We all had childhoods filled with futuristic fantasies of flying cars and robot maids but the space age lifestyle hasn’t quite taken hold. However, modern creative designers in the RV industry are doing a great job churning out space-age looking homes on wheels for all types of lifestyles. Two of the more interesting ones to come our way are the SeaLander amphibious trailer camper and the Terra Wind, the world’s only luxury amphibious motorhome.
Most RVers understand that there’s a thin line between traditional vehicle campers and water vessels. Boats are just RVs on water and the creative engineers who created the SeaLander camper and Terra Wind motorhome have expanded on that concept with RVs that can be enjoyed on either terrain.
SeaLander Camper Trailer Takes You Anywhere on a Small Budget
“This little vessel is small and light enough to be towed by any modestly-powered SUV and features a fully-configurable interior with a four-person table, a kitchenette and a sleeping area, and there’s even space outside for a deck,” says the sparsely populated English language SeaLander website.
The SeaLander measures about 12.8 feet by 5.5 feet, has a dry weight of about 882 pounds and can be pulled by nearly any vehicle.
Getting this RV into the water is easy. Just unhitch this ultralight camper trailer from your vehicle and attach the outboard motor and handrail and you’re ready to hit the water. When you’re on your way you can lounge on the SeaLander’s large sunroof and party with up to five of your friends who can sit inside and dine at a table that converts into a bed.
SeaLander says their all-in-one stainless steel and fiberglass-reinforced plastic unit is hand-built in Germany using the best of marine and automobile production processes. Each SeaLander unit sits on a waterproof chassis and meets worldwide marine safety criteria for peace of mind on the open water. Every customer has the option to purchase everything needed for a life at sea or on the road, such as upgaded window coverings and cabinetry of just about any color, a stainless steel sink, one-burner stovetop, an on-board shower and commode, additional LED lighting and 12v power connections for an optional cooler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kppn0jgGlZE As you may have guessed, this hand-built vehicle isn’t the cheapest amphibious camper trailer but with a starting price of around $15,000 US dollars, you still get two RVs in one!
Terra Wind Luxury Amphibious Motorhome Makes a Splash with the Ultra Rich
If the SeaLander is too understated (and small) for you, the Terra Wind luxury amphibious motorhome might be the answer to your seafaring dreams. Designed by by CAMI (Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International, LLC), this $1.2 million dollar RV has a 330-horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine with a 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque output on the open water. At 43 feet long and topping 16 tons on the scale, the Terra Wind is the ultimate solution for RVers who want the best of land and sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za63ltkMGGE According to CAMI, “The Terra Wind is a first class motor coach that is as comfortable on the lake as it is on the land with a highway speed of up to 80 mph and up to 7 knots on the water. The padded leather dash resembles an aircraft’s cockpit with its many instrument gauges amd system controls. An on board computer docking system with internet access, GPS, moving maps, and navigational charts are standard equipment. The Terra Wind can be custom designed to fit virtually any decor with floor plans, entertainment systems, electronics, cabintry, floor coverings, furniture, paint, and graphics that can be tailored to suit individual needs. Price is dependent on the options chosen.” Manufactured in South Carolina on an order-by-order basis, the CAMI website features an interesting FAQs page answers many questions about the amphibious RV, such as:
Can it go into salt water?
“Yes all of our amphibious vehicles can go into salt water. However, if it is taken into the salt water a fresh water rinse is necessary.”
Is rust or corrosion an issue?
“No. The hull is 100% aluminum which does not rust. The only steel parts are the suspension and axle components. These parts are coated with the same protective marine coating used on cruise ships.”
Wth more RV inventors taking the plunge into the marine life, we’re sure to see more of these interesting land and sea campers as we move into the age of the Jetsons!