Our vehicle situation as of this moment is... we own ONE vehicle: a 1985 Nissan van with no power steering, no AC, and well... It breaks down. A lot. It also gets stuck in the mud a lot. Since it has no power steering, I (Kate) can't drive it because it's so heavy. In fact, I nearly miscarried during my pregnancy with Eowyn, according to the Doctor because of my driving this van. I've avoided driving it ever since. That was three years ago. (I miss driving.)
The van has two good features. It's big. It holds 9 passengers (we have 15 passengers + 1 driver), and it is paid for. Those we are grateful for!
However, driving back and forth to the land is an issue. Heck, even driving around town is an issue. The van is too long and too heavy with no Power Steering. In fact, it has been broken down so much we've come to prefer hiring taxis which is costly. We pretty much use the van, when it's working, to ferry our children to the school and back. Plus we need it for full-size family outings.
At the moment, Johnny and I have lots of thoughts on our vehicle situation and no real conclusions.
We are trying to see if we can get power steering installed in the van. The mechanic will give me a report at the end of the day. His first look and thoughts were, "It's not possible."
We have to replace the flywheel, and it needs new tires, but before I get tires, I have to decide if keeping the van is the best thing to do.
Johnny and I are considering many ways to go about our vehicle situation.
We need a large vehicle to ferry our 16 member family, but we also need a 4WD smaller vehicle with power steering for all the trips we'll be making back and forth to the land. Plus, it's so much easier to drive a smaller car in town to run errands as we do often with our bio-family while the Kenyan ones are in school. We found that we can buy a used, but newer vehicle in this category for around $8,000.
We've considered trading our van in for something else, but we can't get much for our 1985 vehicle. We'd have to find a lot more money to add to a car purchase/trade-in, and then we'd lose our 'family ferry.'
Considering we have only ONE car at the moment, of which breaks often due mostly to the rough roads, we are considering doing a fundraiser for a second vehicle.
But like I said, we still haven't come up with any real conclusions on the matter. We don't like bugging people for funds.
So there ya have it. Our thoughts on our situation... You are welcome to comment!
Ok, after reading this myself, I think putting tires on the van, and fixing the fly wheel are a must. We should keep it, and get a second car for all the errand running. That would keep the van from being used SO much and prevent a lot of the breaks it experiences on these horrid African roads.
What do you think? Would doing a fundraiser now after having done the land campaign be too much for folks?