Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-12-2011, 11:39 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA (Stick & Brick)
Posts: 2,623
A rather different type of RV

Some British friends recently got a very nice RV, but it's a bit different than we're used to here.

It's 65 feet long and 6 feet wide, weighs around 25 tons, is powered by a 30 hp diesel engine which gives it a top speed of about 6 mph. The driver's station is outside right at the back!

They bought a converted canal barge. Apparently, the conversion companies are well acquanted with the features our RV's have, and have incorporated many of them. In the UK, you don't really need air conditioning.

We're giving some thought to having a month over there and renting one. At 5 knots or so, you'r not going to go very far, but it's mainly rural England with canalside pubs, little country villages, farms, etc. Where the canal is wide enough you can moor to the bank and go for a pint, go to the village shops or get fresh farm produce. There are marinas (called "boat basins") where you can stay.

There are quite a number of rental agencies and most of them will let you go one way and leave the boat at another site.

There's one canal feature I'd love to visit. On the Llangollen canal, in the border country between England and Wales, there's an aqueduct that carries the canal over a river gorge.

The aqueduct waas built in the early 1800's and is all masonry except for the channel containing the water, which is cast iron. At the deepest part of the gorge, it's 420 feet from the canal to the river.

In the heyday of the canals, the barges were dragged by horses and there's a towpath for the horses to plod along. The Llangollen aqueduct is single width, with the towpath being a cast-in extension to one side of the channel containing the water. There's just the vertical side of the channel on the other side. With the typical deck overhang, you can't see the channel edge, so from the deck of the barge, there's nothing between you and the gorge.

Don't know if any brave parachutist has ever base-jumped, but it would be something to say you'd done a jump off a canal barge!

If you're interested do a Bing or Google search on "UK canal barge rentals".
__________________

__________________
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and ex-RVers.
frankdamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-12-2011, 11:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
historyljc's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posts: 5,173
Sounds like it would make a wonderful vacation to me.
__________________

__________________
Travel well, travel safe,
Jim
2006 Tiffin Phaeton - 2011 Cadillac SRX
historyljc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2011, 11:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Larry & Rita's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tulalip, WA
Posts: 943
That would be an amazing adventure, I think!
Rita is not so keen.
If you and Eileen go PLEASE take all kinds of pictures.

Larry and Rita
__________________
Don't pray for a blessing--Pray to be a blessing.
2006 Holiday Rambler Endavor 40 footer
Tulalip,WA
Larry & Rita is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
cliff841's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 167
Some of those canal boats are just beautiful as well. If you go we will need pictures.
__________________
Cliff
2011 Winnebago Vista 32K - Ford F53 chassis
Southern California
cliff841 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 11:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA (Stick & Brick)
Posts: 2,623
Unfortunately, when we visit the UK, it's to do the round of family and friends. The chances of going there for a regular vacation are slim. I'd never get DW on the Llangollen aqueduct, she'd take a taxi and meet the barge on the other side!

There was an interesting event during the restoration of about a 15-mile stretch of the Preston to Lancaster canal in our old neighborhood. It was a volunteer effort, and over many weekends, they had pulled hundreds of bikes, washing machines, stoves, old motorcycles - you name it - out of the water.

One day they snagged a big wrought iron chain. No amount of pulling could break it loose. A volunteer who had access to some heavy lifting gear came over the next weekend. After rigging a big beam across the canal, he hooked a hydarulic lift crane to the chain and started pulling.

All at once, there was a gurgling noise and the chain came up with a big (like 3-foot diameter) concrete disc with tapered sides that looked like a big bath plug. As they were all trying to figure out what it was, all the water in a 15-mile length of canal went down the plughole and out into the surrounding fields.
__________________
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and ex-RVers.
frankdamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 01:16 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Larry & Rita's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tulalip, WA
Posts: 943
Quote:
Originally Posted by frankdamp View Post
Unfortunately, when we visit the UK, it's to do the round of family and friends. The chances of going there for a regular vacation are slim. I'd never get DW on the Llangollen aqueduct, she'd take a taxi and meet the barge on the other side!

There was an interesting event during the restoration of about a 15-mile stretch of the Preston to Lancaster canal in our old neighborhood. It was a volunteer effort, and over many weekends, they had pulled hundreds of bikes, washing machines, stoves, old motorcycles - you name it - out of the water.

One day they snagged a big wrought iron chain. No amount of pulling could break it loose. A volunteer who had access to some heavy lifting gear came over the next weekend. After rigging a big beam across the canal, he hooked a hydarulic lift crane to the chain and started pulling.

All at once, there was a gurgling noise and the chain came up with a big (like 3-foot diameter) concrete disc with tapered sides that looked like a big bath plug. As they were all trying to figure out what it was, all the water in a 15-mile length of canal went down the plughole and out into the surrounding fields.
Frank
I will never question you again about what ever you say, BUT I am wondering
about this one.
Larry
__________________
Don't pray for a blessing--Pray to be a blessing.
2006 Holiday Rambler Endavor 40 footer
Tulalip,WA
Larry & Rita is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,608
My first thought is maybe associated to how close I live to a public boat launch and how entertaining that can be. As I'm not at all familiar with a barge like this, I can't help but wonder how easy they might be to maneuver in a congested area? The largest class A might seem easy compared to something like this? Rules of the road/best practices would likely also have to be considered? Or do the rental agencies provide a "Captain" of sorts to handle this for you?
__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 08:54 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
JOMARFL (FMCA 401058)'s Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 400
Frank that was a good story Enjoyed it and had me eagerly reading and waiting for the big punch!
__________________
Papa John & Mother Mary 2008 Fleetwood Fiesta LX, 34N
2008 Hyundai Elantra - Toad
Tampa, Florida
JOMARFL (FMCA 401058) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 09:50 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Dadeaux's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 744
My daughter and her family rented a barge/RV a couple of years ago and spent about two weeks on the England waterway, they had a grand time.
__________________
Del & Charlotte
RVing - Time well wasted
2004 Phaeton 40TGH w/ 2010 Acadia
Dadeaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #10
doc
Senior Member
 
doc's Avatar
 
Appalachian Campers
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Dixie !! (north Georgia) USA
Posts: 2,953
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry & Rita View Post
Frank
I will never question you again about what ever you say, BUT I am wondering
about this one.
Larry

Love it!! LMAO!!
__________________
doc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Stogie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 156
Frank you went from yanking a chain to pulling our legs pretty quick there.
__________________
An RV'r is someone driving a $300,000.00 Motorhome towing a $40,000.00 car and looking for a free place to park.
Stogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 04:11 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
WheelingIt's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: On Wheels
Posts: 1,983
Had some good friends that did the barge thing fulltime in the UK for 3 years. My brother also rented one some years back w a bunch of friends. Excellent way to spend time seeing the country.
__________________
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
WheelingIt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 05:41 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
4Knights's Avatar
 
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,796
Navigating a canal in a 65 foot barge that most likely takes twice it's length to turn much less stop sounds like fun to me! But we have a 24 pontoon boat so kind of used to it slow and go. Wonder how much the insurance rates are? Probably higher than renting a car in Italy.
__________________
Ron & Wendy-Kansas
94 Pace Arrow 34 ft
25 yr Army retired 2006
4Knights is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 05:49 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
John H...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Johnstown, PA USA
Posts: 3,325
Sure would like to see some interior pictures of something like that...
__________________

__________________
John, Deb; & our dog, Benji, Forever in our hearts.
2014 Coachmen Leprechaun 319DS V-10
2011 Jeep Liberty Jet & 2014 Jeep Wrangler
John H... is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RFI issue with switching type RV power supply/chargers? Gary - K7GLD Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 8 06-13-2011 04:55 PM
losing what you type on laptop diandtom Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 20 04-01-2010 06:41 PM
What type of hydraulic fluid for levelers? namwob MH-General Discussions & Problems 8 02-28-2010 12:25 PM
Maytag Recall on Refers - Residential Type Old Rv'er RV Systems & Appliances 5 03-13-2009 12:30 AM
Why you bought a hybrid vs. another type of RV? tiniree Expandables, Hybrids, & Lightweights Discussion 11 08-05-2005 08:32 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.