Words of Wisdom - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: Words of Wisdom

October 11, 2011

cargo_roller.jpg My dad was a clean freak. He had three rules when it came to cars:

1) No dogs

2) No sand

3) No eating

I broke his three rules in one go this past weekend.

Los Angeles county allows dogs off leash at one beach and my dog loves to swim. If he doesn't get enough exercise, he'll drive us nuts at night. A happy dog is a tired dog. After dropping off the gardening gear at my coworkers house, I headed south to Long Beach.

After two hours running and swimming, I rinsed him off in the public showers, placed a multilayer blanket/towel sand barrier in the back and secured him with a seat belt harness for safety. After stopping off to grab some tacos, I rolled north. My dog slept most of the way back so I hoped any sand that remained on him would be kept in one place.

When I got back home, I learned why my dad those rules. First, there was a blob of hot sauce on the front seats. Dog hair had gotten into the fabric of the cargo area and then there was the sand. The stuff is insidious. I spent about 45 minutes vacuuming out the nooks 'n crannies the sand seemed to thrive in. The hair took 10 sheets of a sticky roller to get out. I'm glad I took my dog to the beach but what a pain in the butt!

Pops and I didn't always see eye to eye. But his rules on this matter I think are going to stay in place for the time being. I say that because if I get an SUV, I'd have to get one of those heavy duty rubber mats for the cargo area that's lipped to keep water and sand in place. Hopefully.

Do you have these rules or do you let the dog run the show? How do you keep your vehicle clean?

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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