Last Call: Places to Go, Things to Do Edition

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The long weekend is coming, the one denoting the unofficial end of summer. If you’re planning on hitting the road in celebration, wouldn’t it be cool if you could do so in this amazing motorcycle/travel trailer combo with built-in multitasking canoe roof? However you travel, stay safe out there.
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  1. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

    Drug use in the ’60s gets all the attention, but it’s stuff like this that proves there were plenty of drugs done in the ’50s.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I don’t question your conclusion, but I’m not sure how the June 1936 edition of “Popular Science” establishes this.

      1. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

        A most deserved burn: well done.

      2. 0A5599 Avatar

        Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a motorcycle, towing an RV with a canoe on top?

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Yes Marty, a time machine, and in the third part we’ll go to 1872 and found a magazine MONTHLY!

      3. Lokki Avatar

        Well, I, sadly, may be an evidence point: I was a teen in the late 60’s… And I want! that bike and trailer! I was thinking that a Goldwing would make a great starting point. I note that the bike seems to be detachable from that trailer and that’s an important feature. There’s nothing more annoying that getting your rig all set up and realizing you’re out of milk/eggs/smokes et al and having to pack up to go get them or do without. I’m thinking of a little Grateful Dead Dancing Bear on the rear window of mine, just ’cause

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Boats as roofs are not unheard-of. I’ve seen plans for a boat that’s the roof of your pop-up Chevy Suburban (or the like) and even pics of a prototype. Currently American Dream Trailers out of Portland, OR are making a teardrop trailer with a rowboat roof, and there was (now defunct?) Car Twin Trailers in Puyallup, WA that made Ford-styled boat-roof trailers to match your ’50s Ford.
    I suppose, for a motorcyclist, a canoe is enough.

    1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      All the more reason to make sure you don’t get stuck out on the lake in the rain.

    2. Alff Avatar

      This is a very practical solution to the fact that rv roofs tend to leak.

    3. JayP Avatar

      Or Mayflower Barn…

    4. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Wouldn’t it become quite messy inside when you turn it upside down to use it as a boat ? You’d really have to tie everything down properly.

      1. jeepjeff Avatar

        It’s a convenience feature. The roof comes off when it turns into a boat, otherwise it would be too tippy in the water. So when you are at the boat ramp, you back the trailer into the water, flip it over, all your gear falls into the boat, unclip the boat, flip the trailer back over, park, and away you go without needing manually move your stuff into the boat.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          But what keeps your stuff dry (or where you left it) while you are out boating?

  3. Alff Avatar

    The Oil Burning Torch was quite a machine.

  4. desmo Avatar

    I´m pretty sure that those old magazines are still lying around in the design departments of modern automakers. And from time to time they even get used.

  5. Toaster Avatar

    Yesterday some gaping asshole rear-ended me while gaping at some medics doing their job on the side walk.
    He most probably killed my beloved Citroen XM in the process.
    I was shopping for new ones even before the tow-truck arrived, but then I reconsidered.
    If you lose the love of your live, do you go off and marry her sister?
    I mean there’s a tasty manual Alfa 166 V6 avialable that I might test drive next week.
    But driving the BMW 318d rental they set me up with (a manual, get this) just reinforces my belief that I will never drive anything like the XM again. the steering, the floaty ride, the airy cabin.
    Modern cars suck.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      Wow, based on you could get another XM for 300 or 12k euros so 40x difference in price. Or how’bout manual Quattroporte for 3k:|as

      1. Toaster Avatar

        The XMs i’d like gravitate more towards the upper end of the spectrum though. And 2nd series Diravi cars are rare beasts.
        And call me weird, but getting another XM somehow feels wrong.
        I might look at that biturbo, but its not local enough and rust scares me more than other issues.

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Sad news. The XM is still on the list of cars I must own, partly so that I can repeatedly drive it in comparison to my CX to see which one really has the better ride

      1. Toaster Avatar

        CX, no discussion there. I’ve never owned a CX, but driven several, and they were all softer than my XM, even with brand new Spheres fitted.
        The XM is way better through the twisty bits though, in sport mode I would even say it corners quite nicely, especially considering the fact its a big FWD barge.

    3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      That totally sucks. I’m glad you’re alright.
      I’d say you’re entitled to play the field. But, if the XM is the best car for you, then by all means get another. I’ve never had the privilege of driving, or even riding, in any manner of Citroen. I’m confident that this is my loss.
      I’m currently on my third car of the same model, getting a three year newer one about each time. I’m hopeful that the parts and mechanics will hold out to the point I can cycle through maybe two more. Essentially, I’m halfway through my own model cycle, even though their production ceased about eighteen years ago.
      But. every car has its tradeoffs, and none is entirely perfect. As much as I think my car is optimized for my needs, there are lots of things it doesn’t do quite as well as I’d like. Fortunately, we can buy and sell them when we need something else.

  6. rovingardener Avatar

    Ian Johnson from Extreme Offroad on Spike is using a pre-production (he didn’t sacrifice a new Titan pickup) Cummins 5.0 V8 for a van that he is turning into a 4×4 offroad NV van. Nissan should consider doing the same for sale if they haven’t.

    1. JayP Avatar

      I was expecting him to pull the van body off the frame but that truck frame looked used up.
      Some of the builds he has are nuts – like that 6×6 rig.