The RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. has delayed until after the first of the year the opening the new RV/MH Hall of Fame/Museum adjacent to the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart, Ind.
“There were several delays from suppliers,” said foundation spokesman Al Hasselbart. “We are still very much a construction site and not a functioning building.”
The foundation initially had expected to move its offices from downtown Elkhart to the new building and open the Hall of Fame/Museum to the public the last week of November.
Some 33 antique RVs owned by the foundation were moved to the new building by Elkhart-based Classic Transport Inc. in the middle of the month.
“We are closed at both locations,” Hasselbart said. “We are out of business until we get into the new building.”
ICON Exhibits, Fort Wayne, Ind., a company specializing in setting up museum displays, currently is at work in the 100,000-square foot building that eventually will house the hall of fame, museum, conference center and library.
In October, Robert “Boots” Ingram, founder of fifth-wheel manufacturer Teton Homes Inc., Mills, Wyo., and his wife Betty, donated $1 million to the foundation to build a 20,000-square-foot wing to hold the more than 1,800 items in RV historian David Woodworth’s collection of antique recreation vehicles and equipment. Ingram earlier contributed $1 million to the foundation to purchase the collection.
The Woodworth wing is slated for completion by next August when the foundation dedicates the new building during its annual RV/MH Hall of Fame induction dinner.