Man who converted Elvis’ private jet into RV has police check if it’s road legal

  • James ‘Jimmy’ Webb is currently transforming Elvis’ private jet into a luxury mobile home
  • He’s made great strides but still doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to legally drive it on the road
  • A local sheriff came to give him an honest appraisal

Published on Jun 07, 2024 at 6:56 PM (UTC+4)
by Andie Reeves

Last updated on Jun 07, 2024 at 7:02 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A YouTuber is in the process of converting Elvis’ private jet into a mobile home, and he’s now had to get the police to check whether it is road-legal.

James ‘Jimmy’ Webb has already made great strides towards getting it on the road.

He recently had a police officer inspect it to assess his progress.

And while he received both good news and bad news, Jimmy still took his Frankenplane for a spin.

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Jimmy of the fantastic YouTube channel Jimmy’s World bought Elvis’ abandoned private jet for about $230,000.

He initially wanted to restore it to airworthy status but, after learning this would cost $6 million, he thought up another plan.

What Jimmy has done so far to The King’s private jet

Jimmy decided to transform it into a luxury RV by stripping the private jet, cutting off its wings, and mounting it onto an existing RV chassis.

While it still looks pretty rough, the vehicle works and he’s been able to drive it around his lot.

But Jimmy wants this to become his mobile home and is trying to make it fully road-worthy.

He called up Sheriff Al from Hernando County to inspect the vehicle and assess whether it would ever be possible to legally drive it on the road.

The journey to road-worthiness for Elvis’ jet

Sheriff Al’s first concern was regarding the plane’s nose, which Jimmy says counts as an appendage.

The police officer noted that he might need to extend the bumper further along the nose to get it compliant.

He also predicted that Jimmy would have to deal with several attorneys and plenty of paperwork.

“I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t have a lot of hope,” he said.

His next concern was the cockpit and the views of the road from it.

Jimmy said that he planned to add side mirrors or a camera, but the Sheriff wasn’t sure that would be enough, suggesting he might put a bubble on top for better visibility.

The windshield of the cockpit is surprisingly small and offers barely any side visibility, and there is no way to see behind you without installing a camera.

According to the Sheriff, he has between a one in a thousand and a one in a million chance of making it road-legal.

The worst-case scenario would be that he has to trailer it, which isn’t too bad.

Next up on Jimmy’s to-do list is to fix the paint job on the jet and to cover up the wheels and RV frame.

After the sheriff left, Jimmy wasn’t too disheartened; in fact, he went for a celebratory drive.

He took the RV for a short drive around his neighborhood, going about 38 mph.

There were no hiccups or issues whatsoever.

Unless you count the fact that someone had to drive behind him the whole way, telling him when he was veering out of his lane via walkie-talkie.

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Andie Reeves

Andie is a content writer from South Africa with a background in broadcasting and journalism. Starting her career in the glossy pages of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, Andie has a broad portfolio, covering everything from sustainability solutions to celebrity car collections. When not at her laptop Andie can be found sewing, recording her podcast, taking board games too seriously or road-tripping in her bright green Kia.