Sunday, November 20, 2011

Big Ol' Truck

Big ol' truck
10 feet tall and 10 feet wide
It's a big ol' truck
Here she come again man
— 'Big Ol' Truck by Toby Keith from his 1994 album 'Boomtown'

I got my first horse in 2006, but I didn't get my vintage 70's stock trailer until the following year. I was driving a new Ford Explorer, and Mr. Fry was and still is driving a 2000 Nissan Frontier light truck. I hated the Explorer and have been driving a Nissan Pathfinder since late 2007. It has a back-up camera and I can usually hitch the trailer on the first try.

Both Nissans will pull the trailer and 2 horses, but with only 6 cylinders, you wouldn't want to do it very far. I don't trailer them anywhere else except back and forth to the farm (about a 15-min. ride) and the vet (a little over a mile) but even less now that the Boyz are living at the farm. 

We both commute 40+ miles to our jobs, so gas mileage has to be a consideration in our choice of everyday vehicles. Another consideration is a good, sturdy vehicle that can handle highway speed and is heavy enough to offer some protection in the event of a mishap. The Nissans have served us well in their dual duties, but we have been wanting a heavier duty truck for a long time. Until a couple months ago, the economy had put the kabosh on that because even though the Nissans are both paid for, we couldn't take on a car payment. We also wanted to keep our other vehicles, so no trade-in.

Then Mr. Fry went online and found this in San Antonio. And the price was right.

It's a 2005 V-8 Chevy Silverado in pristine condition inside and out. We think it was owned by a young Texas stud muffin for a number of reasons, including a kick-ass stereo and an after-market satellite radio. It also has a nice bed liner and a diamond tread finish tool box. It's a long way up for me.

It's easy to get going way faster than you should, especially with that stereo cranked. Mr. Fry and I have a bet: first one to get a speeding ticket in it has to buy the other one dinner. I plan on being at the receiving end of that wager.


Jeni said...

Ohh Congrats! We're truck shopping too - slowly - in no big hurry - but if the right one comes along we'll snatch it up.

Laura said...

excellent truck! I love that it has a fancy stereo and other "extras". Buying second-hand is such a great way to get a vehicle that you need.

Can't wait to hear the outcome of that bet!! :-)

Once Upon an Equine said...

It's a beauty and you'll love hauling with it. I hope Mr. Fry takes you to a very nice restaurant. ;-)

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

That bit about the speeding ticket bet cracked me up.

Nice pickup! Of course, I'm a Chevy it gets my 2-thumbs up. The nice thing about having a p/u that is almost strictly for hauling the trailer is that it will last a very long time.

Sherry Sikstrom said...

very nice!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh yay! A new truck! I know what you mean about not wanting a car payment. My van is over 10 years old now and has been paid for for over 4 years. And it ain't no Soccer Mom mini-van either. It has a towing package and can tow our camper and the horse trailer (but not so good on steep mountain roads). But I'll be ready for an upgrade in a couple years, too. After driving that little Chevy car last month in the Carolinas, I realized I can never downgrade to a little, low-to-the-ground, tiny-windowed car ever again. Must. Have. Truck!



ps I LOVE your new blog header!

AareneX said...

Nice TRUCK, lady!!!

Crystal said...

Nice truck!! I am more of a Dodge fan but...still for 6 years old looks brand new!

Unknown said...

Oh yea. Now you is a cowgirl. Yep.

Dreaming said...

Love the truck... and love the wager! I was going to say, "Can't wait to see who wins", but I don't want to wish a speeding ticket on anyone!

cdncowgirl said...

Nice truck, congrats :)

You'll really enjoy the difference when you pull the trailer with that new baby.

trump said...

I'm visiting new blogs today for the first time, so i also thought id wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers. And i hope that the day is spent generating positive memories for years to come. Richard from Amish Stories.

C-ingspots said...

Now that's a horse-hauling machine cowgirl!! That's what I'm talkin' about...nice!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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