MAHINDRA PIK UP 2,2 CRDE DC 4x4 S10
I recently had to load a fridge/ freezer, gas stove and a 13 kg top-loader washing machine onto the back of the Mahindra and all these bulky items tted in one go. Apart from the gas stove, these then had to be transported to the farm which is more than two hours from Cape Town. Because I had to load 500 kg of horse feed as well, I decided to add the old Venter trailer to help out.
When towing a trailer (a caravan is a whole different story), I drive quite a bit slower so as not to push up the fuel consumption too much and, impressively, the load had very little impact on the Pik Up’s drinking habits. At 8,80 L/100 km, its fuel usage is impressive.
As if this was not enough for one day, we also added some wood and steel windows, and moved them to storage for use later when a house is built at the farm. I am grateful Mahindra SA coated the load bay with a polyurethane lining as there is not a scratch or blemish even with the many bulky items I have transported. It’s also worth getting this option to maintain the good looks of your bakkie.
There are many tie-down xtures in the large load bay but all are located high up to the sides. If there were a few on the oor of the bay, this would allow the easy securing of smaller goods with straps.
The Pik Up (and the trailer) then had a break for a week or two while my back recovered from all the loading. It was soon business as usual, however, when I transported a set of heavy, deep-cycle batteries, a task which proved no challenge for the dependable Pik Up.
Then came a request to collect a dozen hay bales from a local farm. Again, the large and deep load bay took the bulk well and we proceeded to of oad into the storage container while trying to keep the horses from tucking in for a free meal. They were allowed to devour the “crumbs”, however.