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Question from gina, a parent:

I have a uhaul 9'10" long 4"9"wide 4'7"height I have a headboard 74 inches in height would it fit the box diagonally

Hi Gina,

4' 9" is 57" and 4' 7" is 55". Here is my diagram of the rear of the uhaul.


Using Pythagoras the length of the diagonal is √(572 + 552) = 79.21". Whether it will actually fit will depend on he thickness of the headboard and whether there are any projections or encumbrances on the headboard or the uhaul box. Can you measure the thickness of the headboard?


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