10 Fun Things You Didn’t Know About the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
You can’t miss this 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels! But here's what you might not know about the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. We got the scoop from one of its lucky drivers.
It’s Not a Wiener-bago
The interior of the Wienermobile doesn’t have a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. It has six seats, though the driver’s seat and “shotbun” have the best view, says Hayley Rozman. Also known as Habanero Hayley, she’s a “Hotdogger” who’s been on tour with the Wienermobile for the last year.
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It’s—Surprisingly—Not That Hard to Drive
Habanero Hayley might even forget she’s behind the wheel of a giant Oscar Mayer hot dog, because it’s “the only thing I really drive for a year.” But it’s hard to find a parking spot! The Wienermobile is 64 hot dogs long, so the drivers probably prefer to skip parallel parking.
You Can Ask for a Ride
Just be in the right place, at the right time, with the right story. Habanero Hayley remembers a woman at an event who was so excited to see the Wienermobile, that she and her partner Ketchup Kyle couldn’t resist giving her a lift! The Hotdoggers were happy to chauffeur the woman and her husband back to the senior community where they lived.
Everyone Always Asks…
“If we have hot dogs.” The Wienermobile may be shaped like a hot dog, but they don’t serve hot dogs. Just Wiener Whistles!
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It’s Still Packed with Wiener Whistles
The Wiener Whistle has been an Oscar Mayer staple since 1958. Lots of people remember getting a whistle back in the day and will ask the Hotdoggers for a Wiener Whistle for old times’ sake. Fortunately, the Wienermobile can carry up to 11,000 whistles.
The Drivers Have to Like Hot Dogs
For some events, a separate Oscar Mayer truck will haul buns over to the Wienermobile to grill hot dogs. Habanero Hayley can’t resist an Oscar Mayer dog with Heinz ketchup—and she’s had roughly 48½ hot dogs over the past 10 months.
…But Don’t Have to Eat Hot Dogs for Every Meal
Since the Wienermobile doesn’t have a bedroom or bathroom, the Hotdoggers have to stay in hotels when they’re on the road. Habanero Hayley and Ketchup Kyle prefer to stay in accommodations with kitchens, because they like to eat pretty healthy. The menu rotation includes grain bowls, salads, tikka masala and turkey burgers.
There’s a Mini Wienermobile, Too
The “Wiener Mini” was built in 2008 on a Mini Cooper to celebrate Oscar Mayer’s 125th anniversary. It’s usually stored in Wisconsin and only hits the road for super-special occasions. Check out its license plate: LTL LINK!
The Wienermobile Goes Everywhere (Really!)
It has been to the Statue of Liberty; Whittier, Alaska, one of the most remote places in America; plenty of National Parks and even the beach. During the most recent Polar Vortex in the Midwest, one Wienermobile was parked by the sand at a beautiful beach near Savannah, Georgia.