You can kiss the Kissmobiles goodbye

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It’s a sad day for the many RVers who have enjoyed a good laugh through the years thanks to the Hershey Company’s fleet of Kissmobiles. Visitors to the annual Hershey, Pennsylvania RV Show — the largest such show in America — have likely spotted this unusual vehicle.

The vehicles have traveled the country since 1997, but 2019 marked the end of the road. The company reports the 26-foot vehicles are being retired because of safety concerns and difficulty finding replacement parts.

One of the vehicles will remain for public viewing at the AACA (automotive) Museum in Hershey.

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Thomas
8 months ago

Oskar Mayer had the weinermobile,retired them and must be reinstating them because I saw an add just last week on TV wanting applications for drivers.Must be a senior in college

Bob_B
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Two of our daughter’s friends got jobs driving an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile after graduating college with her in the mid-90s. They were paid a salary, plus bonuses any time they got local TV or newspaper coverage, participated in a parade or other local event, or had other exposure. Great job for two kids fresh out of college.

By the way, last summer, Oscar Mayer made one of the vehicles available for overnight stays through AirB&B in honor of National Hot Dog Day.
https://www.wxyz.com/news/you-can-stay-in-the-oscar-mayer-wienermobile-for-just-136-a-night-on-airbnb
(I just “mustard” the strength to let you “ketchup” on the news and “relish” it.)

Gray
9 months ago

Perhaps the insurance coverage became so expensive that the corporate VP in charge of PR & Events could no longer justify the expense. We’ve lost more than we’ll ever know in this country due to insanely costly legal judgments and expensive or unavailable insurance coverage. Many, many volunteer activities and events common in my youth have disappeared because of liability issues that didn’t exist back then.

Speaking of disappearing RV sites, that’s one cost factor that’s commonly overlooked. Ask an RV park host or operator about their annual insurance rates, and how much they’ve risen in recent years. Be ready for a shock.

Jeff
9 months ago

This would be a GREAT Collectors item for someone!

Bob Harnish
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Over the last decade Hershey Chocolate company sure isn’t what it used to be. Years ago they dropped sponsorship of an LPGA event that was held annually on the Hershey Golf Course. Strange, given the reasons why the Kissmobile is being dropped, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobiles keep rolling! I’m wondering how long it will be until they phase out there signature saying ” Hershey, PA., the sweetest place on Earth”. A number of years ago they tried to get in the spaghetti business and that lasted as long as wet noodle.