RV / Motor Home Hall of Fame
Location: Elkhart, IN (21565 Executive Parkway)
When to visit: Summer Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-3pm
Cost: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $12 kids
Time needed: 30-60 minutes
I once spent an entire summer cruising around the U.S., living and traveling in a conversion van. That was a lot of fun, but it was a very bare-bones means of nomadic living.
Having to find a Walmart or McDonald’s or rest stop every time I needed to use the bathroom got old fast.
I’ve always hoped that someday I could purchase an actual RV, with an actual bathroom and sink and television and a bunch of other fancy amenities onboard. Partaking in road trips would be much more fun if I had a basic level of leisure.
So naturally I was drooling as I walked through the RV Hall of Fame (officially the “RV / MH Hall of Fame and Museum”) in Elkhart, Indiana. This place has exhibits about the history of RV life, plus brand-new RVs and vintage models you can walk around inside and explore.
Smartly located just off Route 80, the site is easy to reach whether you’re in a compact car or you have a giant motorhome dragging a truck behind you.
Fun fact: The “MH” in The RV / MH Hall of Fame actually stands for “manufactured housing” rather than “motorhome.” But we can all agree that motorhome makes a lot more sense, right?
Sights Inside the RV Hall of Fame
That Coachmen is a ride similar to what my grandparents used to have in the ’80s. I’d love to have one of those.
Most of the RVs, both new and classic, are open for visitors to walk through. Taking long car trips can be tough because there’s not a lot of room for road trip necessities.
That’s why massive RVs feel so much more comfortable!
Here’s one of the brand-new RVs on display. The modern campers are so impressive, but I can’t imagine ever buying one because they are incredibly expensive. You have to pay for this kind of luxury!
The Hall of Fame also has some standard museum exhibits on camping and RV history.
Who’s your favorite RV industry pioneer? If, like most folks, you can’t name anybody who was a pioneer in this field, the museum will introduce you to several important figures in the motorhome world.
Logistics for Visiting for the Museum
As of this writing, a single adult ticket for the RV Hall of Fame and Museum costs $20. That’s a massive increase from just a few years ago when I visited, when the cost was $12.
Seniors are now charged $15, while children age 6 and up are charged $12. Kids 5 and under are free.
During spring and summer (from April 1 to October 31), the museum is open 9 to 5 every day except Sunday, when it’s open 10 am to 3 pm. During fall and winter, the museum closes on Wednesdays and shifts to a 10 to 4 schedule on weekdays.
RV Hall of Fame Camping: Can You Stay in the Parking Lot?
RV owners on the move often want to know if they can camp overnight in the RV Hall of Fame parking lot. In the past, the museum allowed RV visitors to stay in its parking lot.
These days, overnight parking is allowed, but only if you’re a member of Harvest Hosts program. This network of facilities allows members to stay overnight at businesses across the country. You have to pay a yearly fee to join.
Read more about the Harvest Hosts program and the RV Hall of Fame’s overnight parking policy here.
Parking overnight in the lot at the RV Hall of Fame is great so you won’t have to sleep in a hotel parking lot! There are no hookups of any kind at the museum, but guests are welcome to use their own generators.
Additional RV Resources
Cruise America: Here’s a good place to find RV rentals. It’s a popular company that beginners often use for their first RV rental.
Harvest Hosts: The RV camping membership network providing overnight parking in more than 5000 places in the country, for one annual fee.
The RV Lab: This site provides RV adventure inspiration and practical buying guides for products such as the best RV tvs, battery chargers, vacuums, grills, and more.
RV Mobile Internet Resource Center: Created by the couple behind the Technomadia travel blog, this site has good tips and resources for finding mobile internet while traveling by RV.
Sanidumps: A directory of RV dump stations across the country.
The RV / MH Hall of Fame and Museum is only a short detour from U.S. Route 20, which happens to be the longest road in America!
I consider the RV Hall of Fame to be one of the coolest places to visit in the state of Indiana!
Would you ever visit the RV Hall of Fame?