Visiting Elkhart Indiana
If you’ve ever bought a camper anywhere on the planet, there’s an 80% chance it was built in Elkhart, Indiana. On our visit to THE RV CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, we took the opportunity to tour the Grand Design Manufacturing Plant and visit the Recreational Vehicle & Motor Home Hall of Fame.
Grand Design Tour
Grand Design RV loves to show customers & potential customers how they build their RV’s. The company, known for its customer service and quality, is relatively new in the industry and has a pretty interesting story. Production happens early in the morning at the GD facility, and it’s nearly a ghost town when the public tours start at 2:00 PM. Cam Boyer, the company’s CFO, actually joined us and answered many questions along the way. We enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting and educational. Details on factory tours are here.
Recreational Vehicle / Motor Home Hall of Fame
We also took the opportunity to visit the Recreational Vehicle / Motor Home Hall of Fame. The RV/MH HoF is 100,000 sq. ft. Museum, which features various historical, recreational vehicles from Airstream, Winnebago, and other American makers.
The museum features RV’s dating back 100 years and continuing through the 1980s. The oldest vehicle on display is a 1913 Earl Travel Trailer, and it’s the oldest surviving specimen known. The museum is divided into areas that highlight key events in the history of RVs, such as the introduction of the first microwave oven, the first indoor toilet, and other features. Vehicles from the 1980s are displayed at the Go RV’ing exhibition hall, within walking distance of the museum.
One of the vehicles on display is the 1931 Chevrolet Housecar offered as a bribe to Mae West by Paramount Pictures to persuade her to make movies. The oldest Winnebago and the smallest Airstream ever built are also to be found in the museum.
Our trip to “The Crossroads of America” also allowed us to visit many local farms, Amish businesses, and even a cattle auction or two! All things not too easily found on Oahu! 🙂
It was great to show Caleb all of this “‘Merica” at once!