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My ‘Boaterhome’ is Half Van, Half Boat | RIDICULOUS RIDES

September 10, 2019

John: Everyone loves a Boaterhome, good times. Good energy. good fun. Yeah, it’s always good times. 270 miles from the sea on a dusty Nevada road, the last thing you’d expect to see is a boat. But John is the proud owner of this boater home, a half boat, a half van hybrid. John: It’s really convenient. It’s fun, it’s unique. It’s just exactly like an RV but it floats. Its amazing. Features of the boaterhome just besides the fact it’s a boat and a van, It’s an RV. Basically it’s a floating RV. With a few extra bells and whistles that I put into it. Only 21 of these unique vehicles exist, having been built in the 80s and based on a Ford Econoline van, this boater home has been in John’s family since they were originally created. John: I was about 10 years old when my dad called my mom and said bring the kids outside and come see what I’m coming home in. And so we’re in the street and here comes this boaterhome come around the corner. It was so big and it was all white at the time and I didn’t know what the heck it was. He saw it in Popular Science Magazine in the early 80s. And he’s like I got to have that. About right here’s where they chop the van off. And then the rest is fiberglass back
with the seamless boat connection. Custom swim deck, alpha drive, ladder. Underwater lighting gives a good about 35 foot sprawl of blue or white or mixed very pretty. So this is the boaterhome, it’s the inside. Right here we got a kitchen counter, a stove, AC unit, conventional oven microwave, right here’s the fridge, dining table area. This goes down things pull out and makes a bed nice comfortable for two people. This is the bathroom and shower. Almost probably 75% of the boaterhome is original. I’ve done a little bit of work to it and made it a little bigger inside little more roomy. But the design of what the guy laid out is pretty much original. And then more little hangout area two couches these fold together and make the bed. so it’s, it’s bigger than a king this way. Captain chair, Helm this is where I drive. So this is my gauge. I got my fuel. My trim, miles per hour, my stereo, my charger, train horn button. You don’t have to tow a boat with your RV and then back the boat in and do all that trailer work. It’s really a one man program. I could do it all by myself. Nice easy never have to get wet that’s a great part. It’s been all over the country with my dad. Personally, I’ve taken it to California, Dumont sand dunes, Camped in it there. Lake Havasu, Catalina Island, we’re hitting Lake Powell this year hopefully. Incredibly, John has also come into possession of a second boater home. John: Almost 10 years ago, I found another boaterhome online. The guy was asking almost 30 grand for it. I’m like, Okay, let’s fly down and check it out. And this thing was not at all what he described, it should have almost been a junkyard. so ended up picking it up for around 11 grand. It’s a big project ahead of me, but I’m excited about it. I’m going to completely remodel it and update it and make it basically a 2020. It’s got two mercury 275 Eldorado supercharged with shorty drives. Got to finally test it a couple weeks ago after all those years of putting money into it. And yeah, she’s pushing
70 so this one’s actually going to have a whole another seating arena up there. So it’s going to be a double decker. So I’ll be able to drive up top as well as below. I wanted it to be a smart boat. Before I get to the launch ramp, I could on my phone, turn the AC on. Get it all the updated technology in the 80s both. First one’s definitely my dad’s it always will be and it’s a family heirloom. This one’s a blank slate complete and I get to build it from the ground up. And it’s not just used as a boat, home and vehicle. It’s also a unique party venue. John: Go straight from here straight to the strip. And then party on the strip with everyone in it like a limousine. Party rolling. Oh my God, I don’t plan none of this I swear. So, it’s like a party bus, boat. RV. That’s amazing. Check it out.


  • Reply Bryant Ford August 9, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I saw one of those as a kid & it blew my mind! Can't believe he has TWO of them.

  • Reply Jostein Carlsen August 9, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Do he have a YouTube channel??

  • Reply Nismo Kali August 9, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Wow so cool!

  • Reply Dylan Molloy August 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Yes 4th hahaha

  • Reply David Wilson August 9, 2019 at 10:06 am

    That is soooooooo cool. Never seen one before. Glad u showed this vehicle.

  • Reply PAKTRA PRODUCTIONS August 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

    As amazing as this is I clicked thinking it was in phibious and could actually go in the water

  • Reply Lord Motorsports August 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I saw an older YouTube video of the boat unloading from the ramp. Glad to get a little more info and see the inside. I think it is very cool that he has taken such good care of something his father originally bought. It is a very unique setup. I don't think it would pull out of the boat ramp we have at our nearest lake. Since the van is really just front wheel drive.

  • Reply Way Too Many August 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    This thing has been featured online since the 90's and it still doesn't get old.

  • Reply Mechanick August 9, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    It has 6 wheels but I don’t know how many are driven.

  • Reply Steve just Steve August 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Cool man

  • Reply Life = 42 August 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    The 80's… very interesting era lol

  • Reply jps121 August 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Does this dude have an Instagram page or youtube or anything? I want to follow along with the building of the updated boaterhome.

  • Reply mike stang August 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I'll take two!

  • Reply WERT2025 August 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Underrated channel

  • Reply Matt Farah's Million Mile Lexus August 9, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I always wondered how well those pull up from the boat ramp being front wheel drive only, with all that weight in the back.

  • Reply chivalry August 10, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Never heard of these, I assumed he built it at the beginning.

  • Reply MrWombatty August 10, 2019 at 11:42 am

    The design had a real weakness in only powering the front wheels, which badly affected sales & therefore so few were built! Their inability to pull themselves up a slippery boat-ramp made it difficult launching/retrieving anywhere but at a calm lake with a consistent water-level.

    Maybe he should try retro-fitting sealed electric-motors to the rear-wheels of the 2nd vehicle to make it a hybrid, not only overcoming the problem but making it more economical to run?

  • Reply FatherHeathen August 11, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    He knows none of those girls and they were gathered by the producers just for the shot.

  • Reply finla v August 12, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Better than the stupid tiny van campers I seen everywhere. This one goes into the water as well, bonus.

  • Reply Cody August 12, 2019 at 1:51 am

    looks like its got terrible sag

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  • Reply Polo Rallings August 12, 2019 at 11:29 am

    He needs to make a more modern updated one with a newer truck & boat put together. That would be lit he could start major business doing parties in those things.

  • Reply Josh Sutton August 13, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Please fix sound it keeps fading from loud then back to almost quiet etc

  • Reply Wayne 1218 August 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    any one remember HENRY FROM HENRY S AUTO in Anaheim he had one i put tires on his vett and his Boaterhome is the person in this video his son i think his sons name was john

  • Reply logan smith August 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Scene on YouTube that someone found one in the junkyard it will be badass to get your hands on it

  • Reply joe joee August 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    30k? yea no thanks

  • Reply David Heitman August 14, 2019 at 2:05 am

    bro.. come on!!! coolest guy at the ramp! seen it at industrial fiberglass! hey my boat came from there! trophy…. then it was years later! had my ny friends in my mini van! 5 of them! i was coming off my boat at lake mead marina. couldn't have timed it better! up the hill to boulder city! you blow by me. seen ya coming! nice. i was impressed! that's what matters! ha. that interior looks like the bar area at lake mead marina! don't touch it! culture!

  • Reply KING MOTOX August 14, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Yoooooo….. if i remember correctly his father owned a car stereo business in Anaheim/Buena Park, California (on Beach Blvd.). i got a few car stereos put in by this stereo shop and it had this botor home in the parking lot and it was on the employee's shirts. Back in late 90's…. 🙂 dope to see it still alive

  • Reply Steven Moore August 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    this guy lives down the street from me and i remember the older youtube video on this van boat. i was cruisin the neighborhood and came across it and instantly recognized it from the older video of him launching it at lake mead. its cool to finally see inside of it.

  • Reply ENON ENON August 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Far out man!
    I have a super stretch limo to play with, perhaps

  • Reply Adam Kelloway August 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Very Cool Interior

  • Reply Dee Gee August 14, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    When she said he got ANOTHER Boaterhome I almost died…

  • Reply JR PIP August 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    You would think he would of fitted padding of some sort around the top lip of the van. At 3:10 you can see the damage to the boat and the impact it takes during docking

  • Reply Ralf Häggström August 14, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    MPH on a boat ? ? … We use knots …………………

  • Reply Pablo Gonzalez August 15, 2019 at 12:24 am

    For 2 mins and 45 seconds I thought the entire thing floated

  • Reply Dalena Parks August 15, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Wow I did not even know those existed. Thank you I pray I get one in the future 🤣😂😅

  • Reply be the change you wish to see August 15, 2019 at 3:16 am

    This man knows how to live

  • Reply Ryan Hayward August 15, 2019 at 3:58 am

    That’s crazy

  • Reply Shane Robinson August 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    It's cool bit the colour needs up dating to late 80s early 90s

  • Reply Range Man August 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    No fly bridge controls ? no sun?? what is he a vampire ?

  • Reply w s l August 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    seems like its 4wheel drive with the rear drive shaft removed

  • Reply Alex L. August 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    It's very obviously bending in half

  • Reply Ernest Major August 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Midget stripper pole!!!!😁😂🤣😂😁

  • Reply JESUS GONZALEZ OROZCO August 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Ira Navarro !!!!

  • Reply Frank Paulette August 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    What turns normal girls into pole dancing girls gone wild?
    The BoaterHome.

  • Reply Martin Schulze August 18, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Why isn't it an awd?

  • Reply morphman21 August 18, 2019 at 9:44 am

    FINALLY. after seeing this on YouTube. There's a video all about it 😂

  • Reply Atta Way August 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I like it , very practical

  • Reply Jason Craycraft August 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I used to see this thing on beach Blvd when I was growing up so cool .

  • Reply Michael Randolf August 19, 2019 at 11:25 am

    04:09 "I get to build it from the ground up"? WHAT? NO …. you paid $11K for what is ALREADY built.
    You will be "modifying it to your liking". .. not "building it from the ground up"

  • Reply TG mack August 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Is it front wheel drive or rear wheel drive can't tell

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  • Reply Deadlyman Gaming August 23, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I want one now

  • Reply bodipsypha August 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    4:27 Leprachauns Stripper Pole!!!

  • Reply Sree Ridhin September 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Ideal look

  • Reply Achmad Supiadi September 1, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Jeniyus sekali ini bapak …. kereta api nya bagus

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  • Reply George Kirkpatrick September 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Is it bad that I actually want one of these??

  • Reply Anthony Tinaglia September 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Am i the only one who saw this and immediately thought “Truck Boat Truck” from Squidbillies 😂😂😂

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