July 11, 2021 Elkhart, IN Day 2

The temps overnight were in the low 60’s and we were able to sleep with a few windows open. That was refreshing. When we got up, it was a little chilly so we turned on the fireplace to take the chill out of the air.

We had a nice breakfast of eggs, hash browns, and toast, our usual Sunday breakfast. After breakfast, we left and drove the 3 miles to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum. The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is in Elkhart. Our friends told us about it and suggested we check it out.

We arrived at 10 AM and we had the place pretty much to ourselves for a good part of the morning. We spent 3 hours of touring the trailers, looking at photos, memorabilia, and technical advancements in the industry from before WWI to the present. This museum is the only one of its kind in the world with the most extensive collection of antique RVs, which includes units owned by Mae West and Charles Lindberg. We had a blast looking at all the antique camping equipment, some of which I remember using when I starting camping with my parents when I was a kid in the late 50’s, early 60’s. It was very nostalgic. Here are some of the highlights.

1958 Airstream- the smallest size made.
1935 Covered Wagon Travel Trailer. The exterior is genuine leatherette over a thin plywood shell.
Mae West’s 1931 House Car
1935 Lindberg Travel Trailer
1933 Ford Kamp Kar built from 1933-47. Owner made yearly winter trips to Florida in it.
This was a 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion 8 x 42 ft. Mobile Home.
1936 Roadhome Coach
This was an antique Philco TV.
1937 Hayes Motor Coach was used a few times. It was put in storage in 1940 and not removed until purchased in 1990. The only change was when it was repainted.
Antique camping equipment.
Antique radio with the antenna attached with a strap. The horseshoe-shaped thing is the antenna.
Very unique blinker signals on Mae West’s RV.
The museum is laid out nicely with opportunities to go inside many of the RV’s.

The afternoon was cool at 66 degrees. We went back to the campground and relaxed, doing some route planning for tomorrow’s drive through Chicago and Milwaukee. Auggie got a walk in-between some off- and-on drizzle. Many campers left this morning which is typical for a Sunday with weekend campers. Our next-door neighbors left this morning, so we had the area to ourselves. A few new campers arrived as the afternoon progressed. We hung out and watched some TV before dinner. We decided to cook an “indoor meal” which means not cooking something on the grill due to the weather. It was a relaxing evening watching some TV. We had a great time at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and if you are ever in the area, it is worth checking out. Thanks, Mark and Jan, for the great suggestion!

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