Double Decker RV

I’m not sure why, but I watched this one right through to the end.

An amazing and unique build. Not with some surprises though. Especially the engine.

Swift Kon-Tiki

I am on numerous RV mailing lists and from all over the world. One of them, Caravan Guard, an insurance company in the UK, passed me some information on Swift caravans.

The Swift Kon-Tiki, pictured above, is a motorhome manufactured for the European market. The design of this motorhome, quite compact relative to the 40+ foot motorcoaches in North America, blends luxury with intelligent use of space. Interesting to see the differences in design.

Here is one of the floorplans for this model:

The coach is 28-feet in length and a bit over 7 and a half feet wide. There are no slideouts. They have managed to create a comfortable design, especially suited to a couple, which provides all of the essential elements of a motorhome.

The main living area:

Great use of colour and window layouts. And the main living area seems open especially given the tight constraint of space.

The bedroom:

The kitchen:

And the washroom:

The Swift Kon-Tiki is built on a Fiat Chassis, powered by a 150bhp, 2.3 litre engine. All of the technical details on the coach can be found here towards the bottom of the page.

Swift is the largest manufacturer of RVs in the UK and it has been in business for 50 years. Really love the European design touches.

Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing

This photo, from the Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing website, highlights the trend of very small, very lightweight, and affordable trailers for the RV market.

Based out of British Columbia, Canada, Armadillo has been in the RV repair and manufacturing business for over 45 years.

They clearly have a passion for the classic trailers of yesterday: Airstream, Boler, L’il Bigfoot to name a few.

Here is a shot of the original Boler from 1968:

It looks very similar to the Armadillo.

This video provides a walkthrough of the Armadillo, which, from the manufacturer’s perspective is similar to the Boler but better, new and improved.

The Worst Tire Made In History

In a Jan. 8 court filing, David Kurtz, an attorney who’s embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Goodyear over the tire, estimated its reported rate “means that 1 out of 10 motorhomes using the G159 experienced a failure resulting in a claim for property damage, injury or death.”

“You cannot debate the defective nature of the G159,” Kurtz told Jalopnik. “There’s nothing to discuss.” His opinion’s clear: “I believe it to be the worst tire made in history.”

Via Jalopnik.

Goodyear allegedly kept tire problems secret by settling cases and getting judges to seal records. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Justice petitioned the courts to have the records released to the public. Goodyear opposed. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah ruled in favour and most of the information was unsealed.

He wrote the following in his ruling:

That information — primarily concerning the tire’s design, its testing, the decision to market it for use on motor homes, and the adjustment data generated by consumer experience with it — should be made public because it relates to and reveals a substantial potential risk to public health or safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated a probe after the release of the data.

This article by Ryan Felton describes in detail how Goodyear sold the G159 tire to RV manufacturers that, based on Goodyear’s own internal research, wasn’t suitable for motorcoaches. Compelling reading and the article certainly made me think twice about what tires I run on my motorcoach.

Ohmless

I love playing guitar and I have quite the collection of gear which you can find over here. I don’t list all of my pedals because, well, over the past 40 years or so of playing, I have amassed a formidable collection of tone shaping boxes. Too many pedals.

I came across OHMLESS Pedals in one of the guitar forums I follow and lo and behold, they offer a pedal for the RV enthusiast who plays guitar and uses a Kemper. I might be the only person in North America with a Kemper and a motorcoach. Hard to say.

We are currently “ohmless” too. We sold our house last year as part of downsizing for retirement. We haven’t bought anything yet as we aren’t sure where we want to settle for the time we will be in Canada. And we aren’t in a rush to buy into a housing market that has been decidedly overheated for the past several years.

We have a spot for our coach for when we return to Canada next April, although with the kind of spring we are experiencing this year, we would need winter coats, snow tires and snow shoes. We will likely live out of our coach for a few months next year and spend much of the balance of the time travelling in this part of Canada.

Retirement is quickly approaching now. Only 14 weeks left to go!