The next camping trip is still a little long in coming, but you are already in camping fever? No problem, you can sweeten the time until the road trip with our selection of suitable motorhome films! Get your camper covers for winter ready as we have selected seven motorhome films that will really get you in the holiday mood. Wanderlust, freedom, movie night, that’s the motto!
We are the Millers: Motorhome movie with a lot of wit
A holiday with a motorhome is fun for the whole family: relaxation, joint activities, and lots of nature. For David Burke, family vacations are more of a means to an end. The ill-fated drug dealer urgently needs money and is supposed to smuggle drugs from Mexico across the border. Without further ado, he gets a family and a motorhome and the adventure disguised as a camping holiday takes its course. How could it be otherwise: The project does not go quite as David had imagined. “We Are the Millers” from 2013 is an RV movie about a vacation of a different kind. The best choice for a fun evening with friends.
Into the wild: In the Alaskan wilderness
“Into the wild” is perhaps the classic among outdoor films. The 2007 US film starring Emile Hirsch tells the story of a young college graduate who leaves bourgeois life behind. Without money and only with the longing for a self-determined life in his luggage, he sets off on the journey to Alaska. Here he experiences great freedom, the beauty of nature but also its unshakeable hardness. In the middle of nature, he finds an old bus in which he finds refuge from the cold and a home. A film with a lot of depth and breathtaking images. Without giving too much away: Unfortunately, the story does not offer a happy ending. All the more tragic because it is based on a true story. Have handkerchiefs ready!
The Chaos Campers: Chaos high ten
Yes, camping can sometimes get a bit chaotic, as this motorhome film about the Munro family shows us. The steering of the motorhome, the cramped living situation including teen children or the annoying neighbors – all this has the potential for conflict. And that’s exactly what the 2006 film “The Chaos Campers” is about, starring Robin Williams as a family man. He changes the holiday plans without further ado for professional reasons. A relaxing beach holiday in Hawaii becomes a camping holiday in Colorado and the breakdown holiday takes its course. One disaster follows another: emptying the camping toilet goes wrong, the brake of the motorhome does what it wants and the stress with the family is inevitable. If you want to see a profound motorhome film with a self-discovery strip, you should choose another film, but if you feel like a road trip comedy with camper humor, this is the right place for you.
Little Miss Sunshine: With the VW bus to the Miss election
Olive is a nine-year-old, somewhat chubby girl with glasses. Not exactly the best conditions for a Miss election. But Olive wants to take part in a beauty contest in California and so the whole family sets off. With the VW bus, it goes with the whole chaotic bunch through the south of the country along route 66. There is the drug-addicted grandpa, the suicidal uncle, the mute brother, the highly motivated father, and the permanently stressed mother: a daring constellation for a camping trip. But the motorhome film from 2006 shows: On a road trip with the Bulli a lot can change! A slightly different family movie among the RV movies!
The wildlife: hippie feeling on a trip around the world
Uschi Obermaier, icon of the community movement, model, and world traveler. The film “Das wilde Leben” from 2007 tells the story of a young Munich woman, who finds it too boring in the tranquil Sendling at the end of the 60s. Without further ado, she packs her things with a friend and hitchhikes to Berlin in a VW Bulli. In “Kommune 1” she meets Rainer Langhans and becomes the figurehead of the student protests. But she can’t stand it long in political Berlin. She makes the acquaintance of the Rolling Stones, goes on tour with them, and meets Dieter Bockhorn, the King of St. Pauli. With him, she finally travels the world in a converted bus: Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Mexico, and California are on the itinerary. Life on the bus is full of ups and downs, sometimes it is passionate, then tragic again. This motorhome film shows one thing above all: Breaking out of routine may be dangerous, but it opens up completely new and unimagined horizons. What counts is life in the moment. Cheers to freedom! The perfect film for all those who want to celebrate the hippie feeling for an evening.
About Schmidt: With the motorhome through the USA
In Warren Schmidt’s life, the worm is in it. His wife dies, he gets involved with his daughter, and feels completely useless as a pensioner. When he learns that his wife has cheated on him for years with his best friend, his world collapses. When his only daughter wants to marry a waterbed salesman, he wakes up from his apathy. He makes his way to Denver with the motorhome to the wedding to prevent it. Along the way, he travels not only around the country but also to stations of his past in Nebraska and Colorado. “About Schmidt” from 2003 is a motorhome film that is on the one hand roaring funny and then again very quiet and wistful. Jack Nicholson can be seen as Warren in almost every scene. He convincingly plays the role of the average American disappointed by life down to the last detail. A masterpiece!
The Bus: VW bus as a lifestyle
In his documentary “The Bus”, filmmaker Damon Ristau has dedicated himself entirely to the VW bus. What do people associate with this cult bus? Hippies, surfers, and musicians – The film shows the lives of the people in the camper. The conclusion: A VW bus is more than just a vehicle, it is a lifestyle. Living “on the road” means freedom and has been since the 60s and 70s. A plea to a car that is much more than a motorhome. A must for all VW fans!
Funny, melancholic or a mixture of both: As different as the motorhome films may be, they all awaken our wanderlust and make us want to go on our next trip with the motorhome. If you now prefer to pack your bags directly and drive off, you can rent the right camper van directly from PaulCamper.