Monday, April 2, 2012
Navette motorhome is a sleek rig
It looks like it was fashioned after the Japanese Bullet Train, but the Navette Motorhome is definitely a product of the USA. Designed by Bob Smith out of Wakita, Oklahoma, Smith was aiming for a motorhome with aerodynamic looks, good fuel economy, and great resistance to water leaks.
Smith's dream started with a stripped Isuzu chassis back in 1989. With the help of family and friends, Bob built his Navette, and was so pleased with it, he decided to try and recoup his investment on tools and molds by selling a few of the sleek-looking motorhomes. The response was gratifying, and 16 of the Navettes eventually rolled off the little production line, including one specially built to carry a Tony the Tiger hot air balloon for Kellogg's Cereal.
In 1995 Bob was hit with cancer; it took him over four years to recover, and when he did, he felt he was in no shape to continue building the Navette. He's offering to sell the molds, plans, templates, and other gear for anyone who'd like to resurrect the Navette. Check out Bob's story and offer on his web site.
Or, if you're quick, you might be able to buy the one pictured above. It's for sale out of Phoenix, Arizona for a cool $15,000. Check out the advert here.