Our trailer came in a few weeks back, and on April 5th we drove the Smart car from Casa Grande down I-10 to Tucson Trailer to inspect it. It's a bit harrowing to drive little Smart for so long on such a fast stretch of road with gusty winds, but with Bernice at the helm we made it in good shape. We'll be glad to be carrying Smart on the trailer when we travel cross country!
Houston, the Smart Car has landed!
After climbing around and looking at the trailer, it was time for the big test — the reason we had braved windy I-10 in that tiny little carlet. We were going to drive Smart up on the trailer for the first time, just as we will do many times on the road.
Ground Control to Major Bernice
This time it was Glamorous Glennis piloting the X-1... the crowd holds its breath as Bernice is pulled safely from the cockpit, errr... Smart car. She's safe! That's one small step for a woman, one giant leap for nomadiKind.
The car will sit a bit off center to the passenger side to give the driver more room to exit after parking. Pat used the opportunity to mark the positions of the wheels. After we left they installed tie-down strips for securing the Smart during travel (as well as leveling jacks on the rear corners and a retractable exit step).
The Woman who fell to Earth
All good things must come to an end. Finally it was time for the distaff member of Team nomadiCasita to leave the deck of the trailer and return to terra firma. With a final adjustment of the ramps, she retraced her trajectory and achieved the goal of landing a woman on the trailer and returning her safely to the earth (to coin a phrase).
But Wait, there's More!
We inspected the trailer further before returning to Casa Grande, Here are some final pictures of this and that, for all the trailer geeks out there (you know who you are). The black metal thing sitting on the wooden trailer bed is the retractable step they later welded onto the edge of the trailer where Bernice stepped out. This will commemorate her first footprints on a new world, as well as giving future drivers a handy way to get down from the trailer.
Happy Trails, to You
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Pat and the gang at Tucson Trailer for all their help getting us set up with our amazing trailer when we knew very little about them to start with. The trailer came in customized just as we'd planned, and they installed the add-ons quickly. Now, to get it delivered to the (new) build site! But that, gentle reader, is a story for another day...