Getting to the RV/MH Hall of Fame from C.R. 19 will remain a bumpy drive following a meeting of Indiana’s Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission Thursday (June 4) afternoon.

As reported by the Goshen News, during Thursday’s meeting, commission members turned down a request by Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, for funding to improve the eastern approach to the museum from C.R. 19. That entrance is a long, unpaved dirt road with ruts and washouts.

According to Searer, while the Hall of Fame, located at 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, currently has a solid, fully paved access point off of C.R. 17, visitors using Global Positioning System devices to find their way to the museum are instead being directed to use an unimproved route off of C.R. 19, which takes them along the county access known as C.R. 104. The road is very difficult to traverse, particularly by the many owners of large RVs and motorhomes who frequently travel to the museum, according to Searer.

“If they come in off of C.R. 17, it is a beautiful blacktop,” Searer said. “But the GPS doesn’t direct them to come in that way. So quite often when they finally get to us, they’re rather upset.”

According to Searer, the issue with the C.R. 104 entrance is not a new one, but any action to try and fix the situation since Searer took over as museum president three years ago has been stymied due to disagreements between the county and the property developer over who owns the right of way, and thus who should be responsible for paying for the improvements to the road.

“We’ve kind of been going back and forth for the three years I’ve been president as to who owns that right of way out there,” Searer said. “The county has said it’s owned by Al Ludwig, the developer out there, and Al says it’s owned by the county.”

Now, however, it appears that debate has been settled.

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