Indiana Governor’s Campaign Motorhome On Loan To Museum
On December 19, 2012, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels presented his 2004 campaign motorhome, RV-1, to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. The iconic touring RV, covered with signatures of constituents from all of Indiana’s 92 counties, was donated to the Indiana State Museum, which in turn has loaned it to the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum where it will be displayed as one of the newest exhibits.
B.J. Thompson, a member of the Executive Committee of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, remarked, “When Governor Daniels wanted to visit the byways of Indiana and make a genuine grassroots connection with the people of Indiana, an RV was his vehicle of choice to help make that possible. We are glad he was so wise and was so successful. We are excited to now have RV-1 — a wonderful piece of Hoosier history — be a part of our collection of significant and vintage RVs.”
In presenting the motorhome to the museum, Governor Daniels said, “This vehicle somehow took on a unique place in Indiana lore. I still get asked about it everywhere, and I learned long ago that people were much more interested in seeing it than seeing me.”
The RV/MH Museum proudly displays more than 50 vintage, famous, and unconventional RVs, ranging from a 1913 travel trailer displayed with a Model T to a present-day luxury motorhome. The RV/MH Library houses more than 20,000 volumes of information and the world’s largest collection of industry-related material. The RV/MH Heritage Foundation facility also is home to the new Northern Indiana Event Center, a versatile indoor/outdoor space that can host from 12 to 2,000 guests.
For more information about the RV/MH Hall of Fame, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org.
Harvest Hosts Continues To Grow
Kim Greene — who along with her husband, Don, founded Harvest Hosts LLC, a unique RV travel club based in Prescott, Arizona — recently announced that the company had signed its 2,000th RV member and its 400th host winery and farm.
Harvest Hosts, which launched in January 2010, offers owners of self-contained RVs the opportunity to stay overnight at participating host wineries, farms, and other agri-tourism businesses. RVers are attracted by the ability to meet the winemakers and farmers, learn about their businesses and lifestyles, and stay overnight for free on their properties. As a thank-you for this experience, Harvest Hosts members typically make purchases to support their hosts, which are locally owned, independent businesses across the United States; Canada; and Baja California, Mexico.
Members of Harvest Hosts have online access to a directory of Harvest Host participants; maps; a host locator search button; and a forum for sharing information. To find out more about this interesting camping organization, visit www.harvesthosts.com or call (928) 277-1661.
Newfoundland Trip-Planning Guide
RV writer Ron Jones has written a new book titled RVing To Newfoundland ($24.95, AboutRVing.com) that provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in planning a trip to the remote Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The book is a comprehensive guide that takes readers from beginning to end. The opening chapter includes basic information about the area, planning and routing details, costs, campgrounds, fuel and propane availability, food, and packing. Succeeding chapters include information about getting to the island via ferry, and general information about Canada and Newfoundland. Readers then discover the different areas to visit, including the capital city of St. John’s; the Kittiwake Coast; the central Newfoundland cities of Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor; Rocky Harbor in western Newfoundland; Labrador; and Vinland, also known as the Viking Area.
This how-to book is a must for anyone interested in making a journey to the easternmost parts of Canada. For more information, or to order a copy of the book, visit www.aboutrving.com.