My thoughts have been distracted from the day-to-day driving of the L200 by some bigger issues. By the time you read this, itís likely that we will have upped sticks for a new home. All of which has me eyeing the carrying capacity of the L200. Itís good, though a jaunt this month to the West Midlands to buy a childís cabin bed, complete with desk, storage unit and chest of drawers, did necessitate some careful loading and more than a grunt or two before I could hit the slip road of the M5 and not risk a ticket for an unsafe load.
Fact is (and I know I deserve a raised eyebrow for this suggestion, given my efforts to get this Adventurer III top fitted), if you intend setting out to carry the kind of bulky items that come as part and parcel of domestic relocation, you will not want a high top on the back of your pickup. Nope, youíll be better off, weather permitting, soldiering forth with no top at all. That way, you can quickly load stuff on and off, rather than slowly wrestle getting stuff in and out. The height of the load floor of an L200, typical for the class of vehicle, can make it rather laborious for such tasks, while the sides and roof over your load area necessitate careful thought about how youíre going to extract the items once youíre there.
Perhaps best of all, youíll go for a roll-cover. That way, you have the advantage of an open back for quick access, plus the facility to stop thieves helping themselves when you park up at the nearest Greggs, sorry, important collection depot. Accessory makers, if youíre listening, maybe thereís a market for a quick-release top ñ one that looks like this, but doesnít need professionals to remove? If it worked so you didnít have to remove a roll-top cover concealed underneath, you may well have hit a goldmine.
Not, I hasten to add, that I would consider a DIY house move. Itíd be a DIY divorce if I did, given the trauma of trying to shepherd the ephemera of four children before weíve even started on my wifeís shoe collection. All the same, the L200 will be a great relief truck for the op, think NATO rescue unit and Pickfords-plus, all in one. The air-conditioned, leather-lined cabin can be the recovery lounge while the back mops up the fragile stuff we donít want shoved in a lorry.
And thereafter? Our intended destination has attracted my inner Kevin McCloud, or should that be Nick Knowles? It does require, as estate agents like to say, a little updatingÖ for which read infinite trips to the builderís yard, reclamation centres and the recycling tip. Suddenly, a domestic life beckons for which there is nothing more apt in the driveway than a proper, manly double cab. And the L200, I know, will measure up to that challenge very nicely.
Date arrived 13th January 2017
Fuel economy 37.7mpg (combined) 31.7mpg (on test)
Cabin fever: long, hot summer days are a breeze in the L200’s air-cooled interior.
On the shelf: the height of the load floor doesn’t help when wrestling awkward objects from the depths of the tail section.