Movies Featuring RV Travel
Being a premier RV park in Los Angeles, we’re in the midst of the entertainment capitol of the world. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite movies/shows with RVs. It’s a travesty that even though the RV plays a major character, not one of them was recognized for an Oscar-winning performance.
As far as Robin Williams movies go, this one is not the absolute best, but being as one of his later projects, it’s fun to sit down with some popcorn and remember him. He plays a conflicted father with an ungrateful family. He cancels the family trip to Hawaii and rents an RV so that he can drive it to a business meeting in Colorado. He doesn’t tell anyone about the meeting or that he’s on the verge of losing his job, so he drives during the day and works all night, with some humorous attempts to connect to Wi-Fi to submit projects.
Along the way, he meets quirky Travis (Jeff Daniels) and Mary Jo (Kristen Chenoweth) who are as loveable as they are comedically annoying.
Scene of note: The GPS in this film is almost its own character. Anyone who’s found themselves on the other end of a sassy AI device can appreciate the conversations.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This movie wins for being a Christmas classic as well as being another visit with the well-meaning and genuine Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) and the family. Good old Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) arrives in his trusty RV that has seen better days to put it mildly. The families work to make a memorable holiday.
Scene of note: Good old Cousin Eddie dumping his black tank. (You knew it had to be there somewhere, right?)
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play newlyweds Nicky and Tacy. They buy a 35-foot 1953 Yellow Vagabond and cross the country on their honeymoon. While the characterization is similar to “I Love Lucy,” it goes a bit further with the time allotted. It is a fun family-friendly film.
Scenes of note: Lucy trying to prepare a romantic dinner in the trailer while Desi’s driving. Also notable – Desi trying to pull the behemoth trailer up a steep, narrow grade with his yellow convertible.
Anytime you can combine Mel Brooks’ unique satire with a Winnebago named “Eagle Five” and more puns than you can count, you’ve got a winner. This film is family friendly, but has a few PG-13 moments, mostly in the characters’ dialogue.
Scene of note: Rick Moranis is a scene stealer as Dark Helmet. Seeing John Candy as “Barf” and Bill Pullman as “Lone Star” brings smiles as they tote a spoiled Princess Vespa, played by Daphne Zuniga.
Frasier Season 7, Episode 12 – RDWRER (2000)
While there are a handful of episodes of this classic sitcom that include an RV and travels within one, this one remains fresh no matter how many times that we see it. Martin, played by John Mahoney, buys an RV and takes Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) for a Y2K adventure.
When you’re deciding on the next film to stream, consider one of these and when you roll by our Los Angeles RV park, stop and let us know which one was your favorite.