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Model House of Seven Rivers
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The House of Seven RiversA Land Yacht Extraordinaire
The House of Seven Rivers is a unique and exotic rolling home. A true masterpiece of design, engineering and craftsmanship; this motor home is constructed of the finest materials in true yacht quality. With an incense cedar interior, arched beam ceiling, stained glass windows, a shower lined in teak wood, counter tops of multi-varied exotic hardwoods accented with strips of ebony, and sheet copper roof, no other motor home in existence compares at any price.
Seventeen camper floor plans were analyzed by a house and camper architect to determine the ideal size for extended living in comfort along with suitable maneuverability--both in forest and town. The ideal floor plan was 14ft X 8ft, with a 4ft 7 inch cab-over in front, and a 1ft cantilever in the rear. Total roof length is just under 20ft. This provides for a bathroom, a 5ft closet in two levels, a high double bed, and a bed/sofa at floor level, It is very roomy. One of the secrets in designing a top-notch camper is to keep it as visually open as possible--see photographs.
In that regard The House of Seven Rivers was designed to avoid having to fold things up or down to convert to some other use--tables to beds and so forth. This detracts from living in what is effectively a beautiful mountain cabin built with loving yacht quality workmanship.
Height (on Truck): Center of Roof: 11ft. At the Chimney Cap: 11' 2". At the Sides: 10' 6" Overall length of truck: 25' 10"
A beautiful oak topped step provides easy access to the romantic sleeping area under the barrel vaulted roof. In the loft there is a stained glass window positioned for reading, and, in front, a beautiful stained glass picture of Lake Tahoe. There is a bookcase on the upper part of the front wall. At the foot of the bed is a storage area, which is ample for a TV.
The 1ft wide rear overhang serves inside as a long table. Like all tables in this luxurious land yacht, this one is constructed of exotic hard woods, all different, each separated by a 1/8" strip of solid African ebony, and each is screwed and plugged in the highest quality of boat joinery. Out side, on the rear of the truck, a steel channel under the rear overhang, can transport a motorcycle, or bicycles.
ROOF: All the seams on the copper covered roof were soldered when the temperature was below freezing to prevent contraction of the copper which could otherwise stress the joints. The copper sheeting is held in place with bronze ring-shank nails. The sides of the roof have hand formed channels out of the copper to keep the rain from running over the sides.
SIDING: The exterior siding is 3/8 inch thick tongue & grove clear heart redwood. Numerous coats of the best ship’s varnish available was used.
WINDOWS: The House of Seven Rivers has 8 Windows. All are of the most elegant stained glass design, seven of these windows are in custom made louvered steel frames. The front window, as mentioned, is a picture of a high mountain lake. It is protected from truck-thrown pebbles on expressways by an outer sheet of tempered safety glass.
The 8th window (in the entry door) was the most difficult of all to make. It took 6 days. Its exterior shape and its 45 holes for the stained glass were laboriously cut and filed from sheet steel 3/32" thick. This sheet stock was electro-plated with a non-rustable metal. Then using the Tiffany copper-foil technique, the various colors of stained glass were soldered in place. The whole window was then treated with selenous acid to take the ‘newness’ off and washed. Having a window like this, makes it virtually impossible to break through to get at the door’s lock.
DOOR: Building the very fancy redwood panel door, and inserting the window took one full day.
The ROOF BEAMS are truly a blend of engineering and art. A large 9’ X 25" X 4" curved jig first was made from laminated pieces of plywood. Then individually, the roof rafters were bent and clamped over this jig, and glued with resorcinol (the world’s standard for superior strength) to create the beautiful curve. Each colorful beam has 7 layers of wood of alternating white pine and redwood. Finally, these rafters were planed, routed, sanded and varnished before they were meticulously installed.
The WALLS and curved barrel vaulted ceiling are of course insulated and then planked with 3/8" tongue & groove aromatic cedar, all nailed by hand without a single hammer mark. (Grandfather’s hammer is a one of a kind!) The wall to ceiling joints are so tight that a piece of paper cannot be slipped in between.
The FLOOR is built with light 1" X 2" steel channels (floor joists), welded to a 2" X 4" steel channel rim. Marine glue 1/2" plywood is fastened to the steel channels with large solid copper rivets, and then Varathaned. The plywood is covered with a finished floor of solid oak slats--also Verathaned. The oak flooring lifts up in four sections for cleaning. The oak slat flooring serves the same purpose that duckboards do in a yacht. In a yacht, the slatted flooring keeps the sailor’s feet above the water in the bilge. In a land yacht, the duckboard flooring allows anything that is brought in on one’s feet to settle through to the plywood underneath. This keeps the floor grit-free and clean.
The BATHROOM is paneled in varnished Teak--the mariner’s favorite water resistant wood. All corners, including around the window, are trimmed in specially formed polished brass.
The COUNTER and TABLE TOPS, are an ever-present joy to behold, built from over thirty varieties of colorful and exotic hardwoods from the all over the world. The width of each piece of hardwood varies, and each is separated by a 1/8” strip of Black African Ebony, considered to be the highest quality ebony in the world. It is used in the finest guitar frets and black piano keys.
The kitchen SINK is solid brass, hand turned in Argentina.
The LOWER BED and SEAT are backed with a soft Canadian tanned leather.
LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL
A Thermadore ELECTRIC HEATER is exceptionally quiet.
You will probably never see another rolling home--or house--with electric wiring this elaborate. There are 4 separate circuits. Each circuit is controlled from both the upper and lower bed. Circuit (1) is 120 volt general room illumination, and electric appliances. Circuit (2) is 120 volt mood illumination—red and amber lighting. Circuit (3) is 12 volt general room illumination. Circuit (4) is 12 volt mood illumination red and amber LED lighting.
The ceiling light, is a tour de force in fixed chandeliers. This incredible light took eleven days to make; more time, by far, than it takes to frame an entire typical condominium. It is made of beveled tenon-jointed granadilla wood with ornate brass, and stained glass. Its beauty is beyond description--see photograph. There is also a stained glass light above the kitchen sink.
An antique brass SHIP’S MASTHEAD LIGHT with French lighthouse type glass, provides illumination on the far end of the room. It has all 4 circuits of lights within.
The room is wired for STEREO.
There are five distinctive handmade brass candle holders that are affixed to the walls and bookcases. They hold red or amber glass candle holders; each one is unique.
MECHANICAL AND GAS
The pride and joy of the mechanical systems is the SHIP’S STOVE. It is a real SKIPPY! It is made of cast iron, and burns wood or coal. It was improved by Terry Thompson, the founder of the Thompson & Thelin Stove Works, by cutting in three oval windows in the front and installing mica--see photograph. This allows the idyllic experience of being bathed in the warm glow of a flickering fire. This little stove is incredible. It could probably keep the camper warm if it were minus 250 degrees outside.
There is a two burner PROPANE GAS COUNTER STOVE with piezoelectric ignition.
When outside pressurized water is not available, the main WATER TANK holds 67 gallons. It is pressurized with a 12 volt water pump.
There is a mariner’s solid brass SHIP’S CLOCK made from a miniature ship’s wheel.
The REFRIGERATOR is a Dometic three way: 120 volts & 12 volts & gas.
The WATER HEATER is an Atwood 6.2 gallons two way 120 volts & gas.
There is a portable five gallon water tank that can be taken outside and heated in the sun on warm days, or on the Skippy stove when its cold outside.
Apart from being the ultimate in elegant craftsmanship and architectural design, this comparatively large camper, this super rolling home, The House of Seven Rivers (and Land Yacht Extraordinaire), could also serve as an emergency movable home--the ultimate survival vehicle. To stay warm, branches can be used to fire the Skippy, and branches can be used to heat water from streams, or even to melt snow for a hot shower. And of course, the super camper can also be used as a spare bedroom for a visitor.
Included with this super camper are two miniature (non-electric) wood burning stoves for outside cooking—patent to be applied for soon. The smaller one can steam-boil vegetables for 6 minutes and then grill, meat or fish--all on a single (cut up) branch 24" long X 1" thick.
In conclusion, this fine blend of art and craftsmanship, invariably brings a smile of admiration upon the face of those who enter.
Offered for sale to the discriminating buyer.Truck: 2007 Ford F450 (4-WHEEL DRIVE with POSI-TRACTION) that transports this Exotic Camper, enables it to go almost anywhere. It can be included at an additional price: the standard Blue Book value (approximately 3,100 miles as of this posting). (Can be viewed at: HinterlandCampers dot com)