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  1. BankShot

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    We got right at 5.5" of rainfall in the past 24 hours. So much rain that this morning I had to dig out the four pontoon attachments for the motorhome and attach them so we will be able to float our way out of town on the newly formed river that is now what once was the main drag in town. Had a bear of a time getting them on but after several hours and four air pumps going full blast, we are set to go. Now the term hoist in the anchor really will apply this next trip................ :D

    And a wet Sunday to us all, BankShot............(aka Terry)
     
  2. NYDutch

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    No rain here in upstate NY. We are expecting a little 3-6" dusting of snow overnight, but that's not enough to stop anyone from going anywhere. It is more than enough to make me look forward to our early January departure for Florida though!
     
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    3-6" of snow in south Texas would shut us down for at least a week.:D
     
  4. NYDutch

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    Heh! 3-6" of snow up here is barely over sweeping with a broom depth. If it's the heavy wet stuff though, that calls for pulling out the real shovels. :eek::D
     
  5. Fitzjohnfan

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    So, did it go in the water like this amphibious motor home?

    http://camillc.com/terrawind.htm

    Just a little snow and very cold here in Colorado. Hope you get to dry out.

    Chris G.
     
  6. BankShot

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    Heavens no, we just have inflatable pontoons that attach to and cover most of each wheel via a series of heavy duty clips. When we are driving along and we find ourselves going into an area that is flooded, and the water reaches about 1/3rd the way up the wheels, I push four buttons on the dash and four big onboard air pumps do their thing. Next thing we know we are floating off down the road. When the water subsides I let the air out of each pontoon and we are back to using the tires again. How do we power our forward and rearward motion you ask? Each pontoon has a front and rear high pressure air outlet. I have it rigged so the air comes in at the same rate that it goes out so we get forward or rear motion while the pontoons remain inflated. As for stopping or backing up I simply push four more buttons that reverse the air flow in each pontoon from the rear outlets to the front outlets via a series of ingenious interconnected tubes inside each pontoon. The two forward pontoons are of course steerable by the front wheels and tires. You get the idea I hope. Nothing elaborate, just good old "hill folk ingenuity"............. :D

    See you around the waterways, BankShot...........(aka Terry)
     
  7. Texasrvers

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    In the past you have talked about traveling with seven dogs, three cats, a small pygmy goat, one lone Iguana lizard, Little Stinky the skunk, a parrot, the Burmese python, four pet raccoons, Charlie the Chimp, a pot bellied pig, and the grandpigs. So now when you inflate the pontoons, your RV turns into an ark. :D
     
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    Did you name your RV "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"? :D
     
  9. BankShot

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    Nope. We just call her the "Ark" as Texasrvers referred to it as................ :cool:
     
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    Meanwhile in Canada
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    My RV version of a "riverboat casino in a puddle" idea didn't work out so well.

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  12. BankShot

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    But I don't see any pontoons attached? Whatsa matta you Gnome de Plume, you can't go floating in the puddles unless you got your pontoons on and inflated........... :D You did have your knee high rubber boots on however I presume........... :rolleyes:

    Happy fishing, BankShot............(aka Terry)
     
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    Personally, I think you pontoon guys are all wet. :D
     
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    To the contrary RLM, we pontooners ride high and dry. It be you landlubbers that get all wet and then have to swim to shore and come up with a way to get out of the water you got stuck in........... :eek:

    Wettest regards, BankShot............(aka Terry)
     
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    I am a retired military pilot qualified in helicopters. Just wait until I figure out how to get the rotor blades on my bus... :)
     
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    We had a squadron of "Pregnant Guppies" on board our Flattop the entire 4 years I was aboard. Got to take ride in a few during that time and it was a blast. Be sure to submit some pics when you get those chopper blades mounted on your RV, I'd love to see it in action........... :eek:

    Fly safe, watch out for drones, BankShot...........(aka Terry)
     
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    Folks think the tail swing on motorhomes can be a problem sometimes, wait until they see what tail rotor swing looks like! :eek::D
     
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    Were you on the Russian River, picts of the pontoons would really be cool !!!
     
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    Huh, err, hmm, the batteries in my camera have died it seems. Sorry TomandKat can't supply pics right now but hopefully I can locate the correct batteries by this time next year. I realize that a picture speaks a 1,000 words but for now you'll just have to use my 1,000 and your imagination as to what my setup looks like... :D And no we weren't near the Russian River, we were out on the Meadow Vista River.......... :p

    I have to hoist in the anchor now and get the heck outta Dodge before someone else asks for pictures........... :eek:

    BankShot.............(aka Terry)
     

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