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Old 11-25-2008, 09:36 PM   #15
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I believe you can rent this one....

Looks top heavy to me.

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Old 08-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #16
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I had the good fortune to be treated to a Camp-A-Float trip back in 1978 or so. We went out for nearly a week on Lake Ouachita, Arkansas. Wonderful experience. I too have often wondered what happened to them. I'm sure I have some pics that we took of our trip as well as some pics of another group preparing to go out. They would be 35mm slides. If I can locate these, I'd be glad to share after I get them scanned into digital format. Interested viewers may contact me about this.

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Old 08-04-2009, 06:50 PM   #17
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...maybe it's time to revisit some of my interrupted schemes...
If all your schemes are like this one, can I come out and play with you? We'll have loads of fun!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:59 PM   #18
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Jim Foster...we moved our boat out to the Calif Delta in about 1970, and I also remember those Camp-A-Float units cruising around the rivers and sloughs, from time to time...

I guess boating types liked the features of the actual houseboat rentals better than taking the chance of messing up their own RV, tied down to a 'barge'...and the Camp-A-Float outfits couldn't turn a continuing profit to make them worth it...compared with the competitive rental costs of houseboats...

I think the effort involved to get an RV on and off the 'barge' was another short coming of that configuration...

I think an Airstream strapped into the hanger deck of an aircraft carrier makes a much better 'Camp-A-Float' the astronaut moon visitors can probably vouch for...
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:15 PM   #19
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Mexray... You are probably right about people to rent houseboats rather than use their RV on a barge. The boats we rented had 120 gallons of fresh water and four Trojan golf cart batteries plus an engine battery. They were 42 feet long with a large front deck, and slept ten. They rented for less than $500 per week at that time. Pretty cheap for what you got.

The Camp a Floats were outboard powered, and were hard on gas. Our boats were diesel powered. They ran 1 1/2 hours on a gallon of $0.35 fuel at full speed. That's 9 miles per gallon with a 16,000 pound boat.

Pretty hard to compete with that. It was fun to see the Camp a Floats around the Delta though.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:59 PM   #20
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Question RV barge cruises

On a somewhat related topic, does anybody know anything about the RV barge cruises that were formerly offered?

A few years ago one or more companies conducted RV cruises on full-sized river barges propelled by a full-sized river towboat. My brother-in-law's family took their motor home on a Mississippi River cruise and had a blast. The tow was put together of RV barges for however many RVs were signed up, plus a "clubhouse" barge that gave everybody a place to hang out. Each RV had full hookups; there were large fresh water and waste water tanks and an AC generator on each barge.

We looked into it after we got our Airstream in 2003, but weren't able to find anything on the web. My brother-in-law called the company that they had cruised with and learned they were still in the river transportation business, but no longer offering barge RV trips. Supposedly they were prohibited by Department of Homeland Security after 9/11, although I can't imagine why.

Anybody know anything about it?
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:03 PM   #21
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Thanks for the photos!!!!

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Old 08-08-2014, 12:17 PM   #22
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Camp a Float

Camp a Float was invented by my father Richard Reed and was successful for the most part. The mechanism that lifted the pontoon boats out of the water to load the RV was a sight to see. There were some issues with wind here on the Delta in California, people were not experienced piloting these large boats up river-ways with their expensive RV's on board. My father eventually moved on and started a new and more lucrative company called Store a Float. He built marinas for several locations including Lake Mead which is where he was working when he was killed in a helicopter accident. I am not sure if there are any camp a float installations still in operation for public use, the last time I heard anything about them the were being used for barges.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:46 PM   #23
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Wow, thanks for that update on this interesting history item!

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We had a barge on which we built a camp. It was great!
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Found this cool postcard with a picture of the Camp-A-Float! Camp-A-Float: Convert your camper into a private houseboat Rockford, IL Postcard

And I found a forum with an article about the Camp-A-Float here:

It really is a cool concept!
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cool I like it.

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