Hands on a Hard Body, a film chronicling a Longview, Texas car dealership’s annual Nissan truck giveaway contest, delves into the topic of truck culture in America. One of the key takeaways from the movie is how useful trucks are for getting work done. This overarching sentiment is summed up by Hard Body contestant Ronald McCohwan.
The statement “truck make money” has long been a favorite of mine. However, inspired by a recent Dirt Hugger acquisition we are tweaking McCohwan’s statement slightly to “truck save money”. We’ll explain. In the composting industry a truck is a useful and necessary tool – as McCohwan says, a truck can do things that a car can’t. That said, a truck’s utility is usually good, but truck’s fuel economy is not.
Spending a depressing 10 minutes on fueleconomy.gov reveals there haven’t been any trucks released in the past 20 years that have even moderately good fuel economy. Which, is what drove us to look to the past for the new Dirt Hugger commuter truck. We stumbled upon a 1981 VW Rabbit diesel pickup truck, which enthusiasts call a “Caddy”. We picked it up from the single owner who had the original purchase receipt from Volkswagen.
The best part about this rig, and the reason we bought it, was fuel economy. It gets between 39 and 45 miles per gallon- which leads us to the post title, Truck Save Money. It blows us away that trucks 30 years ago got that kind of mileage and now a scant few cars, save hybrids and TDI’s, achieve that. Like many, we have to commute to work, however, with the new super-commuter we’ll hopefully reduce our costs. From the numbers we ran the Caddy should pay itself off in fuel savings within a year.
Coming up, the new biodiesel plant….