I am always on the lookout for family-friendly destinations. Even though the whole family doesn’t always travel together, I can usually count on the Little Adventurer to come along, especially if it has to do with RVs, diners, and car camping. On our trip to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, we got to do all three.
Opened in 1972, the building was started to maintain a Hall of Fame to honor the leaders of the RV and motorhome industries. They also curate a library, which currently houses over 20,000 industry publications. The museum displays historic products, though the Hall also shows current iterations as well.
While the building and its components are interesting in general, what really got us excited were the Museum section and, of course, the gift shop. The RV Founders Hall is set up as a walk along a road depicting the history of the RV industry. From on-offs built for celebrities to pop-up campers to bus-size motorhomes (emphasis on the home), it’s fascinating to see the evolution.
This location certainly educates one on the history of RVs and motorhomes, makes you want to pull out the old checkbook, and also celebrates the industry in a way that makes you want to hit the road and explore. Grab the family and swing by if you are in the area, it’s a fun visit.
Directions to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum:
If you’re hungry for lunch, check out the Flippin’ Cow (see my review on Zomato), a basic burger joint with great views of Simonton Lake.
If you’re a little goofy like my son and I are, head North from Flippin’ Cow and head towards the RV/MH Hall of Fame by following State Line Road East, which means houses on your left are in Michigan and houses on your right are in Indiana. Ah, the simple pleasures!
Slide show of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum:
We camped at the Dunewood Campground at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a nice blend between primitive and developed, and more privacy than most Midwest campgrounds. It also features walk-in campsites, if you want to be away from cars. We’ve had better luck camping here than at the Indiana Dunes State Park campground down the road, which definitely requires a reservation in the more popular months.
More transportation fun: