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James May explores RVs, U.S. and UK style – Click above to watch video after the jump

On the subject of recreational vehicles, James May comes alive. Taking a video tour of a U.S. RV and a campervan, or what suffices for an RV in the UK, May brings a severe wit along as his helper. According to Captain Slow, the Boogie Nights-like interior of the U.S behemoth lets you know how you're supposed to treat its interior, while the oven in the British equivalent "is barely big enough for one of my pies." It's a toss-up as to who wins that round... Follow the jump for all of May's motorhome feelings.

[Source: BBC America]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not exactly an RV but I wouldn't mind this one: http://www.unicatamericas.com/photos_ex70.html

      $2 million if I remember correctly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do we have to have an American version of everything? Can't we just show the British version on NBC or something? American Office, American Top Gear, enough is enough. If American shows are good enough for the Brits then British shows should be shown on American TV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh I don't know, maybe the UK is missing out by not making British versions of US programmes. How about the Dukes of Hazzard set in Wales? Or Jersey Shore set on Jersey?
      • 4 Years Ago
      See James, you've got it all wrong. The Brits are having wild kinky sex (a la Max Mosley) while the Americans are playing Scrabble...wait, that's wrong too. The Americans are eating.

      Either way, is the awful decor in both a byproduct of who buys these things or is there some other underlying cause?

      (And yes, I've seen the Airstream International Series and many of the high end German caravans that offer exceptions to this rule.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh good. I was hoping for more negative American stereotypes. /s

      I don't know ANYBODY that can afford what he's trying to indicate is a typical American camper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        > You need new friends

        Truer words have never been spoken.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never understood the allure of RVs.

      I mean if you are using them to travel the country, I personally would be much more down for an old-school roadtrip type adventure. Pile a bunch of things into a car (or even take a bus or train), and use the wads of cash that you saved by not buying an RV and stay at some local motels/hotels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        See, I never understood the allure of 32' yachts either...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting comparison, just entertainment rather than actual facts. American style RV's are simply just too large and impracticle for what the British use them for. Whereas in America you get huge lengthly journeys where sometimes you are miles from any town, thats when I would prefer an RV anyday. More of a home from home than a vehicle to holiday in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. And indeed, while many full sized RVs cost a lot, you do get a lot as well. I don't know if it is common in the UK, but of course, there are people here who do not own a regular home and live in their RV full time. These people can afford a full sized RV since they're not spending it on a home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was waiting for Clarkson to come in and some how set fire to it all o.O
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a compromise, its called a class C. With sliders it's very spacious.

      We have one built on an F450 fram with a V10 under the hood. All the power you'll ever need and a lot more room than the Brits have without the super size of pusher shown.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not that it matter though, but not sure if anyone else noticed this or not, but this video seems to have been shot the same day 60 minutes was doing their thing on TopGear.

      How? Both videos have May wearing the same shirt in the same fashion. Lol.

      Amusing piece nevertheless.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I miss this lot. When are they coming back for another season, I heard something about this November... Can anyone confirm?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Top Gear USA is in November, expect the BBC version to return no earlier than January.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not exactly a fair comparo - I doubt the British camper van cost $600,000.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ High:

        Great post/avatar combo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's Top Gear, is there ever really a fair comparo? They could have easily picked one of the numerous smaller RV's on sale in the US that are much more inline with the "British RV", but then that wouldn't be representative of the gaudy over-sized everything image of America they like to push.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was a typo. I meant $160,000. But I quick search shows some up into the $300,000 range.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, although you are right about the unfair comparison, remember that Top Gear were the ones were compering Ascari A10 and the Daihatsu Materia :D... I think, we'll let this one slip :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      May is completely underrated and utterly halarious
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