“Discover the history of the RV”
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.
As a camping enthusiast, this was a neat place to go to. It's not very big, but where else can you see & go in some vintage campers!?! Lots of info upstairs if you are restoring an older camper. Yes, it's a little pricey for the size, but hey they are restoring 'gems'!!
Not going to lie, the entry fee of $8 seemed a little steep for what you get, but I suppose when in Rome. Fun to look at the old vintage campers and trailers. If you're going through this area you might as well stop by.
What a great place to visit. It's a unique time capsule. Amazing how innovative Americans were as we still are.
Great snapshot of RV history
This museum was a blast. I love camping and looking at campers, especially old ones like this that you don't see anymore. I also built my teardrop camper, so to see some of these home built rigs was awesome! I loved this place! They will also let you bring your dog in as long as you carry it or have a stroller for it. It was nice to be able to look around and not have to rush because the dog was in the car. Great stop!!
Super friendly staff and well worth the entry fee. You get to see the worlds oldest RV which is just the start of an amazing place I would recommend strongly that everyone go there at least once
Admission was on the pricey side but we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the vintage RVs and trailers, especially some of the clever ideas used in the past. Very clean, take as long as you want to view it all.
This was sooo cool! Even the kids loved it (ages 10&8)! You got to get inside a lot of the old school campers too!! Def worth the entry fee!!! Also loved the gift shop area too!
Deceptively interesting. I don't own an RV and never grew up traveling in on, but I love all things retro and vintage, and their collection of old-school campers and RVs were drool-worthy.
We loved this place. It was really interesting seeing how camping has evolved over the years. You could even walk into some of the campers. Considering how much it must have cost to buy all these vintage campers, the $8 per person entry fee was within reason. Would definitely recommend this. Not your usual museum.
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RV & Motorhome Hall of Fame
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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