Midwest Living Review
If you find yourself in Elkhart, Indiana, you will want to make time to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame. It's more interesting than you might imagine, and even the kids will get a kick exploring the museum. Begin your visit in the RV Founders Hall and take a walk through the history of campers, pop-up trailers and RVs in America. With the advent of automobile culture in the early 1900s, it didn't take folks long to start outfitting their cars for camping trips. You can see the ingenuity of these pioneers in an after-market "telescope apartment" on a 1915 Model T and a 1967 motor home based on a Cadillac Eldorado. One of the most important vehicles in the collection is a 1967 Winnebago, the camper that came to define "recreational vehicle" for an entire generation.The RV and motor home industry is the main focus here. If the walk through RV Founders Hall has inspired you to hit the open road, you can check out this year's models of RVs and pop-ups that are on display in the Go RVing Hall. With room enough for four or five units, you can explore the best the industry has to offer. There's also a small theater that runs a short movie on RVing.Beyond the small gift shop up front, the remainder of the facility is geared more to industry insiders. The Hall of Fame is a large wall covered with plaques honoring the industry's founding fathers and influential leaders. The facility also features a library and archive, plus a Supplier Hall with convention-style exhibits by various companies with ties to RVing.Plan an hour or so for your visit. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 4. Regular admission is $8. Seniors get in for $6, and kids 6-16 only $3.