Monday, July 6, 2015

Welcome to the RV Capital of the World!

The next stop on our year-long trip around the Eastern US was Goshen, IN - for its proximity to Elkhart, IN - the RV Capital of the World. Our first stop was the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

There were many vintage RVs on display, including the very first Fleetwood RV, shown here.

There are many tours available in the area, but we chose the tour of the Newmar factory.

Pictures weren't allowed, but I did get this shot of the painting facility after the tour.

We also went on a tour of MasterTech RV. They can do anything at all that you want done to your rig! We walked by the famous Technomadia vintage bus, which is here undergoing a mini-makeover, while its owners are off in Alaska. I felt like I was in the presence of a celebrity!

If you've been to Quartzsite, you may have seen their makeover of a 1974 Winnebago.

There are lots of non-RV-related attractions in the area also. Phil and I visited the National New York Railroad Museum in Elkhart. I like this train made out of toothpicks.

There is a huge indoor model railroad exhibit, with lots of neat details.

Don't forget the J&B!

And lots of trains in the outside exhibit.

Loved the rusty stuff!

We also went to the Elkhart County Museum. While not a big fan of museums, I liked how the items were displayed in period rooms, rather than in showcases.

The area is in the heart of Amish country, and it was interesting to see the horse carriages everywhere - even at Sam's Club.

The roads all have lanes for the carriages. And those horses can really move!

There were also many Quilt Gardens in the area.

We were pretty exhausted by this time, but managed one more stop - the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

Check out the stash of pollen this guy has on his legs.

They proved you can plant in anything!