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Old 07-31-2011, 02:02 PM   #15
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Froggy, please see the attached snips from a 1937 Modern Mechanix plans book. If anyone wants the whole of these plans as a PDF, then pm me - but remember to give your email address as the 2.7Mb PDF is too large to send via this forum.

And please notice in the second illustration how the lady is waving wildly on the deck - this is because her husband who is supposed to be steering the outboard round the back has sat down in the lawn chair to read the sports pages.....

Backing the trailer into the water and then adding the floats/pontoons doesn't work well - the water needs to be more than 15" deep for the pontoons to float so by then water is coming in the trailer door and all the chassis has been soaked.

One rather impractical idea that I had to get round this is:
- reverse trailer down slope into water until just the tyres (and not the brake electrics...) are in the water;
- put on thigh waders and walk into water;
- set up axle stands in the water;
- put long planks on seabed behind wheels with ends on the axle stands;
- reverse trailer wheels along planks to end;
- add pontoons as trailer is now in deep water.

Not reversing off the side or the end of the planks would be a stylish addition to this procedure.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:31 PM   #16
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Hmmmm
Are the brake electrics a major concern? It seems like those could be waterproofed somehow...
I'm surprised and impressed by the British unit- It looks so tall for its width. I thought we'd need to spread out more for stability's sake. That whole bottom of the trailer must be a flotation chamber.
Flotation under the Trillium could be the answer...

By the way, I loved the narrator of the video on the subject of the brakes:
".....just a bit of grease on the brakepads, and off you go! (into the water)"
I think that's the first time I've ever heard anyone say to put grease on brakepads!

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Old 08-01-2011, 11:20 AM   #17
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There was a show on television not too long agofeaturing this.
Check it out...

http://changingears.com/rv-innovatio...otorhome.shtml
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:38 AM   #18
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Thanks, Floyd!
I tried to order one, but they're a little behind in production.
Guess I'll have to keep trying to make a Trillium Float...
I've made some progress with the propulsion system!
What do you think?

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Old 08-01-2011, 11:42 AM   #19
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Mississippi Caravan

There used to be a caravan trip where you put your rig on a river barge and traveled down the Mississippi, stopping at various places along the way. Unfortunately it's been discontinued or it would be my first caravan trip.

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Thanks, Floyd!
I tried to order one, but they're a little behind in production.
Guess I'll have to keep trying to make a Trillium Float...
I've made some progress with the propulsion system!
What do you think?

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:10 PM   #21
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Stop over, we'll cut the handle off that sucker and mount a Small Block Chevy!

I'm on my way...
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:46 PM   #22
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Hmmmmmmmm......
Think it can be towed on the road???

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:22 PM   #23
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Love the deck-up-top idea. My wife might think it's not a good idea for our 2 year old, but water's soft right?
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When my buddy saw my Trillium he immediately wanted to make it float. So he could tow it behind his Amphicar and bring it to and from an island on a lake near his house... Randy
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Cool Why make what you can buy?

P'Shaw! Just chuck the whole idea and buy a Terra Wind!!

Cool Amphibious Manufacturers Ie

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P'Shaw! Just chuck the whole idea and buy a Terra Wind!!

Cool Amphibious Manufacturers Ie

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I remembered this slightly-crazy 1960s adaptation of the Land Rover to make it amphibious, as it's similar to what is being discussed. The Land Rover is a lot heavier for its size than an egg, so needs a lot more flotation - but then it doesn't mind having undersides dipped in water.

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Smile Cuban Navy

That is remniscent of the Cuban Navy!

OUR navy sank these as a hazard to navigation. I think they should get some kind of an award!
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