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Old 21-12-2015, 09:07   #1
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File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

Did not know how/where/IF this should be posted here....but I just had to!

The Rollerboat Turns Any Motorhome Into A Houseboat

Sort of a power cruiser? or...well what would you call it?
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Old 21-12-2015, 09:25   #2
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

I'd call it a "barge".
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Old 21-12-2015, 09:35   #3
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

I would love to see the engineering drawings on the drive system.
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Sort of a power cruiser? or...well what would you call it?
I'm calling it a veerpont, which is Dutch for ferryboat.



But hey, if they want to call it "A New Amphibious RV Concept" then more power to them
(Even if they don't understand the meaning of the word 'amphibious' imho. Whatever helps them sell it).
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Old 21-12-2015, 09:45   #5
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

Any body of water big enough to satisfy most people's sense of adventure would be too dangerous for that thing most of the time.

I can see it now, somebody crying "MOMMY" to the Coast Guard as they cross the Straits of Juan de Fuca when it's blowing ten knots.
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

The rollerboat.com FAQ page says:
The Rollerboat is designed for use on the inland lakes and waterways and can safely handle any weather you would normally expect to encounter. Hurricanes and tornadoes, of course, would be an exception.
The Rollerboat is not designed for open water and should not be operated on large bodies of water such as Great Lakes or any open salt-water venue.
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Remember as a child seeing a small canal barge near London UK with a VW bus affixed on top. Rear wheels spinning merrily as it plowed on. See what 50 years of development work can bring you.
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Up in New Guinea they use roll on roll off barges for river travel to transport people goods and vehicles in an environment where transport is greatly hampered by the topography.
These are replacements for now mechanically unusable, and in any event costly to operate WW2 LCM's and such.
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Pretty novel concept and I could see lots of folks with motorhomes who'd like to go anchor in a quiet cove on a lake renting these.
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Is it a RollerBoat or RollOverBoat?
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

I'd call that " Waiting for an accident to happen"


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The front wheels are chalked and the back wheels turn the rollers. It does not appear there is anything else holding it to the barge. What happens if a big wake hits and the back angles are upset so the wheels gain traction instead of spinning the rollers? I also didn't see the front wheels moving to steer it? Also, if you had a gear or bearing go out on the rollers, that would also give traction, would probably be worse if in reverse.

Not sure I would want to drive a quarter of a million dollar RV on that thing and explain to the insurance company what happened. How do you even insure it?
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Re: File this, Now 've seen everything?!?!

Why not "go amphibious" for real?

I'd think these are found in the US too?

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As a non purist I love it! A self propelled barge to carry your RV makes all kind of sense once you figure out a suitable dock for loading and unloading. Maybe using ramps and winch the RV on or off but the top of the barge cannot be very different from the level of the dock. Of course the places to use this kind of rig are limited but there are lots of calm water locations where it would make sense.
The problem of getting the barge to the water and home again could get a little complicated :<)
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Is it a RollerBoat or RollOverBoat?
If it does, it's certainly not the first.



http://www.komonews....-259794431.html

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/A...ts/MAB1514.pdf

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