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Old 07-06-2003, 10:26 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Not Airstream, but Terrawind

Talk about complete rejection of a minimalist philosophy! This may give new definition to maximalism. Its GVWR is 41,000 lbs. See this new "RV" at: http://www.terrawind.com/
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Old 07-06-2003, 10:40 AM   #2
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But there is no basement storage!!!!

I wonder how long the steering gear wil last after taking a trip in salt water??
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:17 AM   #3
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I bet that thing would be fun to have out in the middle of a lake with a squall line coming thru, maybe they need to develop a submarine version

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Old 07-06-2003, 11:45 AM   #4
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This has got to be a joke, right?,

Did you notice there are no pics of it underway or even fully in the water?

Put some straight pipes out the back of my pickup and this is what you would see any day of the week when I put my boat in the water!

I think someone is either trying to scam investors or this thing is in the very, very, early stages of testing.



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Old 07-06-2003, 12:12 PM   #5
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my thought exactly...

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This has got to be a joke, right?,

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It's got no bow, no rudders (at least that can be seen), and the hull would be like trying to float a brick. The bearings would be a mess. There are no gunwales or stern to protect the doors from a stern wave swamping the sliding door.

I'd guess that with that much weight, and a flat-bottom hull, it's waterline ought to be right about at the windows, sort of a problem if you've got a sliding glass door... and the water-tight slide-out is a nice touch!

It's got so much freeboard that a nice breeze would cause it to turtle.

Somebody's having a great time with this one. It IS a nice looking motorhome, though.

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Stability

That thing has to be the epitome of instability. With all that windage and only the screws to direct it, it would be blown all over the place. in any sort of wind.

Maybe what it needs is about a ton of retractable lead keel.
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Old 07-06-2003, 01:04 PM   #7
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This was on ebay a couple of years ago. It was a prototype started in 1989, the design, tooling, etc. had been sold a couple of times and over $250,000 invested. The Terrawind is better looking, but at least this one floated.

This is from the auction description:

It is 239 Long, 79 Wide & 109 High. The Dry Weight is approximately 11,000 lbs. It has a Storage Tanks Metering Panel & Volt Meter to monitor the Tanks Capacities:
33 gallons Fresh Water w/High Volume Pressure Pump; 32 gallons Gray Water w/Scavenger Pump; 39 gallons Black Water w/Macerator Pump. There is also a 48 gallon Fuel tank w/ a 5 gal. Reserve; an 11 gallon Hydraulic Oil tank and 7.5 and 2.5 gal. Propane Tanks. It is powered by a 350 Chevrolet Gas Engine w/ a GM400TurboHydra-Matic Transmission. There is a Hi/Low range and in/out Transfer Case, Dodge military axles with Lockout Hubs. With Power Steering, Power Brakes,15/39-16.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Belted Tires, a 15 ft Wheel Base and a 16 Hull Ground Clearance, this monster smooths out the rough roads. It gets about 6.5 miles per gallon with a Land Cruising Speed of approximately 55 mph and a Top speed around 70.
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Old 07-06-2003, 01:13 PM   #8
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Geez all that guy did was reinvent the good old military Ducks.
A local business around here had one for advertising a few years ago, but don't know what happened to it. We would see it on the water every now and again.

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Old 07-06-2003, 01:52 PM   #9
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Did you happen to notice the outside scenery through the windows in this picture?
http://www.terrawind.com/1rvfrontinterior70403.jpg
Looks like it's underwater and you are looking at seaweed all around you. Ala Capt. Nemo
Is that a MN license plate in the back?
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Old 07-06-2003, 01:57 PM   #10
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Believe it is a South Carolina, the area code for the non 800 number is down around the Charleston, SC area

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IF this thing works as described, then if you lived in a flood prone area you would need to tie it up as well as being in park.

Of course if you lived in the flood prone area, you just have to pilot or drive it out depending on conditions
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Old 07-06-2003, 02:21 PM   #12
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Gee,
can you see this sceniero? First you have to register through DMV, then you need a Coast Guard or Water Patrol inspection? Where do you carry the life jackets, port starboard running lights? Ok then we need to carry some rubrails to take care of docking....the list is endless.

Then there is the taunting from your friends, "breaking wind in my Terrawind"?

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Old 07-06-2003, 02:36 PM   #13
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First you have to register through DMV, then you need a Coast Guard or Water Patrol inspection?
The one on ebay was dual registered, so you would have both expenses to deal with. I bet insurance would be a real bear, most vehicles are not insured once they get off road. Try explaining to your agent how your $$$ motor home sank 3 miles out in the lake.

The description also said you needed 2 weekends a year to maintain seals on the axles, brakes, etc.

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IMHO,

Considering the length in front and in back of the wheel base, I don't see how it could get in or out of water given the slope of the boat ramps I've seen!

It would be a very risky ordeal to avoid dragging and causing damage!
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