Top 11 Weird yet Wonderful and Unique RVs

Top 11 Weird yet Wonderful and Unique RVs

These RV owners wanted to stand out from the crowd. Many of them created one-of-a-kind homemade RVs.

This first RV looks a little retro and a little futuristic at the same time!

1. The Extreme RV – as seen on the HGTV show Artscape 2013

 

Extreme RV from HGTV
Image Credit: Forsaken Fotos / flickr

This Stretched VW Beetle with trailer is a crazy one-of-a-kind RV. Can you imagine pulling into your favorite National park and seeing this thing parked next to you?

2. The Extended VW

Stretched VW Beetle with trailer
Image Credit: Janko Trajanov / flickr

This Volkswagen Beetle camper combination will cause you to do a double take. Is it a camper or is it a beetle? Looks like both to me.

3. The Beetle Camper

VW bug camper
Image Credit: Joseph Kubik / flickr

This looks like the offspring of a Volvo and Wooden Boat. I especially like the porthole Windows

4. Volvo wooden wagon/boat/camper thing

Volvo CamperImage Credit: Pasco Olivier / flickr

This DIY teardrop camper looks like the owner found his inspiration at the local Home Depot. This is the ultimate DIY budget camper.

5. DIY Budget Camper

DIY Teardrop Trailer
Image Credit: dwstucke / flickr

A custom RV with a deck. This custom camper offers a great view from the rear deck. I wish my RV had a deck like this. What about you?

6. The Rear Deck Camper

DIY Motor HomeImage Credit: Ed Bierman / flickr

What’s with all the stuffed animals? Ok I don’t really understand why you would do this. I guess you will make kids smile but I still don’t get this RV.

7. The Plush RV

Class C RV
Image Credit: Todd Dwyer / flickr

The MotoHome™ is a concept from the mind of Jeremy Carman, a senior architecture student at USC’s School of Architecture.  It’s like a truck cap camper, but for motorcycles,

8. The Motorcycle RV Combo

The MotoHome
Image Credit: Jeremy Carman / GoFundMe

Check out the extra axle & wheels added to this 1960s Chrysler station wagon. This one-of-a-kind RV certainly doesn’t rely on aerodynamic design!

9. 1960s Chrysler station wagon with residential conversion

Station Wagon RV Conversion
Image Credit: Todd Lappin / flickr

This old-school camper is so cute. I would love to see this in person. This antique RV needs to be in the RV hall of fame that how cool it is.

10. 1941 Western Flyer Motorhome


Image Credit: Greg Gjerdingen / flickr

11. Featured Image: 1956 Chevrolet Campervan via Riley / flickr

Can a Wind Turbine Power an RV?

Can a Wind Turbine Power an RV?

Many people have solar panels on their RVs to keep batteries charged or to help cut utility expenses. But this isn’t the only green way to generate electricity. Now you can have a turbine (windmill) mounted on your RV and take advantage of another renewable resource.

These turbines are miniature versions of those you see on huge wind farms across the country. For instance, Southwest Windpower, one of many turbine manufacturers, has been generating small wind generators for over 15 years, including smaller versions (45 to 80 feet in height) for home and farm use. But its gone even smaller, manufacturing a mini version that mounts on your RV or boat (large boat, that is). Wind turbines are becoming a more popular power source for RVers, especially when they’re used in conjunction with solar panels.

Advantages of Wind Generators

Cost and environmental friendliness are two of the biggest advantages of using wind generators. The cost of using a wind generator is less than 5 cents per kWh. That’s about half the cost of solar power. Installation and initial investment for an RVer are significantly less for a wind generator than for equivalent power-capable solar panels.

As they harvest renewable resources, both solar and wind setups don’t cause damage to the environment, don’t deplete an energy source, and don’t rely on the power grid. Going off grid is especially valuable for RVers who boondock, or those who are caught up in a natural disaster that can cause a power outage. To be able to provide your own electrical power to your RV without using shore power or a generator could be a real asset.

Having both solar power, which is most efficient on bright sunny days, and wind power, which can be efficient both on sunny as well as overcast, cloudy, or stormy days, could reap an RVer the best of both worlds. With two power sources, you should be able to run just about everything in your RV and keep your battery charged.

There are also potential tax breaks.

Per the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: “A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30 percent of qualified expenditures for a [residential renewable energy] system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer.”

Motor homes can fall under the definition of a principal residence—if it’s actually your principal residence, of course—but check with your tax advisor to see if you qualify for an energy efficiency tax credit.

Disadvantages of Wind Generators

Some of the drawbacks to wind generators most likely to affect RVers include:

  • The need for wind
  • The turbines’ noise
  • The possibility that turbines might only operate at only 30 percent capacity depending on conditions
  • The potential that turbines can be damaged in lightning storms

Wind turbines are often best used in conjunction with solar panels, as both are reliant upon specific atmospheric conditions. If you have both, the odds are better that one will be able to generate power at any given time.

Featured Image Credit: JACLOU-DL / Pixabay