A U-Haul 26’ truck. Unless you only have a motorcycle license, you can drive one on a class C license.
Some things to keep in mind…
[li]$500 for gas is a reasonable estimate but don’t be surprised if you end up getting 3-4 mpg fully loaded. [/li][li]Give serious thought to buying their Safemove Plus insurance. If you damage the truck, they will charge you immediately otherwise, and there’s not much damage you can do to the truck that would cost less than $150. [/li][li]0 to 60 might as well be measured in minutes, not seconds.[/li][li]Stopping time/distance will be far longer than you’re used to in a car. [/li][li]It’s wider and taller than anything you’ve ever driven. Be EXTREMELY careful around gas station canopies, awnings, trees, and anything else that will either be destroyed if hit by a truck, or that will scrape up the truck. Also be careful on turns - you can very easily hit street light poles or pedestrians if you start turning before the rear wheels are past the obstacle. [/li][li]Be sure you know how many days U-Haul will let you have the truck. For an 800 mile trip, they only allow four days total. That includes loading and unloading time, so no side trips or parking it for a couple days.[/li][/ul]
It’s really too bad that PODS doesn’t serve whichever end of your move. Once you load a container that has a 1" step to get in vs having to shove things up to a 44" or so high truck bed, you’ll never want do use anything else. Having someone else drive is also quite nice. Somewhere in between is **ABF U-pack. **You’re still loading a truck, but they drive it.