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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A "caboose" RV with a fold-down deck

Is the equatorial dividing line more than just an imaginary spot on the map that marks off the difference is seasons? Or is there more to it than that, a whole different way of looking at things when you get south of that line?

Here, out of New Zealand, is "the Caboose" or Bedford house truck. We've seen a few vintage "house cars" from the states over the years, but this owner-built RV puts a whole new spin on the matter. With a little over 150 square feet interior space, with a bit of engagement, one easily adds another 110 square feet of outside living deck space.

Built by John Hancock over a two year period, and completed in 1995, it's now owned by Hancock's son and daughter-in-law. Gas struts move the roof into "living" mode.

Our thanks to for the lead and the unfolding photo.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Car top camper comes with "training wheels"

Here's a beauty we'd like to learn more about. All we have is the caption and a hazy bit of the manufacturer's label -- too tough for old, tired eyes. Anyhow, the "training wheels" make a nice touch. Wished we'd have thought of them when used to carry an 11 1/2 foot truck camper on a 3/4 ton truck!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ominous looking travel trailer comes with high flying fuel economy

How would you like to pull a BIG travel trailer with your SUV? How about an RV that promises you 100 to 150 percent increase in fuel economy? An RV that weighs about half of what current RVs of the same size and configuration scale in at?

The folks at Global Caravan Technologies in Speedway, Indiana are making those promises. Can they deliver? Earlier this month they rolled out (behind an SUV) their prototype CR-1, all-carbon fiber "super luxury RV." Looking like something that Batman might tow behind the Batmobile, the CR-1 almost has an ominous, brooding look, perhaps to the chagrin of the fiberglass or stick-and-tin built RV manufacturers.

The company, which boasts partners such as Dallara and Purdue University, employs a veteran team of former IndyCar champions and aerospace technicians to design and build its state-of-the-art products. Bragging that the new generation trailer contains no screws or connectors, perhaps the company is on the front edge of a new wave of manufacturing. While prices haven't been announced, nor a production schedule, the company is already looking for dealers – and of course – customers. Here's a link to the company website.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Big RV is a real albatross

Compare your RV's statistics to this one's:

Length: 69 feet.
Engine horse power: 1,425
Fuel tank capacity: 1,670 gallons
Range between fuelings: 2,500+ miles

Oh yeah, here's something else your RV probably can't do: Go swimming. OK, so you have an RV that can go in the water. Try this one: Fly. 

John and Julie Fetcko have perhaps the most unique RV in the world. Yes, it can fly, and it can land on water or terra firma. The Fetcko's RV wasn't originally a "recreational" vehicle, but rather, a military vehicle, specifically a Grumman SA-16A Albatross, tasked with spotting and "taking out" submarines.

The Fetckos bought the old Albatross for near to a half-million dollars and started a little "renovation" project that included tearing out the original military innards and replacing them with a set-up more suited to the recreational life. It required some careful thinking and specialty crafting. For example, you can toss just about any-old cabinet in your Class A, but on a flying RV, weight control is paramount. Balsa cabinets, eh?

While Julie is a real estate marketer, specializing (surely enough) in properties appealing to aircraft owners, the couple enjoys vacationing in the U.S. and Canada. They particularly enjoy "dropping in" on remote lakes far away from the beaten path. When your RV cruises at 200 miles per hour, you can get there quicker and stay longer.

The folks at the Travel Channel have put together a video on the Fetcko's Albatross. See it here.

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