Inside Will Smith’s Extravagant $2.5M Motorhome: Exploring ‘The Heat’ of Luxury and Comfort
Being an actor necessitates spending months away from family and the family home, hunkered down in movie trailers and mingling with film crew, producers, and creatives. It also necessitates living a nomadic lifestyle, which can become exhausting over time. That is what actors insist upon telling us.
Anderson Mobile Estates is an American RV company that caters to the most discerning customers with the deepest pockets and seeks to provide them with a proper residence. Today, Anderson Mobile Estates is synonymous with custom builds, ostentatious taste, and the most luxurious interiors, and it all began with a motorhome appropriately named The Heat.
The Heat is Will Smith’s movie trailer and the company’s first high-profile release. In the beginning, the Anderson family operated Star Trax Celebrity Coaches, a family business they established in 1987. In 1999, they sold the business and sailed around the world on sabbatical. This would eventually motivate them to design the most extraordinary landyachts in the world.
The Studio was their first structure, which Smith admired. The result was The Heat, a monstrous, two-story, 22-wheel motorhome that can still put actual mansions to disgrace. It is a massive RV that was the epitome of elegance and opulence when it was first introduced. Today, it feels significantly antiquated, so adjectives such as “sleek” and “modern” are no longer applicable. However, it remains one of the most impressive motorhomes ever constructed, whether or not it belonged to a celebrity.
It also ranks among the world’s most expensive at $2.5 million.
Smith appears to still be the owner of The Heat. Similar to a superyacht, when he is not using it, it is reportedly available for rent at a rate of $9,000 per week. For this amount of money, you receive an authentic house on wheels that transforms into a mansion when parked.
As designer Mackenzie Anderson explains in the segment below from HGTV Celebrity Motor Homes, four-slide-out motorhomes are not uncommon, but Anderson Mobile Estates was the first company to expand the roof as well. Eight pistons raise the roof 42 inches (107 cm) to create the upper level, which features a screening room for 30 people with automated shades and a 100-inch drop-down screen, to name just two of the amenities. Additionally, the screening chamber serves as an office.
The lower level features a full kitchen, dining room/lounge, and a secondary lounge that functions as Smith’s wardrobe when he is on location. Based on more recent images of The Heat, the first lounge features a professional cosmetics station and a small office. The bathroom alone costs $25,000, spans the entire breadth of the caravan, and features a sauna shower and separate dry toilet, as well as a glass door that can be made opaque at the touch of a button.
Because this is no ordinary motorhome, all doors are automatic and create a sound when opening and closing. The designer calls them Star Trek doors. In the early 2000s, many believed that Star Trek doors represented “the future.”
The 55-foot (16.7-meter) The Heat offers a total of 1,200 square feet (111.5 square metres) of living space, as well as the kinds of luxuries and conveniences typically found on a yacht, which was the intention from the start. These include $200,000 worth of granite countertops, $125,000 worth of technology and gadgets (and a total of 14 televisions), and $30,000 worth of genuine leather on the sofas and even the ceilings. According to publicly available information, The Heat lacks a suitable bedroom.
Will Smith famously resided in The Heat following its delivery in the early 2000s while filming Ali, Men in Black III, and The Pursuit of Happyness. Not only is he not the only celebrity patron of Anderson Mobile Estates, but Shakira, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Hart, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen, Jim Carrey, Sharon Stone, Whitney Houston, Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx, and even President Bill Clinton have owned or used one of these mega-motorhomes.