Harris is something of a nomad. A carpenter for 45 years and an all-round handyman, he’s forged a reputation as a tradie who will travel extreme distances to get a job done.
To Gary, few areas are too remote, and few jobs too small or unusual for him to consider.
Doors are his specialty, but he also does plastering, tile repair, minor plumbing and general carpentry work.
In September 2016 Gary decided to start Travelling Tradie—the Door Specialist, his own venture, and embrace life on the road.
“I am my own boss and I have all the freedom I want, going anywhere I want. It’s the life I’ve always wanted,” Gary said.
With his Isuzu NPR 45-155 Tradepack, Gary not only takes his skills and his tools on the road, but also uses his work truck to tow his caravan.
On board the Isuzu N-Series truck are his beloved travel companions, a Jack Russell Terrier named Bellaanda and a Cockatiel named Jacko.
“If I find somewhere nice to stop, I look to stay there for a month or so. Then I’ll post notices advertising my services, letting the locals know what I can offer,” he says.
The decision to buy an Isuzu wasn’t an accident—but it was the result of one.
“Two years ago, I had a head-on collision in my ute.” Gary said.
“The collision managed to push my right tyre through the floor and the door back by 300 millimetres. I hate to think what would have happened if I had been towing a caravan.”
The situation was a clarifying one for Gary, who decided he needed something that had the power to tow as well as excellent safety features.
“My Isuzu is everything I had imagined and more, there’s no better option out there.”
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