The Self-sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home is a vehicle vaguely resembling a series of connected hot air balloons, designed with all the amenities of a small house. It was invented by Hector prior to Book the Seventh and it was secretly hidden in his barn.
Hector built it in order for him to escape the Village of Fowl Devotees. Although one would question why he couldn't simply leave normally (as it seems legal for village members to leave), it is implied that Hector built it so that he could escape the troubles of all the world for the rest of his life. As such, it was not designed to return to the ground.
|“||My invention is nothing more than a hot air balloon — except it's much larger. Instead of one large basket, there are twelve baskets, all tied together below several hot air balloons. Each basket serves as a different room, so it's like having an entire flying house. It's completely self-sustaining — once you get up in it, you never have to go back down. In fact, if my new engine works properly, it will be impossible to get back down. The engine should last for more than one hundred years, and there's a huge storage basket that I'm filling with food, beverages, clothing, and books. Once it's completed, I'll be able to fly away from V.F.D. and the Council of Elders and everything else that makes me skittish, and live forever in the air.||”|
The Vile Village
When the Baudelaires began to follow and climb up the long rope ladder, Olaf and Esmé Squalor appeared. Esmé shot the rope ladder with a harpoon gun, causing it to unravel. She also caused further damage to the vehicle by harpooning it.
The Baudelaires decided they had to climb back down since if they kept trying to climb up, they would fall to their deaths. Violet was especially devastated and shed a tear, as she was uncertain if she would reunite with Hector and the Quagmires again, or if they would be safe.
The balloon home disappeared into the horizon, forcing the Baudelaires to flee to the Hinterlands in order to escape the mob of angry villagers demanding them to be burned at the stake.
Duncan, Isadora and Hector somehow sent a message that made it seem like they were in trouble, as they were being attacked by V.F.D. eagles. Kit Snicket and Quigley Quagmire received the message and stole a helicopter from a nearby botanist. Only Quigley went to save them, as Kit had to help the Baudelaires.
Quigley managed to reach the self-sustaining hot air mobile home and helped his siblings and Hector catch the treacherous eagles in an enormous net. However, the home was later destroyed when it crashed into the Queequeg after suffering damage from the eagles.
- The Vile Village
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (mentioned/hinted)
- Who Could That Be at This Hour? (mentioned/hinted)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)