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Reid Watts
  • Lexington, SC
  • United States
  • Photography
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Connie Mettler commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Really informative, Robert. A little frightening also. Thank you — a real service"
13 hours ago
Robert Wallis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I thought I might toss out this video I ran across a while back that shows the effects of improper loading.https://www.facebook.com/grownmenstuff/videos/1880365532213332/"
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Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Just an observation, I have been doing body work on my '88 suburban and '2013 Subaru. Also read that some PU's are going to aluminum bodies. The difference in thickness of steel body parts is alarming to me. I'm patching and…"
yesterday
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Connie – My sources of information were trucking sites (whose members are forced by weigh stations to live within the regulated weight ratings for their rigs), RV sites, and manufacturer’s user manuals (almost all of which can now be…"
yesterday
Connie Mettler commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I know each of us has pockets of knowledge that surprise each other, but Reid, this is such specialized info, how do you come by it?"
yesterday
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"I checked it out with my mechanics, and truck handles much better."
yesterday
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Richard - Just to make sure nobody is misinterprets your story:  Adding additional springs or airbags may make a truck more comfortable while operating at or very near its GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating).  But it will not increase the…"
Saturday
Reid Watts replied to Connie Mettler's discussion In Memoriam: Bernard Blekfeld
"He was an exhibitor at Saint James Court last week.  Does anyone know what happened?"
Saturday
Connie Mettler commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Lots of great tips, Reid. Thank you. My husband had a variety of different employment before he discovered he could do well showing his photography, including working at an appliance warehouse where he learned how to load trucks and also went to…"
Friday
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Your rig may be overloaded
"Because we do some shows in known high wind areas, I added 45 pound, 36" PVC corner pipe weights for the booth. On the road to Jackson,WY two years ago, we noticed the 1988, 3/4 ton Suburban wanted to wander above 65mph. Replacing the steering…"
Friday
Reid Watts posted a blog post

Your rig may be overloaded

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated to tow a 5000 pound trailer, and my fully loaded trailer weighs…See More
Thursday
Reid Watts replied to Jane Doe's discussion Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show 2017 - Do Not Apply Until You Read This
"I walked the 2017 show.  I would like to add some data and personal observations to round out the picture a bit better: 1)      I don’t know what they say in other advertisements, but on Zapp MOCA mentions three…"
Jul 4
Reid Watts replied to Mark Cline's discussion Van or trailer?
"Larry, Do you have any data backing your assertion of a van being safer than pulling a trailer?"
Feb 2
Howard Clark commented on Reid Watts's blog post A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men
"That does give me some comfort and helps to raise my expectations a bit. Here's to a better experience in 2017."
Dec 28, 2016
Cindy Welch commented on Reid Watts's blog post A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men
"Thanks!"
Dec 28, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men
"Thanks, Reid...Happy Holidays to you and yours as well."
Dec 23, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
First show ever
2007 Craftsmen's Classic in Columbia, SC
What is your website?
http://wattsphoto.com
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Larry Bearman

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Your rig may be overloaded

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm 9 Comments

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated…

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A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:45pm 3 Comments

http://www.gallup.com/poll/200126/economic-confidence-inches-new-high.aspx

May you have a very merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

Charlotte riots and the "Festival in the Park"

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 6 Comments

I noticed on http://festivalinthepark.org/ that Charlotte’s “Festival In the Park” this weekend is still going ahead as scheduled, despite the Charlotte riots and curfews.  I was wondering how that is working out.  Are the artists and crafters actually setting up?  What were they told by the promoter?  Will anyone show up tomorrow and Sunday?  Are the police actually able to provide credible security?

Tricks of the trade

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 9:25pm 30 Comments

Melanie Rolfes:  I love to read your show reports – they are always full of useful information.  One of the things in your reports that always baffles me is how you get your booth set up and broken down so quickly.  It takes my wife and me between 5 and 7:30 hours to load in and set up our booth, and 3 to 4 hours to break down and load out.  And that is for a single Trimline, not the double you are setting up.  How you are able to get it done in 1:30 hours and 45 minutes amazes me.  What is…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:43pm on November 6, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Reid, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders. Checked out your site and really enjoyed viewing your pictures, especially the animals. Hope you have a great weekend,



Sabrina
At 11:45pm on November 6, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Reid. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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Connie Mettler

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At 11:23pm on September 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Reid Watts a gift
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Congrats Reid on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/22/2014.

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