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Old 01-21-2018, 08:15 AM   #1
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Airstream on a Barge or Pontoons.

I'm seriously considering putting my 31 foot on a bardge or pontoons. Hollyhock boondocking and gives additional flexability.

Anyone done that here?
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:01 AM   #2
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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Well, perhaps a nice fantasy. In California, the Department of Water Resources, Coast Guard, County Sheriff, State Board of Equalization would be all over you for compliance fines and taxes.
Not sure how you would make it suitable for navigation to satisfy the CG. Waste tanks are pumped, not gravity drained, and the vacuum would most likely collapse your black and grey tanks. External electrical generators would be too noisy in a marine environment.
But I like the entertainment value of watching boaters at the launch ramp. Go for it.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:44 AM   #4
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But that's just California, where nothing is allowed, and everything is regulated. Everywhere else it would probably fly.
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Airstream On A River Barge

Here is a great video from Europe where they put the trailer on a pontoon boat that has it's own helm, but you live in your Airstream.

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In a perfect world it would be your trailer to do with as you please. But being kalifornia I see many obstacles ahead for you and your common sense project. Rip out the head and holding tanks and use a composting toilet. Be sure to post photos.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:09 PM   #7
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I'm not talking modifications but rather a massive platform that I would drive it onto and off of. And chain it down like a flatbed as I would if moving the unit on land. I find it hard to believe California doesn't licence a bardge. What people put on it is there business? And not sure I would do it in California. Zero plans to run a Gen set as I will go solar and propane.
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Here is a great video from Europe where they put the trailer on a pontoon boat that has it's own helm, but you live in your Airstream.

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Old 01-22-2018, 10:48 AM   #9
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AS on barge

I have been pondering this idea for years. It's a fantastic idea. You could build a dump tank into the barge, and pump out from there just like a regular boat with the vacuum dump. Also, you can have an extra water tank on the barge. No mods would be done to the AS. There are so many navigable lakes and rivers around the world. Why rent a boat or houseboat? (Which by the way, houseboats are common in California.) Use your existing lovely AS and put it on the water for a water trip. Why not?
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If you took the wheels off but left the axels on, it would sit high and be top heavy. Take the axels off, and drop it down right on the deck, maybe better. On a barge, it might work. On Pontoons, probably not.

Calculate the displacement of the pontoons or barge, subtract the weight of the boat and the loaded trailer, and people. If positive then maybe. if negative then keep thinking.

If only to be tied to a dock, then maybe. If in navigable waters, you will have to content with waves, wind and maneuverability.

Seems like you will spend a lot of effort and money and wind up with...well...something only you will want.

Just buy a used houseboat.
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There used to be an organization that ran a barge-camping service, out of New Orleans, I think? Dunno if they're still around, but they provided a barge as a campground, with designated spots, and you drove your RV onto it and then they toured it up and down the river. I always wanted to do that and never did.
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Rent holding tanks from a rental company then schedule them when to suck them out. Construction site offices do it all the time. Search the Rental websites.
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Alumtube is correct there WAS a barge company in New Orleans that had RV's drive onto the barge and it traveled up and down the river. My understanding is that the Coast Guard closed this down as they do not allow people to stay in vehicles while the RV is transported over water. This is the same regulation applied to ferry boats. Anyone who has used the Cape May Ferry must exit the vehicle and sit on the deck or inside cabin areas.

Some of the old timers might remember their was once a train in Mexico that took several Airstream Caravans through the country. It allowed people to remain in their RV's but its also been discontinued.

I am sure there are some here who have traveled the ferry system from Seattle to Alaska that might offer insight with their experience.
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This is something I had thought of years ago, as well. 1st time was after spending a small fortune renting a Houseboat on Lake Powell. As the Video about Freecamper from Europe shows, it's obviously doable. At least in calmish waters. Why not here in the states?
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