■アメリカ在住のHimeさん から 「新種のRVが売りに出ている」 との情報が届いた。 「やっぱりいろいろな人がまだアメリカにいますね。 こういう人がまだいるうちはアメリカも大丈夫でしょう。”笑”」とのコメント。 はて さて、いったい どんなRVなのか？ Santa Barbaraにあるという その車両を見てみよう。
■居住部内の様子。 人気があるRVだけに 下の写真を見れば、ピンと来る諸氏もいるかな。 この写真で車種が判る貴殿は、この車種のオーナーか、相当なRVマニアですね！(笑)
This Custom Built Motorhome is for someone who appreciates a unique and finely crafted motorhome with no equals on the planet. Not for someone looking for a cheap bargain priced run of the mill motorhome , I spent 2 1/2 years building this, approximately 6000 hours, using the finest materials available. I wanted an aerodynamic motorhome and to that end I did the following.
1. Used a new airstream 19' trailer which in itself is the most aerodynamic RV on the market.
2. I removed the AC from the top and custom designed the ac unit that fit underneath just behind the rear axle with the intake and outflow vents on the floor with the use of custom built teak vents.
3. Custom built fender skirts held on with 1/4 turn aircraft cowling fasteners in case of tire change.
4. The underneath portion of the motorhome section is completely incased in aircraft aluminum for wind flow except the drive shaft is exposed, with a slight angle rising in the rear section for less drag.
5. aluminum to connect the trailer with the cab for a smooth airflow. There is a 2nd inner panel and steel reinforcement and insulation in this area.
6. The steps are enclosed behind custom fabricated doors that are closed during travel. Even the ends of the original bumper are filled with foam and sealed with aluminum to reduce drag.
All of this has resulted in a smooth, quiet driving RV which gets between 17 and 20 MPG and you can cruise at 80. I also opted for the 3.72 rear end ration to increase efficiency yet it has plenty of power.
The entire inside except for the refrigerator cabinet was gutted and redesigned to allow for a queen size bed across the back, therefore the bathroom was reduced in size as for me a larger bed was more important than a large bathroom.
1. a row of drawers was added in the kitchen, a round sink with more counter space, a high end marine faucet is used with a more classic style countertop material.
2. linoleum was removed and solid maple flooring was installed., all the tacky carpet on the walls and ceiling was removed, prepped, and painted a pale yellow.
3. all the cabinet doors were removed and new doors custom made in my shop.
4. The small back window was removed along with the small outer back access door and a full size door and windows installed that come on the 16' Bambi. A wicker sofa is in the living area with a removable table and a custom removable section to transfer between the cab and the back. I also installed a Xantrex 2400 inverter/charger and 2 6 volt top of the line golf cart batteries.
5. A quality filter system in installed along with a water accumulator. A second water tank was installed to increase capacity to 36 gallons. Also An electric sewer valve in also added.
6. 3" rigid board insulation was added within the frame of the chassis for added insulation and quietness.
7. The tow system is rated for 7000 pounds for this vehicle.The Mercedes Sprinter Diesel CabChasis, only has 21000 miles and drives as smooth as a Lexus.
8. All the lower baggage compartments were custom fabricated. One compartment on the drivers side is large enough for a 6' 3" adult to lie in. There is also a pass threw compartment in the back. There is a lot of storage as I wasted no available space.
This unit weights 8900 pounds with full tanks which gives you over 2000 pounds of carrying capacity. I also added electric leveling jacks.