Monday, May 23, 2022


Abandoned Winnebago in which Diff’rent Strokes actress died is for sale

By James Raia

Some home buyers are interested in celebrity homes with dubious histories while others stay away. It’s likely the same with potential motorhome buyers. Would you consider buying a used Winnebago in which a former actress died?

The family of Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond on the 1980s television show Diff’rent Strokes, is selling the 37-foot Winnebago (VIN 1gbkp37w6g3328746) in which the actress spent the last four months of her life. She committed suicide in the motorhome via a drug overdose in 1999.

The mid-1980s motorhome in which actress Dana Plato died is up for sale by her family.
The mid-1980s motorhome in which actress Dana Plato died is up for sale by her family.

Since Plato’s death, the Winnebago Chieftain (mid-1980s) has remained unused. It’s clean, in fair condition, and has faded paint. It runs and drives well but still has its original tires, hoses and belts. The interior needs a major overall.

Actress Dana Plato died via suicide at age 34.
Actress Dana Plato died via suicide at age 34.

The mileage is listed 46,000 and it has a beige exterior and tan interior. It also includes the actresses’ furniture, appliances and fixtures. It’s located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is not being advertised online. It just has a For Sale sign on a window, according to several automotive websites.

In addition to her most famous role, Plato appeared in episodes on many television programs. She was also featured in more than a dozen movies, including some soft pornography roles.

Plato, who died at age 34, had a son, Tyler, with her former husband, rock guitarist Lanny Lambert. Eleven years after Plato died, her son also committed suicide in the at age 25.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on He can be reached via email:



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2 months ago

Is this still for sale?? I want it please.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Hi, Karen. Since this article was from two years ago, I doubt it’s still for sale. Take care. 😀 –Diane

1 year ago

I wouldn’t mind owning it.

1 year ago

Umm no thank you. I don’t care who it belonged to, two suicides is two to many for me.

Rita Parisi
1 year ago

Sadly, mental illness runs in families. This Rv shouldn’t be sold but scrapped for parts. Too much death and sadness. RIP.

1 year ago

Gee…I wonder why drugs are illegal???

So, lets keep letting mob run States over-rule the Fed and let the herd mentality reduce the numbers.

It’s cruel and harsh, but tell me where I’m wrong.

Rita Parisi
1 year ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

This isn’t so much about drugs as mental illness. People, who commit suicide by any means including drugs are mentally ill; most likely chronically depressed or have schizophrenia, which are very difficult to treat. Some people just can’t deal with the pain of their illness and choose suicide.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rita Parisi

So….I’m just asking (really asking)….You don’t believe it has anything to do with the drugs? The drugs didn’t mess up her mind? She was “ill” before the drugs? I would also propose that drug use starts in many cases (maybe not all) with experimentation with their wonderful peers or because of a doctor who misguidedly gave them a prescription that one gets addicted to. The drugs then fry the brain and bad decisions result thereafter. It might not be the sole reason, but of the people I have known over the years, this seemed to be the case. I wonder if anyone has actually performed a study on WHY people start drugs (Alcohol and Drugs)? I’m not condemning but would ask the question of anyone who drinks or does drugs. HOW and WHY did you start? Do you think that any harm will EVER (even if not today) result from it? Do you actually think that NO brain damage will ever occur (even a few cells at a time)? I site DWI/DWU injuries and deaths as just one example. In this interesting article, it explores whether or not Marijuana in particular contributes to fatal car accidents. There are plenty of other articles on the internet to read on this subject.

Regardless of the article though, there is plenty of evidence that drugs are the cause of the perceived mental illness. Not the individual. We already know what alcohol does. There is plenty of evidence for that. We have a family member who for years was what we call a fairly “normal” person. In his later years, the booze caught up. And it was very apparent of the change. He started drinking as a result of his childhood. Mostly poor and living in a very remote part of the country. He and his brothers had nothing to do. It wasn’t mental illness then. It resulted from boredom. The kids found booze and drank. And drank. His death came as a result of booze (actually he and 4 of his 6 brothers). His DUI’s came from booze. His jail time came from booze. NOT mental illness. The booze was THE factor. And another separate family member was a drug user. It was a result of peer pressure in high school. NOT mental illness. I knew him well when we were growing up. He was VERY normal when we were kids. When he got into high school, it was PEERS that got him started. His brain fried as a result of drinking and drugs. NOT mental illness. So, I’m a bit biased. I’ve seen plenty of other cases where the same happened. I think rich people such as this actress had access to drugs because of the money. And with nothing to do as a trapped rich person who can’t go out in public, they partied all the time to socialize. Have the time, they probably don’t even know half of the people there. With many parties, drugs get introduced. “Oh, nothing bad can happen to me” and the next thing is that a drug addiction happens. Again, maybe not in all cases but certainly many if not most. We can go down a list of celebrities and see if we can pinpoint the “cause” of their drinking and drugs. But, it’s likely that we’ll find the same results.

Carson Axtell
1 year ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Hmmmmm… Interesting take: An anti-drug use advocate supporting federal rule over that of states in the interest of saving people from their own bad decisions. So, not favoring a nanny state but a thunderbolt wielding paternalistic one? Drug abuse (if that was even the case here) is like all other forms of abuse, such as alcoholism, gambling, food addiction, social media addictions, etc., etc., etc….it has more to do with mental health and addictive personality traits of the individual as much as anything else. Granted, certain substances are addictive by their chemical makeup, but the biggest national drug problem today has to do with over-prescribed federally controlled ones, not with the legalization of non-addictive drugs like marijuana plant buds.

1 year ago
Reply to  Carson Axtell

Hmmm….Someone that doesn’t understand the Rule-of-Law I see…Federal Laws OVER-RULE State Laws where they apply (regardless of the topic). So when one violates the Federal Law over State Law, THEY should be held accountable. If you don’t like the Federal Law, have it changed. But State Law does not over-rule Federal Law. States can be stricter that Federal Law, but NOT less than Federal Law. Put the violators in JAIL (Mayors, Governors, Police Chiefs, etc)

Can you back up your statements about federally prescribed drugs over illegal drugs? I think not…

Over 60,000 Americans died from drug addiction in 2017, mostly from overdoses caused by illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methadone, and methamphetamine.

Drug abuse: a national epidemic
The abuse of drugs or other substances, whether they are illegal drugs or prescription opioid drug, alcohol, or tobacco is one of the nation’s most pressing public health issues.

Commonly used illegal drugs include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines and club drugs.

Marijuana FEDERAL Laws:

1 year ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

OK, in this case the ‘mob’ had nothing to do with either death. Her “prescription” drugs were not illegal. Although the MIL giving her some that she took along with her own was. The bungled investigation could have covered up an accidental death or even a murder. Her son, although he was reported to experiment with alcohol & drugs–SHOT himself. Presumably with a legal gun

1 year ago
Reply to  mzmo

I’m not seeing the evidence for a “botched” investigation:

She used the prescription drugs illegally and she had a drug problem otherwise:

“Former child actress Dana Plato, who had long battled problems with drugs, committed suicide with an overdose of painkillers and muscle relaxants, the state medical examiner’s office ruled Friday.”

As for her son…

“Lambert died of a gunshot wound to the head on May 6. At the time, Richardson claims, he had been experimenting with drugs and alcohol, a factor she believes contributed directly to his death.”

More drug problems…

Guns…Are we really going to go there? There are a thousand other methods for committing suicide. Guns are not the problem. People are.

1 year ago

Hmmm, always enjoyed the sitcom. Tragic story of a once fine motor coach and it’s owner. I would personally avoid this coach even if it were raffled away. Too many wounded spirits roaming within.

1 year ago

A very sad ending for such a beautiful woman followed by her child’s suicide
Thank you holleyweird …