In June 2006 I wrote about Dennis Murphy and his unusual way to carry hist smart car.
Today I heard from Carl-Erik “Stina” Johnsson of Helsingborg, Sweden with his solution. The truck is a 1990 Volvo that he bought new and used for 2,300,000 kms in his trucking company. There is a hydraulic crane and on the cage top a loop to fit the crane hook. It take around 12-15 minutes to load or unload.
Amazing system Stina.
By Dorothea Helms
There are several ways to gauge whether a marriage is on solid ground. One is to do a long car trip together and see how it goes. My husband and I put our 35-year marriage to the test in May, except we added an extra challenge. We drove 3,800 km in total on our holidays – in his Smart Car!
When Rich asked me a few months ago whether I’d like to attend a microcar conference festival in Madison, Georgia with him in May, he was shocked when I said yes. He had already taken several long trips with the Smart – even as far as Arkansas – and I was always too busy to go. I’d ridden in the Smart many times, but never for long distances. I figured with months to plan, I could take a few days away from my freelance writing businesses. Plus, we were able to combine the car event with visits to family along the way.
By Rich Helms
I didn’t realize how my driving would change when my editor called me on Feb 10, 2004 and said, “Mercedes just announced the Smart car.“ An email to the local dealer and a fax the next day, and I had a Smart ForTwo cabrio on order. In October, I got to drive one for the first time and select the features I wanted. Then on Jan 2005, almost 11 months later, I took delivery of my green-on-green Smart cabrio.
Dennis Murphy and his wife Nancy Beck of Geneva Illinois like to travel with their fifth-wheel trailer. Their pickup was due for replacement, but they needed a medium-duty truck to tow the new fifth wheel they wanted to move up to. The solution Dennis Murphy found was to purchase a used road tractor. He bought a 1999 Volvo 610 with 602,000 miles on it. The truck was refurbished and equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and shore power so it could be registered as a motor home.
Now problem number two: what do they drive once the trailer is parked at their destination?
In late March 2006, I drove my smart car to Orlando Florida for a business trip. On the return trip I visited the Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia (link to article). Here are some of the pictures that I didn’t use.
Everyone knows the smart car is an urban car designed for scooting around the city well, everyone except those of us who do long-distance trips in our smarts. Why not take a conventional car? I guess for the same reason people travel on motorcycles. My smart is a green-on-green pulse cabrio – a unique car calls for an outrageous colour scheme. One result of this look is that the car never fails to bring a smile to your face.