Cobie Smulders drove an RV cross country with her family: would you enjoy this?

Cobie Smulders was a guest on Jimmy Fallon, where she was promoting her Netflix show Friends From College. The second season, co-starring Keegan-Michael Key, premiered last week. I haven’t heard much buzz about it. The first season got mostly negative reviews but Dustin at Pajiba gave it a B and said it’s watchable and somewhat funny. He said that the characters aren’t likable, and that may be throwing people off.

Cobie was cute and funny on The Tonight Show. She showed photos of the RV she took across country with her husband, Taran Killam from SNL, (I forgot they were married!) and their two daughters, Shaelyn, nine, and another daughter who turns three this month. (Her name isn’t public.) They drove from New York to California in the summer of 2017 when they decide to move cross country. Cobie shared a few photos on Instagram, a couple are below and you can see more on her account. (They’re still easy to find as she doesn’t post a lot. She doesn’t share any pics of her kids though, which is understandable.) It took ten days and she described it as more like an experience than a vacation.

We lived in New York City for about three years. We decided when we were done and we were moving back to California we were going to drive in a giant 40-foot vehicle with our two children and it was a might undertaking. It’s so fun. I mean, this country, it’s beautiful.

It as good. It’s a big vehicle and there’s toilets on it so you have to stop and get rid of that stuff. Luckily my husband dealt with that.

It’s serious. You’re driving, you’re spending a lot of money on gas which could be on nice hotel rooms. But it was fun we saw the Grand Canyon. We went to Graceland, which was amazing. There is an RV park attached to Graceland.

[From The Tonight Show, video below]

I was looking into getting an RV with my parents as I can’t stay in many hotels due to allergies. You see all those amazing RVs on the highway and I wouldn’t mind renting one for a while, but I doubt I’d want the responsibility of owning one. We decided against it as it seems like such a pain in the ass. You have to maintain it, they’re hard to drive, they gas is expensive as Cobie said and it’s just easier to stay in hotels. We often borrowed a small one when I lived overseas though and it was nice and convenient for short trips, but I wouldn’t want to be in it for days like that. I honestly didn’t mind dumping the pee though and I shared that responsibility. We never went #2 in it!

Here’s Cobie’s interview.

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The Grandest of Canyons…..

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Let the Roadtrip begin!! 10 and 2 all day long….

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  1. Maya says:

    I love Cobie and how her character compliments Nick Fury in the Avengers.

  2. Jag says:

    Don’t know who these people are, but staying in an RV can be fun. It is actually my dream to have one so that I can travel again after becoming a general germaphobe.

    You can get different types of toilets that don’t have the big black water tank, e.g, cassette toilets which have a small part that you take out and dump the black water, portable ones which can use chemicals to work, composting which also have a part to take out after things are turned to “soil,” and even one that incinerates everything with the touch of a button and leaves only a bit of ash to clean.

    I thought that it was going to be like when my brother drove cross-country for work and I rode with him. We stayed in hotels along the way, but didn’t have pets or kids with us, so it wasn’t difficult.

    • BabyJane says:

      I did this- me, my husband, and our 9-year-old son. The black tank isn’t scary- you attach a hose and push a button… I would not want to haul some dookie-filled tank around and have to pour it out.

      This was the best bonding we ever had- over a week in a medium Class C RV with no TV. Basically living in a box on wheels. Environmentally, not awesome because fuel efficiency is non-existent, but still a tiny footprint compared to that of a single-family home anywhere. Highly recommend.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t think I would enjoy the RV part, but going to see all kinds of stuff across the country sounds fun.

    What is this clunky white sneaker with a suit trend guys keep doing on the red carpet??? It looks odd.

  4. Sparkly says:

    I’ve always wanted an RV, but we can’t afford it.

  5. Embee says:

    I grew up taking vacations like this all the time as my parents owned a series of motorhomes. I got to see all of the contiguous 50 states and most of our national parks and landmarks, and for that I am most grateful. I also saw my family in Arkansas a lot more than we would have without it (I live in Maryland).
    There’s an arc to those vacations that is actually really instructive for life. The trip starts with a lot of excitement and giddiness. Then it settles into boredom. Then you’re all irritated with one another and finally you get to this plane of just kind of jibing with one another and the rhythms of the road.

  6. Aang says:

    I’ve done it in a van. Fulfilled my dream of sleeping in a Walmart parking lot. This is a beautiful country and Yosemite is beyond words.

  7. klutzy_girl says:

    Actually, per PEOPLE from an article months ago, Cobie and Taran’s second daughter is named Joelle!

    I’ve loved Cobie since HIMYM and I’m so glad she’s found success now. Not sure I could travel across country, though.

  8. Eric says:

    I’d do it but I would have to strategically traverse the country as to avoid MAGAts, white supremacists, red states, and trump signs.

    Can someone draw me a map from CA to NY State?

  9. Desolee says:

    I liked her in himym. Friends from college also has Keegan Michael key (from key and peele which I love) and Fred savage, who of course everyone loves right? So I really enjoy the show. Fred savage is pretty funny in it. But not totally crazy about the second seasons storyline (Im part way in). It’s not perfect but it’s kind of exactly the type of show I watch (comedy, romance/drama, New York, actors I like already)

    • Kate says:

      I’m watching the 2nd season now and I really like it! The banter is really funny and as you said the actors are great. I think people who don’t like the show can’t get past the characters’ bad traits/decisions but I kind of like that they aren’t aspirational or perfect.

    • Pandy says:

      Oh I really liked the first season so glad to hear #2 is out! The fact that they are so irritating is what makes the show lollll.

      • Desolee says:

        Yeah it’s weird when people complain about characters being flawed (Jim from the office comes to mind).. um that’s why it’s interesting. They’re characters, they won’t actually affect our lives. If one of these characters was blatantly unflawed now that would be annoying.
        Anyways in the second season they are really doing what you’d think they all would do, it’s realistic that way .. kind of reminds me of a typical woody Allen movie.. they can’t resist certain desires even though you know they told themselves they wouldn’t do that.

  10. Gigi La Moore says:

    The RV I was in was like a mini mansion. I’m for it.

  11. FHMom says:

    I don’t know what kind of allergies you have, but my daughter has lots of them. I always request a pet free, feather free room. I try not to stay at pet-friendly hotels. Don’t be afraid to change rooms if you aren’t happy. Some economy hotels like Hampton Inn don’t do feathers, so it’s not an issue. On road trips, I’ve also brought a broom vacuum and always bring Lysol wipes. I have a friend who brings her own sheets because of her child’s allergies, and I think it skeeves her out. I haven’t done that yet, but wouldn’t rule it out.

  12. Snowflake says:

    I don’t think i could do it. Thought about it but i think the negative outweighs the positive. RVs are really expensive esp if you get one that doesn’t have to to be towed. If you want to get one that you tow, you have to have a truck w a high towing capacity and those are expensive.

    I think the constant togetherness would drive me crazy. I feel like vacations with other people can be hard. For example my mom and stepdad love to get up early, eat lunch at 11 am and dinner around 430. I drove cross country from FL to Ohio w them and i came very close to losing my mind. On the other hand, my husband is a night person and doesn’t want to get up in the morning. Then he wants to sit on the toilet for about an hour before he does anything. If i went on a trip w him, we would leave around 11 or 12, once he was ready and done packing. Meanwhile I packed last night, and am ready to go at 8 and am pacing, wishing he would hurry up. Lol. Vacations are hard because you have to accommodate others routines

  13. sophie says:

    My late husband and I spent our first year of retirement living in a 24 foot RV with our Yorkie while working at an RV resort in the Keys. It was our plan to do more traveling around the US but unfortunately cancer came along.

    • CariBean says:

      I’m sorry for your loss Sophie. Where in the Keys? We lived in KL when our kids were young (96-07).

      • sophie says:

        Started at Sunshine Key just across the 7-mile bridge then moved to a KOA closer to Key Largo. This was in 2008

  14. CariBean says:

    We’ve got a 35’ travel trailer that we take for extended weekends. Our dream is to travel across the country at our own pace and just see things in person. I’d stay in the TT vs a hotel room every time. All the comforts of home and we know there are no bed bugs and things you don’t want to see under a black light.

    • Nicole76705 says:

      This. We just got a pop up camper and while this will not be long term with hopes of moving up to an RV, I found my love of traveling again. I just can’t with hotel rooms. They gross me out and I stay awake at night worried about bed bugs. My kids are small now, so we’re good. We have a cassette toilet and it’s not so bad, but it’s definitely reserved for pee only. As long as the campsite is well-maintained, we’re good.

  15. elimaeby says:

    I like both of them and I just love them as a couple. They seem really low-key and fun. I couldn’t do a cross-county road trip in an RV, but more power to them. I bet the girls had a blast.

  16. Lindy says:

    I adore my husband and my two boys but this would be a hard no. Don’t care how long the RV is. I’m just not a road trip/long drive person. Never ever ever. I get motion sick on the road and can’t read and just basically no.

    • CariBean says:

      The kids have grown and moved out, so it’s just the two of us. I get motion sickness too and I get panicky when we’re on major interstates because of all the traffic. We’ve found back roads and have been amazed at some of the sights.

      But I get it. Not everyone likes that way of life. 😊

  17. KidV says:

    I love road trips and have seen most of the western US, but not in an RV. I like hotels. I don’t think I’d have a problem driving an RV, but I’d probably be the one to take out a bank of gas pumps while pulling in to refuel.

  18. Utoo says:

    We bought a RV in 2017 and took a 22 day trip through Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. This summer we went all the way to Banff in Canada and back down to Texas for 5 weeks. Three kids ages 15,11 and 8! We love it! We’ve visited more National Parks and monuments than I ever thought I would. It’s great bc you once you put your clothes and stuff in the RV you never have to unpack again. No nasty gas station bathrooms and all snacks and drinks are fresh and cold. This summer we plan to do California and then cut over to Colorado, our favorite place to get away from the Texas summer heat.