Jack Sisemore and his son, Trent, opened an RV Museum behind their Amarillo, Texas RV dealership this spring. It showcases RVs they have bought and lovingly restored over the years, just because they wanted to.
Inside a 6,000-square-foot metal building, the vintage RVs are staged with picnic tables and other camping paraphernalia, so that the museum has the surreal feel of an overnight trailer park — but with air conditioning. Admission is free.
“We’ve been restoring RVs for about 25 years,” Trent Sisemore says. “We just love doing it.”
Most of these campers, trailers and motor homes are beautifully restored, though a few have been cleaned but otherwise intentionally left in the condition in which they were found. About 15 of the Sisemores’ 25 vintage RVs are on display at any time.
The first RV you see when you walk in is a 1948 Flxible bus used in the 2006 Robin Williams movie “RV,” which plays in a constant loop on a TV screen near the long red-and-white bus that Trent Sisemore hunted down in a Hollywood studio.
With the exception of a 1937 Elkhart Traveler the Sisemores recently acquired, all the RVs have steps at their doors, and you’re welcome to go inside and look around. Each is staged with appropriate kitchen gadgets, books, games and other knickknacks from its period.
Along with RVs, the museum displays about a dozen vintage motorcycles, because Jack Sisemore loves motorcycles. His favorite is a 1952 Blue Harley.
A replica gas station in the museum is a tribute to Jack Sisemore’s career. With money he borrowed from his grandmother, he opened a Chevron station in 1963. In the ’70s, he wanted to travel with his family, so he rented an RV. He later started renting RVs to other people, and that eventually led to the opening of his own RV dealership. Now, the family’s involved in RV manufacturing as well.
Find out more about the RV Museum at RVmuseum.net.