RV/MH Hall of Fame Receives Historic Fleetwood RVs

The RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum recently received a collection of historic Fleetwood RVs from the early days of now defunct Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. of Riverside, California.

John Crean's 1985 working prototype for the iconic Bounder
John Crean’s 1985 working prototype for the iconic Bounder

The coaches were donated by the Crean Foundation, according to a RV/MH Hall of Fame news release.

“Andy Crean, son of Fleetwood founder and Hall of Fame member John Crean, acquired these RVs from the bankruptcy of Fleetwood Enterprises specifically to present to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in his father’s memory,” noted Hall President Darryl Searer,

These RVs, now on display in the museum, include a 1950 12-foot Fleetwood Sporter that was the very first trailer built when Fleetwood grew out of Coach Specialties Company, a builder of venetian blinds for trailers.

Also donated were a Fleetwood Sportster, a later version of the same trailer; a 1969 Pace Arrow that was the first motorhome produced by Fleetwood; and John Crean’s 1985 working prototype for the iconic 1986-87 Bounder which introduced the basement model concept to RVs.

Accompanying the early RVs is an extensive collection of Fleetwood documents and memorabilia from the company’s early days which will be added to RV/MH library collections.

“After learning of the Crean Foundation’s gift, we faced the problem of the costs of transporting the collection from California to the museum in Indiana,” said Searer.

1947 Westcraft 24-foot Westwood Coronado trailer
1947 Westcraft 24-foot Westwood Coronado trailer

“That problem was solved when Wilbur Bontrager (Jayco, Inc.) and Joel Pladson (Starfleet, an RV transport company) agreed to underwrite the expense and bring the collection to Elkhart.

“This collection of early Fleetwood RVs adds a new dimension to museum’s extensive inventory of historic RVs, thanks to the generosity of the Crean Foundation as well as Wilber Bontrager and Joel Pladson,” he added.

In addition to the Fleetwood collection, the RV/MH museum received a 1947 Westcraft 24-foot Westwood Coronado from its original owner, John Culp, who purchased it in 1947 upon his return from duty with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He used it continuously for 65 years traveling throughout the United States and snowbirding each winter in Florida.

The Westcraft trailer is displayed on the large patio in front of the Hall of Fame building where it is seen by all who pass by.


RV/MH Hall of Fame

Shortly after the RV/MH Heritage Foundation was formed in March 1972, the Foundation honored the inaugural class of inductees into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Since that time 347 industry pioneers and leaders have joined the elite group.

Today, the Foundation maintains the national RV/MH Hall of Fame, Museum, Library, and Conference Center at its headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.

1950 Fleetwood Sporter
1950 Fleetwood Sporter

The RV Founders Hall displays trailers, photos, and memorabilia reaching back to the 1920s and 1930s and is open to the public.

The museum presents chronological and technological advancements in the industry from before WW I to the present.

The RV/MH Exhibitor Hall contains interesting displays illustrating the history and products of many of the parts manufacturers and service providers to the RV and manufactured housing industry.

Admission: $10; seniors $8; youths ages 7-18, $7

Open: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Address: 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart Indiana 46514

Location: From Indiana Toll Road (I-80/I-90) east of Elkhart, take Exit 96 South to County Road 17, turn left (east) on Executive Parkway to RV/MH Hall of Fame

Phone: (574) 293-2344 or (800) 378-8694 (toll free)

Website: rvmhhalloffame.org

Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Fleetwood Introduces New Floor Plans

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV Inc., a leading producer of Class A and Class C motorhomes, introduces several new floor plans and innovative designs in its 2013 diesel and gas motorhome lines.

The company’s expansive 2013 product lineup continues to showcase quality construction, reliability, and innovative design that have made Fleetwood RV the premier motorhome manufacturer, according to a news release.

Featuring many upgrades to its Class A gas and diesel product lines, Fleetwood will show all-new floor plans for its four top-selling brands—Bounder, Bounder Classic, Southwind, and Discovery.

Fleetwood will also introduce two new floor plans for its innovative compact diesel pusher, the Excursion. The Excursion 35B and 35C both boast contemporary layouts and design throughout including a mid-coach Whirlpool 18-cubic foot residential refrigerator and wrap-around kitchen providing functionality and an abundant space for cooking and dining.

“We listened to feedback directly from our customers in creating these new floor plans and designs for our 2013 models,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Fleetwood RV.

“Our new floor plans feature contemporary designs that will resonate with savvy consumers and our sales team is excited for the opportunity to show the new designs to both current and potential dealers.”

Fleetwood’s nationwide sales team will be on hand to show the new product and conduct product training.

The Fleetwood RV product display will be held September 18-20 during the Elkhart County RV Open House 1 mile west of the RV/MH Hall of Fame on County Road 6 at Frederic Drive in Elkhart.


Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Fleetwood RV, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles.

The Company has one of the best and longest standing distribution networks in the industry and boasts some of the industry’s most recognized and iconic brand names such as American Coach and Bounder.

2013 Southwind gas motorhome

Fleetwood RV is headquartered in Decatur, Indiana, which is also its principal manufacturing location.

Factory Tours: Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Address: 1031 U.S. 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 322-8216

Website: fleetwoodrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

—Muhammad Ali

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Fleetwood RV Introduces the 2012 Bounder

Fleetwood RV, Inc., a Decatur, Indiana, producer of Class A Diesel and Gas motorhomes, and Class C Diesel and Gas motorhomes, announced Wednesday (August 24) the release of the 2012 Bounder—the Company’s most recognized motorhome brand.

2012 Bounder (Credit: Fleetwood RV)

“Bounder has been a household name in the RV industry since its debut in 1985 and is best known for its high-function, no frills features,” said John Draheim, President and CEO of Fleetwood RV, Inc.

“For 2012, we focused on updating and elevating Bounder so it would appeal to a younger buyer so we added two new floor plans and upgraded the interior décor. This is definitely not your grandfather’s Bounder anymore,” Draheim added.

Top features on the 2012 Bounder include:

  • Sony electronics, Sony Blu-Ray surround sound system (optional)
  • Electronic fireplace (available on 33C and 35K only)
  • Exterior entertainment center (available on 35H and 35K only)
  • Standard full-body paint
  • Halogen lighting throughout
  • King bed (optional)
2012 Bounder Interior (Credit: Fleetwood RV)

The 2012 Bounder line-up includes four floor plans:

  • 33-foot, dual-slide floor plan with a 40-inch Sony mid-ship LCD TV and Ultraleather transform-a-sofa (33C)
  • 33-foot, full-wall-slide floor plan with a 32-inch Sony mid-ship TV (33U)
  • 35-foot, dual-slide floor plan with a large master suite (35H)
  • 35-foot dual-slide, bath-and-a-half floor plan with a 40-inch Sony mid-ship LCD TV and Ultraleather transform-a-sofa (35K)

Fleetwood RV, Inc. has also launched a newly designed website featuring many new floorplans for 2012.


Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Fleetwood RV, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Class A and Class C motorhomes. This RV manufacturer boasts some of the industry’s most recognized and iconic brand names such as Bounder and American Coach. Fleetwood RV is headquartered in Decatur, Indiana, which is also its principal manufacturing location. Fleetwood RV, Inc. also owns Goldshield Fiberglass, Inc., an industry leader in custom molded composite products across a variety of industries including heavy truck and RV.


2012 Bounder 35K floor plan (Credit: Fleetwood RV)

The Bounder is Fleetwood RV’s most recognized motorhome brand.

Starting MSRP: $129,200

Worth Pondering…
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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