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RV Movies: Lights, Camera, Drive!

I recently saw the flick, The Cabin in the Woods. I know, it’s not high art, but, hey, I like scary movies. It’s the story of five college students who head out in an RV–possibly an older model Holiday Rambler–for a vacation at, yup, a cabin in the woods. And, of course, the cabin isn’t what it seems. There’s something very Scooby-Doo about the whole thing, complete with the stereotype characters (minus Scooby, though), the ghoulish creatures, the comic relief, and the inevitable conspiracy.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say what many RVers already know: to avoid things that go bump in the night, stay in the RV; do not go into the cabin. Anyway, this movie, and Rand’s new RV coverage, got me thinking about other RV movies. I did a little poking around, and here’s a short list of movies featuring RVs.

  • RV (2006), starring Robin Williams. A comedy focusing on family travel, coping in close quarters, and campground life.
  • About Schmidt, (2002), starring Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates. Dramedy involving self-discovery made by a lonely man traveling across country to his daughter’s wedding.
  • Independence Day (1996), starring Will Smith and Bill Pullman. Sci-fi flick in which, when the alien attack comes, lots of folks head for the hills (or, in this case, the desert) in RVs, including one of the heroes (played by Randy Quaid) and his family.
  • Lost in America (1985), starring Albert Brooks. Another comedy, this time about living the dream of escaping your job and embarking on free-spirit travel in a Winnebego.