Published: Monday, 19 August 2013 12:15
The RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Ind., recently received a collection of historic Fleetwood RVs from the early days of now-defunct Fleetwood Enterprises of Riverside, Calif.
According to Darryl Searer, president of RV/MH Hall of Fame, the donated RVs include:
"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," Searer said.
a 1950 12-foot Fleetwood Sporter that was the first trailer built when Fleetwood grew out of Coach Specialties Company, a builder of venetian blinds for trailers;
a Fleetwood Sportster, a later version of the same Sporter;
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," Searer said. "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."