This is a small issue but can be very confusing if you have never driven a u-haul before.
A u-haul is very different from your ordinary car or van, so it can be complicated to figure out how to do everything in a u-haul. If you are having trouble figuring out how to turn off the u-haul light, keep reading to find out how.
Table of Contents
- How Do I Turn Off the Light in U-Haul?
- U-Haul Cabin Light Won’t Turn Off
- U-Haul Trailer LED Lights
- Can You Tow a U-Haul Without Lights?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Final Thoughts
How Do I Turn Off the Light in U-Haul?
- If that isn’t the issue, you can look for the dome light switch, this is usually located along the door rim or where it connects to the u-haul.
- If there is no button that is being jammed it may be located in the door latch.
You can find this latch and insert something inside, such as a small tool or pen. If you hear a click, this means that you have most likely unjammed the dome light switch.
This switch can easily become jammed, especially if it is located around the door, which is opened and closed frequently. This can permanently press the dome switch down, causing the light to not shut off.
If none of these options worked for you, you should call the U-Haul place that you rented from to report the issue. They will want to do a full overview of the vehicle to figure out what is going on.
U-Haul Cabin Light Won’t Turn Off
Many users asked me how to turn off the cabin light in a U-Haul. The dome light/cab light knob is on the left side of the steering wheel.
If you need more help with this, watch this video:
Turn The Light On in a U-Haul
If you want to turn on the inside light of the u-haul that you are renting, you can locate the dimmer switch on the left side of the steering wheel. This should be a little switch that you can move to brighten, dim, or turn on the dome light.
Some u-hauls may even have a touch dome light that you can easily push to turn on. This will keep it on until you touch it again to turn it off.
If you want the dome light on indefinitely, you can turn the dimmer switch to the dome light to have it turn on without switching off. This will give you the light, until you want to turn it off again.
This can be very useful if you are unpacking your u-haul at night or need to find something in the driver or passenger seat. Just make sure you turn it off before leaving the u-haul.
Turn Off U-Haul Tow Light
To turn off the u-haul tow lights, you can do so by locating the Tow/Haul button. This bottom should be on the steering column to your right.
The button will usually be right on the top, and all you have to do is push it in. This will activate the Tow/Haul action, which will turn on the tow lights automatically.
To turn the lights off and on, all you need to do is press that button or stop and remove the key from the u-haul. Both options should turn off the tow light automatically.
If you notice any issue with the u-haul tow light not shutting off, you may need to call U-Haul. U-Haul will need to know so that the vehicle can be inspected for issues once you return it.
U-Haul Trailer LED Lights
U-Haul does not clearly state in its policy if all of its u-hauls have LED lights or not. It does say that a LED light trailer module 39008 will work if the trailer you are using has LED lights.
So it is safe to assume that some U-Haul trailers come with LED lights. LED lights are preferred as they are brighter and require less technical wiring. They are also more dependable.
Can You Tow a U-Haul Without Lights?
Most laws require that any towing u-haul be equipped with several functioning lights. This includes stop, turning, and running lights that are all functioning.
These are the required lights as they help other drivers to see you. Without these necessary lights, drivers may not be able to spot you on the road in the dark, resulting in a car accident.
U-Haul is responsible for making sure all of these lights work before renting out the u-haul. But it is still up to you to make sure that you check these lights before you start driving.
Even though it is U-Hauls responsibility, it is still important to be a safe driver. You never know when a broken or damaged light could have been missed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Sleep in a U-Haul Cargo Area?
Renters are not supposed to use the u-haul cargo area as sleeping quarters as they are not made for that purpose. U-Haul clearly states that doing so could put yourself at great personal risk.
Sleeping in a u-haul cargo area could put you at risk of not getting enough oxygen or breathing in exhaust fumes. Shifting cargo can also cause serious injuries if you are laying in the back.
This is a dangerous thing to do, and no one should risk it. It is safe to sleep in the cabin area, however. As long as the u-haul is turned off and the doors are securely locked.
But drivers should never consider sleeping in the cargo area as it is far too risky and it is not designed for that purpose. No one should sit back there while the driver is driving either.
Doing so is incredibly dangerous and is completely prohibited by U-Haul.
How Big is the Inside of a U-Haul Truck?
The interior dimensions of a u-haul truck are 7’10 x 5’2 x 1’9, and the dimensions of a cargo van are 9’6 x 5’7 x 4’8. This includes the interior length, height, and width.
These dimensions will, of course, be slightly different depending on the size of truck or cargo van that you rent. That is why you will want to calculate your own measurements before renting a u-haul.
You will be responsible for choosing the correct size of vehicle for what you intend to use it for.
To turn off the light in a u-haul, first, check the dimmer switch on the left side of the steering wheel. This can be set to dim, bright, or dome light. If it is set to dome light, this would explain why the light is on.
If that isn’t the problem, you can try to see if the dome switch is jammed along the door or the space where the door sits. This should be a raised button that will turn the dome light on and off when pushed.
This may also be located in the door latch, to find out, you will need to insert something into the latch. A screwdriver or pen should fit nicely.
If you hear a click and the dome light shuts off that means that the switch was jammed, and now it should work as normal. If none of these options help you to switch off the dome light, you can see if pushing it works.
If none of these things turn the light off, it may be defective, so you need to report the issue to U-Haul. They will look into it further once you return the u-haul.