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The Rust Bucket is Max Tennyson's RV. It is outfitted with an array of Plumbers' technology including jet propulsion and laser weaponry. Despite having state-of-the-art armaments and capabilities, the Rust Bucket has a faulty toilet and a broken air conditioner. It was destroyed sometime before the events of the flashbacks in Omniverse and replaced by the Rust Bucket 2.


Main Timeline

Original Series

In The Visitor, the Rust Bucket gets blown into pieces, and was able to be reassembled in less than one full day.

In Ben 4 Good Buddy, it is shown that various clicks and button pushing can create a type of effect to the Rust Bucket, such as firing ice cubes or making the hydraulics turn on.

Alternate Timelines

Original Future

The Rust Bucket in Ben 10,000

In Ben 10,000, the Rust Bucket is upgraded with new advanced hi-technology. The inside also looks quite bright. The RV can also fly. A door in the Rust Bucket also leads to a chamber which contains the Null Void Projector which had to be moved due to Dr. Animo's actions.

In Race Against Time

Ben 10: Race Against Time

The first time the Rust Bucket appeared in the movie was after Heatblast "destroyed" Eon and the theme song came on. The Rust Bucket was blown to pieces by Eon later in the movie as he tried to kill Ben.


  • Turbo engine (later upgraded by Cooper)
  • Plumber Map: A map that shows all Plumber base locations.
  • Thrusters: Powerful jet thrusters deploy from the rear and sides of the RV.
  • Grappling Cable: A high-tensile strength cable with a spike at the end to attach onto things.
  • Electric Pulse: The wheels of the RV can discharge electrical currents.
  • Flamethrowers: The exhaust pipes of the Rust Bucket can expel a superheated plume of flames.
  • Gyro Blades: Reconfigures the paneling along the sides of the RV to emit a powerful energy beam.
  • Laser Turrets: Turrets deploy from the back of the Rust Bucket that can fire laser blasts.
  • Plasma Cannon: A narrow, cylindrical apparatus that deploys out of the side of the Rust Bucket and can produce a powerful plasma discharge.
  • Hidden Gun Compartment: In the cup holder between the driver and passenger seats, is a hidden compartment that held a gun.
  • Ejector Seats: Both of the cab seats can be ejected and have built-in parachutes to slow descent.
  • Intergalactic Monitoring System: An advanced threat detection interface.
  • Ram: The grill of the RV extends out and to the sides. It glows with energy and can be used to ram objects with great force.
  • Rocket: A rocket launcher positioned on top of the RV.
  • Caltrops: Small spiked balls are deployed behind the RV to pop a pursuers tires.
  • Autopilot: A system that drives the Rust Bucket autonomously. It was initially faulty and could only travel in straight lines until it was rewired by Cooper.[pop-up 2][2]
  • Dream Entering Machine: Allows the users to enter another person's dream. It was displayed in Perfect Day.



The Rust Bucket has a small bathroom located toward the rear of the vehicle. The toilet is infamous for requiring three people to flush it.


The bedroom is located at the rear of the vehicle. When Gwen and Ben were on their road trips, Ben slept on the upper bed while Gwen slept on the lower bed. When not used for sleeping, the beds stow away and the bedroom converts to a lounge area with a U-shaped couch and coffee table.


The Rust Bucket has a kitchenette on the left side of the vehicle, opposite of the entry door. Next to the door on the right side is a small, two-seat dinette table. Max prepares meals, most of which Ben and Gwen don't like.


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Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Rozoga From Rozoga, Rattletrap
Polish Gruchot From gruchot, Rattle
Portuguese (Br) Lata Velha From Lata Velha, Old Can
Romanian Rabla From Rabla, Wreck
Spanish (HA) Cámper (before Omniverse)
Rust Bucket
From Campér, Campervan
From the original English name


In FusionFall

  • Max Tennyson referred to the Rust Bucket as "family."[3]
  • The Plumbers built four Rust Buckets in addition to the one used by the Tennysons. Of the other three, one was destroyed and two are in storage at Mt. Rushmore.[pop-up 1][1]
  • The Rust Bucket was equipped with so many gadgets that even Max forgot about them.[pop-up 3][4]
  • The Rust Bucket was designed by the Plumbers to run on gasoline as part of its disguise.[pop-up 4][5]
  • A common fault in many old motorhomes, the beds do not have safety bars. As a result, both Ben and Gwen have fallen out of their beds at one time or another.
  • The Rust Bucket could go 300 miles an hour.[3]
  • It took 3 people to flush its toilet.[3]
  • Its license plate number was "S81Z1M". Translating each number to their place in the alphabet spells "SHAZAM", a reference to the 1974 show that inspired the base concept of the original series (a super-powered road trip with a young child and a guardian mentor).
  • Its design is heavily based on the GMC motorhome.
  • The Rust Bucket is similar to Lone Starr's space Winnebago from the 1987 film Spaceballs.

See Also



Armors Class 12 Armored Mecha SuitEnoch Battle BotMalware ArmorMark 5 Nanoshift Enabled Exo-ArmorMechamorph ArmorPlumber SuitProto-Tech ArmorPrypiatosian-B Containment SuitToltech Battle Armor
Components Reverse Calibrated Lepton TransducerTetramand Engine BlocksVariable G Offset Modulator
Devices Ben's PhoneCloaking ProjectorHolo-ViewerMind Control HeadbandNuclear Fusion DeviceOmnitrix Remote ControlRex's GogglesSonic Frequency DeviceSonic Pitch WhistleUniversal TranslatorVox Peniculus
Energy Verdona's BraceletChronologgerDominus LibriumDwarf StarPlumber Power CoreSub-Energy
Food Amber OgiaArtificial TiffinBratharatChili FriesFleen CakeGelatin MoldGyroMeatball SubMycetian Swamp HoppersPickled Cow TonguePrince's PeanutsProtozoanSmoothieSmoothieSteamed Tofu and Wheat Germ with AlgaeTentacle PopZandurian Goulash
Formulae Mr. Hyde FormulaOgia Concentrate
Genetics A.R.C. ProjectCodon StreamDevolution BombDNA Repair GunDNA ScannerDNA TransmodulatorGenetic Alteration FieldHighbreed Pulse GeneratorKormite Power Core
Magic Alpha RuneArchamada Book of SpellsCharmcaster's BagCharms of BezelDoor to AnywhereMap of InfinitySealGwen's SpellbookStaff of Ages
Minerals and Alloys Petropia Back-up CrystalBicenthium AlloyCorrodiumCredit CubeElement XEnergy Source CrystalInfinitumKormiteOcculentPolymorphic CrystalTaydenTaydeniteVarsidium
Ships Anterian ObliteratorChimeran HammerGyropodHighbreed ShipHulex Drilling MachineLovely DuckLuhley's ShipMegacruiserPlumber ShipProto-TRUKProvidence HelicarrierResolutePlumbers' Research Satellite DeltaRust Bucket 3Aggregor's ShipKhyber's ShipDr. Psychobos' ShipSkipperStarliner ShipSun Draining ShipTakion 930Techadon Star Beam PlatformXylene's Ship
Teleportation Hyperspace Jump GateNull Void ProjectorRetrieval Beacon GeneratorTeleport ReceiverTeleporter PodWarp Field Generator
Time-Travel Chrono NavigatorChronoporterChronosapien Time BombHands of ArmageddonOrb of Pooma Poonkoo
Vehicles Kevin's CarKevin's Car (Omniverse)DX Mark 10Galvan JetpackHoverboardHovercycleIncursean War WheelElena's MotorcycleMax's MotorcyclePlasma Beam TankPlumber TankRust BucketRust Bucket 2Taydenite CarTenn-SpeedTime CyclesUndersea Manta Ray
Weapons AnnihilarghAscalonChilling GunCortical DislocatorDe-Ager RayExcaliburGalvanian SkeuomorphGorilla ToyKhyber's Hunting RifleIncursean Conquest RayJinglelatorKinetic LanceKinetronic BlasterLaser LanceMana Disruption GrenadeMark 12 Techadorian MultiblasterNaljian DestructorNuclear Fusion GrenadeProto-ToolRuby Ray of RouleauShield of SeagleSound Wave GrenadeAggregor's SpearSun GunSword of Ek ChuajVilgax's SwordTachyon CannonTechadon Dissipator
Other Anti-Gravity ProjectorCerebral VortexCloning MachineDehydrated Techadon Army CubeHacker MachineHelixHighbreed Weather ArrayID MaskLife-Form Lock MicrochipNanitesOmega-1 NanitePlumber SnakeShrink RaySonic DiskTechadon FactoryUltimatrix Security Keys
See Also ExtranetSumo Slammers
Non-Canon Potis AltiareSkeleton Key