I’m selling my Toyota truck and even though is has never officially belonged to the summer camp it has been invaluable to Kettleby Valley. This truck seems to have been build to fit the camp. It can go everywhere: bouldering, the notch, Boy’s Village and, as we recently discovered, the new R.I.S.E. archery area. I’ve never had a need to bring it to canoeing, although I imagine it could get down there too.
I’ve never really looked after the Toyota. I tried to make it seem newer by getting the exhaust fixed. That only unveiled a myriad of other, far more alarming noises that the old muffler had been drowning out. I’ve had five car washes in the past eight years and I only vacuum the interior twice a year. Although the manufacturer recommends an oil change every 5,000 kilometers, I usually wait until 7,000 or even 10,000 kilometers. And yet it’s never let me down.
There’s no rust (except for where the dents are) and it’s never accelerated unexpectedly or failed to stop (these are features that come standard on most new Toyota’s). It has never broken down and the money I’ve spent to maintain the truck has been minimal.
It has outlasted many other vehicles around the camp like a Chrysler, a Ford and a Trekker, although the Trekker is more of a golf cart than it is a truck. The Toyota is currently running neck and neck with our GM, which reminds me, the headlights aren’t working on the GM. It’s big enough (unlike the Trekker) to move lumber and pull a trailer full of rocks. Yet it’s small enough that nobody has ever misjudged its size and hit a building with it – I can’t say the same for the massive GM.
So why am I getting rid of it? Well, the truck has almost 300,000 kilometers on it, and we continue to use it to haul wood chips, rocks, lumber and tools to every corner of the Camp. Plus I bought a new(er) Nissan truck, which is more like driving in a simulator than driving an actual truck. Only time will tell if the Nissan has the potential to grow on me like the Toyota has.
I’ll miss my Toyota, but not that much. I’m selling it to the camp so that it can live out its remaining days as an official camp truck. I plan to keep it parked right next to my new truck and, with any luck the Nissan will learn a thing or two.