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 were staying in Shipshewana and decided to venture out into nearby areas to see some different sites. We have been to Shipshewana many times, and although we love to visit, we have seen all of thei...  more »
  • We are wannabe RV-ers and enjoyed exploring this beautiful building. The imaginative collection of vintage trailers is the high point, of course, but we were also impressed with the reference library,...  more »
  • We made a quick stop at the museum while on the road after Thanksgiving. My wife had been there before and wanted us to also experience it. It is a fun look at the history of RVs. Worth the stop if yo...  more »
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  • This place is awesome. They had really cool look in the past RV to look at. The greatest part is that you can go inside them and sit and really feel how the RV used to be back in the day. They have a ton of parking for trucks or even RVs. They do allow you to sleep there overnight if you need to. You just can't set up camp there. It's nice that it's right off the highway. Just a quick stop and go. Although it's better to take your time and look around at all the different displays they have. They do charge $10, but it's well worth the money for all that you get to see. Would be awesome to come with kids. They also have clean bathroom which is a plus for stopping when traveling. Overall the building is pretty clean. I would totally recommend stopping by and checking it out.
  • If you enjoy the outdoors, have towed a trailer.. this is a place to enjoy for the sake that as soon as people enjoyed the start of motoring, there were those who designed, created towable trailers to enhance comfort as more people enjoyed the great outdoors .. Seriously .. check out the early Recreation Vehicles.. especially the Tennessee Traveler
  • It's a great place to have company meetings it's located in a pretty good place you'll love it bring you come they have Christmas party Sarah
  • Nearly a days worth of looking at vintage and modern RVs. An amazing collection that carries you from the first RVS to today's glamorous units. A must visit at least once for anyone with a yen for the world of RVing, camping and travel. Huge and modern facility
  • My family from Germany have enjoyed this great museum with a lot of old american vehicles. Great for those who love american history. Just beautiful!
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