Jack Sisemore Traveland, a mega RV dealership in Amarillo, Texas, has created a museum of RVs. The collection sits in a free museum at their dealership.
The full story by Dan Leeth from Dallas News can be viewed here.
The collection includes a 1941 Westcraft trailer, originally owned by a World War II defense worker. A photograph of the USS Sigourney battleship signed by 17 U.S. presidents hangs inside, according to the Dallas Morning News.
There’s a 1946 “teardrop” kit trailer built with war surplus aluminum, a 1937 Kozy Kamp, one of the first tent trailers ever built, and a 1976 FMC motor home once owned by cosmetics tycoon Max Factor Jr.
Similar FMC motorhomes, which sold for about the price of an average home back then, were owned by luminaries such as Mario Andretti, Clint Eastwood, Carol Burnett, Pat Boone and CBS On the Road reporter Charles Kuralt.
The museum is also home to a 1921 Lamsteed Kampkar. It consisted of a camper body, which buyers bolted to a Model T frame, turning their Tin Lizzie into a motor home complete with canvas pop outs. Built and sold by the Anheuser-Busch Vehicular Department, the kit cost $535, about twice the price of the car whose frame it sat on.
Perhaps the most famous RV at the museum is not really a RV at all. It’s “Happy Max,” a 1948 Flxible passenger bus that starred as Jeff Daniels’ “motor home” in Robin Williams’ 2006 movie RV.
For more info on the RV Museum, visit www.rvmuseum.net.