RVs That Float?
Are the coolest things that I love about RVs is that they are going anywhere vehicles, but some RVs take that to an extreme. One of the coolest styles of Rvs are RVs that float on water. Today, I thought I'd take a look at that concept and a few that may exist with that.
What are the RVs that float? While there are many RVs with various designs, there's only currently one commercially-produced one that floats on water. The Terra Wind amphibious RV is a produced model RV that can float on water. This is not to say that this will be the only RV that will ever have this. It is just the one that can now.
Now that you know what the current commercial amphibious RV is, I'm sure you have any questions. Questions like how much does this RV cost? What are the basics of this RV? Is it a practical RV for me to use? What does it take to make an amphibious RV? Will we see Oliver amphibious RVs in the future? These are all great questions, and I will be answering all of them in this article.
What are the basics that I should know about the Terra Wind?
The Terra Wind, for all practical purposes, is an RV that has been stuck on top of the boat. It is a near-perfect merging of the concept of an RV and an amphibious vehicle. You are getting the benefits of both without really losing anything of either.
Take, for example, how fast you can travel in the Terra Wind. When on land, the vehicle can reach up to 80 miles an hour when traveling on the highway. This is the fairly standard speed for a class A RV of this size, so you haven't lost any speed there. And then on the water, it can travel at about 7 knots an hour, a reasonable speed for such a large pontoon boat when it's in the water.
I say pontoon boat because it borrows from both Class A and a boat when it comes to the actual design of this vehicle. The top half of the vehicle is a fairly standard if nautical-themed class RV. This includes everything from the RV kitchen you would expect to the RV bedroom located in the back. However, even on top, there are some changes, such as the heavy wood styling inside and the deck located on the back of the vehicle for the bedroom.
It is in the bottom half of the vessel then we start to see the changes. We have the stator wheel setup that you would expect for Class A, but rather than being completely open to the elements, everything beyond the wheels is sealed. It is both waterproof and balanced for being able to float. There is also a pontoon to help stabilize the vehicle once it is actually in the water. These can be taken off and attached at the sides depending on whether you are coming or going from the water.
Is the Terra Wind a practical RV for me to use?
On the whole, having read through this and several of her articles of people who have personal experience with it, I would say that it is, in fact, a practical RV. You can fit your whole family in the RV as you would expect to need. You have all of the necessary facilities ranging from a bathroom to a kitchen. It is completely self-sufficient, only needing a brief pit stop before transitioning from land to water.
When you are on land, this will behave as a normal RV would. Letting you live comfortably is all the luxury that you would expect for a Class A. You don't even need to necessarily take this into the water to use it as a practical RV.
The benefit then becomes when you do take it into the water is it functions as an RV on a pontoon boat. You get all of the above-listed benefits while directly accessing the water for swimming and relaxing purposes. You can just lounge around all day and maybe even all night as no time limit is listed on how long it can stay in the water. In many ways is like having both an RV and a boat attached.
The one area that I think this would be a complication is that you experience both the technical difficulties of a boat and RV. A large vehicle like this will need mechanical maintenance, and when something goes wrong, you'll have to contend that most of the RV is sealed and will most likely need special equipment for repair. It would be perhaps difficult for a standard mechanic to even work on this will at least some knowledge of how both systems work.
How much does the Terra Wind cost?
I've listed a lot about this vehicle's future so far and just how great it could be, but there's a reason we don't see these everywhere right now. The primary reason for this, and the engineer still required to make this, is the price. Coming in at just shy of $1000000 at $850,000, this is by no means a cheap vehicle.
That is not to say that this vehicle is not worth that price. The engineering is incredible on it is still a very nice class A. I think we can all agree, though, that $850,000 is far outside the price range of most customers. Sadly making it unlikely that we will ever see this in full production. But who knows, if you have the cash and want it, maybe you'll have one of your own.
How difficult is it to make an amphibious RV?
The question of how to make an amphibious RV is not necessarily a difficulty but a technicality. We have many amphibious vehicles in the world today we know how to do it. The problem is that the process of doing so is complicated from an engineering perspective, thereby making it expensive.
Any of the heaviest vehicles, in general, must be capable of functioning perfectly well on the land and then transferring into the water with minimal effort. This means that you have to have all the standard mechanics of a vehicle for the land Wheels, driveshafts, exhaust, and so much more. Once all that is in there, you have to figure out how to apply buoyancy and water stability and be waterproof to that same vehicle. All the while ensuring that you have access to the mechanics in case they need to be repaired. Just throw on the fact that you have to make sure that it doesn't become overheated and catch on fire.
Will we ever see more amphibious RVs?
I don't know. I think between boating culture and RV culture already being so close. There isn't a need for amphibious RVs. What settles this style is the price being so cost-prohibitive for most customers. Most people could buy an RV and a boat and still pay less than this particular RV price.
That is not to say that there is no hope for amphibious RVs, though. In a world where we are talking about RVs that drive themselves and run completely on solar energy, maybe somebody will come up with a way for a practical RV that floats on the water.
I hope that you learn a little bit about Anthony's RVs in this article. If you would like to know more about RVs in RV life, please feel free to look around the site. I have articles on everything from different RVs in different classes to the future of self-driving RVs.
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