Saturday, December 9, 2023


Drive ’til the wheels fall off? Seems like this RVer did

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Put this in the “Only in California” file. 

A motorhome, held together largely with bungee cords, was spotted motoring (well, sort of) down the streets of San Jose, California. 

Please, don’t try this at home. 

##RVT828; FB

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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PennyPA (@guest_19276)
5 years ago

Hey, it’s someone taking it home to restore!

RV Staff
5 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Literally from the ground up. But, unfortunately, I doubt that they have a home to take it to. 🙁 –Diane at

TP (@guest_19273)
5 years ago

Ms. Patane seems to be correct in her hunch that there are a lot of “fulltimers” that aren’t fulltimers. They can’t afford a place to live.

Sue (@guest_19201)
5 years ago

You can make fun of, criticise, judge the inhabitants of this RV but until you know their “story” you shouldn’t judge them. There are thousands of homeless in Santa Clara county and yes there are people who are homeless because they are drug addicts or alcoholics but there are also scores of individuals, couples and families that through no fault of their own, are homeless. Santa Clara county is very RV unfriendly. And the average 1 bedroom apartment is over $3000+/- depending on where in the county you are, what are people to do?! We lost everything in 2008! We consider ourselves lucky to have an RV to live in but cannot afford to live in California! Is this the Great American dream…..NOT!

TIM (@guest_19364)
5 years ago
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squeakytiki (@guest_19178)
5 years ago

It looks like one of the holding tanks burst right towards the end there. Hope it wasn’t the black tank.

Lydia (@guest_19072)
5 years ago

Seattle has a problem with RVers, well, drug addicts in derelict motorhomes like this one. They line the streets of residential neighborhoods, dump their blackwater in the stormwater grates, leave used needles all over the place.

Glen (@guest_19066)
5 years ago

Hard to say who is worse. {bleeped} driving clunker or one filming and driving at same time.

L (@guest_19075)
5 years ago
Reply to  Glen

dash cam

Glen Ireland (@guest_19127)
5 years ago
Reply to  L

Camera moves too much for dash cam unless driver had a head mount?????

Carl (@guest_19213)
5 years ago
Reply to  L

That is NOT a dash cam

Tommy Molnar (@guest_19028)
5 years ago

Gee, we’ve seen a couple units that closely resembled THIS one. Ha.

Bob (@guest_19013)
5 years ago

You’re Never to Old to RV… er. the rv not the people.

Robert Pulliam (@guest_19010)
5 years ago

Never a cop when you need one, guarantee one would pull you over if you went thru a yellow caution light.

Rodney (@guest_18818)
5 years ago

Yes,it really happened! I watched it disenigrate for about a year!

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