No, I’m not kidding. The RV Hall of Fame is for real. It’s also a museum, a research center … and a pretty darn cool place if do I say so myself! Located in Elkhart, Indiana, the museum is home to dozens of old RVs and motor homes dating back to the early 1900′s. I had no idea that people were taking to life on the road that early. (without a horse, that is!)
It was very cool to see how these things progressed through the years, and I was actually surprised to see that some of the older motor homes had a lot more style than many of the current ones have. So many today are shaped like a giant shoebox with wheels … at least that’s how they can look on the outside. The interiors are often pretty different. And speaking of interiors, I never thought I would be enthralled with how the insides of these things are designed … but I kind of am. I guess several months of organizing my life in a small space, mixed with Ben’s new bus restoration project, has made me a connoisseur of closet organization systems and low-energy fixtures. God, I’m becoming such a dork! (oh, and side note on the dork thing… Ben and I actually wore matching vintage RV park shirts to this museum. Completely dorkified, I know. But we got a kick out of it… and will probably do it again)
Anyway, so it was great to see how some of the interiors were set up in the old trailers. Just because they’re vintage, doesn’t mean the designers weren’t space savvy. Of course there were a handful of doozies that would make you cringe. For example, a normal-looking living room chair… as a driver’s seat. Um… no thank you.
Here’s a video slideshow from our time at the museum. Something particularly cool about this one is that all the photos were taken on the iPhone, and the entire slideshow was also created on the iPhone, via the way cool Animoto app. The only negative i’ve found is that even though I can share the video through social media and email, I haven’t figured out how to get the embed code for the iPhone Animoto creations. (If I used the web site version, it’d be no prob)