Larry Hagmans 1984 Airstream Motorhome Auctioned Off
Larry Hagman’s beloved 1984 Airstream Motorhome has been auctioned off. Hagman’s Airstream was the rare 345 model and it is estimated that he spent more than $100,000 in renovations and upgrades. Hagman also modified his Airstream to be powered by solar panels, as befitting his interest in solar energy. In fact, Hagman often drove this RV to various solar energy conferences. It was also used as his dressing room for the 2012 revival of “Dallas”, which currently airs on TNT.
Hagman was born on Sept. 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas. Although he is best known for playing oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s soap opera “Dallas” and its 2012 revival, his first major television role was Air Force Captain Anthony Nelson in the 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie”. Hagman also made guest appearances in many other television shows such as “Desperate Housewives”, “The Rockford Files”, “Knots Landing” and “Nip/Tuck”.
He was a fierce proponent of solar and other alternative energy. At one point, his home was powered by 240 solar panels, which was one of the largest residential solar arrays in the country. In 2010, he was hired as a spokesman by SolarWorld, the largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United States. Although he had been a proponent of alternative energy for some time prior, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 encouraged him to make his beliefs public knowledge.
Hagman also loved Airstream motorhomes. He purchased a rare 1984 Airstream 345 motorhome to be used as his dressing room for the 2012 revival of “Dallas”, as a place to stay when he traveled to various solar energy conferences, and as a place to host gatherings with the cast of “Dallas”. He spent over $100,000 to customize and renovate the motorhome, adding solar panels to power the motorhome, and replacing the engine with a new Chevrolet 454 engine.
Hagman died on November 12, 2012, due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia. In 1995, he was diagnosed with liver cancer, but received a liver transplant. This event caused him to quit smoking and he became strongly anti-smoking, recording public service announcements urging smokers to quit and non-smokers to never start. In 2011, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Although the throat cancer went into remission in July 2012, he was later diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, which ultimately led to his death.