There may be no better symbol of the RV industry’s turnaround than the RV Hall of Fame.

ABC 57 reported that back in 2011, the RV Hall of Fame was millions of dollars in debt and in danger of closing. But now, the museum is thriving and is working to become the heart of the RV industry in the RV capital. 

“Elkhart is the ‘RV Capital of the World’ and many people travel to Elkhart County to buy an RV,” says Matt Rose, director of recreational vehicles for Recreation Vehicles Indiana Council (RVIC).

Twice a year, the RVIC’s shows at the Hall of Fame shine a spotlight on the industry, striving to show off the newest vehicles and achievements. 

“Our RV shows, year afer year, continue to see increased traffic and with presales as well. We’ve set record sales at RV shows all over the state,” Rose adds. 

He says it just shows how much business is booming and growing.

So is the Hall of Fame. “It’s a big expansion,” says Darryl Searer, president of the RV Hall of Fame, of the facility’s development plans.

That’s a bit of an understatement. 

“A rally site with a 20,000-square-foot pavilion. We’ll have approximately 4,000 spaces to hold rallies. That will be phase one,” he explains. “Phase two will be adding a 60,000-square-foot event center. It’ll have drop down walls that will allow three 20,000 square foot events to go on at the same time.”

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