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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  • We are into Rving so we might have a little more interest in this stuff than others. They have some cool, early era, early 1900s. It is very cool to see how Rvs have evolved. Many of the old Rvs...  more »
  • Its never crowded and a great history lesson of the RV world. Great to see the faces of the people that have made the industry what it is today  more »
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  • We loved this museum as we own a vintage (1988) Airstream and travel with her extensively. Seeing and enjoying the vintage RVs in the museum was pure joy. And they offer free dry camping in their lot so we took advantage of that on this Labor Day Weekend. We were able to visit the surrounding Amish villages with ease.
  • Great variety of RVs and travel trailers arranged chronologically. This museum deserves more guests. I don't think people know it's there. Great day trip. The gift shop area has lots of unique novelty items that campers will get a chuckle out of.

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