RV/MH Hall of Fame

(July 29, 2014) — The event will be held Aug. 4at Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart. It will kick off with a full breakfast at 7 a.m., a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and lunch and awards immediately following golf. Deadline to register is July 31.

(July 22, 2014) — “The Hall of Fame selection committee made excellent recommendations for the Class of 2014, and members of the RV and manufactured housing communities have a renewed interest and confidence in the long term viability of the hall of fame, museum and its programs,” said Searer.

(July 18, 2014) — The manufactured home is on loan from Fairmont Homes, Inc., Nappanee, Ind. The company completed the erection of the home late last fall. Earlier this month the staff at the museum added landscaping and a lawn to the exhibit to better illustrate how the home appears in a natural setting.

(July 7, 2014) — “The hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc — for the class of 2015 and beyond,” said Darryl Searer, president.

(June 30, 2014) — “In the past few years we have lost some of our industries’ most important pioneers, and unfortunately, they had never written down their stories, so those stories are lost forever,” said Hesselbart. “We hope this seminar will both encourage people to write their histories and inspire them sit down and start putting their stories on paper.”

(June 27, 2014) — “Standing in life a full 6-foot, 5-inches, Jay was a giant of a man, not only in physical stature, but also as a business leader, innovator and generous benefactor to our industry and his community,” said Searer.

(June 20, 2014) — “As of June 19, more than 175 friends and family of the inductees have registered which is more than double the number of registrations for the Class of 2013 induction ceremony by the same date” said Wasson.

(May 20, 2014) — “I hope all RV/MH industry members will set Monday, Aug. 4, as not only a day to celebrate the induction of the class of 2014 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, but also, support the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum itself by participating in the golf outing,” said Miller.

(May 13, 2014) — “The Cougar features three slideouts, island kitchen, LED lighting and LCD TV as well as remote controls to operate many of the features,” said Searer. “By comparison the 1937 Covered Wagon travel trailer we showcase in the Museum featured a canvas roof, leatherette sidewall and horsehair bed.”

(May 1, 2014) — “From Aug. 1 through April 30, the foundation has made significant improvements in its financial obligations and has made some major changes in its display area, gift shop and exhibitor booth area,” said Searer.

(April 21, 2014) — “This will give families an opportunity to see RVs for themselves and learn how RVing is a fun, flexible and affordable way for families to spend quality time in the outdoors.” said Rose.

(March 31, 2014) — “Our 2014 Indauction Dinner committee chairman, Mark Wasson from Bluelinx Corporation, has some exciting new ideas for this year’s program and I encourage all the friends of this year’s inductees and industry members to make their reservations early,” said Searer.

(March 26, 2014) — To be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.

(Feb. 17, 2014) — The northern Indiana museum dedicated to the history of the recreational vehicle continues to see improving finances a couple years after it faced possible closure.

(Jan. 27, 2014) — RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer has agreed to continue leading the Hall for an additional two years, In August Searer will be chairman, president and treasurer.

(Jan. 10, 2014) — RV industry inductees include Debbie Brunoforte, Bob Livingston, Peter Orthwein, John Roba and James Shields. They will be inducted during a ceremony Aug. 4 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.

(Nov. 18, 2013) — “Visitors to the museum will be able to tour historic examples of homes on wheels, experience the recently unveiled ‘wheel people’ exhibit and then step outside to visit a modern example of a manufactured home,” said Cole. “We believe they will be amazed and impressed with how far our industry has evolved.”


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