Some of you may have seen our past project, building our own RV from scratch, but I am attaching pictures of it for reference to this new idea.
We were helping a friend move her (houseboat/floating home) in Seattle to the dry dock for bottom paint when my wife and I saw how several of the boxy homes were just built on a aluminum barge type hull. We starting thinking what if we designed a similar hull that could hold our RV living and garage pods? I also came up with an additional idea to get a 12 foot beam but still have it only ~8 feet wide on a trailer which involves using two removable side sections that would stack on top of the barge when pulling it down the road.
The idea here would be to raise the pods from the flatbed truck where we normally carry them using the jacks and then drive the truck forward and set them down on the barge/trailer. The same jacks would fit into the side pontoons and lift them up to attach them to the sides, making a 12 foot beam, 35 foot long boat with our self contained camper and garage/workshop sitting on it. We would then use the truck to launch the boat, park the truck and trailer, and travel the entire length of the Mississippi or some other large body of not too violent water (inter-coastal waterway maybe?)
I think this would be pretty simple to design and build, although all of my welding thus far has been MIG steel. I could either get a spool gun for aluminum or try and get the hang of TIG again.
We already have the ultimate RV, with the detachable pod system, but this would be the supreme ultimate amphibious RV. As a bonus, the automatic door we use on the garage pod to load our motorcycles could act as a boarding ramp!
I would have a steering console under the living pod overhang, and maybe some snap on sides to convert that into a pilot house for stormy weather navigation.
Our current setup is about 28 feet long, so even pulling this barge we would be only about the same length as a large class A pulling a toad.
What do you think?