trailer has a payload of about 10000 lbs.

Moreover, you may opt to hire the available longest trailer. The rule of the thumb is that the larger the container, the higher its curb weight and payload. For instance, a 45’ trailer has a standard capacity of 3454. With an unladen weight of 10200 lbs and an axle rating of 72800 pounds, you can safely load a maximum payload of 62600 lbs. Nevertheless, you will need a stronger vehicle to haul such a storage trailer.


It’s impossible to list all the weight ratings of different storage trailers. A trailer’s payload capacity will heavily depend on its axle weight and unladen weight. That is, pay load= GAWR – curb weight. Higher capacity translates to higher GAWR and payload rating. The unladen weight will heavily depend on the material used to make the trailer and other components attached to it. So, look for a storage trailer that matches the weight rating of your car.

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