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Vintage Starcraft Cruiser motorhome

Vintage Starcraft Cruiser motorhome

 

A bit of RV history is rolling down U.S. 30 this month between eastern Ohio and western Nebraska.

It’s a collection of “Tin Can Tourists” traversing what was once called the “Lincoln Highway” with 24 vintage RVs, most of them travel trailers dating as far back as 1948. The group embarked from Hayesville, Ohio, northeast of Columbus, on Saturday (June 21) and are due in Kearney, Neb., on June 29. The RVers are more or less following U.S. 30 but are allowed to deviate from the highway as they see fit, since they are not moving in any type of formal caravan.

The band of vagabonds stopped in Elkhart, Ind., Monday and “dry camped” overnight outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

This caravan of Tin Can Tourists hails mainly from the East and parts of the Midwest: Florida, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona and Ontario. The organization, originally founded in 1919, has some 1,500 members and 5,000 fans on Facebook.

The Rest of the Trip

Other stops on their trip include St. Charles, Ill.; Franklin Grove, Ill., (home of the national headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association); and Oxford and Boone, Iowa, before crossing the Missouri River into Nebraska. They will camp at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington and arrive in Kearney on June 29.

On June 30, they will converge with the East and West Coast Centennial Auto Tours in downtown Kearney to participate in festivities all afternoon.

On July 1, the Tin Can Tourists will set up a 1920s model camp and make presentations at the Great Platte River Road Archway. They also will show their historic vehicles to the public at the fairgrounds.

The group will split up and go their separate ways after Kearney.

For more information about the Tin Can Tourists, visit www.tincantourists.com.

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum

The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum

The RV/MH Hall of Fame will play a role in celebrating the centennial of the Lincoln Highway by hosting two events this month.

June 24, a caravan of 25 vintage RVs that are traveling the highway will stop by the Hall of Fame to spend the night at the museum where other vintage RVs are displayed. Their campers will be available to view throughout the early evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

June 26, the museum will be visited at 4 p.m. by a caravan of up to 100 antique autos also traveling the Lincoln Highway.

For more information, call the RV/MH Hall of Fame at 800.378.8694 or visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org.

 

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.

 

Flexible Clipper Motorhome used in the movie RV

The Gornickes family from the movie “RV” didn’t come with the 1948 Flxible Clipper motorhome now parked at the Amarillo RV museum.

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.

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