While traveling through a desert, the Tennysons encounter a group of modern-day pirates called the Road Crew attempting to hijack the deluxe RV of Laurence Wainwright. After stopping the Road Crew, the family makes a pit stop and Ben and Gwen start to complain about how the Rust Bucket doesn’t work right and isn’t nearly as luxurious as Laurence’s RV. Shortly afterwards the Road Crew returns and steals the Rust Bucket. While Grandpa Max tries desperately to track down the Rust Bucket, the Road Crew give it a makeover for use in their plans.
The Tennysons ”borrow” Laurence’s RV to catch up to the Road Crew just as they steal missiles from a train. Baron Highway, the leader of the Road Crew, plans on using the missiles to destroy the new highway, which in turn will increase traffic on the roads that the Road Crew patrol. Ultimately Ben stops Baron Highway’s plan using his knowledge of the Rust Bucket’s quirks.