RV Movies and Road Trip Themed Movies Perfect for Your Next Movie Night

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Camping adventures are fantastic. Chances are when you’re not camping, you’re thinking about camping. Kick back and relax with these fun RV movies. They make for a great midweek watch or are perfect for a rainy day when you’re stuck inside at the campground. I’ve rounded up the top movies to keep you occupied for hours.  

Lost in America (1985)

One of the great RV movies is Lost in America. Snubbed advertising agent, David Howard decides to leave his job after not receiving the promotion he feels entitled to. David convinces his wife, Linda, to quit her job as well. The couple then sells all their possessions and begins a cross-country road trip in their Winnebago. Although they could have used a little more RV road trip planning, it sure makes for some great comedic entertainment. Two yuppies in an RV. What could possibly go wrong? 

Where to Stream/Rent: 

  • Google Play
  • iTunes Store
  • Microsoft Store
  • VUDU
  • YouTube

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

If you’ve been RVing for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (or as least seen the memes). It is one of the most classic RV movies. Clark Griswold envisions a perfect family Christmas. However, when his cousin Eddie shows up with his family in a run-down camper, things quickly go south. It’s a classic example of why you should be a respectful boondocker! 

Where to Stream/Rent:

  • Apple TV
  • DirectTV
  • Google Play
  • Microsoft Store 
  • YouTube

Vacation (2015) 

The Griswold family isn’t satisfied with just one RV movie. In Vacation, you can follow the misadventures of Rusty Griswold. He packs up his family in an attempt to recreate fond childhood road trip memories. Although the family takes a road trip in their car, you can imagine many of the same struggles for an RV road trip. 

Where to Stream/Rent:

  • Amazon Video
  • Google Play
  • HBO Max
  • iTunes Store
  • Microsoft Store
  • VUDU

The Long, Long Trailer (1953)

In the Long, Long Trailer, newlyweds Nicholas Collini and his wife Tacy have to travel for Nicholas’s job as an engineer. The young couple decides to purchase an RV to travel the country. But they soon discover they may be getting more than they bargained for. You can’t really go wrong with a Lucille Ball comedy, so this classic should definitely be on your list of RV movies to watch. 

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RV (2006)

This RV comedy perfectly captures many of the mishaps of new RVers. There is a huge learning curve for all of us. When Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family pile into a janky, rented RV for a family road trip what’s the worst that could happen? Along the way, they experience many problems and some encounters with weird campers (definitely none of us, we’re Cool RVers). It is a lighthearted RV movie the entire family will love to laugh at. 

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We’re the Millers (2013)

Small-time pot dealer David finds himself in a tight spot and needs to pick up a shipment directly from Mexico. To design the perfect cover, he brings along a fake family. Packed together in an RV, they have more to worry about than just the cartel chasing after them. This RV movie comedy is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a good laugh. 

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The Incredibles (2004)

Need a movie for the kids? Look no further. Although the focus of The Incredibles isn’t RVing, there is an RV cameo and a whole lot of travel. The Incredibles must stop super villains and save the city. In the RV scene, they fly into the city in an RV (complete with an “are we there yet?” from the youngest superhero in the family). Luckily they arrive just in the nick of time. 

Where to Stream/Rent:

  • Disney+
  • VUDU
  • YouTube

Into the Wild (2007)

A more somber RV-themed movie is Into the Wild. This movie captures the true story of Christopher McCandless. Christopher seems to have a bright future ahead of him when he decides to sell all his possessions and venture into the Alaskan wilderness. Along the way, he journals his final days living out of an abandoned city bus he finds before nature takes its toll. 

Where to Stream/Rent

  • Amazon Video
  • Apple TV
  • Google Play
  • Microsoft Store
  • Netflix
  • VUDU
  • YouTube

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 

The dysfunctional Hoover family has one goal in mind. Help their daughter win the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. To make their dreams come true they cram the family into a VW Bus for an unforgettable road trip. Along the way, the quirky family experiences loads of problems. Is the trip worth it? You’ll have to watch to find out! 

Where to Stream/Rent

Johnson Family Vacation (2004)

The Johnsons just want to enjoy a nice family road trip. What they get is anything but. Disaster seems to strike the family at every turn in this comedy. Although they travel by car instead of by RV, you can almost imagine some of the mishaps happening to RVers. 

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Are We There Yet?

When playboy, Nick, tries to win the favor of divorced mom, Suzanne, things take an interesting turn. Nick offers to accompany Suzanne’s children on a flight, but after being banned from the plane, the group has to drive instead. This kid-filled road trip soon appears to be more than Nick can handle. 

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The Leisure Seeker (2017)

It’s never too late to make your dream come true. In this heartfelt RV movie, John and Ella Spencer run away from it all in their vintage Winnebago. Their goal? To see the world before cancer and dementia take them. This film is filled with drama and some light comedy. 

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Nomadland (2020) 

Not everyone chooses to live a nomadic lifestyle. Some people have it thrust upon them. That is the tale of Nomadland. Sixty-something-year-old Fern loses it all in the Great Recession and is forced into a journey in her van to find work. Along the way she encounters some real-life nomads portraying fictionalized versions of themselves and begins to embrace the nomad community. 

Where to Stream/Rent:

  • Hulu
  • Google Play
  • VUDU
  • YouTube

Which movie do you think ranks number one for RV movies?


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