RV/MH Hall of Fame is alive and well

A little while back I had heard that the RV/MH Hall of Fame was facing financial difficulties and might possibly shut down. What a shame that would have been! Today I received my copy of Trailer Life Magazine and on page 8 was an article about some generous giving that would give the Hall of Fame a fresh start. The family of the late long-time benefactor, Boots Ingram, has pledged a matching $100,000.00 gift if a like amount can be raised through individual donations before the end of August 2012. As well as the gifts of money, the RV/MH Hall of Fame has restructured its financial obligations. The Chairman of the Board, Bill Garpow, said “Our glorious building will remain open for years to come. Our history will continue to be preserved. It’s a day of triumph and celebration for the RV and manufactured housing industries, a day made possible by the continued generosity of the Ingrams.”

There are all kinds of “Halls of Fame”. There’s the Football Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame, Music Hall of Fame and countless others. I would venture to say that most of those other halls of fame flourish because of the nature and glamor of those that they honor. We in the RV business should be proud of our Hall of Fame and do our best to support it so that it remains open for the generations to come.

A couple of years ago, we were in Elkhart, IN to have our 5th wheel repaired by the manufacturer. Since that is the location of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, we took a day to visit. My wife and I were very impressed with the layout and the manner in which the displays were arranged.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame houses a large variety of old RVs that date back to the early 1900s. There is a library of RV related publications and a display of plaques of those people who were industry pioneers and leaders who made significant contributions to the RV industry since the 1970s.

If you own a RV, then this is your Hall of Fame. Do your part and go visit and spend a little money while there. If folks don’t go visit, then there’s no reason to have the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

RV Hall of Fame

RV/MH Hall of Fame


RV Hall of Fame

Looking down from balcony


RV/MH Hall of Fame

Covered Wagon RV from 1929


RV/MH Hall of Fame

Line of RVs of the past



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