Gary Mueller retired from Ford Motor Company back in 2000 – however, the man has no intention of retiring his 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty Truck, which has just crossed the 1 million mile mark. People told Mueller that he should probably think about getting a new truck when his 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty was close to crossing the 300,000 mark – that was 700,000 miles ago.
Mueller, who hauls RVs to buyers throughout the United States and Canada, says he has no plans – or reason – to retire the truck, even though it now has more than 1,020,000 miles on the clock. He said that his F-350 has maintained its durability, reliability and comfort, along with the special bond he has with his truck.
“This truck isn’t just a truck; it’s an extension of me,” said Mueller. “I take care of it and it returns the favor. I see no reason at all to think about retiring it.”
Six years before retiring in 2000 from Ford, Mueller worked many overtime hours and invested in stocks so he could live his dreams of traveling North America. Unfortunately, following his retirement, the market crashed and Mueller lost 70 percent of his “fun money.”
Mueller’s dreams seemed dead until he bumped into a relative who told him about his friend who was seeing the country on the cheap by towing large recreational vehicle campers, or RVs, and delivering them to buyers. Eventually, he ended up buying his new 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty with a 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 that has been his companion on the trips ever since. Mueller travels between 600 and 800 miles most days and has been to 48 states and seven provinces in Canada.
While he doesn’t know how many RVs he has hauled over the years, he said he has delivered about 40 through the first four months of 2011.
– By: Omar Rana