We’ve seen our share of unfortunate folks dunking their tow vehicles a little too deep (or completely underwater) at the launch ramp. Well, what if your tow vehicle could follow your personal watercraft into the water? It’s the ultimate amphibious vehicle for the guy or gall who wants it all and has a spare (*gasp*) $1,200,000 to spend on a motorcoach.
Yes, you read that right. $1.2 million. The Terra Wind is built by CAMI (Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International, LLC) and seriously puts one up on the BMW-powered QuadSki with a 330-horsepower Caterpillar diesel cranking out nearly 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque. All of that twist is necessary as the massive rig (totaling 43 feet) tips the scales at a staggering 16 tons.
The big Cat in back drives the rear dually wheels through a standard multi-gear overdrive transmission until a separate transmission is engaged, activating the twin 19-inch bronze propellers that push the amphibious rig through the water. The Terra Wind features a unique rear deck with an outdoor fresh water shower and retractable dive platform.
Inside, the motorhome is swathed in teak, leather, marble, and plush carpeting – as well as a 42-inch plasma TV or two. Instead of slide-out cargo racks, the Terra Wind has inflatable stabilizing pontoons to keep the bus from rocking and listing as bad as it appears in the video below. We’re tickled with the idea of dragging a specially-equipped PWC trailer into the lake with us as we set out for a weekend on the water, but until an oil well springs up in the backyard, we’ll have to be content to live without.