For a fun trip down Memory Lane, be sure to stop in at the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum (www.rvmuseum.net) on your next trip through Amarillo. Even if you’ve never been in a RV in your life, you’ll still love the nostalgic touches to the rigs and the accompanying displays. From that ever-so-familiar 70s shag carpeting, to a collection of vintage cameras, and even some old Coca Cola coolers, there’s bound to be some object that tugs at your heartstrings and evokes fond memories of yesteryear. And chances are high that you’ll also blurt out, “Hey, I had one of those!” at some point during your visit.
The museum, which is appropriately housed in the back corner of a mega RV dealership, consists of an army of vintage RVs that the Sisemore’s have lovingly restored over the past 25-plus years. And that’s something that makes Jack Sisemore incredibly proud.
Most people find the museum by wandering into the Welcome Center at the dealership; and that’s perfectly fine, as there’s a hostess on duty who is ready to answer questions and escort visitors to the back-lot building which houses the museum. Although the standard route winds around the employee break area and down the back stairs, there is also barrier-free access to the museum building around the front of the Welcome Center, near the accessible parking. Just let the hostess know if you can’t manage stairs and you’ll be directed to the accessible route.
There’s ramp access to the museum, although some manual wheelchair-uses may need a bit of assistance on it because of the pitch; but once you get inside there’s barrier-free access around the exhibits. Highlights include a 1921 Ford Lamsteed Kampkar (one of only five made), the 1948 Flxible Bus used in the Robin Williams movie RV, and a 1976 FMC that was owned by Max Factor, Jr. Avid RVers will also love the 1975 Itasca (the first one ever built – serial number 1) and the cute little 1962 Bambi Airstream, which is in pristine condition. And don’t miss the large dirt and street bike collection scattered throughout the museum.
All in all it’s a fun little stop, and even though there are steps up into some of the open RVs, you can still get a good feel for the collection without ever stepping a foot inside the vehicles. Best of all, there’s no admission charge; however the museum is only open 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday through Saturday, so plan ahead. As an added bonus, more pieces are continually added to the collection, so you never know what you’ll find at this offbeat museum.