In Amarillo, TX, there is no shortage of fun and out-of-the-ordinary things to see and do. While the town is widely known for its western-themed steakhouse, The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery, and odd art installations (most notably Cadillac Ranch) funded by local millionaire Stanley Marsh 3, there are many other sites to see and experiences to be had. Among those interesting roadside attractions is the Jack Sisemore RV Museum and Storage.
The Sisemore family is known in Amarillo for more than just the RV Museum. Trent Sisemore, Jack Sisemore’s son, served as the mayor of Amarillo from 2001 until 2005. Long before his son would make a name for himself, Jack opened a gas station and began adding motorhomes for rent to his lot. This eventually grew into an RV dealership called Jack Sisemore’s Traveland and operated in Amarillo for four decades until it was sold to the new Camping World location owned by Gander Mountain. Mr. Sisemore’s RV dealership was the oldest operating one of its kind when it was still under his ownership.
Jack began his RV collection with his son Trent in the 1980s when they purchased a 1962 Bambi Airstream and a teardrop motorhome. While the collection continued to grow, the father-son duo decided it was time to make a dedicated space for the items and put them on display for the public to see. The museum would be free of charge for visitors and continues offering free entry today. Just make sure you give them a call ahead of time to make sure someone is there to let you in.
More recently, the Motorsports Museum in Amarillo combined with the Jack Sisemore RV Museum making the collection even bigger. Amarillo Motorsports Hall of Famer Dale Cross acts as a museum guide when visitors are interested in learning more about the cars and RVs on-site. With more than just RVs to show off, there is plenty to see at the museum including three bikes from Sisemore’s personal collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Many noteworthy pieces stand on display at the Jack Sisemore RV Museum. Among these are the Flxible Bus used on the set of the movie RV, the oldest existing Fleetwood RV, and the very first Itasca motor home ever built. There are also a plethora of makes and models of RVs from the ’30s, ’40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s as well.
The Jack Sisemore RV Museum and Storage is located at 14501 I-27, Amarillo, TX 79119, is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and is free to the public. Anyone can stop by to see the history and progression of the motorhome industry demonstrated by all the objects on display. The museum and storage building are located across Interstate 27 from Panhandle Charm Weddings & Events and in between Green Chile Willy’s and a Sonic Drive-In. If you would like to call ahead to make sure the museum is open for operation, dial (806) 690-3377 to give them a call!
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