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Here's what it's like to be a 'hotdogger' and drive a Wienermobile

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Here's what it's like to be a 'hotdogger' and drive a Wienermobile

WATCH  | If you've ever seen the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on the road, you might have wondered: Where is it going and why is it here? 

Circa decided to ride the Wienermobile for a day and find out what it's like to be a "hotdogger".

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First and foremost, it's never a dull day when you're driving the Wienermobile around the country. 


Random honks and confusion

When Circa met hotdoggers Christian Blatner and Kayla Kawalec in Tarrytown, New York in early September, the pair had already hit 9 or 10 states in the Northeast region during the first two months on the job. 

The pair is now used to random honks, truck drivers giving them nods of camaraderie, kids pointing and waving and looks of genuine confusion in smaller towns. 

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Christian Blatner and Kayla Kawalec are recent graduates from University of Wisconsin and University of Florida, respectively. 

Wait, no hot dogs on the Wienermobile?

Every year, Oscar Mayer recruits 12 recent college graduates to drive six Wienermobiles around the country for a year to promote the brand, each car assigned to a different region. 


The hotdoggers spend time driving from town to town, usually making a stop in front of a grocery store to chat with people, hand out swag bags and let them take photos. And no, they don't carry or serve hot dogs on the Wienermobile. 


27-foot hot dog on wheels


"The Wienermobile is 24 hot dogs high and 60 hot dogs long, but in layman's term, that's 11 feet high and 27 feet long," said Kawalec. 

Inside, there are six seats, a flat-screen TV and a wiener-shaped dashboard.

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The Wienermobiles have been on the road since 1936. The first vehicle was designed by Carl Mayer, Oscar Mayer's nephew. The Wienermobile we rode in was a 2012 model. 

A year on the road

"It was a challenge at first living out of a suitcase and moving from one city to the next," said Blatner. He added that some valuable skills he's learning include booking your own hotel every week and cooking simple meals to avoid eating out everyday. 

"It's almost a little bit like a customer service job in some ways," Kawalec said. "We learn negotiation and business skills as well as interpersonal skills, especially when you're with someone 24/7 -- like having a coworker, to the extreme."

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WATCH  | "My favorite part of the job is seeing someone who's seen the Wienermobile 30, 40 years ago when they were a kid and they're seeing it again for the first time," Blatner said. It's a big part of many Americans' childhood, including that of his coworker, Kawalec, who grew up singing the Oscar Mayer jingle.

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