From the bloggers at RV-A-Gogo.
Elkhart, Ind., is a name synonymous with RV’s and widely recognized as the RV Capital of the United States, if not the world. It doesn’t take long for one to wonder if the number of RV’s actually outnumber cars.
From modest pop-ups to elegant 45’ Class A motorhomes, a wide array of RV manufacturers reside in Elkhart County. RV’ers who make the pilgrimage to this area will quickly find that the area holds lots to do, see, and eat. Amongst the vast manufacturing plants with power tools and sophisticated machinery you will find one of the Midwest’s largest population of Amish where life in the gentle countryside is simplified on manicured farms. Between museums, delicious eateries, and factory tours you will be amazed how fast your day or week goes by.
The RV industry in Elkhart began with Wilbur Schult, a dynamic promoter and businessman who bought Elkhart’s Sportsman Trailer Company from Milo Miller in 1936. Schult wasted no time in promoting his product and by 1939 he was the largest manufacturer in the industry and the future of Elkhart was starting to define itself as suppliers and more manufacturers started popping up. Add major highways and railroad corridors and soon this small town was connected to nearby large metropolitan markets. By the late 1940’s, the war was over and the recreational industry was booming. Elkhart would soon be coined the “Trailer Capital of the World.”
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