Floating Camper

Submitted: Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:33
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I recently completed, or mostly, a prototype Floating Camper. It's effectively a trailer-able houseboat crossed with a tent. It's about 5.5m wide and 4.8 long and folds to legal tow width. Essentially it allows me to camp on any smooth body of water. What are your thoughts or suggestions? Should have a few commercial units later this year and appreciate feedback.

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David
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:50

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:50
SOOO !! The whole unit is one piece or the wheels and undercarriage is separate? Michael






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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:57

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:57
Ok ! I got it, its a trailer and a separate barge/ tent. So you leave your vehicle and trailer behind while you travel up the river overnite.. Not too sure about how that would all work!! Looks great though!!! Michael

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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:17

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:17
Hello Michael

Yeah the trailer is separate.

If u are worried about the car u can camp 10m from the ramp. Boaties leave their cars there all the time. Even if I are 50m away the car alarm will wake u up.

Maybe I should invent a remote car monitor! :)

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:32

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:32
David! I'm not 100% sure but i think that if you are sleeping in it overnight and even if moored and not moving, I think you may need Navigation lights, maybe something you can check out. Michael


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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:58

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:58
Yeah Michael you are correct! You need an anchor light at night which is a visible white light. If you move at night then you need navigation light. I leave a couple white lights on just to be safe!
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Reply By: GT Campers - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:00

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:00
Nice! Does it have a BBQ and fridge on board :)

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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:20

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:20
Hey GT

I have a weber and a techni ice eski on it. A fridge could be easily fitted!

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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:38

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 18:38
paradise!
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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 21:22

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 21:22
It is GT it is! Last weekend I was even woken by a women's rowing team! :D
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:37

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:37
Love the concept Dave. I asume you've checked on the legalities/regulations of sleeping on different bodies of water as your camper is bordering on a house boat in some respects. ie: Do you need to have a permit, an onboard toilet, safety railing, anchors, lighting, life rings, fire extinguisher etc.
Not convinced you would have a very good view when moving house as the outboard is mounted low with no where to sit. Front of pontoons could do with some slip streaming to increase its speed. A step down rear deck would make it ideal for water skiers or jet skiers to access.
Looking at the camper upside down on the trailer it appears it would be awakward to load. Does it take long to get on/off?

Good luck with your project.
Cheers Craig................
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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 21:59

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 21:59
Hello Craig

Thanks for the compliment!

Yeah have checked the legalities. The salt water is fine. Most of the fresh is limited to day use only. I will double check with the on board toilet however I intend to incorporate it. Last weekend however there were plenty of facilities close by. Safety railing is on it's way but there are many boats that have little or no railings, particularly the trolling fishing type. That being said if I am to sell them they have to have them! Anchor, yes. Lighting, yes and found some amazing LED stuff. Nav lights required when moving. PFDs fitted and essential. Proto nose cones are in the shed. A technical prob has prevented their fitting. They will go on the first commercial version. Transom (where the motor bolts on) is currently wood... it will be aluminium. It will also have a deck (possibly shower) and fold out stairs. Skiers are not welcome... it's slow as.

The camper loads folded out. There are two ways to launch with the first being fold out and set up and then launch. Second is to fold out on ramp. If folding out on ramp then it is set up in water. Both work nicely it's just a case of being considerate to other ramp users.

Typical ramp time (unfolded) is about 2 min. Unfolding on ramp takes 5 min. Tent is set up away from ramp if unfolded on it.

Happy to show you around if you are up this way! Thanks for the thoughts!

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David
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:26

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:26
"Skiers are not welcome... it's slow as."
LOL! No I meant this would be an ideal floating platform for use as a base by water skiers. Many party boats & house boats have a lower rear deck to launch off & make it easier for swimmers to get out.
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:33

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:33
Yeah i know... was being silly... Friday beers! :)

The rear deck is over the protruding pontoon. It becomes the transom on one side a deck in the middle and fold down stairs. it allows people to pull it up on the sand backwards and passengers can easily hop off. It could also be used by skiers etc. (225 honda outboard required)
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:40

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:40
different .... thinking out of the box now, i like it and you could take it a long way ...
Is your web site working ???
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Joe
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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:08

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:08
Thanks Joe, Mel, kids (hope in bed by now)

Yeah it's kind of funny because it is outside the box but feels kind of normal when you are on it.

The great thing is that it's very forgiving. You can park it above a sandbar and wake up 'beached as bro' and there is no issue. You wait a bit longer and the tide comes up and takes you away. If you run aground it's a case of just pushing it off. Worst case you sit stuck, turn the bbq on and cook a meal. Even just sit in the shade and enjoy the situation.

It really is more about camping than boating. That being said though I guess that is coming from someone who has done plenty of both so finds it pretty natural. If you are down this way I would be happy to demo it to you. Last weekend a bunch of locals noticed it on the river and they loved walking around on it, going for a ride and even fishing off it. It was great to get to know a bunch of new friends.

Thanks again and btw your 4b is cool!

Cheers,
David

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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:12

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:12
Oh... and web site is minimum at the moment.... Given I work in that field it should be miles better... but sadly not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:48

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:48
need to get on to that quick i would say, and take care of your "rights" asap .....
I have been looking at it for a while and it is simply one of those things that most will say "why not"???? it is so simple .... i would have alloy rails, vee's on the hulls at the front and look at a "pull" style motor instead of push for the sake of vision, or even a "mid" mount, has been done before, it is a simple conversion to any small outboard.... there is soooo much you could do with it.
Very nice .... i wish i could get down eh..
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: David M30 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 23:01

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 23:01
Thanks, had considered the pull option. With windows up the visibility is good. Will get onto the site.

If you are down this way in the future be sure to look us up! Just may have one on the river suitable for the fam!

Thanks again!

Dave
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Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 20:50
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