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Monday RV Movie Reviews: American Nomads

RV Movie Monday! Review of American Nomads

Each Monday, we review RV related movies or documentaries. Join us this week as we review the American Nomads documentary.


  • Title: American Nomads
  • Release Date: November 28, 2011
  • Director: Gerry Troyna
  • Writer/Star: Richard Grant
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • Available on: YouTube


Richard Grant sets out to seek the essence of the American Nomad. Over the course of 6000 miles, he meets hitchhikers, hobos, cowboys, snowbirds, squatters and mountain men. While all vastly different, he finds that they all have something in common.

This BBC production follows on the heels of Richard’s book of the same name, published in 2005.

Check out the book that prompted the documentary!

Our thoughts

Our expectations were pretty high since this was produced by BBC and we weren’t let down. Richard goes right to the ‘scary’ part of the lifestyle right at the beginning and then starts focusing on the stories.

The segment on the snowbirds gathering at Quartzsite was interesting, especially knowing how the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (aka RTR) has grown and changed just over the last several years.

It opened our eyes a bit as well. We have been so wrapped up into our RV lifestyle, we have given little thought to the other types of nomads that roam these roads with us.

What wasn’t in the documentary, was Richards background. After watching the documentary, we researched him a bit and found out that he had spent many years as a nomad himself. As a child, he spent time growing up in Malaysia, Kuwait and went to school in London. After college, he came to the U.S. and wandered for several years, taking odd jobs as a security guard, janitor and even a DJ. His experiences definitely fed into the success of this documentary as it probably helped him quite a bit approaching and talking with many of the individuals he interviewed.

We enjoyed it and recommend if you have the time, to check it out!

Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry