The vans not been well lately.
We bought her in white for £2000 3 years ago with 175000 miles on the clock. She had been used by a courier company called Air Cargo Wales to collect clothing on hangers from the airport and deliver them direct to shops. She was just what we needed.
Pete and Paul peeled off the stickers from the logo on the side so it read Go Wales, and the autumn/winter 2006 catalogue was born. 24 people, 7 days, 6 bikes, 5 skateboards, 4 surfboards, 3 tanks of biodeisel and 2 kayaks did a tour of Wales with the van. Where she needed her first repair after the window screen got bust when it got ridden down.
Then she was painted black by Alison and taken on the blackboard tour. They toured the UK's skate spots and asked people whether they thought nulcear power was a good idea and got people to write their thoughts on the van in chalk.
She has delivered clothes to over 25 sample sales from Edinburgh to Brighton. She has delivered the interiors of our shops so they could open. She has been to many bike races. Shifted fire wood. Attended many parties. Shifted a ton of stuff to be recycled. Attended many bike races. Done the little big voice and the Do lectures and attended every photoshoot since we bought her, her last being a faultless journey to Sweden carrying everything that was needed for the shoot.
She has been our one and only van, silently and faithfully serving us, and always being present on those adventures.
Then had to spend £1800 on all new brakes this year after they totally failed. Then she lost power on the motorway. Then the bulbs blew. Then the propshaft bearing went, along with all those other little bits that need doing.
And suddenly there is talk that we should get another van. She's only worth a grand and may cost more and more to repair as she ages.
Every garage that I take it to says the same thing. Other than a bit of wear and tear and rust, she is sound.
And she has only done quarter of a million miles. Maybe because I have been the one to do most of those miles, I am misguidedly attached to her and her history.
Ethically should we repair her, or should we buy something more modern with lower emissions?
I hope that when I get to that time in my life when things are going a little wrong, that people look back and what I did and see the value, the hisory, the stories and invest in a new prop shaft bearing to keep me trucking.