RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Elkhart

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame is a 100,000 sq. ft. museum in Elkhart, Indiana that features a variety of historical recreational vehicles from Airstream, Winnebago and other American makers. The foundation states that their primary goals are to "To create a display of historic RV/MH products in a museum for the education and enjoyment of the public."HistoryFounded in 1972 as the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing Heritage Foundation, the museum opened in 1991 and in 2007, moved into its current location. The foundation is a non-profit organization and relies on donations from a variety of sources.FeaturesThe museum is located just off Interstate 80 near Elkhart and features pull through parking for RV travelers, which comprise a portion of the visitors. The primary building, Founders Hall, is complete with artificial trees and other plants to create a simulated RV campground.The museum features a variety of recreation vehicles dating back 100 years and continuing through the 1980s. The oldest vehicle on display is a 1913 Earl Travel Trailer and is the oldest surviving specimen known. The museum is divided into areas that highlight key events in the history of RVs, such as the introduction of the first microwave oven, the first indoor toilet and other features. Vehicles from the 1980s on are displayed at the Go RVing exhibition hall, within walking distance of the museum.One of the vehicles on display is the 1931 Chevrolet Housecar that was offered as a bribe to Mae West by Paramount Pictures, to persuade her to make movies. The oldest Winnebago and the smallest Airstream ever built are also to be found in the museum.
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  • They have personal and family RVs from as far back as early 1900s. I enjoyed the 1950 trailers the most. Was fascinated by the 1920s motor coaches.  more »
  • We enjoyed our time at the RV Hall of Fame. We live in the Michiana area, and have done so for the past few years, but up until now we haven’t made it to this place. They tell the RV history story wel...  more »
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  • I was here for an event and decided to take a walk through. If you are into RV history I'm sure it is something of interest and worth your time. I'm not really an RV buff, however, I found the RV units on display to be informative and overall enjoyed the exhibit.
  • Surprisingly interesting and large. We went there on a whim after an RV show and wished we had dedicated more time for the museum than the show. There are RVs dating back to the 20's and enough vehicles to give detailed insights into how RVs changed and evolved over the years. It could stand to have some more enthusiastic curation and maintenance, but still an enjoyable experience.

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