This is the white stretch limo that my wife drives down to Adams Slaughterhouse each week with piggies in the back and a chest freezer in the middle for picking up last week’s batch of meat.
What’s different is the hairdo. My brother gave us a roof rack this week so now we can pick up hog panel at the farm store. Previously we would roll small amounts up and put them inside the van or hire someone with a trailer to deliver large amounts. If you get a rack like that please drive carefully as they are a leading cause of accidents in vans like this since the weight up high makes the van top heavy shifting its center of mass – dangerous on corners.
Right after I took that photo we removed the roof rack and placed it on the old brown van for storage. If we’re not actually using it I don’t want to waste the air ripping effect it will have on gas mileage. The old van runs fine but is not inspectable due to the road salt induced rust on the body. Thank you, Vermont.
We use vans rather than trailers and a pickup truck because a van gives protection to the livestock during transport – they can be air conditioned in the hot months or heated in the cold months since they are right in the same space as the driver just separated by a partition. Trailers are dangerous on our often muddy, steep dirt mountain roads. Even a rear wheel drive van is safer than any vehicle with a trailer on it.
Some people question using a van as a farm truck but we find that the van is more versatile, gets better mileage and makes it so we only need to use one vehicle which saves on registration, taxes, insurance and maintenance costs. Most of the work the van does is deliveries and we run it full, back hauling almost all the time so it is quite efficient.
Ideally we would have a four wheel extended body drive van but that is not in the cards right now. I’ve seen conversion kits – maybe someday. For now we depend on good driving skills and studded snow tires.
Funny Factoid: Our house is only 6″ longer than the van.
Outdoors: 61°F/38°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/65°F
Daily Spark: “If I were a carnivore, this is what I would eat! Kickstarting the Butcher Shop“ -RavenBooks tweeted