It's been a busy summer, but now I feel like my winter trip has started.
I've been traveling to see friends, visit family, conduct family business, and other schedule driven activities for about 3 months now. I had one more chore I wanted to get done before heading down to Quartzite for the winter.
The SKP RV Park near Wickenburg, AZ has a 'smart weigh' facility.
Now that the trailer and the car are fully loaded for extensive traveling, I wanted to get an accurate read on how much it all weighs. There is so much room in the trailer and the Pilot that it could be very easy to stuff it until I'm dangerously over-weight. So, I got an appointment to get everything weighed.
The actual process was pretty quick and easy and I was glad to hear that I'm well under the max weight for the trailer and the SUV. However, the balance is off - too much weight on the nose of the trailer and too much in the back of the Honda (of course, that's where I stash all the gear!). So, my challenge over the winter will be to try to move as much weight as I can to the back of the trailer and forward in the car. I've already put down the second row seats and moved most of my gear to right behind the first row of seats. This is actually working well in terms of having easy access to various things - but limits the number of people I can drive around. The smart weigh folks offer a discount on a re-weigh if you come back within 90 days - so, hopefully, the weight will be better balanced by then!
No pictures of the smart-weigh, so I'll show some from nearby Wickenburg!
Wickenburg has a picturesque downtown with a nice historic museum. The town grew up around mining and ranching in the area in the mid-1800's.
Outside the museum
|Another statue outside the museum|
|Several 'old-timers' occupy the sidewalks with us tourists|
|Even the lamp posts wear Cowboy Hats|