A Texas glamping park offers a unique experience, allowing guests to stay in mammoth two-story recreation vehicles previously owned by major celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith.
When the gates of Austin’s 7744 Ranch swing open, visitors are greeted by a serene grove of oak and elm trees, complete with trendy amenities like a cold plunge, sauna, and oversized game boards. However, the main attractions of this 10-acre glamping park are the mammoth two-story recreation vehicles that dot the landscape. These RVs, some of the largest in the world, were previously owned by A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, and Simon Cowell.
The owners of the ranch, Ron and Natalie Anderson, have a long history of renting buses and trailers to the rich and famous. Their business, Rock & Roll Buses, gained popularity during the 1980s and ’90s. As celebrities began seeking more comfortable and luxurious accommodations on production sets, the Andersons started building custom trailers to create a home away from home for these stars.
From Custom Trailers to Celebrity RVs
The Andersons’ success in creating custom trailers for celebrities was rooted in their ability to replicate the comforts of home on production sets. Ron Anderson would visit a star’s house to understand their preferences and then design a trailer that would evoke a sense of relaxation and familiarity. These custom trailers became a hit among celebrities, providing them with a sanctuary amidst the chaos of their busy lives.
The Impact of the Pandemic
However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the entertainment industry came to a halt, and the demand for expensive trailers dwindled. The Andersons found themselves with millions of dollars’ worth of trailers that were no longer in use. Determined to adapt to the changing circumstances, they decided to buy back some of the units from major celebrities and transform a rural lot in East Austin into a glamping resort.
A Unique Glamping Experience
The 7744 Ranch, which opened in November 2022, offers guests the opportunity to stay in these luxurious celebrity RVs at a reasonable price. With nightly rates starting at $295, visitors can experience the opulence and grandeur of trailers that originally cost millions of dollars. The ranch uses the eviivo property management system to efficiently run its operations.
Inside the Celebrity RVs
Touring the RVs, guests are immediately struck by their size, livability, and unique features that reflect the tastes of their previous owners. Will Smith’s trailer, known as “The Heat,” boasts rich wood details, a steam shower, and a 100-inch TV. Anderson emphasizes that celebrities like Smith didn’t prioritize having the biggest and most extravagant trailers; instead, they sought more space and amenities to make their time on set more comfortable and productive.
Vin Diesel’s trailer, named “The Aspen,” features a zebra rug, an indoor putting green, and a luxurious bathroom. While each trailer was initially built for a specific celebrity, they have been passed around and used by various stars. Some trailers, like Simon Cowell’s, required remodeling to make them suitable for public use, such as removing a massive bathtub to create space for a bed.
A Private Retreat in the Woods
The clientele at 7744 Ranch seeks a private and peaceful escape, whether it’s to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, or simply enjoy life surrounded by nature. The ranch offers a secluded and serene environment where guests can unwind and indulge in the luxury of their surroundings. From J.Lo’s sofa to the tranquil woods, the ranch provides a unique glamping experience that appeals to those looking for a touch of celebrity glamour.
Austin’s 7744 Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind glamping experience, allowing guests to stay in mammoth two-story RVs previously owned by A-list celebrities. The Andersons’ ability to create custom trailers that replicate the comforts of home on production sets has now evolved into a unique resort, providing guests with a taste of luxury and a connection to Hollywood. As the entertainment industry adapts to the challenges brought by the pandemic, the 7744 Ranch stands as a testament to the resilience and creativity of those who strive to create unforgettable experiences for their guests.