Tim Heintz posted this comprehensive list of movies and TV series in our TCT facebook group. It started a great discussion and we wanted to make sure this list preserved.
With heavy rains, unbearable hot temperatures, and the long holiday weekend upon us, here is a list of Movies, Videos, TV shows, etc… that feature vintage RVs to occupy your time Please be warned that some of these may not be entirely family/child friendly so please research some of these first if needed. Also please make sure you find the right ones based on the year listed as many have been remade or even the same titles have been used for completely different types of movies. Enjoy! (One of my personal favorites on the list that I highly recommend..’Next Time I Marry’…It is a 1938 Film that features a very young Lucille Ball in a vintage trailer themed movie long before she was featured in the Long Long Trailer Movie…she rides inside a trailer in this movie too, but she sets it on fire as it is being pulled with her inside!!!! (Attached are behind the scene photos on the set of the Long Long Trailer Movie showing all the set builds that were used in filming, sadly there never was a ‘real’ New Moon trailer used in filming )
- Independence Day – 1996 On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. At first thought to be meteors, later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51 where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back and July 4th their Independence Day…
- 5 Against the House – 1955 Four college buddies enjoy a night at a Reno casino and overhear a cop saying that robbing the casino “cannot be done.” That gets the brainiest rich kid among them thinking up a plan for the perfect robbery. He convinces the others to join in when they hear that it will only be a college hoax, his plan being to let the police know where the money is afterwards. The thing is, one of his friends has a head injury from the war, and has no intention of returning a dime.
- Toothless -1997 A female dentist is cast into limbo after her death in an accident and is given the assignment to act as the Tooth Fairy as her action to be admitted into heaven. Good but reserved dentist Catherine, killed in an accident, finds herself in Limbo, needing to account for her life, and correct her one flaw before being admitted to heaven: not being able to let herself go. Selected as a tooth fairy, she has to collect kids’ baby teeth every night, and soon learns the kids can see her, but not the adults. Inadvertently offering advice to troubled Bobby, she finds her fame spreading around his school. Soon, all the kids start “losing” their teeth to induce her visits, and get help with advice, lessons, bullying, etc. But the parents react negatively to all the talk of a tooth fairy, while Catherine gets into trouble for interfering with human lives…
- The Big Clock – 1948 When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janouth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man, whose identity he doesn’t know, but who just happen to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this “killer” George Stroud. It’s up to George to continue to “help” Janouth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janouth’s guilt.
- Them! – 1954 In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?
- Ring of Fire – 1954 Three psychiatrists find that Dublin O’Malley has homicidal tendencies, an under-diagnosis at best. O’Malley kills a guard, escapes from the mental institution, and then kills a railroad worker. He changes clothes with the dead man and pushes the corpse in front of a train. He then heads for the Clyde Beatty Circus, having a yen for aerialist Valerie St. Dennis, now married to her partner. O’Malley is also seeking revenge against Beatty. He approaches alcoholic clown, Twitchy, and, between booze and blackmail, forces Twitchy to commit acts of sabotage against the circus. The performers think the show is jinxed, so Beatty asks crime-author Mickey Spillane to come by and see what he can do about the situation, and the show’s general manager, Frank Wallace, agrees to give him full cooperation and isn’t seen much anymore. Spillane brings in Jack Stang to help him. Twitchy is about to go to Beatty and tell all, but O’Malley kills him and makes it look like an accident. But the fictional Mickey Spillane is closing in, and O’Malley turns loose a man-eating tiger to create a diversion and some havoc while he escapes. O’Malley decides to hide in an empty boxcar. The curious-and-hungry tiger follows him in.
- Panic in the Year Zero! – 1962 While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an immense explosion and realize the awful truth; Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Mayhem and madness are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be its first casualties. Not one to give up, Harry doors things to make sure his family has a chance at surviving
- RV – 2006 The executive Bob Munro is stressed, feeling threatened of losing his job and his lifestyle, since his abusive boss Todd Mallory hired the Stanford’s geek Laird to work in their soda’s company. Bob has promised his wife Jamie Munro, his teenage daughter Cassie Munro and his young son Carl Munro to spend vacations in Hawaii, but Todd demands him to prepare a presentation and attend a business meeting with the owners of a family company in a merging operation scheduled in the same period. Bob hides the truth to his family, rents a recreational vehicle and tries to convince his dysfunctional family that a road trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains would be good to bring old values back to their family. After many incidents and while in the trailers parking area, the rookie Bob is helped by the bizarre but friendly Gornicke family. They escape from the Gornickes and initiate a journey of difficulties and leaning, retrieving their forgotten family bonds.
- The Long Long Trailer – 1953 Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels–a trailer. After the two are hitched, they hitch up their trailer and begin their honeymoon. The humor comes from several disastrous adventures the couple has while traveling including Tacy’s awkward attempt to cook dinner in a moving trailer, and a cliffhanging ride through the mountains that nearly destroys their marriage.
- Berserk – 1967 Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she’ll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires high-wire walker Frank Hawkins, impressed by the handsome and muscular young man. They begin an affair which arouses her previous lover Durando’s jealousy. When Durando is found dead shortly afterward, the other performers begin to take alarm, as a mysterious killer is obviously loose in their midst. Many suspect Monica herself of the killings, especially Matilda, who has set her sights on Monica’s new lover. At this point, Monica’s unruly, sixteen-year-old daughter Angela is expelled from school for being incorrigible, and Monica is forced to take her into the circus, allowing her to become the partner of knife-thrower Gustavo. Meanwhile, the dead bodies continue to pile up
- Loaded Weapon 1 – 1993 In the wake of his former partner’s gruesome murder, the experienced LAPD Detective, Wes Luger, finds himself following a faint trail of crumbs, in the last, and most important, case of his career. Now, to catch the elusive killer, Wes reluctantly teams up with Jack Colt, a grieving loner and loose cannon, and no movie franchise is safe–including Lethal Weapon (1987), Dirty Harry (1971), Die Hard (1988), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Before long, the seductively cryptic owner of the Wilderness Girls Cookie factory, Miss Demeanor, becomes embroiled in a dangerous criminal conspiracy orchestrated by the nefarious Vietnam War veteran, General Mortars, and the bullets start flying. Can the mismatched duo thwart ruthless Mortars’ master plan? Do they deserve a sequel?
- The Tin Can Tourists & Trailer Life – 1937 https://youtu.be/Q2m1Kg2b-qo Click here to watch this 10-minute silent cartoon.
- The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park – 2004 originally titled Bloodhead, is a 2004 comedy/horror film directed by Christopher Coppola. The lead characters, one black and one white and both racists, are Donnie played by Andre Ware and Doug played by Steve Hedden. They co-inherit a trailer park near Joshua Tree National Monument. Despite their antagonism, they join forces to battle a monster created by retired cultists living in the park and stalking its other denizens. Eventually they discover that they are fraternal twins whose Caucasian archeologist mother Shirley Jones was married to an African-American serviceman. The film also stars Bernie Kopell, Lynda Carter, Fort Atkinson, Stephanie Dees, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Frank Gorshin.
- The Last Starfighter – 1984 Alex Rogan lives in a remote trailer court where his mother is manager and everyone is like a massive extended family. He defeats Starfighter, a stand-up arcade game to the applause of everyone in the court and later finds out he has been turned down for a student loan for college. Depressed, he meets Centauri, who introduces himself as a person from the company that made the game, before Alex really knows what is going on, he is on the ride of his life in a sports car flying through space. Chosen to take the skills he showed on the video game into real combat to protect the galaxy from an invasion. Alex gets as far as the Starfighter base before he really realized that he was conscripted and requests to be taken back home. When he gets back home, he finds a Zando-Zan (alien bounty hunter) is stalking him. Unable to go home and live, Alex returns to the Starfighter base to find all the pilots have been killed and he is the galaxy’s only chance to be saved from invasion. To defeat the invaders, who are paying the bounty on him, he must be victorious.
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 1, Episode 1, ‘Revenge’) -1955 Click here to watch: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7xu4l1 The script itself is a nice little noir tale about two newlyweds living in a mobile home along the Californian coast. As one might expect, we get a nice early conversation between the pair discussing the people who live around them. Displaying a somewhat shortsighted genre blindness, apparently unaware she’s in a Hitchcock production, Elsa tempts fate with her verdict, “In short, they’d be like most people everywhere: very nice.” When her husband disagrees, she insists, “You’re much too cynical. I can’t believe that your world is any more real than mine. And I know that mine is much the nicer.” Naturally, something terrible has to happen.
- Diary of the Dead – 2007 While filming a horror movie of mummy in a forest, the students and their professor of the University of Pittsburgh hear on the TV the news that the dead are awaking and walking. Ridley and Francine decide to leave the group, while Jason heads to the dormitory of his girlfriend Debra Monahan. She does not succeed in contacting her family and they travel in Mary’s van to the house of Debra’s parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While driving her van, Mary sees a car accident and runs over a highway patrolman and three other zombies trying to escape from them. Later the religious Mary is depressed, questioning whether the victims were really dead, and tries to commit suicide, shooting herself with a pistol. Her friends take her to a hospital where they realize that the dead are indeed awaking and walking and they need to fight to survive while traveling to Debra’s parents’ house.
- The Space Children – 1958 A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien’s bidding as the adults try to find out what’s happening to their unruly offspring
- County Fair – 1950 “Ma” Ryan, who runs a burger stand at the county fair, asks daughter Loretta to put a bet on a horse that Loretta’s boyfriend Tommy is riding. Unfortunately, Loretta mistakenly places the bet on the wrong horse. When she discovers her error, she tries to get the cashier to exchange the ticket for the horse she wanted, but the cashier refuses. Peter Brennan, standing in back of her in line, buys the ticket for the horse Loretta wants and then exchanges it with her. It turns out that Peter is from a wealthy family that owns racehorses, and Peter is a horse trainer himself. He soon begins to fall for Loretta, and Tommy doesn’t like it one bit. Complications ensue.
- The Mating Game – 1959 Tax collector Lorenzo Charlton comes to the Larkins’ farm to ask why Pop Larkins hasn’t paid his back taxes. Charlton has to stay for a day to try to estimate the income from the farm, but it isn’t easy to calculate when the farmer has such a lovely daughter, Mariette..
- Next Time I Marry – 1938 Heiress Nancy Crocker Fleming will only receive her inheritance if she marries a “plain American.” Her late father was afraid a foreign gigolo would steal her heart and money. So, Nancy pays Tony Anthony, working on a WPA road project, to marry, then divorce her. When Nancy inadvertently drives off with Tony’s dog, Tony seemingly kidnaps her to retrieve the pooch, which leads to a cross-country race between the two to reach Reno and the divorce court since neither one wants to be the second to file papers.
- What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – 1993 What’s Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centered around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie’s severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one-sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town’s slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert’s life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new feelings, new thoughts and new hope for the put upon Gibert, something new is eating Gilbert Grape.
- The Jackpot – 1950 Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he’ll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them
- Go Chase Yourself – 1938 When the First Union National Bank of Williamstown is robbed, the three bank robbers get away by hitching their car to Wilbur’s trailer. When the police find part of Wilbur’s coat in front of the open safe, they suspect bank teller Wilbur of being in on the robbery. But according to Carol, Wilbur is not smart enough to rob a bank and it shows. While on the run, they come into contact with Julie, the copper heiress, and make plans to have Wilbur help kidnap her. Of course, Wilbur has no clue as to their true intentions. (Features a 1938 Roadhome Trailer)
- Cry Danger – 1951 Rocky Mulloy, back in town after serving 5 years of a life sentence for armed robbery, hopes to clear his friend Danny Morgan who’s still in prison for the same crime. It won’t be easy. Even the witness who cleared Rocky thinks he’s guilty; Danny’s glamorous wife Nancy, living in a sleazy trailer court, seems lukewarm about getting Danny back; cynical cop Gus Cobb just wants to stir things up in hopes that the missing “hot” $100,000 will surface. Plenty of tough talk, night scenes, deceptive dames and double crosses in this typical film noir.
- 20 Million Miles to Earth – 1951 The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome.
- Miscellaneous Movies & TV Series:
- Rockford Files 1974-1980 (Jim Rockford lives in a Vintage Nashua Mobile Home on the beach) The Rockford Files is an American detective drama television series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portrays Los Angeles–based private investigator Jim Rockford, with Noah Beery Jr. in the supporting role of his father, Joseph Rockford, a retired truck driver nicknamed “Rocky”.
- Lethal Weapon Season 1, 2, & 3 – TV Series (Riggs/Gibson lives in an old trailer) Lethal Weapon is a television series on FOX, based on the original 1987-1998 film franchise. The air date premiered September 21st, 2016. On February 22nd, 2017, it was announced that the show would be renewed for a second season. The premiere date was September 26th, 2017. On May 13, 2018, it was renewed for a third season. Seann William Scott was cast to replace Crawford making the lead cast. On October 3, 2018, Damon Wayans announced that he’d be leaving the show in December after its current 15 episodes.  On May 10, 2019, it was canceled after three seasons.
- Malcom in the Middle (Episode Family Attends Burning Man – 2005, House Repair/Live in a Vintage Trailer) is an American family television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for Fox. The series premiered on January 9, 2000, and ended on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes.
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1966 Season 4 – Episode 28 ‘Jethro’s Pad) Jethro becomes a Hugh Hefner wannabe when he discovers some Playpen magazines in Mr. Drysdale’s garage.
- Mickey Mouse’s Trailer Adventure Watch here: https://video.disney.com/…/mickey-s-trailer…
- My Name is Earl (Many Trailer Scenes) My Name Is Earl is an American television sitcom created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States.
Added by members in the comments:
Go Chase Yourself in another oldie with Lucille Ball. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Chase_Yourself
“Cry Danger” with Dick Powell
Next Time I Marry – https://youtu.be/FCdymGVItLg
“Listen Darling” A 1938 film starring Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, and Alan Hale, Sr. Definitely family friendly. Much of the movie takes place in 2 travel trailers.
Anatomy Of A Murder (1958 with Jimmy Stewart). Great movie based on a true story that happened in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The movie was also filmed in the UP. I’ve visited several of the shooting locations.