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Coast Guard pilots transform helicopter into incredible RV

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a helicamper! Blake Morris and Maggie Morgan, both helicopter pilots in the U.S. Coast Guard, have been busy. They’ve spent more than 900 hours working to transform a helicopter body into a roadworthy RV.

The helicamper with its owners, Blake and Maggie. Photo credit: @helicamper_rv, Instagram

Not the first…

Blake and Maggie aren’t the first ones to think about converting a helicopter into a camper. In the mid-1970s, Winnebago had a similar idea. They partnered with the Orlando Helicopter Airways company to purchase ex-military copters (specifically the H-19 or Siksorky S-55 transport helicopters). Winnebago acquired a fleet of these flying machines with the plan of retrofitting them into RVs.

Show me the money

Winnebago’s Heli-Homes had all the amenities you could want: full HVAC, a bathroom with a shower, kitchen, and a TV. It also came with its own 3,500-watt generator and could sleep six. Purchasers could choose between an 800-horsepower piston-driven model or a 1,525 turbine-driven Heli-Home. While generating a huge amount of publicity for Winnebago, only six or seven Heli-Homes were actually sold. The price tag? Up to $1.4 million if purchased today.

The helicamper

The Alabama couple first saw the helicopter body for sale on Facebook Marketplace. They weren’t sure what they’d do with it exactly. They just knew they had to have it! Since the couple purchased the unit, they’ve traced its history using the airframe’s serial numbers. Turns out, the helicopter was used by German military police, spent time in Afghanistan with U.S. troops, and finally made its way back to the United States in 2011.

The transformation

Morris admits, “We’re not roughing it for sure.” Their helicamper includes outdoor speakers and TV hookup, cable hookup, and many other creature comfort amenities. The necessary permits are in place, and this adventurous couple are ready to go camping. You can see pictures of the incredible transformation from helicopter to RV on the couple’s Instagram account: helicamper_RV.

All photos from the @helicamper_rv Instagram page

You can learn more and watch the couple’s progress and travels on their Instagram account, helicamper_rv.

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tom
1 month ago

Neat! Better than a bus conversion.

Sally Harnish
1 month ago

Love the “thinking outside the box”!

Bob p
1 month ago

More dollars than sense.

Bob Parish
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

It’s not about dollars, it’s about uniqueness.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Parish

I agree, Bob. The differece here is that this chopper does not fly anymore, unlike the Winnebago.

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