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Old 09-02-2020, 04:50 AM   #1
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I've always wondered about the feasibility of using a small houseboat as an RV to allow double duty. This week I came across the following little design, about Scamp 16 size and weight that seems a possibility. I have attached two videos from YouTube, one short the other long. There are at least a dozen of Dianne's Rose on YouTube.



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Old 09-02-2020, 10:26 AM   #2
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In case you haven't seen this Scamp houseboat. It looks a little top heavy. I don't know the model of the other one.
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Old 09-02-2020, 10:33 AM   #3
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Camper boat trailer?

We have often thought of what it would take.
but trying to have the trailer wheels and hull or pontoons all in one unit.
this look like the boat comes off the trailer. Trailer stays ashore.
Considertions: overall width and height for highway travel.
Stability on the water. you want it wide in the water, but narrow on the road.
All the gear needed for a boat is not needed on a land camper.
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Old 09-02-2020, 10:47 AM   #4
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Dianne's Rose

Dianne's Rose is 8'x17' feet, narrower than a Motorhome so it can travel down the road though wider than my Scamp 16. The inside area is virtually identical to the Scamp.

It's weight is such that it could be towed by our Scamp's tow vehicle.

Right now I'm focusing on what to do to make it serve the dual purpose, a fun mental exercise
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:26 PM   #5
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There's a "thing" (don't know what to call it) manufactured in Europe that's a combination trailer / houseboat. You can probably Google it for details.
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We have a 27' Albin Vega sailboat. I hoped that it would suffice as a land trailer but with it's 4' draft my wife has too much anxiety about the transfer between the ladder and the deck.
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Old 09-03-2020, 05:35 AM   #8
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Dianne's Rose Houseboat

Since it has a large footprint on the water this little house boat only has a 6 inch draft with a folding latter on the front deck. Definitely not a sea going vessel.
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Old 09-03-2020, 05:44 AM   #9
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Any item that does more then one thing doesn't do anything very well. That's my rule of thumb.
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Thank you. It's very interesting and similar, though smaller, in weight and size.

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Im with Doug. Tools that do many things rarely do any of them well.

A Scamp with a couple of kayaks on the tug is great for traveling and exploring smaller bodies of water. A B-van or truck camper with a small powerboat or sailboat in tow makes more sense for traveling and exploring larger bodies of water.

I love wooden boats- especially when someone else does the maintenance! I have unpleasant memories of helping my dad repaint and revarnish a 26 wooden cabin cruiser. After a couple of years with more time spent working on it than using it, they sold it and got a tent trailer and a 17 fiberglass canoe. Many happy memories, and plenty of time on the water.
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I every year I get to enjoy for a week or two a shared family camp on a Northern Ontario lake. When there I take my boat out fishing and oftern end up in a secluded sheltered bay. While there I usually start thinking what if I bought a houseboat dropped it in the lake in June and spent 3 months putting around the lake to one protected bay after another. Seems like a great idea but no one there does it. I can't be the only one thinking this way so I wonder where my "plan" hits a road block?
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I every year I get to enjoy for a week or two a shared family camp on a Northern Ontario lake. When there I take my boat out fishing and oftern end up in a secluded sheltered bay. While there I usually start thinking what if I bought a houseboat dropped it in the lake in June and spent 3 months putting around the lake to one protected bay after another. Seems like a great idea but no one there does it. I can't be the only one thinking this way so I wonder where my "plan" hits a road block?

Doug,

Go to Youtube and search on Dianne's Rose Houseboat. The designer is Canadian and there has to be 2 dozen videos all the way from trips, to other owners, to the build process.
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I thought of it too. A 30-40 feet pontoon frame modified where you could pull or back the camper onto the frame and bolt it on. A small barge would also work.
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Hello Norm and Ginny,
Long time no see!
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Exactly...There is no reason that some sort of barge or pontoon boat platform could not be built such that any fiberglass trailer (withing a size range) could be backed onto it via ramps. It would be a great way to use a trailer in a different way.

If anyone has ever been to Venice Louisiana, you would know that all kinds of buildings have been put onto barges...a whole little city of them. Imagine how nice it would be to motor up a big river or along a lake with all the comforts of your fiberglass trailer.
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I would love to spend a few months floating around Lake Mead.
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A previous owner sailed this rig for several years on the Shuswap Lake, In British Columbia. They spoke fondly of their summers on the lake south and winters on wheels south of the border. The trailer finally came up for sale when they sold the pontoons and transitioned to a class A.
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