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Everything You Need To Know About The RV In “Breaking Bad”

If you’re a fan of “Breaking Bad” on AMC, then you’re more than familiar with the iconic mobile home from the show.

Walter White (you may know him better as Heisenberg) drove the vehicle into a ditch in the pilot, and he and Jesse Pinkman used it as a laboratory to produce methamphetamine during the first few seasons.

But have you ever wondered more about the classic RV they used on set?

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The famous model in the series was a beige 1986 Fleetwood Bounder recreation vehicle and motor home, with signature yellow and orange stripes.

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When Walt and Jesse decided to team up in Season 1, Jesse suggested they purchase an RV as a mobile place to cook. Walt gave him his life savings, which amounted to about $7,000. The next day, Jesse showed up with this classic vehicle, and they drove off into the desert to get started.

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The price is about right for this model. Depending on its condition and where you buy it, the average vintage Fleetwood Bounder runs about $4,000-$9,000 on RV Trader.

But a few seasons later, Jesse admitted that the money was spent in a strip club with friends, and he actually got the RV from a friend who had stolen it from his mother.

Jesse even nicknamed it “The Krystal Ship“, since it was used as a lab to make crystal meth.

The RV has been seen with at least two different license plate numbers.

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In the pilot, the license plate reads “NM #7963”. In most other episodes in which it appears, the plate is “NM #GRT 600”. Not surprising that it would change, considering it was being used as a meth lab and all.

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The RV had its fair share of use and damage. Most notably, it received multiple gun shot holes through the door during a scene in the first season, which were later covered up with tape. Because we all know that duct tape fixes everything.

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For the most part, the RV wasn’t in great condition.  It often had difficulty starting, and Jesse had drained the entire battery when they were busy cooking in the first season, in which it had to be jump-started via homemade batteries.

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By Season 3, the RV was eventually destroyed. After learning that their mobile meth lab was being tracked by the DEA, Walt was afraid that it would lead back to him, so he drove it out to a junkyard and had it completely demolished.

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Many props and items from the show were auctioned off after the series ended in 2013, but the RV was one of few things that Sony Studios kept. They planned to use it for studio tours in their lot in Los Angeles.

If you’re looking for a real Breaking Bad experience, you can also go on a special RV tour in Albuquerque to re-live the story and travel around to 17 different sites, including Jesse’s house, Tuco’s Headquarters, Los Pollos Hermanos and more.

For more information, check out these Breaking Bad Tours.

In this short video, Aaron Paul (Jesse) takes you through a short tour inside the RV. Check it out:

Are you a fan of Breaking Bad? Or have you always wanted one of these classic 1986 models?