Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: taking your RV on a boat down the Mississipi to New Orleans
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > taking your RV on a boat down the Mississipi to New Orleans

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
MarkTwain

Northern, Ca. , USA

Senior Member

Joined: 07/26/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Need information and names of boat companies that will take your RV on a barge/boat down the Mississipi River down to new orleans.

robatthelake

Vancouver Island

Senior Member

Joined: 08/24/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That might be fun !


Rob & Jean
98 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher ..07 Honda CRV AWD


mikim

Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/21/2003

View Profile






Posted: 02/08/21 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The US Coast Guard shut them down in late 90's or very early 2000's.





wowens79

Georgia

Senior Member

Joined: 01/05/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 01:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw it one time years ago on the Tennessee River when I was a boater. When we switched to an RV, I looked for info in it, and it seems they have all shut down, rumor has it the Coast Guard added some regulations and made it to difficult to make money.


2002 Chevy Silverado 1500HD 6.0l 241k miles and climbing
2016 Heritage Glen 29BH
2003 Flagstaff 228D Pop Up

Grit dog

Black Diamond, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds fun! And very befitting post for someone with the handle Mark Twain.
I believe regs prohibit it. We’ve ferried with a RV and it’s strictly no acess to the RV and all systems shut down. Safety hazard of potentially someone’s ill maintained or rigged systems burning the ship down.


2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29

wanderingaimlessly

SOBOVA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/23/2017

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they were letting more than six people per barge travel that way, they would be afoul of Coast Guard regs.
Vessels having more than six passengers are required to meet a long list of additional regs. This is why small fishing charters are always advertised for 6 or fewer.
Additionally, most barges with a solid (non opening) upper deck are bulk liquid carriers, The most common bulk liquid?
Oil, or petroleum products with another set of regs including no open flames or sources of ignition.
There are some used for non petroleum liquids, molasses, and soybean oil as an example, but even then you still have the 6 passenger max issue.

bgum

South Louisiana

Senior Member

Joined: 02/22/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are tons of barges and tow boats in this area that could be used for this purpose. Liability issues and regulations is what brought this business to It's knees. Since we have plenty of car and truck ferries it is not impossible to overcome the so called 6 person limit. By the time the total investment was made few if any wanted to pay the bill. Tow boats have to sTay busy to make money.

Bird Freak

Dallas Ga.

Senior Member

Joined: 03/26/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always wanted to do that and the RV canyon train trip thru Mexico. Both shut down before I retired.


Eddie
03 Fleetwood Pride, 36-5L
04 Ford F-250 Superduty
15K Pullrite Superglide
Old coach 04 Pace Arrow 37C with brakes sometimes.
Owner- The Toy Shop-
Auto Restoration and Customs 32 years. Retired by a stroke!
We love 56 T-Birds

Bobbo

Wherever I park

Senior Member

Joined: 09/16/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/08/21 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The reason they shut that down was the thought of a large RV loaded with Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil exploding under a major bridge. Think of the Oklahoma City bombing.

DW and I were visiting New Orleans in 1998 (before we had an RV) and saw a barge loaded with RVs. After buying our first RV in 2007, we decided to do that barge thing. We discovered that it was no longer available.


Bobbo and Lin
2017 F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab w/Max Tow Package 3.5l EcoBoost V6
2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 23FB


valhalla360

No paticular place.

Senior Member

Joined: 08/19/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/09/21 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wanderingaimlessly wrote:

If they were letting more than six people per barge travel that way, they would be afoul of Coast Guard regs.
Vessels having more than six passengers are required to meet a long list of additional regs. This is why small fishing charters are always advertised for 6 or fewer.


This is the real issue. Up to 6 passengers, it's the most basic captains license required and the vessel doesn't have to be inspected. Helps keep the cost down for someone setting up a charter business.

Above that a host of rules come into play that would be difficult to impossible meet on a typical barge.

I was following a blog a few years back where they took a Class C on the Amazon via a barge (part of driving the Pan American Highway). They diverted to Manaus and then to a barge down to Belem. Of course, the rules there were much more loosey goosey.


Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and RV


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > taking your RV on a boat down the Mississipi to New Orleans
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.