Honda Vehicles Come Through On Moving Day
A few weeks ago I finally got the call from my mother: “I sold the house,” she said. I couldn’t believe it. It had been on and off the market for five years. She had repainted, updated appliances, rearranged furniture—even consulted a psychic! Well whatever she did the house finally sold. Now we had a new problem: moving twenty-five years worth of stuff from one house to another. Luckily for us I had just purchased a brand new 2013 Honda Pilot and we were both about to find out what a great investment it was.
The trip home brought back a lot of memories. The old neighborhood looked almost how I left it, but there were a few things out of place—namely my moving crew (or friends rather). I called them all up and plugged their new coordinates into the navigation system. I zipped from one side of town to the other in record time thanks to the 3.5L V6. Within the hour I returned home with my faithful crew. My friend Jim brought his teenage sons in their Odyssey. It was time to get to work.
Mom called all of the shots of course—very important to be careful with the dishes, fine art, family heirlooms, etc. I folded down all the seats in the Pilot and we happily packed up about a room and half full of stuff in the first go of it. The dimensions in the owners’ manual say 87 cubic feet of cargo, but it felt like way more than that. We made the first couple of runs from garage to garage and stationed guys on the ground at either end. The way we were moving you would think it was something out of a Tom Clancy novel—a covert suburban task force fueled by coffee and donuts.
Things were going well until it started snowing. Nothing about that in the forecast, but we were in the zone so we pushed through it. The Pilot was with us all the way. The Variable Torque ManagementÒ 4-Wheel Drive system didn’t slip once in the snow and ice. It might have been the several hundred pound wardrobe loaded into the back that was giving us a little more traction, but the Pilot did just as well on the trip back for the next load.
It was getting close to the end of the day and a couple of my movers’ wives were starting to get a little antsy. I had one more load to bring over and two guys I had to drop off on the way. The fold down front passenger seat worked perfectly to accommodate my old kayak and my two passengers. We pulled out of the driveway and cranked up the satellite radio. Mission accomplished.