Jack Sisemore Traveland in Amarillo, Texas, is expanding its popular RV and motorcycle museum to include a veteran’s memorial.
”It probably will be a permanent display,” said Trent Sisemore, co-owner of the dealership along with his father, Jack. ”It will include a 1941 Westcraft – a highline travel trailer with a ‘trolley top.’ The gentleman who lived in it built bombers during World War II.
”We are going to ask veterans to bring items — patching, uniforms, things like that — to honor their families.”
The free museum opened in 2012 adjacent to the RV dealership. It has collection of 35 RVs and 30 motorcycles that the Sisemores have collected over nearly three decades.
Between 50 and 100 people a day visit the museum to view the collection that includes a Flxible motorhome featured in the 2006 movie ”RV,” starring the late Robin Williams.
”People come in every day and ask to see it,” Sisemore said. ”He had a lot of fans. Then they start looking at everything else and go back in time.”
Initially featuring the replica 1940s Chevron gas station, the museum now includes replicas of an A&W root beer stand along with a 1920s Harley motorcycle shop and a 1940s camping store.
The museum’s oldest RV is a 1921 Lamp Speed Kamp Kar motorhome built by Anheuser-Busch. ”I think they built five of them and there are only two of them left,” Sisemore said. ”The other one is in Harrah’s museum in Reno.”
Just added to the museum stock is a 1976 FMC motorhome, the first motorcoach with a rear engine, owned by cosmetics icon Max Factor. ”It’s a beautiful coach and it’s still got his name embossed on it,” Sisemore said.
Among the most unusual units in the museum is a 1950 Airfloat travel trailer that hangs from the ceiling. ”It looks like a submarine,” Sisemore said.
Also displayed is Winnebago Industries Inc.’s first Itasca motorhome.
Does the museum draw business?
”I can’t quantify it,” Sisemore said. ”We don’t push our business on the museum. It’s in a separate building. It’s there for people to understand the RV industry and how people traveled in the last century.”