Sunday, September 19, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021

“Redneck” houseboat? Good idea or not?

This was posted on the Texas RV Camping group at Facebook. We’ve heard of barges for rent where you can drive on your RV for a houseboat kinda experience. But, really, is this setup safe?

But this looks a little too tight to us. You have to wonder what would happen if a big wind came up and the waves starting tossing this “houseboat” around.

What do you think? Is this a good idea or not? Your comments are welcome.

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Gene Bjerke
1 month ago

The way the boat is lashed off the barge makes me think that they are just transporting the trailer to a location farther along the waterway.

Wayne
1 month ago

How would you explain it to the insurance company?

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

I’d definitely want a larger barge, at least 1/3 if not 1/2 as large. There is zero access to the opposite side of the RV without getting in the dinghy, and that is a HUGE hazard. If there were a sudden storm to come up (and if this is along the Gulf Coast as based on the boat in the background that’s a possibility) there is very little safety margin.

Craig
1 month ago

Hold my beer, I gots us a lake side parking spot!

Jcav
1 month ago

That’s a coffin ready for it’s watery grave.

John Koenig
1 month ago

What could possibly go wrong……..

Bill Fisher
1 month ago

I wouldn’t do it.

Deborah Mason
1 month ago

Just looking at it makes me cringe – top heavy, not enough room between the steps and the water … need I go on?

Montgomery Bonner
1 month ago

Backing onto it would not be a problem, just have barge well secured to pier/dock. Or could have loaded on land and then launched it into water. As long as barge meets safety requirements for vessel, RV is good to go, because its all self contained, which a real barge/houseboat would be as well. If you have never taken RV onto a ferry, then it’s no big deal once you do. Companies will transport RV and you inside to Alaska for $$$$$, no real difference as I see it.

Montgomery Bonner
1 month ago

You are aware that a real houseboat is nothing more than an RV on the water? I personally would want it wider and longer to offer more stability, but the idea has some merit.

Ray
1 month ago

I’m surprised the authorities allowed it on the water. Its a very poor example of an idea better left to a professional boat/barge builder’s consideration. I can only imagine how he loaded the trailer.

Jeb
1 month ago

Not a really good idea. There is a reason boat designers and RV designers with in different buildings.

Rosy
1 month ago

This seems to be an old article just reposted. Is there anything new?

Bob
1 month ago

It looks as thought the steps are retracted. Extending them and the last step is at the edge of the barge. As others said, not enough barge for the size and height of the trailer.
Do they use that little boat to pull the barge?

Bob p
1 month ago

I noticed the barge is not big enough for the tongue jack to be supporting the front and any manufacturers will tell you the stabilizers are not designed to support the weight of the camper so they may experience that sinking feeling before it falls off the barge. This could have at least one positive, it may prevent them from breeding their genes into other unsuspecting children. Lol

Jesse Crouse
1 month ago

First part of the name is all you need to know about who would do this.

Scott Gitlin
1 year ago

What could possibly go wrong?

Jim Graham
1 year ago

I like the idea. I would need more details but I like the idea.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago

Can’t fix STUPID; only what STUPID does.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago

How many ways can I say NO,NO and again NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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