Is the Industry Ready for a Floating RV?

The Floating RV, more officially known as the Terra Wind, is a first class motor coach that can hit the highways at 80 mph and cruise the tide up to 7 knots. Manufactured by CAMI LLC, this unit is said to have a very sound structural quality. CAMI claims they have an unsinkable lineup of vehicles on their hands – one that was approved by the United States Coast Guard.

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But when we heard about this we had to ask… is the RV industry ready for something this next level? The motorhome will cost you between 700k and a million, the Gator (a golf cruiser / boat hybrid) runs just shy of 60k, and they have 7 other vehicle options – is this something that’s worth shelling out a few extra bucks for or are they just fun to test drive and snap a few pictures of?

Another one of their products, the Amphibious Responder, has been written up by numerous news publications and was also featured on CNN in the aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. They have floating busses for tours as well. Are these better suited to stay on the commercial side and just be used for excursions and disaster relief?

Consumers like the flash – the sizzle gets them excited. They like having stuff that their neighbors don’t have or their parents never bought when they were growing up. But when does wanting something superscede the need for practicality…

Let us know in the comments! Will RV’s like this be on dealer lot’s around the country in the next 10 years or is this too much of a niche market that will fizzle out?

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