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Old 11-10-2006, 07:02 PM   #29
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Not all RV's float!
He forgot to blow the ballest tanks.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:48 PM   #30
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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
Okay, now this has really got me thinking. I can't help but wonder what people would think seeing an Airstream or equivalent floating past in the late evening as the sun was sinking and glowing off that bright aluminum. Probably bring a tear to their eyes. May even elicit a few phone calls about space ships landing on the water. I do know where there's a late 70's Avion as someone suggested rather than "waste" an Airstream, and it's to the point where doing this to it wouldn't probably hurt it any more than what's already been done to it. Oh man, my wife would just kill me.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #31
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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
There is a tour company that loads RV's onto barges and goes on a long trip down the Mississippi (and other waterways). My mother and her husband did that trip a few years ago with their fifth wheel. They absolutely LOVED it. They often used Creative World Tours (RV tours) though I'm not 100% positive that was the company who did the barge trip. If this is new info to you and you'd like to know the name of the company, I'll ask.

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Old 11-10-2006, 09:09 PM   #32
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Has anyone else ever built a houseboat from an Airstream? Please don't shoot me for having these thoughts.
This one was parked in the far upper left hand corner of the US map at Neah Bay, Washington...
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:00 PM   #33
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This one was parked in the far upper left hand corner of the US map at Neah Bay, Washington...
Poor old Kalakala! She is slowly being restored to her former glory...
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:11 AM   #34
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I like the barge idea where you can back off and on... so you aren't doing anything to your 'stream but camping in it! How about a big patio boat??? But I would vote for a quiet lake... not going under the Golden Gate Bridge!

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Old 11-11-2006, 06:08 AM   #35
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Houseboat plans

I found a houseboat building website where someone has documented their project of building a pontoon houseboat 48' long by 14' wide (see photo below). Even the pontoons are made of wood. This could be adapted to build the barge.

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Old 11-11-2006, 06:22 AM   #36
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This one was parked in the far upper left hand corner of the US map at Neah Bay, Washington...
Surely you know that is SOB.

I think this is the manufactures Web Site.

http://www.kalakala.org/
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:10 AM   #37
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Friends of mine with a SOB motorhome have been on an organized tour via barge of the Mississippi. You can load your bus / trailer on a rail car and take the CW trip. RV folks love water. Why not combine the two?
A good AS shell with a bad floor is an ideal candidate for a conversion. Just flip it over and seal it up below the waterline.
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:31 AM   #38
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I would be worried about condensation in the belly pan being around that much water

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There is a tour company that loads RV's onto barges and goes on a long trip down the Mississippi (and other waterways)...If this is new info to you and you'd like to know the name of the company, I'll ask.
Yes, I would be interested in learning more about this!
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:35 PM   #40
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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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quote=RedSHED]There is a tour company that loads RV's onto barges and goes on a long trip down the Mississippi (and other waterways). My mother and her husband did that trip a few years ago with their fifth wheel. They absolutely LOVED it. They often used Creative World Tours (RV tours) though I'm not 100% positive that was the company who did the barge trip. If this is new info to you and you'd like to know the name of the company, I'll ask.

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Sounds like a cool first ever forum caravan-- I'm assuming there havent been any so far...
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Old 11-12-2006, 01:28 AM   #42
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Now that is one scary photo! I've seen that photo before...I think it is from the Capetown to Cairo caravan.
Actually, this particular photo is from the Around the World Caravan form 1963-64. It was taken crossing a narrow bay near Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. And this is a 26' trailer. According to the book Thank You Marco Polo the 30' trailers hung over even more.

The actual trailer and truck from this photo were for sale on eBay a few months ago (or so the claim was). I never heard if this claim was substantiated by anyone other than the seller. It would have been a neat rig to buy and research further, but it was too far away from me to seriously consider.

However, there were similar river crossings on the 1959-60 Capetown to Cairo Caravan, too.
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