One of the oldest buildings with ties to Elkhart, Indiana’s RV legacy may soon be torn down.
The Elkhart Truth reported that while the move is only preliminary, the city of Elkhart is looking at the possibility of demolishing the old Schult Warehouse at 1830 S. Main Street.
The building’s history dates back more than 115 years.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Al Hesselbart, a historian of the local recreation vehicle industry, said he believes the building was constructed in the late 1800s and first became used as a travel trailer manufacturing facility in 1936 when Wilbur Schult and his father, William, transitioned from a retail business on Jackson Boulevard to a manufacturing operation on South Main, where they changed the name to Schult Trailers in 1936.
After World War II, Schult quit making travel trailers and began manufacturing mobile homes, Hesselbart said.
“It was still a trailer factory, but just slightly bigger trailers,” Hesselbart said during a phone interview from his winter home in Florida.
Prior to that era, the building was believed to have been the home of Noyse Carriage Company which made light “vehicles” at the turn of the turn of the century and at one time employed about 150 people, according to an online book called “A Standard History of Elkhart County.”
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