The Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum recently opened to the public in Amarillo, Texas. According to a news report in the Amarillo Globe News, the museum has already attracted more than 400 visitors.
Traveland RV Museum encompasses up to 7,000 square feet and is home to dozens of iconic RVs, including a 1936 Alma, 1937 Elkhart Traveler, 1953 Fleetwood, 1962 Airstream, and 1972 Winnebago.
“We’ve been building a museum for about 25 years and we have RVs from every decade up through the ’70s to show the progression of the RV industry,” Sisemore said. “I wanted to have something that was free, that people could come to from anywhere in the United States.”
The Sisemore’s began restoring and collecting unusual vintage recreational vehicles over 25 years ago. They have built a museum that houses many of the RVs in their collection. These include the Flxible Bus from the Movie RV, the first Itasca motor home ever built, the oldest Fleetwood in existence, and many other RVs from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
You can step back in time, reminisce, and enjoy the progression of the RV industry from its inception till now.
This trailer was a barn find 20 miles from the Alma factory. It is all-original, never restored, and looks like new. Imagine stepping back into the pre-war years inside this Alma. It literally was in a barn from 1955 until today.
1937 Elkhart Traveler
The first brand of trailer produced in Elkhart, Indiana, the RV manufacturing capital of the world. This little jewel has not been restored; it has been left in its original shape the way it was found.
1946 Tear Drop Kit
Restored by the restoration team 24 years ago, this trailer still looks new. Dan Polkapaila, founder of Kit Manufacturing, gave the museum his last set of fenders to restore this little beauty. Dan built these kits out of aluminum that was surplus after the war. Many of the wheels had to have the bullet holes repaired to be used.
Jack and Trent Sisemore found this trailer in total disrepair at a filling station 15 years ago and bought it from an 84 year-old lady that was traveling across the country. She said it was time for her to quit camping. It took the restoration team over two years to bring it back to life. This was the first year Fleetwood built travel trailers, serial number 1123.
Jack traded for this trailer back in 1988 and just restored it last year but it required little restoration. This little Bambi was always ready to go on a trip from the day it was new.
This 1970 Avion pick up camper is one of the last if not the last pick up camper made by Avion. It is a one owner purchased in 1971 and is completely original.
This motorhome was another barn find in Amarillo. It had been in the same family since it was new. Carpet and cushions are original. It has very few miles and drives like a dream.
Jack started renting a motorhome just like this when he had a Chevron Standard filling station. A year later that he had six rentals and started Jack Sisemore Traveland. It took two 1974 Winnebagos to build it—one from Phoenix and the other from Maine.
On a side note, Jack Sisemore Traveland is the oldest Winnebago dealer in the state of Texas. Jack started selling Winnebago products in 1978.
This is the first Itasca motorhome ever built, serial number 1, and served as a prototype for Itasca. It was in Winnebagos Welcome Center for over 20 years. It has 6000 original miles and is in brand new condition.
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum
Hours: Monday–Friday, 3:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX
Phone: (806) 358-4891
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