Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Unseaworthy Vessel of the Week: Winnebago

The other day I was out of town when someone decided to try and park an RV next to my boat:
Amphibious Winnebago Fail 1

According to witnesses, the driver was backing down the boat ramp to launch a trailered boat he was towing behind the RV.  As the boat floated off the trailer, he put the vehicle in park but didn't set the parking brake because "it tends to stick."

I'm not sure, but I'm thinking that would've been the better alternative:
Amphibious Winnebago Fail 2

From what I've heard, the driver's girlfriend (a mildly disabled non-swimmer) was seated in the rear of the RV as it rolled itself down the ramp and submerged itself.  The driver was able to get her out of the vehicle and safely ashore.  She was soaking wet, but otherwise unharmed.

Then he went for a boat ride.

It was quite a while later before he returned to find a diver, tow truck, several firefighters,  and the assistant harbormaster in the middle of retrieving what was apparently the entirety of his worldly possessions:
Amphibious Winnebago Fail 3

The not-quite-amphibious Winnebago spent quite a few days in the parking lot by the boat ramp before the owner was finally able to wring everything out, get it running, and get on his way:
Amphibious Winnebago Fail 4 
People never cease to amaze me.


  1. Priceless!
    A guy across from my friend's mother's house uses a Dodge Omni to tow a 28ft boat or maybe the boat pushes the car I get confused sometimes lol

  2. Wow, great story! Nice seeing ya at the Maker Faire! See ya next year! (i was the guy with a 11 ft yellow pole with a camera on it) I didn't say hi as you were discussing business with a potential client. Keep making! woot!

  3. I like how he went on a boat ride, to hell with problems!