Well I picked up the Troll on the way back home from the rig, detour to PE and got picked up by Fanie - a gentleman and a scholar! I had bought it unseen but tested by a fellow 4x4 Community forum member and first impression It's BIG...... Fanie asked if I wanted to drive it back to his place but I politely declined the offer, I hadn't paid and insured it yet and wanted to see how he handled it - he made it look easy
Did I mention it's big? - much bigger than anything I've owned before and Fanie gave me the once around, I kicked the tyre's - pronounced them good and so armed with a map from Fanie I headed back to the airport to pick the wife up for the trip back to the Cape.
The wife says " I've never seen anything THAT big - I don't know if I can use it!" which intitaly hurt my ego some what but then remembering we were talking about the troll I agreed with her and chucked the two bags into the back which looked a bit lost in all the space.
Well proceeded to the petrol station and told the pump jockey to "Maak om vul"
but got a bit of a shock when the counter went over the R1000 mark
frantic call to Fanie and he first calmed me down and said there was a supply of blood pressure pills in the cubbyhole for moments like this
- only joking
So 113L later both tanks full and off we go. Fanie reckons I might get 6km / L if I drive like an old tannie...... Dankie Fanie and I did get 6km / L all the way home just by keeping to the speed limit.
Being the Oyster festival in Nysna, we had booked into a hotel and spent the weekend driving around the garden route, the troll felt solidly planted on the road and the wife kept saying I was too close to the side of the road or the middle line and on the Sunday I just stopped in the middle of nowhere and told her to drive.....
Well, she just loved the side step to get into the troll, she really battles with the lifted XJ Jeep being a "bietjie kort" and off we went. Started off below 80kms /hr but soon got some confidence when she realised she was way higher off the ground then everyone else and I saw the ego monster enter her eyes..... She had mentioned she noticed even the other 4x4's parked next to us in the hotel lot looked way smaller than the troll
Ah well women and their incessant urge for big things....
Having plotted ALL the petrol stations between PE & CT..... Just in case you understand
we headed home on the Sunday battling into a serious headwind - must have been a 40-50km/hr that laid the grass almost flat, so drove at 90-100km / hr and still got 6km/L. Pulled into S/West around 3pm and the wife reckons the troll must have the most comfortable / best seats in any vehicle we have every owned and I've had a lot of vehicles - no numb bum at all!
So to say the least she is very happy with the troll and reckons if I take it to AD and mess it up she WILL be up for murder
We are looking forward to hitting the long road one of these days to Nam - can't wait!
'98 4500 GRX Patrol : FR roof rack, ARB Bull bar with 2 spots, OB Drawer system, Dual battery system, Tow Bar, OME suspension, Bash plates, Side Awning, Tinted smash & grab, Van der Linde Step 1 conversion. GY 33" Muds, Tyre TMPS system.