Coley Mulkern here. I would like to give you an update on our seafaring celebrity CT660. We have been working LPA #16 for more than four months now and I must admit the novelty hasn’t waned one iota. This truck which is such a pleasure to operate also continues to impress us with it’s great designs and capabilities. In as much as we would like to baby this beauty we cannot opt to leave it home when there is a dirty job to do, it still needs to earns its keep. If you take a look at the video you will see the truck climbing up a rough and rocky ramp and through a boathouse to gain access to a small private island in order to deliver it’s payload. To paraphrase the postal service, this truck needs to go even if the roads are rough, the sea is blowing salty water on it or the island paths which substitute for roads are assaulting the beautiful paint job. Recently I had to ferry truck 16 to an island community which rarely sees any truck larger than the one community pickup in residence there and it’s narrow roads reflect that fact. As I rolled off the ferry and climbed the steep, muddy boat ramp I would have been stopped in my tracks had it not been for the full locker rear wheels all working in harmony to get me through the mud. As I traversed the narrow roads there was no way I could avoid the continuous assault of bushes and branches on my pride and joy when suddenly one rather stubborn branch reached out and slammed into my drivers mirror folding it up against the door. I immediately jumped out to assess the damage and was thrilled to see the emergency foldaway design of my favorite mirrors had worked perfectly, allowing me to restore my rear viewing capabilities with one quick tug on the mirror bracket, no harm done. It’s a good thing the mirror wasn’t hurt as it was about to play a critical role in the successful outcome of my task due to the fact that I had to turn this tri-axle behemoth around in a tiny parking spot made for a pickup. This tight area with drop-offs on three sides required that I utilize the remote mirror adjustments to allow me to look right down at the tires on both sides as I backed up to the limit of the level grade in a four point turn which finally got me turned around without incident.
As if it were fate, as I returned to the ferry and was cruising away from this “not-truck-friendly” island I happened to get a call from a contractor friend of mine on the mainland. He called to tell me he was looking at purchasing a new CT660 dump truck for himself and he wanted to know if I was still happy with mine. Well suffice it to say by the end of that conversation he probably thought he had misdialed and was speaking with his Cat salesman rather than an owner but as I understand it he did place his order. I’m beginning to think I should be working on commission for Cat . So until the next time, drive safe.