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RV Museum Puts RVing Lifestyle On Display

Updated on July 29, 2017

Explore The RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana

Reasons to go RVing include visiting a museum in Elkhart, Indiana, American RV capital. I've driven right by the RV/MH Hall of Fame when traveling on the Interstate, but only recently had time to stop and see inside.

I'm so glad I did! It is a fascinating place to visit.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame is just the kind of museum to visit on International Museum Day, May 18. This is a day established in 1977 by the Internaitonal Council of Museums, to focus attention on museums and their challenges.

This museum has had challenges in recent years, with the tough economy. But it has turned a corner and its future looks good.

You can celebrate International Museum Day by visiting a museum, learning about your local museums and planning a future visit, making a donation, or even volunteering to work at a museum.

Or... get into your RV and travel to a special museum that you might have always wanted to visit. Especially the RV museum in Elkhart!

Top photo, the museum, faces I-80/90 near Exit 96 off the Indiana Toll Road, with new RVs parked for a weekend show. Lower left, framed photo of RVs and workers in downtown Elkhart, publicity for the RV industry. Center right: logo celebrating 100 years of RV industry. Lower right: vintage camper in the RV/MH Hall of Fame collection.

Photos by kimbesa.

Classic teardrop back end kitchen
Classic teardrop back end kitchen

Visit The RV Museum That's Like No Other

The RV/MH Hall of Fame has roots going back to 1972. Its collection of vintage RVs was first displayed in downtown Elkhart.

They moved to the current location in 2007. Times have been tough for the industry, and the museum, but it's been able to get back on its feet so the hall can continue, and RV fans from everywhere can stop by to visit.

There are more than 50 vintage and antique recreational vehicles on display, and some new ones, too, in the "Go RVing" hall. Class A, Class B, Class C, fifth wheel, travel trailer, teardrop, pop up camper...they are all represented in this wonderful collection.

People who are into RVing are REALLY into this.

I expected to stay 10 minutes. I was there more than an hour, and could have stayed longer. This museum is certainly one-of-a-kind and especially enjoyable for those who love RVs, grew up with them, and enjoy camping and traveling in their own recreational vehicle..

Yes, you CAN park on the site overnight, but parking mode only. No slide outs. Contact the RV/MH Hall of Fame for more details.

Classic teardrop trailer "kitchen".

Photo Gallery From My Visit - Enjoy The RV Lifestyle On Display

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Another view of the Go RVing room, where you can check out some new, full-size, modern RVs and see how the product has evolved from earlier days.View down the "highway" in the vintage RV display room. More than 50 vintage RVs. Many are probably irreplaceable. These will take you back in time...Minature diorama, showing the entire process of constructing an RV. This is fascinating!Inside the Go RVing display hall. There is a theater where RV videos play, and some new recreational vehicles as well.And...there are displays explaining the benefits of the different types of RVs. I can keep Class A and fifth wheel straight. The oVintage travel trailer, 1964 Coachmen Cadet.
Another view of the Go RVing room, where you can check out some new, full-size, modern RVs and see how the product has evolved from earlier days.
Another view of the Go RVing room, where you can check out some new, full-size, modern RVs and see how the product has evolved from earlier days.
View down the "highway" in the vintage RV display room. More than 50 vintage RVs. Many are probably irreplaceable. These will take you back in time...
View down the "highway" in the vintage RV display room. More than 50 vintage RVs. Many are probably irreplaceable. These will take you back in time...
Minature diorama, showing the entire process of constructing an RV. This is fascinating!
Minature diorama, showing the entire process of constructing an RV. This is fascinating!
Inside the Go RVing display hall. There is a theater where RV videos play, and some new recreational vehicles as well.And...there are displays explaining the benefits of the different types of RVs. I can keep Class A and fifth wheel straight. The o
Inside the Go RVing display hall. There is a theater where RV videos play, and some new recreational vehicles as well. And...there are displays explaining the benefits of the different types of RVs. I can keep Class A and fifth wheel straight. The o
Vintage travel trailer, 1964 Coachmen Cadet.
Vintage travel trailer, 1964 Coachmen Cadet.
Go RVing Hall at the museum
Go RVing Hall at the museum

RVing Lifestyle in Video

In the MotorWeek video, their first stop was the RV/MH Hall of Fame!

Vintage Silver Palace In The Collection - ...Airstream, That Is

1958 Airstream
1958 Airstream

Get Cozy In Your RV

Kitchen in a 1954 Holiday Rambler travel trailer
Kitchen in a 1954 Holiday Rambler travel trailer

Is RVing For You? Have You Seen This Museum?

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      CCGAL 4 years ago

      OK, I'm putting this on my list of places to visit. Hubby and I are full time RVers in a vintage Argosy by Airstream, and we've developed quite an interest in other vintage homes on wheels. This and the accordion museum are on my list for sure!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We have talked about buying an RV for years. I really like the idea of setting up camp in a park.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 5 years ago from Central Florida

      The only time I've been in an RV is during the 24 hours of Daytona in the infield. It was a rental and was very nice. Someday I'm going to plan a real trip in an RV.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I think I'd rather have hotel reservations!