Restored LARC V’s for Army Corp of Engineers Prior to establishing CAMI, John and Julie Giljam owned and operated Cool Stuff Tours which provided Land and Water Tours on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina; LARC V was our amphibious vehicle of choice. Originally built in 1963 for the Vietnam War, the LARC V (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Number 5) was chosen because it’s an aluminum amphibious vehicle which is preferable to operate in the salty waters off the South Carolina Coastline. We were frustrated with the antiquated drive trains on the original LARC Vs. There were no current parts available for repair or purchase at local stores. We took out all of the original drive train components and reengineered, designed, and installed a hydraulic drive system for the LARC V’s that use off the shelf parts. This brought the attention of the Army Corp. of Engineers. They contracted with us to install our Hydraulic System into their LARC V’s eliminating some of the unreliable mechanical parts of this vehicle. This is when CAMI-- Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International, LLC-- came to be. That was March 31, 1999. Reengineered an Unstable Bus For an entirely different project, CAMI was asked to perform a stability test and was subsequently given the job to reengineer 5 High Deck Tour Buses built new by another company. The original buses had a dangerous elevated center of gravity making them seriously unstable and therefore hazardously unsafe. CAMI created a stabilizing arm to perform a rollover test. A stability test was done on the buses and they failed miserably. The arm we engineered had to prevent a fully loaded bus from rolling over in the event that stability was lost, which it was and the bus would have rolled over without it. Had CAMI’s stabilizing arm not been installed this bus would have rolled over, as it failed the test, and would have caused extensive damage to the bus. CAMI was given the job to provide the buses with their proper stability. We added an additional axle and ballast to make the buses safe and stable. Bus Roof Structures A Double Deck Tour Bus company hired CAMI to create and install an enclosed Roof Structure for its’ double deck buses in consideration of their passengers comfort in all four seasons. CAMI engineered and designed a polycarbonate and aluminum framed enclosure which is formed over and attaches to the top of the double deck buses. The Roof Structures are see through, smoked in color and chosen to shade passengers in sunshine yet light enough to have a panoramic view even at night. The New Roof Structures were built as interchangeable modular sections complete with multiple emergency escape windows on both sides of the bus. The light weight modules provide the operator flexibility to choose when to install them and also how much of the coach to cover according to weather and customer demand; enhancing their ridership and revenues by running the double deck buses even in inclement weather.