Tuesday, November 28, 2023


RV includes built-in flame thrower

By Chuck Woodbury
I have been an RVer for nearly half a century. I have seen many things. I have never seen a recreational vehicle with a built-in flame thrower. If I live to be 150 (highly unlikely), I will never see another one.

The RV’s longhorn-skull hood ornament breathes fire, as you can plainly see in the photo. Personally, I see no value in it except, perhaps, to cook roadkill on a back road. I would definitely not push the “engage fire” button on a freshly oiled highway for fear of frying every vehicle and living creature behind me.

I am a mild-mannered man who is not easily provoked to react in an angry fashion. But the image of engaging this fire-breathing truck camper to scare away kids who cut through my campsite did come to mind. Hold your letters as I am ashamed of myself for even thinking such a thing. So no need to tell me.

THE TRUCK ITSELF is a 1968 Chevy C20 Longhorn. Close to 2,000 of them were built to appeal to ranchers. We found the RV on the website BringAtrailer.com, where it is being auctioned. The current bid is $30,200. Hurry if you want it. The auction ends in 5 days.

The speedometer on this incredibly bizarre vehicle records up to 100 miles per hour. I can only imagine how heads would turn if it were going flat out with fire belching from its hood. I would travel many miles to be there if this were to happen.

I just thought of another idea: If the RV were positioned just right, it could come in handy lighting campfires.

What do you think? How might you put this flame-throwing RV to good use? Please leave a comment. Be creative. No idea is too outrageous! (just be nice).


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodburyhttps://rvtravel.com
I'm the founder and publisher of RVtravel.com. I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Donald N Wright (@guest_168273)
1 year ago

I live in the Dallas-fort Worth area, and traffic has gotten much worse with all the damp yankees moving down here to complain. This flame throwers would be very helpful on 635 LBJ highway at “rush hour”. As RVTravel is in Washington State, where one thousand Californians an hour try to move there, perhaps you need this truck more than we do.

Uncle Swags (@guest_168437)
1 year ago

I live in NJ in the heart of yankee-land. I get to use it first!

Alice (@guest_168202)
1 year ago

Reminds me of one time when we had unhooked and then driven the toad to a local WM. I went into the store and my husband stayed in the car. He told me when I got back about 2 young men asked what the black metal things were on the front of the car were for. My husband, who loved to joke, told them they were gernade launchers. They walked off studying the car their whole way to their truck!

John Koenig (@guest_168199)
1 year ago

Just what California (or other super dry location) needs. As Bugs Bunny has been known to say: “What a maroon”.

rollin mckim (@guest_168189)
1 year ago

You would need about 3 flame outlets on each side and front and back, with controls for each side to allow only using the flame where you need it.

It would come in terribly handy if you get stuck going through a large blue city during one of those sponsored riots, where it’s either BURN OR BE BURNED.

Gordy B (@guest_168164)
1 year ago

Looks like a possible solution to unexplained wild fires out west! Maybe as you said, a way to start campfires (especially on rainy days).

B.L. (@guest_168134)
1 year ago

Nothing like making it easier to start fires. Bet there’s a few federal charges in their future.

Lois (@guest_168066)
1 year ago

Stupid never falls far from the tree. ” Oh, lookie, another way to bully society, set a national forest on fire and maim someone who did not affirm my behavior.”
Get the picture?

Don S (@guest_168048)
1 year ago

This is one of those”Watch this, here hold my beer” things

Geoffrey (@guest_168042)
1 year ago

Good for motivating to slow drivers!

P. Laws (@guest_168009)
1 year ago

Awesome vehicle for Burning Man!

Jerry (@guest_167988)
1 year ago

Another {bleeped} with more money than brains!

Cindy Walker (@guest_167956)
1 year ago

Maybe alert the driver that just cut you off that you are there, and contrary to their popular belief cannot stop on a dime?

Dan Kruger (@guest_167924)
1 year ago

Heat some lunch in tinfoil for a fast meal…..otherwise STUPID…..

Gene Bjerke (@guest_167898)
1 year ago

This would be more useful on the back for people who follow too closely. In the day, some hot-rodders rigged their exhaust pipes to do something like this.

Dave J (@guest_167869)
1 year ago

Flame thrower, eh? Well if it were mounted behind and off to a side (side swichable) one could use it for backfiring (aka starting defensive backfires). Might be a lot faster than a drip torch.

The Lazy Q (@guest_167857)
1 year ago

Perfect to help them lousy drivers move along.

tom (@guest_167850)
1 year ago

Clean up the RV parking spot?

Jesse Crouse (@guest_167834)
1 year ago

Dukes of Hazzard to the extreme or Smokey and the Bandit 2.Must have been drinking some of his own moonshine when he thought this one up. Oop’s that would have taken a brain in the first place. Can you guess where I am goin g with this?

Glenn (@guest_167833)
1 year ago

Welcome wagon for Russian invaders.

Edstep (@guest_167804)
1 year ago

LOL Only use I see is starting campfires. I guess clearing protesters would serve as a purpose.

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