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Old 04-19-2015, 10:57 AM   #1
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How Wet do you get your Motorhome.

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Most vehicles that try to do more than one thing, seldom do either well. In the 60's I worked for a marina that sold Amphicars. They were slow on land and water, often leaked, and expensive. You probably could have bought a decent convertible AND a speedboat for the price of one Amphicar.

I believe this amphibian RV is similar. I also wonder how many boat ramps could handle the launching and recovery of a vehicle of this length? Seems to me the front wheels would be on the ramp long before the rear wheels would get traction at most ramps.

I also notice they always show it in calm water, how's it handle wakes from passing boats? Wind? Upon seeing such a thing, first reaction to something unique like this is, "Cool!" Then reality sets in.
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Most vehicles that try to do more than one thing, seldom do either well. In the 60's I worked for a marina that sold Amphicars. They were slow on land and water, often leaked, and expensive. You probably could have bought a decent convertible AND a speedboat for the price of one Amphicar.

I believe this amphibian RV is similar. I also wonder how many boat ramps could handle the launching and recovery of a vehicle of this length? Seems to me the front wheels would be on the ramp long before the rear wheels would get traction at most ramps.

I also notice they always show it in calm water, how's it handle wakes from passing boats? Wind? Upon seeing such a thing, first reaction to something unique like this is, "Cool!" Then reality sets in.

The Terra Winds has been around since around '05. It was later modified & the basement compartments are dedication to housing outrigger pontoons. They tell you that it's meant for calm lake waters.


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Yes, just as I said, dual purpose vehicles have to compromise to function. The storage compartments are sacrificed to hold inflatable pontoons. Many times a perfectly calm lake is stirred up and made pretty uncomfortable by boat wakes. I'd like to see how that slab-sided RV handles waves from the side. The company makes many different kinds of vehicles, I wonder how many amphibian RV units they sell a year?
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Yes, just as I said, dual purpose vehicles have to compromise to function. The storage compartments are sacrificed to hold inflatable pontoons. Many times a perfectly calm lake is stirred up and made pretty uncomfortable by boat wakes. I how that slab-sided RV handles waves from the side. The company makes many different kinds of vehicles, I wonder how many amphibian RV units they sell a year?

I don't think they have ever sold one.


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Can you imagine trying to maneuver that in the wind?
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Most vehicles that try to do more than one thing, seldom do either well. In the 60's I worked for a marina that sold Amphicars. They were slow on land and water, often leaked, and expensive. You probably could have bought a decent convertible AND a speedboat for the price of one Amphicar.

I believe this amphibian RV is similar. I also wonder how many boat ramps could handle the launching and recovery of a vehicle of this length? Seems to me the front wheels would be on the ramp long before the rear wheels would get traction at most ramps.

I also notice they always show it in calm water, how's it handle wakes from passing boats? Wind? Upon seeing such a thing, first reaction to something unique like this is, "Cool!" Then reality sets in.
When the Amphicar first appeared Tom McCahill said: "The Amphicar is a better car than a boat but it's not a very good car."
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When the Amphicar first appeared Tom McCahill said: "The Amphicar is a better car than a boat but it's not a very good car."
They seem to of improved the technology and the price on the idea.

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Yes, they've come a long way since the Amphicar I used to drive in the '60s. A couple of things though, the Amphicar was around $3,000, the WaterCar starts at $155,000. The Amphicar was a production model, made for 5 years, over 3,000 cars sold. The WaterCar seems to be a custom, one at a time built vehicle.

In the videos they also so the WaterCar doing things that would surely bring fines. Speeding in crowded waterways, loading up with people without any signs of PFDs, etc.
The Ampicars I demonstrated all were equipped with legal maritime lights and a flagstaff, I see no signs of such on the WaterCar.
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