CAMI HistorySource: C.A.M.I.Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International ( C.A.M.I.) Was founded in 1999 by John and Julie Giljam.
John and Julie Giljam live in South Carolina. They started in the amphibious business with an operation on Hilton Head Island. They owned Cool Stuff Tours for years. The Giljam's ran with an old LARC V built in 1963 for the Vietnam War. After running with that cantankerous vehicle John decided a new vehicle was needed. He designed and built the Hydra-Terra from the ground up. He wanted a vehicle that did not rely on an antiquated military unit. He also wanted to be able to walk into an auto parts store to purchase what he needed for the new vehicle. John has been designing and building specialty vehicles all of his adult life. He built farm and construction trucks, oil field service trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, rescue trucks and other specialty vehicles. It is this experience that enabled him to develop the Hydra-Terra, which is fully patented. They are being sold for both tourism and search/rescue capacity. The vehicles are being used not only throughout the United States of America, but in other countries as well.
The next generation of amphibious vehicles that John and Julie designed and built was the motor coach. They call this vehicle the Terra Wind Amphibious Motor Coach. This is a luxurious vehicle in every way possible. It has a Jacuzzi 60' bathtub, marble floors, leather furniture, mirrored ceilings, granite counter tops, and all residential appliances including: a 22 cubit foot side by side refrigerator with ice and water in the door; a 4 burner glass cook top, Advantium microwave/convection oven; a dishwasher; trash compactor; and a washer/dryer combination. It is truly a beautiful amphibious vehicle.
Because of the Terra Wind, a businessman from Florida contacted C.A.M.I.LLC to build a yacht tender. So, John designed and built the H2OEX. This is an all terrain, 4 wheel drive, rugged beast. It has two diesel engines, a GPS mapping system, roll bars, winches, oversized floatation tires. It also has flotation foam, you could split the vehicle in quarters and it will not go down. This vehicle can take boat ramps with ease, but it is truly meant for sandy beaches. The owners will use a crane from their yacht, set the H2OEX on the water and boat over to islands, drive up the beaches and go explore the towns.