Despite it sounding like the latest cool gadget in the new James Bond film or Batman flick, there are indeed motor homes that can be driven on land as well as sailed on the water. While I wouldn’t recommend sailing out into the ocean, a seaside trip or a weekend at the lake would be sublime. These luxury amphibious motorcoaches (courtesy of Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International, LLC, or CAMI) come at a price, but there’s a lot to love, whether it’s the customization available or the navigation technology keeping you on track. While on the road, the “Terra Wind” can reach 80mph, and when it’s in the water, it can reach up to 7 knots.
Located in Ridgeland, South Carolina, CAMI also has other amphibious offerings, such as the Hydra-Terra, a commercial water bus, the Hydra Gator, a utility vehicle styled after the golf cart, and the Hydra Spyder, an amphibious sports vehicle. If you get a chance, it’s worth a visit to Ridgeland to see these beautiful vehicles in action. You can also peruse their website, request a brochure, watch some video, or read up on their new projects. There’s an extreme 6×6 amphibious vehicle being built that will be introduced in the near future, nicknamed “Daddy Gator”. All this and more you can find at the CAMI website.
What is a motorhome rally?
If you’re new to the world of RVs, “boondocking” and a more nomadic lifestyle, you may be unaware of the large community of RV owners who participate in rallies. Unlike what one normally thinks of when considering vehicles and rallies, an RV rally is more like a convention, a gathering of like minded individuals who share a passion for RVs and the lifestyle that goes with them. Rallies are held all over the world, and there are several popular sites across the U.S. with either local chapters, RV brands, or regional groups.
You can expect a wide range of activities at a rally, including meet and greets with the community, seminars, safety training, and even entertainment and arts and crafts. They are often family friendly events (a good idea for family vacations, perhaps), and are hosted by RV brands themselves or by various groups of RV owners. Your RV Lifestyle has an excellent write-up about what you can expect from a rally, what activities are available, and links to sites that have rally calendars available for those interested.
RV Clubs also has a 2018-2019 calendar of events, rallies, and the like available, although events only go through March 2019. Others will be added as they are confirmed.
If you’re interested in checking out the RV lifestyle, take a look at the Family Motor Home Association and consider joining a local chapter.
1970 Austin Camper Home
There are RVs, and then there are RVs. This is something you won’t see every day, and actually its the first one we’ve ever seen. It’s from the 70s, it’s an Austin, and it’s a camper home on wheels.
This one came up for auction recently, and although it’s not an RV motorhome most people reading this will be able to swing by and pick up (because it’s in Norfolk, England), it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s being auctioned by Anglia Car Auctions, though, for anyone who is in that area and wants this motorhome.
From the auctioneers: “This conversion was completed in 2016 just three months before it became a finalist in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. It has featured in many newspaper articles, copies of which are provided. It was also invited to Carfest North and South following it’s success where they were greeted by DJ Chris Evans. Fitted with a Nissan 2.3 diesel engine. Last MoT’d in 2016. The vendor has included some photos of the rebuild.” They estimate the bid will be between 9 and 12,000 pounds.