The RV lifestyle knows no boundaries when it comes to people who enjoy the comforts of traveling with their own home on wheels.
No other lifestyle is as versatile in accommodating the needs of such a diverse group of people.
The RV lifestyle has been adopted by people involved in a variety of different professions.
From entertainers to politicians, to sports professionals to sports commentators, some of the best known celebrities make use of RVs for a variety of reasons.
Like many of us, Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey enjoys spending time seeing the open road through the windshield of an RV—for McConaughey, it’s an Airstream. The actor bought his first Airstream in 2004. A road warrior, McConaughey is the proud owner of three Airstreams including a refurbished 1958 Ocean Breeze model which he lived in full time during 2008 in a trailer park in Malibu. McConaughey worked and lived in his tricked-out International CCD 28 Airstream trailer, nicknamed the Canoe, which he kept on a Malibu lot near prime surfing terrain.
It could be assumed that action star Vin Diesel of The Fast and the Furious fame has a love affair with wheels. It then only makes sense that he has a home on wheels as well. While it isn’t fast or furious, Vin Diesel’s customized and insanely over the top fifth wheel trailer is a mobile luxury getaway.
Designed by Anderson Mobile Estates, one of Hollywood’s top mobile trailer companies, the two-story, 1100 square foot mansion-on-wheels requires a the power of a semi to keep it mobile. Once on location, the roof pops up and walls slide out to make way for additional floor space. Top of the line media equipment, granite kitchen counter tops, a private office, and a kids play area are just some of the luxurious comforts of home that Vin Diesel can take on the road with him.
Will Smith earned headlines over his ridiculously huge double-decker trailer. It might not technically be an RV since he just used it while it was parked in the street, but it could definitely serve a person well during a cross-country pilgrimage. Maybe Will is an RV enthusiast at heart?
Where RV travel is concerned, some famous figures like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have been exploring the different corners of America since 1999. Together with his wife, Ginny Thomas, Justice Thomas have visited 27 states since they purchased a 40-foot Class A. According to him, RVing not only helps the family get to know each other better but it also helps keep everyone grounded.
Joining this list of famous RV owners is professional golfer, Rory Sabbatini. In his case, his customized motorhome was the perfect way for him to connect with his wife, Amy Sabbatini, and children whilst on tour. Most sports usually drag the parent away on lengthy tours and golf was one instance where the family can join in the tour. For golfers like Sabbatini, his RV made it all possible.
Some vehicles achieve iconic status based on their power and performance. Others become famous simply because they look really fun to drive. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile falls into the latter category.
There have been numerous versions of the Wienermobile since 1936, when Carl Mayer, Oscar’s nephew, oversaw the construction of the first such promotional vehicle. Gas rationing kept the vehicle off the road during WWII, but in the 1950s, the Wienermobile come roaring back to life in a number of versions, including models built on Dodge and Willy’s Jeep chassis.
1969 and 1976 both saw new Wienermobiles built on Chevy motorhome frames. Over time, the various Wienermobile models have grown both in size and features. 1995 saw the release of one that was 11 feet high and 27 feet long. The 2004 version of the Wienermobile includes GPS navigation, a horn that plays 21 different takes on the company jingle and taillights from a Pontiac Firebird.
In that same year, the company held a contest in which winners could drive the Wienermobile for a day. Public response was overwhelming. After all, who wouldn’t want to pilot a giant hot dog across the country? Count me in if the job ever opens up.
In the early ’80s, Francis Ford Coppola had a special Airstream trailer commissioned which was subsequently fitted as a mobile film editing suite. It was nicknamed the Silverfish.
Please Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on Celebrities And Their RVs
There’s nothing not to like about it. The freedom of being able to pull up, stop, power up anywhere you want – beach or whatever. Set up and have your front yard different every single day.
—Matthew McConaughey, actor