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Old 12-20-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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Time to take to the water

We can now all have a floating campsite

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Unfortunately you can't tow the boat behind the coach, it's too big. They seem to be aimed toward rentals. From what I read they are estimating $600 for a 3 day rental. I might be tempted but at the same time if something happened I would have a hard time explaining to either my insurance company that my RV is at the bottom of a lake or to Coach-Net that I need a flat repaired in the middle of a lake. That would be an interesting phone call.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #2
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I've seen RV drivers having problems parking their RV in a pull through space. Can you imagine one of these guys trying to dock this setup in an offshore crosswind. Be great entertainment for those on shore watching.
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:17 AM   #3
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Good luck getting tire service out to an anchorage
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:07 PM   #4
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I see broken drive lines due to thrust direction changes unsuitable for a land based vehicle. The intertia of the tires/rollers doesn't lend it's self to water craft operation.
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I see broken drive lines due to thrust direction changes unsuitable for a land based vehicle. The intertia of the tires/rollers doesn't lend it's self to water craft operation.
It could an issue but I believe most modern transmissions self protect from high speed gear reversal.

Of course when it hits the dock because it won't reverse, the MH will bound off of the rollers.

Maybe the shifting is done in the outdrive and the MH just stays in gear.
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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I wonder how the engine cooling system will work without the usual airflow under load. It seems likely that the cooling fan will not be enough on its own.



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Old 12-20-2015, 01:25 PM   #7
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Neat idea, but a barge with a built-in motor would make so much more sense. A 100 hp drivetrain, adequate for a displacement hull, probably cost the same as that fancy roller system with none of the downsides. Something that big also needs a bow thruster, especially when driven by renters.
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good luck docking without a bow thruster!
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Land based fuel usage is bad enough I don't even want to think what gallons per hour on the water is like. Neat idea but I'll stick to dry land. Too many years of my life already spent on the water.
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I would not be inclined to put my coach on one of these barges for any reason other than an emergency. Even the video shows the bow riding low compared to the stern and if there is any type of swell that comes over the thing you may have a problem. And then to sit still and run your wheels at speed to make the thing propel through the water on complicated rollers seems like a bad set up. I am happy keeping mine on solid ground.
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