When you think of celebrities, you might not picture them tooling around the country in an RV. And yet, there are numerous celebrities who have grown to love the RV lifestyle, either due to a fear of flying or just a love of cross-country travel.
These celebrity trailers and diesel pushers are a scale-up from your average weekend trailer, but the free-wheeling sense of travel is there. These celebrities have been lured in by the intoxicating mixture of open road and the luxuries of home. In short—they’re RV people.
John Madden, the well-known football coach turned TV sportscaster, turned away from the back and forth world of flying cross country when in 1979 he suffered a serious panic attack. The confined space of a commercial aircraft without the ability to exit at any time triggered a claustrophobic reaction in Madden. In order to travel to NFL games to call, he got around in “The Madden Cruiser,” a tour bus that doubles as an RV with all of the comforts of home.
Dolly Parton isn’t famous for doing anything small, and that extends to the extravagant RV she uses on tour. You can see it in the photo below—and there’s no mistaking this RV for anyone’s but Dolly’s.
The 1939 Charles Lindbergh Travel Trailer was recently up for auction in Carmel, California. Skinned in aluminum to reduce weight and enhance appearance, the trailer boasts two axles, one at each end. The design gave the trailer a great deal of stability when parked for overnight stops and did not require that the tongue be supported on jacks when unhitched from the tow vehicle. Its interior is furnished with well-preserved oak paneling. This legend’s trailer was expected to fetch anywhere from $150,000-200,000.
Twentieth Century Fox spent a rumored $75,000 in 1960s dollars ($560,000 in today’s dollars) to build a fully customized 36-foot dressing room/trailer for Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of Cleopatra. Designed in the theme of the Egyptian/Roman epic, the 36-foot Aljo trailer featured rose-colored carpeting, hand-painted ceilings, hand-painted bedroom murals, detailed crown moldings, custom makeup dresser and vanity, full columns mounted on the walls, and other columned furniture and decorative pieces. This special hideaway was designed to make the star feel like the Queen of Egypt.
A 1931 Chevrolet based custom made housecar was one of the enticements offered by Paramount Studios to get Mae West to leave the Vaudeville circuit and begin to make movies from them. It is designed as a chauffeur-driven lounge car and not as a camper unit. It features a hot plate stove, an icebox, and a small table to enjoy lunch. It was used for several years to transport Miss West from her home or hotel to shooting locations.
Some folks prefer a more homely mobile home, others prefer a bit of extravagance in their RVs. Pamela Anderson falls into the latter category with her highly customized Airstream trailer, a gift from Hugh Hefner. The Lovestream came with a number of unusual and unique features like mirrored ceilings, white carpeting, playboy bunny logos on some of the furnishing, a round vibrating bed, stripper pole, and a mirror ball.
Nowadays, you can’t help but pay a lot for a feature-laden motorhome. However, the expensive madness goes over the top with the opulent slightly bizarre luxury eleMMent Palazzo.
Recently sold for a staggering $3 million in sunny Dubai, the Palazzo features two floors of entertainment and extravagance, with a giant master suite, multiple bars, and a liftable “flybridge” lounge up top. It also features a pop-up cocktail lounge, a living room complete with a fireplace and a ginormous 40-inch TV set, and a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
The ultra-luxury RV can reach 93 mph despite its 44,000-pound (22-ton) weight. A step up from the Palazzo is the eleMMent Viva–V.I.P. shuttle.
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie took an Airstream with them when they filmed their Simple Life road trip show for MTV.
Along similar lines, other celebrities have also taken fondly to RVs.
Brad Pitt owns a vintage 345 Airstream that he likes to call The Love Sub. According to sources Brad lived in the Sub for a short while during 2005, after his split from Jennifer Anniston.
Other Airstream owners include Anthony Edwards, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, John Ratzenberger, JJ Cale, Corbin Bernsen, Rutger Hauer, Sean Penn, David Duchovny, Tim Burton, Brian Johnson, Andy Garcia, Matthew Modine, Denzel Washington, and Johnny Depp.
Please Note: This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on Celebrities And Their RVs
I’ve gone from being a major league pitcher to a major league RV owner. I’ll travel roughly 5,000 miles in my RV this year. It’s a great way to see America, and as relaxed a way to see the country as there can possibly be.
—Jim Kaat, former major league baseball pitcher