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Old 11-10-2006, 12:40 PM   #15
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Best of all worlds...

See...this thread has me *thinking* these thoughts again...

...now I have further refined the idea based on some of the feedback received in this thread:
  1. A-Merry-Can: ".. get an old pontoon boat..."
  2. Cracker: "...there was a facility established in the Kissimmee area of Florida to permit loading camping trailers on small powered pontoon barges to cruise the surrounding waterways..."
  3. Gen Disarray: "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing" (though I would bet my '64 Bambi that Gen Disarray would argue this project is not worth doing! )
  4. A-Merry-Can: "i think it would get to be a bit top-heavy, though... unless you use a bambi or a caravel"
  5. Markdoane: "add green and red navigation lights"
Build a custom barge that you could back the Airstream trailer on and off of. The barge could be built such that the trailer could be tied down to the barge underneath the floor. The floor would be level with the underside of the door of the trailer (hence the wheels and bottom half would be out of sight). This would help reduce the top heaviness of the trailer by loading some of the weight down to or under the water line.

And, if you don't forget to leave room for a tow vehicle, you have opened up many more avenues for 'streaming! I can just imagine an afternoon cruise across the Great Lakes for a sunset dinner in Ontario. Or perhaps a cruise down the Mississippi with different port stops along the way. The possibilities are endless!


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Old 11-10-2006, 01:34 PM   #16
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Didn't Wally do this something like this on one of his caravans?

Scary!

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Old 11-10-2006, 01:45 PM   #17
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Didn't Wally do this something like this on one of his caravans?

Scary!

Now that is one scary photo! I've seen that photo before...I think it is from the Capetown to Cairo caravan.
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:53 PM   #18
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Im sure it has been done before, but I have often thought it would be neat to get a barge, put a couple ASs on and do the Ole Miss from the head waters to the gulf
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:03 PM   #19
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I'm sure it has been done before, but I have often thought it would be neat to get a barge, put a couple ASs on and do the Ole Miss from the head waters to the gulf
Uhh-h-h, Rodney? We Minnesotans like wading across the headwaters barefoot at Lake Itasca near Park Rapids (seen below). There are impossible shallows in the Mississippi here at St. Cloud and further to the southeast. The lock and dam system starts right in downtown Minneapolis. Every few years somebody canoes the length of the river. Your dream still sounds mighty relaxing. The blufflands starting south of the Twin Cities continue right through Iowa -- a little recognized jewel in the middle of the country. You'll want your TV on that barge for exploring away from Ol' Man River.
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:41 PM   #20
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I think it is from the Capetown to Cairo caravan.
You're right, it is.

A hearty bunch, those caravaners were!

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Old 11-10-2006, 04:14 PM   #21
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Didn't Wally do this something like this on one of his caravans?

Scary!

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reminds me of my camping spot at cumberland falls, ky!

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ght=precarious

ha!

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Old 11-10-2006, 05:21 PM   #22
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From reading this article in Oceana's Herald-Journal out of Hart, MI, it looks like an Airstream houseboat has the neighbors talking.

Posted 10-12-2006
Houseboat stays, for now

Stony Lake Property Owners Association members are taking a wait and see approach regarding an Airstream-houseboat that has been on the water this past summer.


Association Vice President Chuck Ginebaugh said he believes the houseboat was launched from a private boat ramp in the Stony Lake subdivision and they are waiting to see if the property owners will allow the boat to be launched through their property next year. Ginebaugh said they have spoken with the sheriff’s department and learned there is nothing they can do. The boat was still on the water Sept. 29, property owner Cynthia McKinnon said.
Benona Township has not been approached about the houseboat, Supervisor Steve Fleming said. He thought he knew who the owner is.

“It’s a water thing,” Fleming said. “We don’t have a zoning ordinance or anything for water. “He goes out there I believe. I don’t think he is sleeping on it. He’s certainly not living on it.”

Oceana County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Buzz Angell also believed there is nothing the sheriff’s department can do about the houseboat. He provided a copy of a law that says county boards can regulate the mooring of houseboats on inland lakes by ordinance.
County Administrator Paul Inglis was not familiar with the houseboat, but said he would bring the issue to the county board of commissioners if requested. He instructed administrative assistant Sue Johnson to search for model ordinances, and said any proposed ordinance would need legal review for the content.
I wonder if they would have to grandfather the unit in ?

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A few years back a friend was telling us he'd seen pictures of two couples who had built two large raft/platforms with 45 gal drums underneath. They had put them in a large lake east of Vancouver, BC (Harrison Lake) and then in the spring towed their two travel trailers up, loaded one on each platform, firmly secured them down, and out they went. Each platform had a 50 horse Merc boat motor and also a small kicker on it in case they ever had problems with the larger motor, and a small aluminum boat with a small kicker for getting in and out of sandy beaches, to the store, etc. They spent their summer holidays and weekends out cruising around the very large lake and had a great time. They did this for two years, and in the fall they'd built the platform/raft set ups to be disassembled and it went into a local storage facility for the winter. They got the idea when they were down at a lake in WA state and saw that folks had done this and done a great job of making them look reasonable, and safe. For some reason they'd quit doing it but it sure sounded like a great idea to me and I'd wondered about doing the same at some time. There's not a chance that I'd risk my Airstream but there's a ton of SOB's out there, really cheap, that if it sank, oh well - too bad. However, I also know what my wife would likely say so it stays tucked away in the back of my head as something I might do someday. But I sure like the idea a lot. Particularly with the very large lakes that we have in the interior of BC. So, I'm not the only weird one after all.
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There is no "original thought." Try this on for size!
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Smile Cute thread--didn't Gordon Lightfoot sing about that trip?

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I can just imagine an afternoon cruise across the Great Lakes for a sunset dinner in Ontario.
"the legend lives on from the Chippewa on down..."

I have to say I have truly enjoyed this thread. What fun! Boating is great fun, but we underestimate big water at our peril, and the changes even from one hour to the next on the lakes are amazing and sometimes scary, ask me how I know-(kayak not houseboat).
Honest to goodness having lived by these lakes for so long I haven't seen houseboats with trailers trying to cross those lakes, maybe they did and ended up here!
Yukionna we need you for the women's rally, please don't take that cruise, specially not in November!!
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They have (had?) drive-on pontoon-boats/barge-type floats for trailers and motorhomes available for rent at Sicamous, BC for use on Shuswap Lake. They used Volvo I/O for power, had extra fresh water tanks and holding tanks. Decks were large enough to walk around both sides and have a paito/pilot area in front. A similar vessel was available for rent for a couple years at Lake Billy Chinook in Oregon, but not after the insurance lawyers heard of the idea. Darol
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