The RV Hall of Fame opened in 1972. It is located in Elkhart near the I-80 toll road. They have quite a collection of antique campers. The camping gear from early times have the same basic features as the campers made today. Trailers, popup, tent, and motorized were usually hand built. Some early manufacturers are still in business today. The difference today is they build large, expensive RVs with everything you can have in a house.
I took lots of photos and here are a few of them.
I hope my photos don't exceed my blog storage space.
|1915 built in California on the back of a Model T Ford roadster.|
An early idea with multiple slide-outs on this vintage model.
|1946 Kit Teardrop. |
The modern version seen on the road today
looks almost the same as this 1946 version.
|Only one built, a 1955 Airstream prototype|
|1928 Pierce Arrow Fleetcar.|
Only three were built before the 1929 recession.
|An early outdoor kitchen, just like modern RV/s with that feature.|
|You thought this was something new today?|
No, It was invented many years ago.
|1916 Cozy Camp pop up tent trailer|
|1932 Gilkie Camp King pop up tent trailer|
|1955 Ranger crank-up trailer built in California|
|1969 Pace Arrow first Fleetwood Motorhome.|
|1937 Hunt Housecar built by movie producer Roy Hunt.|
|1954 Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer|
|1967 Winnebago RV. The company started in 1958.|
|About 1962, a truck camper on a Studebaker pickup truck.|
|In 1972 I worked at the GM dealer in Milan, Indiana. |
This is a 1974 GMC motorhome. The owners son bought one.
I was not a camper at that time but I remember it was a big deal.
|1968 Jayco Jayhawk the 40th popup built that started Jayco.|
|1931 Mae West Housecar. She was a movie star in the 1930's.|
|1931 Tennessee Traveler on a Ford AA chassis|