Jayne Clark, a travel writer with no biases one way or another about RVs – except one – visited the RV/MH Hall of fame while in northern Indiana for a story on the Amish Country Heritage Trail. She had been receiving notices about the RV centennial since sometime in 2009 and decided to stop in since she was in the area.
Clark’s USA Today article, Celebrating 100 years of rambling at the RV Museum, is accompanied by a photo gallery of early RVs.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum (the MH stands for Manufactured Housing) sits just off the interstate in an 80,000-square-foot building, half of which is devoted to display space.
Not having any feelings one way or another about RVs (other than not wanting to get behind one on a two-lane road), I was surprised by how wowed I was by the collection of 52 vintage machines that constitute the bulk of the exhibit.
They’re both kitschy period pieces and sculptural works of art. A walk around the gallery peering into a 1937 custom trailer with a gorgeous solid mahogany interior — or even a more humble ’50s-vintage Holiday Rambler — is bound to ignite take-this-job-and-shove-it fantasies of hitting the road and never looking back.
Check out Clark’s USA Today article, Celebrating 100 years of rambling at the RV Museum, and the photo gallery of early RVs.