Moving can be a real pain in the neck; not only because of all the packing and goodbyes, but also because of the logistics of it all. Once you’ve put all of your belongings into bags and boxes—and likely realized you have too many of them—you also have to find a way to drag them from point A to point B.
That’s when services such as U-Haul come in handy. You can rent a vehicle or equipment that you need and set off on the next chapter of your life. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Well, it’s not always as simple as that and these pictures, shared by the Facebook group fittingly titled ‘Uhaul probably wouldn’t like you doing that with their vehicle’, prove it. Scroll down to find some of the best instances of U-Hauls in the wild and see for yourself what an adventure moving can be.
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In addition to the pictures, below you will also find our conversation with a professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in Canada, expert in accident law and automobile insurance, Erik S. Knutsen, who was kind enough to answer a few of Bored Panda’s questions.
#1 It Was Tired. Just Taking A Nap On Its Back
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#2 I Mean, Uhaul Said It Could Move A 2-3 Bedroom House
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#3 Don’t Worry, They’re Run Flat Tires
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“This is a Uhaul memes and fails group,” reads the description of the oddly specific yet undeniably amusing Facebook group. Created in 2020, it covers all sorts of mishaps and bizarre situations related to the vehicle renting service in the US and Canada, typically used when moving.
U-Haul itself was founded back in 1945, when after World War II, Mr. and Mrs. Shoen noticed a need for “do-it-yourself” moving equipment, which allows people to travel one way cross-state when moving households. Back in the day, the couple themselves tried to rent a trailer for moving their belongings from Los Angeles to Portland, albeit unsuccessfully.
#4 I Can Hear This Picture
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#5 The Things You See
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Since the Shoens’ hunt for a rental trailer to move to a different state was an unsuccessful one, they used their car and took whatever they could fit in it. And on that car ride, the idea for what grew to become an internationally recognized name came to life.
According to U-Haul, nowadays, one-in-five people move every year, 75% of whom are “do-it-yourself” movers. Such movers ensure the demand for this type of a rental service, but they also cause situations that end up on ‘Uhaul probably wouldn’t like you doing that with their vehicle’ and similar groups.
#6 Pole Came Out Of Nowhere
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#7 My Customers 2 Seconds After Telling Me “I Dont Need Your Stupid Insurance”
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#8 There’s Nothing Wrong Here, The Uhaul Was Just Thirsty
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Even though accidents can happen to anyone on the road, drivers of U-hauls and other rentals might often get into troublesome situations because they’re unfamiliar with the vehicle.
“Rental vehicles like U-Hauls tend to be larger and more awkward to drive than your typical car or truck that most people have experience driving. Therefore, that makes them riskier to operate,” Queen’s University professor Erik S. Knutsen told Bored Panda.
“They are larger, move differently, have different blind spots and viewing angles, and are heavier vehicles. People operating them may not be familiar with how to drive them, because they are essentially ‘one shot’ rentals that people may do once or twice in their lives.”
#9 All That Fun For 19.95 What A Deal
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#10 The Hitch On This Pop Up Is Literally Held Together With Zip Ties
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#11 Real Life Oregon Trail
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Prof. Knutsen explained that because of the drivers’ unfamiliarity with the rented vehicle, you can expect them to do things they might not normally do. “This would include parking in awkward or dangerous places, driving under overhangs that are too low for a higher vehicle, and difficulty backing up.
“If it is a U-Haul trailer, the art of driving with a trailer is an art unto itself—especially backing up with it,” the expert added. “Many people may be shocked to learn that one must turn the steering wheel in ways they may not expect to get the reversing trailer to go the way they want. This can cause all sorts of unexpected accidents.”
#12 Hope They Got The Insurance
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#14 Better Hope That Wagon Has Brakes
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Knutsen emphasized that a driver is legally mandated to purchase liability insurance when operating a vehicle in either Canada or the United States. “States and provinces require this because we know that driving is a risky activity,” he said. “Therefore, a driver who takes on the responsibility of operating on a road must have valid, collectible liability insurance in case they hurt someone or someone’s property.
“The insurance responds to the loss so that the accident victim is compensated. Most people, on their own, do not have enough assets to satisfy a court judgment if sued for hurting someone in a car accident. For example, hurting someone bad enough so they cannot work could be very expensive. That is why liability insurance is required to drive.”
#15 So A Guy Drove The Uhaul With The Trailer To Pick Up His New Project Truck Then Decided To Haul The Uhaul Back To Save On Mileage
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#16 Redneck Ingenuity Right There
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#17 Uhaul Landscaping Division?
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Judging by the pictures shared by ‘Uhaul probably wouldn’t like you doing that with their vehicle’, it seems that some drivers might act differently depending on whether it’s a rental that they’re operating or their personal means of transportation. (Unless these are some really unfortunate mishaps instead of unfortunate decisions from the driver.)
The expert in accident law and automobile insurance explained that there are several factors affecting an individual handling a rental. “In insurance, there is a concept called ‘moral hazard’, which is the idea that people behave less carefully if they are insured from a loss. However, people are also expected to be careful and avoid risks to themselves or their property—this is called ‘risk aversion’.”
He suggested that if a driver of a rented vehicle would be responsible to pay in some way if it was damaged—either by having to pay out of pocket or have insurance premiums raised as a result of an accident—they would behave more carefully because of risk aversion.
#18 Maybe Rent A Bigger Trailer?
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#19 Apartment For Rent $19.98 Per Day
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#20 Hey Must Still Be Inside Because There’s No Way To Get Out
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Prof. Knutsen continued to point out that ‘moral hazard’ can also affect driver behavior. “There are some studies that point to possible evidence that there is a higher incidence of road traffic accidents if there is no-fault insurance in place. This means that people do not have to sue other at-fault drivers in cases of accidents—they simply seek compensation from their own insurance company for injury or property damage.
“However, there is a flaw in that thinking when driving a car—the driver behind the wheel is at risk of getting hurt themselves. So because people are ‘risk averse’—meaning they behave to avoid risks to themselves and their property—most people would drive safely whether they are insured or not, because they do not want to get hurt.”
#21 Saw This On The Way Out Of U-Haul
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#22 Not My Doing, But Surely A Sight. Allegedly A 06 Dodge Challenger On The Dolly
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#23 That Sign On The Front Of The Truck That Says “Weight Under 20k Lbs” Is Totally Lying
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According to Erik S. Knutsen, it’s not only the time spent on the road that can be dangerous. “Even loading and unloading a vehicle like a U-Haul can be risky,” he told Bored Panda. “People can stack all kinds of things in awkward ways in these vehicles. They can load them unevenly. They can get hurt opening and closing the large doors at the back, or using the loading ramps. All of this involves automobile liability insurance, which covers people for ‘use or operation’ of a motor vehicle like a U-Haul.
“Anything you hook up to a vehicle, like a trailer, is considered part of the vehicle in law and is covered by the driver’s automobile liability insurance, if there is an accident,” he explained.
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#25 All Just Sounds Like A Big Misunderstanding
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#26 I Guess Uhaul Wouldn’t Like This
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The pictures on this list show that some people get real creative when it comes to loading U-Hauls. Whether it’s trying to close the gap in the back doors by using whatever it is they can lay their hands on or playing tetris with furniture to squeeze as many of them in as possible and save an additional trip, they might seem like good solutions at first, but can prove otherwise in a matter of minutes.
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#28 Is Now The Wrong Time For Insurance? Asking Fer A Friend
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#29 I Saw This Today
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#30 Civic Loaded Up
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#31 Uhaul New Submarine
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#32 You’re Not Supposed To Park There
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#33 Officers Be Squinting At This One
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#34 Thats A New Feature For When You Dont Return It On Time
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#36 Used As A Hearse For A Funeral Procession. Just Put The Casket Straight In The Back. Thank Goodness For The Low Deck
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#38 What A Gem
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#39 Sign Is Clearly On The Wrong Side
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#40 Uhaul Brand Ladder System
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#41 Oh Boy
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#42 Honda Civic All Day Long
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#43 Cuz Who Needs A Dump Trailer
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#44 The Good News Is, If The Ramps Bend/Break They Will Act As Skis Briefly
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#45 Love How The Suspension Lowers The Step So It’s Easy To Get In
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#46 Got Behind This
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#47 These Prom Proposals Are Getting Clever
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#48 Thought He Had Enough Clearance To Backup And Turn.. He Didn’t
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#49 Uhaul Does Not Authorize Using Their Rental To Try And Pull A Train Car
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#50 Uhaul Probably Wouldn’t Like You Storing One Of Their Trucks In A Storage Locker
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#51 Heyo You Cant Park There
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#52 *slow Heavy Metal Music Playing*
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#53 That’s A Whole Lotta Confidence In Chrysler Brakes And A Lack Of Physics Knowledge
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#54 If It Fits It Ships
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#55 If It Fits, It Ships
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#56 Sir You Can’t Park There
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#57 Well, They Said It Would Move A Two Bedroom Home
#58 I Mean It Works Lol
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#59 The Civic Fit Great
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#60 “Can You Just Give Me A Tug From Behind?”
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#61 Fully Loaded
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#62 Just Remember, Over And Above All That’s A Ford Flexing It’s Muscles
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#63 Cheap Weekend Getaway
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#64 It’s Lit
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#65 Nice Tow Rig
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#66 Hey I’ve Never Seen A Rule That Says You Cant Haul Landscape Material
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#67 It’s Not Supposed To Have A Sunroof
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#68 I Think The V-6 Should Pull It Just Fine
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#69 Seen This Beautiful Civic Tonight
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