Last week, a Mojo partner dealer Bonneville & Son in Manchester, New Hampshire listed a four-door 2009 Jeep Wrangler X. Nothing seemingly unusual, but wait, what’s that RHD in the title? Right hand drive. Yep, that’s a Jeep Wrangler X with right hand drive. Curiosity prevailed and I started digging to find out more.
Before making a call to Bonneville & Son, the Mojo offices figured this car was imported from somewhere in the Caribbean. Following a brief call with a friendly sales person at the dealership, I learned a postal worker traded-in this Wrangler. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find out what vehicle they bought to replace the RHD Jeep, but I figure they wanted something a little rarer like a RHD Evoque or one of those motorcycles that has a silly looking sidecar which is probably extremely conducive for mail delivery. Prospective buyers have checked out the Jeep but banks don’t like financing a RHD vehicle. The salesman didn’t seem to care much. He has enjoyed logging 6 hours behind the wheel of the Jeep and hundreds of awkward glances and waves.
This leads me to my next question, how come the USPS is using Grumman LLV mail trucks instead of RHD Jeep Wranglers? Wouldn’t the coolness factor of a Wrangler help save the dying Postal Service? Yes, of course it would, but it’s not that simple. There are technically three kinds of mail carriers: city carriers, rural carriers and highway carriers. For the purposes of this post, ignore the role of highway carriers. City carriers drive those ice cream truck looking things and deal with regulations and dorky striped shorts. Since New Hampshire is largely rural, there are lots of rural carriers servicing the state. Think of rural carriers as the mercenaries in the world of parcel delivery, hired by the USPS. Here’s everything you need to know about rural letter carriers a la Wikipedia:
– Rural carriers must drive unmarked vehicles and carriers don’t have uniforms
– The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association is the labor union representing rural mail carriers
– The NRLCA exists to “improve the methods used by rural letter carriers” and ultimately “promote a fraternal spirit among its members”
– Rural letter carriers can earn anywhere from $34,000 to $68,000
– The USPS is outsourcing mail delivery to rural letter carriers because they’re cheaper than city letter carriers
Are you into postal carriers or Jeep Wranglers of the right hand drive variety with four doors? Then check it out on our website and then compare to the other Wranglers more suited for driving along American roadways. You can also check out US Drive Right, a website selling right hand drive vehicles for postal workers.