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The Amphicamper Camper-Boat Vote Is In

“Not for me.  There are too many compromises.  My boat spends almost all its time on either a 125,000 acre lake or the largest (in terms of surface area) reservoir in the United States.  I need a V hull.  I’ll continue to tow my boat behind my pickup and camper.

You mentioned C-Dory boats.  Go to their website.  There a lots of people living on them like we use our truck campers.  There is an article about C-Dory traveling/camping every couple years or so in Boat US magazine.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

“I would definitely consider one as they are not only practical, but they look really cool!  A+ for good ole American ingenuity!” – Howard Burke, 2015 Ford F-150, 1985 Ford Econoline 350

“Usually combos don’t work, but go for it!” – Martha Redeker, 2004 Dodge 2500, 2007 Six-Pac

“Not seriously, but I appreciate the idea.  I can’t imagine a current truck camper manufacturer having the marine expertise to produce a product that would stand up to consumer expectation.  If produced by a hull manufacturer, I wonder if your price estimate might be a little low.

You know, keeping water out of a camper tends to be a never-ending quest, and you want to put your camper in the water?  I think you’ve gone over the deep end.” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford F250 SD, 1999 Lance 920

“Sure would.  Build it and I will come buy it.” – Thomas Bulger, Ford F450, 2014 Lance 1172

“Yes, for all the obvious possibilities you’ve already noted, not mention it would certainly seem that it would be very well insulated and weather tight.  An adaptation of the original 1960s concept seems like it might be the most easily created.  However, using a full-sized camper might present a height problem at over or underpasses, and I don’t see how it might be done with a pop-top, unless it didn’t in anyway rest on the roof.

I’m still having a hard time picturing using the original 5-inch blocks as a means of being able to just park over them and drive away without having some way to jack it up a bit.  There must be something I’m just not seeing.” – David Pracht, 2015 GMC K3500, 1987 Lance LC900

“Absolutely!  I love the combination of camping and boating.  Sign me up for one!” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB

“I would think about it.  There are several ways I see that it can be done.  They would have to relocate the black tank, maybe to the pontoon?  Use an external gray tank. Dump before you float.  That way your pontoon is under the truck camper.  Then just pull out the engine attachment plate area and go.  The floatation will be the key and how easy to convert.  I like the concept.” – James Tedford, 2012 Ram 3500HD, 2007 Arctic Fox 990

“Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  I’d love to have something like this that would combine my love of camping and boating.  Imagine a long vacation of camping on land and visiting all the beautiful lakes you come across.  This would be my dream machine!” – Andy Scoles, 2003 GMC 2500HD, 1996 Coachmen

“Yes!  The camper needs no modification.  The design is how do you make the camper float on a houseboat?  I have thought of this before I got a camper.  This setup really only works with a boat trailer.  The trailer would be used to launch and retrieve the camper/houseboat.” – Ron Richardson, 2014 Ram 3500, 2012 Wolf Creek 850

“No.  I would prefer to buy a nice used bow-rider and trailer it behind my F-150 (my next truck) and keep my camper and truck nice and dry on shore.  It is simply easier to use one or both depending on my needs on that day.” – Kirk Semlitsch, 2003 Ford Ranger, 2016 homemade cabover-less slide-in box camper 7.5 feet long

“I’ve never owned this type, but have been involved in the design and construction of several.  In my experience, they are impractical as they are very unwieldy, both on land and on water, therefore unsafe.

If the objective is to have the features of an RV while on water, then start with a boat hull which provides adequate size and stability to support such a cabin, and transport it to and from water with an appropriate boat trailer.  Amphicampers are an accident looking for a place to happen.” – William Durkee II, 2005 Toyota Tundra, High Profile Shell and kit

“Why not?  Once I met a retired minister who was touring the back roads of America at four miles an hour on a hay wagon pulled by two rescued giant New York City carriage horses.  He was living in an Elkhorn truck camper set backwards on the wagon.  He was having a wonderful time, “depending on the kindness of strangers to find places to spend the nights”, he said.” – Janet Carter, Chevrolet, Sun-lite 6’

“I now have a truck, truck camper, fifth wheel, and a boat.  License plate costs and insurance would sure be a lot cheaper with a boat camper!” – Paul Roberson, 2014 Ford F350, 1988 Lance 930

“Jack of two trades, master of none!  No way the compromise could be a great boat and a great camper.  If you’ve got a truck camper already, pop for a Torklift SuperTruss and get a boat and trailer that you’ll truly enjoy.  Besides, everyone knows a boat is just a hole in the water that you throw money in.  What would the equivalent camper-related definition be?  A black hole on land you throw money in?  Oh, wait, sometimes that seems too much like reality already!” – John Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

“The Amphicamper looks like it would be great fun for small protected lakes or rivers.  I have camped in my 22-foot Catalina sailboat and have been through many storms and one tropical storm.  Stormy weather on the water can be pretty rough, unforgiving, and downright scary.  Keep the camper on your truck and use your boat, like the nice C-Dory you mentioned, or a Catalina or similar for camping on the water.” – Jack Pavie, 1995 Ford F350, 1987 Real Lite 950

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