The new RV/MH Hall of Fame/Museum adjacent to the Indiana Toll Road in
Elkhart County, Ind., has been drawing a steady stream of visitors since
its March 26 opening.
“The first week went absolutely wonderfully,” said foundation spokesman
Al Hasselbart. “We had RV travelers, local people and two bus groups.
Finally, we are doing what we said we were going to do: show off the
industry to everybody and anybody.”
The facility’s “soft opening” was held in advance of the
official opening scheduled for Aug. 5, the day before the RV/MH Heritage
Foundation Inc.’s 2007 Hall of Fame induction dinner.
A key attraction is the Hall of Fame’s Go RVing pavilion, which
features interactive kiosks, a continuously running Go RVing video,
campground and RV dealer locators, and a representative sampling of new
A supplier exhibit hall has yet to be occupied, and
construction will follow on a wing of the museum to house RV historian
David Woodworth’s 1,800-piece collection of antiques and camping
memorabilia. A separate hall currently houses the foundation’s own
collection of about two dozen RVs with historical significance.
“The purpose for the soft opening was to allow visitors to come
through and begin to see any areas that need to be revamped in
preparation for the grand opening,” said B.J. Thompson, president of
B.J. Thompson Associates, the Go RVing Coalition’s liaison to the
The foundation’s staff in December moved into the building,
which also houses a library and meeting room. The hall of fame/museum
previously was located in downtown Elkhart.
For more information, call (800) 378-8694 or visit www.rv-mh-hall-of-fame.org