Sunday, September 19, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021

Reality TV show illustrates stupidity of inexperienced RVers

By Normal Frump
RV TRAVEL TV CRITIC
This is horrifying. It’s an adventure in stupidity. It’s from an episode of a TV show titled “90 Day Fiancé,” which is a pretty big hit (heaven help us!). In this particular episode, which is about RVing, viewers gain incredible insight into the intelligence level of some humans, and may conclude, as I did, that an IQ no greater than that of a brain-damaged poodle is all that’s required to lead a family of Neanderthal descendants on a 400-mile RV adventure.

The gang, onboard, ready for adventure. “Is everybody wearing their seat belt?”

Nobody on this trip knows the first thing about RVing. The star, a guy named Andrei with a thick accent, claims he needs to be the driver of this accident-waiting-to-happen because he has a license to drive an RV (as does practically every other person in America over 16).

So 11 people cram into an overloaded RV (plus camera crew), each with a suitcase. With Andrei at the wheel they set off on a made-for-TV adventure that combines stupidity with incredible stupidity and proves that anyone with an iPhone can make a movie and find somewhere to air it.

Here’s the scene, which will likely make you decide you’d rather eat a diseased snapping turtle than watch the show. Here is how things start off:

“The whole family is on edge because they aren’t sure what to expect. But once the RV is moving, there is no going back. A nasty spill on the way to pick everyone up highlights how the trip will go. Andrei makes a sharp turn, and all the drinks in the refrigerator come flying out, and there are cans everywhere. He pulls over so they can clean up the mess. But it doesn’t end there.”

Can you stand the suspense?
The family finally reaches the destination, which is good in one way — good that they made it — because they are all safe. But maybe it’s not so good because they all live to pass their defective DNA on to another generation.

So here they are arriving:

“He (Andrei) honks the horn and starts to back up into the driveway. But he crashes the RV into a keep-off-the-grass sign that is on the lawn. He turns it sideways, and Jen Potthast calls him a moron for not seeing the sign. Andrei himself asks who puts a sign that close to the driveway anyways. But Becky is just hoping he doesn’t crash into Jen’s house.”

OMG! The drama! Are you experiencing chills up and down your spine because it is so spectacularly brilliant?

Okay, lucky you, because you can now watch a gripping three-minute clip of the show.

This is television for the 21st century. Oh, we’re in trouble, folks!

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Steve flippo
2 months ago

Nothing is more soothing on a family trip than the constant yammering of those who are doing nothing, but complain and demand explanations from the one guy who is actually trying to get something done.

Walker
2 months ago

it’s true! I read many online RV-oriented forums, and too many of the new owner posts closely resemble this level of insight, understanding and forethought.

Last edited 2 months ago by Walker
suzanne
2 months ago

I do watch the show. Became interested in it when a family member became engaged with someone from another country. I wish anyone considering a possible mate across the world would watch this. Very few of the couples remain together and the problems never stop with immigration, culture clash, leaving families, unplanned pregnancies, etc. Something they don’t consider when they are in love. And YEP! I cringed seeing that many sitting unbuckled. Just because its a huge motorhome doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be seated with a belt on until it comes to a stop! We have experienced a rollover in our smaller, well-built motorhome when someone struck us (on her cellphone). When we stopped rolling and were able to make a hasty exit we turned to look at our RV. All that was left was the front cab (Class C) with a flattened top and behind us was a “flatbed” with only the couch still attached. Everything else was strewn across the desert. No one sitting back there would of survived.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
2 months ago

I’m sure I won’t waste my time watching this show.
Most reality shows are a joke anyway, play it up for the camera.

Carson Axtell
2 months ago

Welcome to the new face of RVing! These “social media influencers” make a good living convincing their mass audience of moronic followers to emulate their lifestyles and get into the “cool” new fad. Just can’t wait for their convoys of groupthink partiers to crowd into campgrounds and show the uncool world how to live the good life…

Bill
2 months ago

And to think some of them actually procreated…

Sharon Baron
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

ugh!

Jeb
2 months ago

Surely, the acting is outstanding. Nobody can be that clueless. We really need to consider thinning the herd of tv creators and producers.

Uncle Swags
2 months ago

I miss the good old days when large predators roamed the earth and ate these people.

Bernice Alexander
2 months ago
Reply to  Uncle Swags

I like your comment, Camping,Rving is nothing like it was yrs ago. They spent 75k no less to start their camping ventures at RV parks that offer all the amenities they have at home& they think they are camping, no sweeties you are Glamping until you get bored then you will go back to flying to island resorts to be pampered once again.

Leanne
2 months ago

But, if this episode was required watching for all those intending to rent/buy an RV, the campgrounds could be much less crowded. Now, that’s a positive.

Richard
2 months ago

Side 1: Change the channel.
Side 2: It MUST be removed entirely for the good of humankind!!!
Sounds like Politics.
We at this address state repeatedly there are 250 channels, and nothing to watch. This deluge of mindless programming got it’s boost from Paris Hilton and Keeping up with Kardashians, the height of stupidity.

George
2 months ago

I can find reruns of Gunsmoke or shows about trucks and cars while that is on. Most modern TV production is crap.

Drew
2 months ago
Reply to  George

There’s Adam-12, Emergency, and others too. I’ve always watched westerns on the weekends…they have alot on then. A couple of nights ago I saw The New Centurions again after a long time. The Professionals is an old favorite too. Lots on if you look around. BTW, I’ve quit hooking up to cable and just use the antenna now- lots more good stations there.

julie Winkelman
2 months ago

Got to 1:25 of the three minutes and turned it off. The dumbing down of America has benn going on for a long time. If that’s the best you can find on TV, read a book (if you can.)

Gary G
2 months ago

YEP! That’s why I read A LOT! You made it 15 seconds longer than me 😎

Dan Cunningham
2 months ago

This so-called reality show is as finely scripted as any popular drama series on TV. Phoney and stupid as hell. Anyone who actually thinks this is real is fooling themselves.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

This stuff is partially caused by the show “Going RV”, which makes RV’ing look like so much fun – for these first time buyers. On their first time out they always nab a beautiful creek side site, or a really nice RV park with all the amenities. Who wouldn’t want to buy into that?

Bob Stellmaker
2 months ago

I just hope nobody gets hurt or killed in their misadventure.

Ron T.
2 months ago

90 Day Finance? I know it’s just a typo, but if it were 90 year Finance I’d think it would be Camping World’s new idea . . .

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2 months ago
Reply to  Ron T.

😆 Thanks, Ron. It’s been fixed. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane

Larry Voss
2 months ago

Thanks for the unbiased review of the show. We are two of the (many) loyal viewers – and LOVE the show. You may be horrified to learn that we also watch General Hospital and Gold Rush (also hugely popular programs). I for one got a kick out of the cast members ignorance about RVs, but suspect many novices are similar – especially these days. I love it though when RVs are depicted in any program because we enjoy just seeing our favorite pastime depicted on “mainstream” TV.

By the way Andrei chose to drive because he has a Commercial Driver’s License…

Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry Voss

We love the show too Larry.

Ginger
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry Voss

We love the show also.

Rick Kiersey
2 months ago

Unfortunately, I think this is closer to a reality show than one would hope. Read any RV forum board posts and you will see. Too many people getting into the RV lifestyle without a clue.

john147
2 months ago

.. that tv show is another reason to pull the plug and cancel cable!

Larry Voss
2 months ago
Reply to  john147

Luckily all TV sets have tuning dials. We don’t all enjoy the same programs. If we did, there might only be 5 channels. I for one think “professional” wrestling is a joke. But I’m glad for those that enjoy it! I would not to begrudge viewers their freedom to choose. Thankfully cancel culture hasn’t victimized this show!

WEB
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry Voss

Tuning dials??? Showing yer age dude!

Seann Fox
2 months ago

Although I know this is a made for TV reality sitcom it is also the reason I would never ever consider renting my rig out with any of these companies that want to rent your rig out when you’re not using it