Journey Indiana

S3 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 303

Coming to you from McCormick's Creek State Park in Owen County...learn all about Indiana's official state insect - the firefly; get up close with some much larger animals at the Black Pines Animal Sanctuary in Albion; tour some one-of-a-kind vehicles at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart; and meet a Miami County man who's getting vintage RVs back on the road.

AIRED: September 08, 2020 | 0:26:46
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>>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROVIDED

BY "JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>> LEARN ALL ABOUT INDIANA'S

STATE INSECT THE FIREFLY.

>> GET UP CLOSE WITH MANY MUCH

LARGER ANIMALS AT THE BLACK

PINES ANIMAL SANCTUARY IN

ALBEEION.

>> TOUR ONE OF A KIND VEHICLES

IN ELK HARK.

AND MEET A MIAMI COUNTY MAN WHO

IS GETTING VINTAGE R.V.s BACK

ON THE ROAD.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

I'M ASHLEY TILLA.

COMING TO YOU FROM McCORMICK'S

CREEK STATE PARK IN OWEN COUNTY.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ AT FOR

THE HARRISON STATE PARK.

ALSO KNOWN AS FORT BEND.

>> DID YOU KNOW THAT

McCORMICK'S CREEK IS THE

OLDEST STATE PARK.

IT WAS DEDICATED IN 1916, AND

TODAY IT'S HOME TO A SPECTACULAR

LIMESTONE CANYON, SCENING

WATERFALL AND MILES OF TRAILS.

BEFORE WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS

BEAUTIFUL STATE PARK, LET'S

LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT A TINY

VISITOR THAT YOU WILL LIKELY

FIND FLYING ALL AROUND DURING

THE SUMMER.

WE HAVE THE STORY OF THE

OFFICIAL STATE INSECT.

>> ON SUMMER NIGHTS, DUSK WAS

COMING ON AND AS A LITTLE KID,

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T STAY UP TOO

LATE, BUT WE WERE ALLOWED TO GO

RUN AROUND IN OUR BARE FEET, OUT

IN THE YARD AND CATCH LIGHTNING

BUGS.

MY NAME IS MARK LANE I'M AN

ENTOMOLOGIST AND I WORK FOR

INDIANA UNIVERSITY.

THE FIREFLIES HAVE AN

INTERESTING HISTORY IN INDIANA,

BECAUSE THE MOST COMMON FIREFLY

IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY IS

CALLED THE SAYS FIREFLY, NAMED

AFTER A GUY NAMED THOMAS SAY.

THOMAS SAY IS FROM INDIANA, AND

HE ACTUALLY KIND OF BECAME THE

FATHER OF AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGY.

HE DISCOVERED THIS BUG IN THE

MID1800s, YOU KNOW, KIND OF

MADE IT FAMOUS.

IN THE 1990s, THERE WAS A

TREND FOR STATES TO HAVE THEIR

OWN INSECT.

2018, THE LEGISLATURE DID

BASICALLY ADOPT THE FIREFLY AS

THE STATE INSECT FOR INDIANA,

AND GOVERNOR HOLCOMB PROCLAIMED

IT.

THE FIREFLY IS A PHENOMENAL

INSECT.

I MEAN, OF COURSE AS AN

ENTOMOLOGIST, I THINK ALL

INSECTS ARE REALLY COOL, BUT A

FIREFLY IS ONE OF THE REALLY

COOL ONES, BECAUSE IT LIGHTS UP,

YOU KNOW.

THAT'S PRETTY COOL.

AND THEY HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT

BEHAVIOR THAT HAS TO DO WITH

THEIR LUMINESCENCE, AND

BASICALLY IT REVOLVES AROUND

MATING.

THE PRIMARY REASON THAT THEY

LIGHT UP IS TO SEND SIGNALS BUT

FOR MATING.

SO IT'S THE MALE AND THEN IT

ATTRACTS THE FEMALE.

THE FIREFLY IS A BEETLE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK TV

AS A BEETLE.

IT HAS -- THINK OF IT AS A

BEETLE.

IT HAS SOFTER WINGS, BUT IT IS A

BEETLE.

THE ADULT HATCHES FROM A PUPA,

MOST OF US THINK OF THAT AS THE

COCOON.

THEY HATCH OUT AND MATE AND THEN

THE FEMALE LAYS THE EGGS.

THOSE TURN INTO LARVA,.

THEY HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART IN

OUR ECOSYSTEM BALANCING OUT THE

GOOD BUGS AND THE BAD BUGS.

THEY ARE CONSIDERED A GOOD BUG.

THERE'S OVER 2,000 SPECIES OF

FIREFLIES AND THEY HAVE

DIFFERENT HABITATS, PRIMARILY

THEY LIKE FIELDS, THE WOODS, OR

SWAMPY AREAS AND THAT'S WHERE

YOU SEE THE MOST OF THEM.

>> THE REASON THAT MOST

SCIENTISTS SAY THAT THE FIREFLY

IS HAVING PROBLEMS IS LIKE SO

MANY OTHER SPECIES, IT'S LOSING

HABITAT.

SO A LOT OF OUR FIELDS, WHAT ARE

PRIME HABITAT IN THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE FIREFLY ARE BEING

TURNED INTO AGRICULTURE AND/OR

HOUSES.

AND SO, BY DOING THAT, IT GETS

RID OF HABITAT AND LOSS OF

HABITAT IS THE BIGGEST REASONS

WHY SPECIES GO EXTINCT.

SO MANY OF THE FIREFLIES ARE,

WHICH IS OUTSIDE OF CITIES IN

AGRICULTURAL AREAS WITH

PESTICIDES ARE USED.

SO THE PESTICIDES AND THE LOSS

OF HABITAT ARE BIG REASONS, BUT

THEY ARE ALSO, YOU KNOW, THE

REASONS WHY WE ARE LOSING A LOT

OF INSECT SPECIES AND A LOT OF

SPECIES.

KIND OF PERFECT STORM, WHICH

WORRIES SO MANY OF US IS THE

LIGHT POLLUTION.

A LOT OF INSECTS THAT YOU SEE

DURING THE DAY, YOU KNOW,

THERE'S NO IMPACT FROM LIGHT

POLLUTION, BUT INSECTS AT NIGHT,

PARTICULARLY THE ONES WHO RELY

ON SPECIFIC LIGHTING TO

REPRODUCE, IF THERE IS LIGHT

POLLUTION, THEN THEY -- YOU

KNOW, THAT CAN INTERRUPT THEIR

REPRODUCTION.

AND SO WE'RE A LITTLE WORRIED

THAT THE THREE OF THESE THINGS

ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO CAUSE THE

DEMISE OF LIGHTNING BUGS.

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HAVE

AN IMPACT ON FIREFLIES.

FIREFLIES, LIKE MOST OTHER

INSECTS, ARE VERY

HABITAT-SPECIFIC, AND SO AS WE

CHANGE THE ECOSYSTEM AROUND THE

FIREFLY, THAT WILL HAVE AN

IMPACT.

WE ARE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT.

IT'S USUALLY NOT A GOOD THING.

ANY TIME YOU LOSE A PART OF THE

FOOD WEB, AND A PART OF THE

ECOSYSTEM, THERE'S GOING TO BE

AN IMPACT.

CHANCES ARE WE'LL HAVE A FEW

MORE PESTS THAN WE USED TO,

BECAUSE THE FIREFLIES, AS

PREDATORS, WOULD GET RID OF A

NUMBER OF PESTS THAT ARE OUT

THERE, OTHER INSECTS, BECAUSE

THEY WOULD FEED ON THEM.

IF THEY ARE NOT THERE TO FEED ON

THEM, THE THINGS WE CONSIDER

PESTS CAN GO UNCHECKED.

AND SO THAT'S AN ECOLOGICAL

PROBLEM.

COUNTER EACH OF THE PROBLEM.

SO USE LESS PESTICIDE.

BE MUCH MORE DISCRIMINANT IN HOW

YOU USE PESTICIDE.

PROVIDE HABITAT.

LEAVE SOME AREAS OF YARD OR

PARKS UNMOWED.

MAYBE TRY TO WORK ON POLICIES

FOR CITIES TO REDUCE THEIR LIGHT

POLLUTION.

KIDS IN GENERAL LOOK AT

LIGHTNING BUGS AND IT'S LIKE

MAGIC.

AND ANYONE WHO IS WATCHING THIS

PROBABLY KNOWS THAT FEELING, AND

THEN, OF COURSE, MOST OF US

DON'T LOSE THAT FEELING.

WE JUST THINK, YOU KNOW,

LIGHTNING BUGS ARE MAGICAL.

EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE MAGIC

AND WE HATE TO LOSE MAGIC.

>> WHEN I WAS A KID, I WOULD

HAVE THE QUINTESSENTIAL INDIANA

NIGHTS, TAKING MY BALL JAR AND

GOING TO FIND LIGHTNING BUGS,

WHICH, YES, I CALLED THEM

LIGHTNING BUGS, NOT FIREFLIES,

AND TRAPPING THEM IN THERE AND

PUTTING LITTLE HOLES IN THE TOP.

IT WAS SOME OF MY FAVORITE

MEMORIES AS A CHILD.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

FIREFLY AND THE STEPS TO PROTECT

IT AT FIREFLY.ORG.

EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH WYATT

WILLIAMS, THE INTERPRETIVE

NATURAL HERE AT McCORMICK'S

CREEK TO LEARN ALL ABOUT THIS

BEAUTIFUL PARK.

>> THIS LAND HAS ALWAYS BEEN

RUGGED AND BEAUTIFUL, THE FIRST

PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT IT, OF

COURSE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE

NATIVE AMERICANS WHO USED THIS

AREA IN DIFFERENT WAYS

HISTORICALLY.

THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE AREA

WERE THE McCORMICKS AND THEY

ALL MADE VARIOUS BUSINESS

VENTURES, YOU KNOW, USING THESE

RESOURCES AROUND US.

THEY HARNESS THE WATER POWER.

THERE'S A SAW MILL SITE RIGHT

BEHIND US.

THEY FARMED AND TURNED THE SOIL

OVER FOR ROW CROPS AND EVEN IN

THE EARLY 1900s, THERE WAS A

SANITARIUM WHERE THE INN STANDS

TODAY.

PEOPLE HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT THIS

IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE, AND IT

WASN'T UNTIL 1916 THAT SOME VERY

FORWARD THINKING PEOPLE THOUGHT

WE SHOULD PRESERVE THIS FOR

EVERYBODY.

COLONEL RICHARD LIEBER, THE

FATHER OF INDIANA STATE PARKS

RECOGNIZED THIS AS A SPECIAL AND

BEAUTIFUL LOCATION.

THERE WAS A COMMITTEE FORMED.

MONEY WAS RAISED AND THIS LAND

WAS RESEARCHED AT AUCTION TO

BECOME INDIANA'S FIRST STATE

PARK.

BACK THEN IT WAS McCORMICK

CREEK CANYON STATE PARK WHICH IS

A LITTLE LONG TO WRITE ON THE

RETURN ADDRESS.

FOR 104 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN

CONSERVING AND MANAGING THESE

RESOURCES WE ARE INTERESTED

WITH.

SO THE BIG DRAW OF McCORMICK'S

CREEK IS THE CANYON AND THE

WATERFALLS.

WITHOUT THAT, I DON'T THINK WE

WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRST STATE PARK

OR EVEN PRESERVED AT ALL.

PEOPLE LOVE TO HIKE TRAILS

THROUGH THE CANYON AND SPLASH

AROUND IN THE CREEK A LITTLE

BIT.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVEN'T

HISTORIC FIRE TOWER THAT YOU CAN

CLIMB AND ENJOY.

WE HAVE THE INN, WHERE PEOPLE

LIKE TO STAY AND EAT MEALS.

WE HAVE THE NATURE CENTER WHERE

YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE NATURAL

AND THE CULTURAL HISTORY.

WE HAVE WOLF CAVE THAT YOU CAN

CRAWL THROUGH.

IT'S A REALLY IMMERSIVE

EXPERIENCE.

IT'S A REALLY GREAT INTRODUCTION

TO NATURE AND CONSERVATION AND

WE DO OUR BEST TO BE ACCESSIBLE

TO EVERYBODY.

WE HAVE PAVED TRAILS.

WE HAVE VARIOUS DEGREES OF

RUGGED AND MODERATE EASY TRAILS

AND SO WE REALLY DO OUR BEST TO

TRY TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO

EVERYBODY.

>> AND YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE

AT IN.GOV.

JUST SEARCH FOR McCORMICK'S

CREEK.

BRANDON.

>> THANKS, ASHLEY.

UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADED UP THE

ROAD TO THE SMALL TOWN OF ALBION

TO LEARN ABOUT THE LIVES BEING

SAVED EVERY DAY AT THE BLACK

PINE ANIMAL SANCTUARY.

RUBEN BROWNING HAS THE STORY.

>> ONE OF OUR TIGERS, HIS NAME

IS ARE AARE A ARAGON, HE CAME FROM A

FACILITY IN COLORADO, WHERE THEY

HOUSED 110 CATS IN AN AREA THAT

WAS BIG ENOUGH FOR 20 CATS.

THEY WOULD TAKE A BIG CHUNK OF

MEAT AND THROW IT IN.

IT WAS VERY BAD LIVING

CONDITIONS AND OVERCROWDED AND

NOT GETTING THE GOOD CARE THAT

THEY DESERVE.

WE ARE AT BLACK PINE ANIMAL

SANCTUARY AT ALBION SANCTUARY.

WE ARE A TRUE SANCTUARY, WE

DON'T BUY, SELL, TRADE OR BREED

ANIMALS.

THEY WERE PRIVATELY OWNED

BEFORE.

WHICH MEANS THEY MEANS THEY WERE A PET.

WE TAKE THEM FROM BACKYARD ZOOS

OR ZOOS NOT ACCREDITED.

THEY WOULD NOT DO WELL IN THE

WILE.

THEY DON'T HAVE THOSE INSTINCTS.

SO UNFORTUNATELY, WE DON'T --

YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO

REHABILITATE AND RELEASE.

SO THIS IS A RETIREMENT

COMMUNITY FOR THE ANIMALS AND WE

JUST TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR REST

OF THEIR LIVES.

>> WE ARE THE ONLY MULTISPECIES

SANCTUARY IN THE MIDWEST.

WE HAVE OVER 90 ANIMALS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF TIGERS.

WE HAVE A LION, A COUGAR, SOME

SMALL CATS LIKE BOBCATS AND WE

HAVE A LOT OF PRIMATES,

REPTILES, BIRDS, BEARS, FOXES

AND WOLVES.

JOE IS ONE OF OUR PRIMATES, HE'S

A LONG-TAILED MACAT.

THEY USED TO WALK HIM AROUND

WITH A BELT AROUND HIS WAIST AND

HE STARTED TO GET MORE

AGGRESSIVE.

AND THEY REALIZED THEY DIDN'T

WANT TO HANDLE HIM ANYMORE.

THEY PUT HIM IN A CLOSET.

HE HAD ONE ENRICHMENT ITEM, A

LITTLE SWING FOR HIM.

NOT A LOT OF BRANCHES TO CLIMB

ON AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND

THEY ALSO WOULD JUST PUT SCRAPS

OF FOOD ON A PAPER PLATE AND

SLIDE IT UNDERNEATH THE DOOR.

THE FLOOR WAS COVERED WITH PAPER

PLATES AND URINE AND FECES.

THEY WERE TOO AFRAID TO GET IN

HIM.

WHEN HE GOT HIM, HE WAS SKIN AND

BONES.

WE DIDN'T THINK THAT HE WOULD

MAKE IT UNDER ANESTHESIA.

WE ARE NOT A ZOO.

AND SO WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE

MORE OF AN ISSUE OF THIS EXOTIC

OWNERSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES.

WE DON'T EVER GET TO HANDLE THEM

HERE BUT THEY DO COME UP TO THE

CAGING A LOT OF TIMES.

YOU GET THE ONE-ON-ONE

EXPERIENCE AND THE CLOSENESS

EXPERIENCE WITHOUT HAVING TO

HANDLE THE ANIMALS.

WE DON'T WANT TO USE THEM FOR

ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES.

SOME FACILITIES OFFER LIKE PAY

TO PLAYS AND CUB PETTINGS AND

STUFF LIKE THAT.

AS A KID, MY DREAM IS TO HOLD A

TIGER.

I LOVE TIGERS!

BUT IT'S NOT THE ETHICAL THING.

THE ANIMALS DO GO THROUGH A LOT.

THEY ARE OUT THERE FOR HOURS AND

HOURS.

A LOT OF TIMES THEY GET REALLY

STRESSED.

THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS.

THEY DON'T WANT TO BE HANDLED.

THEY DESERVE TO BE JUST USING

THEIR NATURAL BEHAVIORS.

UNFORTUNATELY A LOT OF THOSE

FACILITIES ARE ONLY IN IT FOR

THE PROFIT.

THIS IS OUR LIONESS, SHE'S 8

YEARS OLD.

SHE WAS PART OF A CUB PETTING

PROGRAM.

AND PEOPLE SITTING AROUND IN A

CIRCLE AND PASS HER AROUND AND

APPARENTLY A SMALL CHILD

ACTUALLY FELL ON HER BACK AND

THE PEOPLE WHO OWN HER THOUGHT

THE KID HAD BROKEN HER BACK.

INSTEAD OF GETTING THE VET CARE,

THEY THREW HER IN A CONCRETE

CAGE, ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LARGE

DOG KENNEL.

SHE HAD ENOUGH ROOM TO TURN

AROUND.

WHEN WE GOT HER, SHE WAS VERY,

VERY MALNOURISHED.

COULD YOU COUNT EVERY SINGLE

VERTEBRAE ON HER BACK.

THIS IS FIRST ENCLOSURE THAT

HAS -- LIKE, SHE'S STEPPED ON

GRASS THE FIRST TIME.

WHEN SHE WAS HEALTHY ENOUGH, WE

DID GET HER THE VET CARE AND NOW

SHE'S AN AMAZING HEALTHY,

LIONESS THAT SHE IS TODAY.

SO EDUCATION IS A BIG PART OF

WHAT WE DO.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE

ARE AWARE OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE

GOING AROUND IN THE UNITED

STATES.

THERE'S NOT A LOT OF LAWS THAT

PREVENT PEOPLE FROM OWNING

EXOTIC PETS.

THAT'S ONE THING WE ARE TRYING

TO PUSH FOR.

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF FAMILY

EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND

WE HAVE DIFFERENT OVERNIGHT

EVENTS AS WELL.

SO WE WELCOME, YOU KNOW, ALL

AGES.

THERE'S A LOT OF ADULTS THAT END

UP LEARNING A LOT MORE THAN THEY

THINK THEY WOULD.

WE ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

WE ARE SOLELY RUN ON DONATIONS.

SO ALL OF THAT SUPPORT JUST

HELPS TO CARE FOR THESE ANIMALS.

THE PONDS THAT YOU CREATE AS A

KEEPER WITH THE ANIMALS IS

REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL.

JUST KNOWING THAT YOU ARE GIVING

THEM A BETTER LIFE IS JUST AN

AMAZING FEELING.

IT DRIVES ME TO WAKE UP EVERY

DAY, COME HERE AND TAKE CARE OF

ALL OF THESE ANIMALS AND GIVE

THEM THE BEST LIFE THAT WE

POSSIBLY CAN.

>> I THINK GROWING UP A LOT OF

US HAD PLANS OF HAVING SOME

EXOTIC COOL PET, BUT LUCKILY,

THE FOLKS AT BLACK PINE ARE

THERE FOR WHEN THAT DREAM TURNS

INTO A REALITY THAT WE WITH

RESPECT QUITE EXPECTING.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFO AT

BPSANCTUARY.ORG.

UP NEXT, WE GO FARTHER NORTH TO

CHECK OUT THE R.V. HALL OF FAME

IN ELKHART.

PRODUCER JASON PEAR HAS THE

STORY.

>> ELKHART IS KNOWN AS THE R.V.

CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS OF WHERE

WE ARE SETTING RIGHT NOW, A

LITTLE BETTER THAN 82% OF ALL

R.V.s ARE MADE AND THIS IS

WHERE IT ALL STARTED, BACK IN

THE '30s.

IT JUST GREW AND A LOT OF

ENTREPRENEURIAL TYPE SPIRIT IN

THIS AREA.

BACK IN 1972, SOME LOCAL DEALER

AND SUPPLIERS DECIDED THAT IT

WOULD BE NICE TO HONOR THE

PIONEERS OF THE INDUSTRY.

IT ACTUALLY STARTED IN ONE OF

THEIR GARAGES, AND THEN IN 2007,

THIS WAS BUILT.

SO WE ARE GOING ON 13 YEARS IN

THIS FACILITY, BUT THIS IS NOW

85,000 SQUARE FEET.

ITS QUITE A FACILITY TODAY.

FOUNDERS HALL HOUSES UNITS THAT

START BACK IN 1913, AND THERE'S

ABOUT 60 UNITS IN FOUNDERS HALL.

AND IT ENDS WITH A WINNEBAGO

WHICH IS A 1895 1895 WINNEBAGO

MOTORHOME.

WITHIN THIS HALL, THERE'S SOME

REALLY NEAT UNITS.

THE VERY FIRST UNIT THAT'S HERE

IN THE MUSEUM IS A 1913 EARL

TRAVEL TRAILER AND YOU LOOK

INSIDE AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL WOOD

WORK AND EVERYTHING, BUT IT'S

JUST A PLACE TO SLEEP.

MAY WEST WAS IN VAUDEVILLE AND

PARAMOUNT STUDIOS WANTED HER TO

BE IN THE MOVE ES.

SHE SAID, I'M -- MOVIES.

SHE SAID I'M NOT GOING OUTSIDE

ON SETS.

I DON'T DO THAT TYPE OF THING.

SO THEY BUILT HER A CUSTOM MADE

MOTORHOME DRESSING ROOM WHICH IS

IN THE MUSEUM HERE.

HALLE BOLIS BUILT THE SPIRIT OF

St. LOUIS, AND HE ALSO BUILT

THE BOLIS TRAVEL TRAILER WHICH

WAS AIRCRAFT DESIGNED.

WALLY BYNUM WAS HIS MARKETING

DIRECTOR AND WHEN BOLIS WENT OUT

OF BUSINESS, THAT'S WHEN WALLY

BYNUM TOOK THAT DESIGN TO

AIRSTREAM.

THAT WAS THE FRONT-RUNNER OF HIS

AIRSTREAM.

HIS PERSONAL UNIT IS IN THE

MUSEUM.

CHARLES LINDBERGH, HIS PERSONAL

UNIT IS RIGHT NEXT TO BOLIS.

THERE'S ACTUALLY A PIERCE ARROW

OVER HERE.

IN '28, THEY BUILT THREE

MOTORHOMES AND THEN THE STOCK

MARKET CRASHED AND THEY NEVER

BUILT ANOTHER ONE.

SO WE HAVE ONE OF THE THREE, AND

WE KNOW THAT ONE OTHER OF THE

THREE BURNED UP IN A FIRE.

SO WE MAY HAVE THE ONLY ONE

LEFT.

WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE THIRD

ONE THAT WAS BUILT IS TODAY, BUT

THAT'S A VERY INTERESTING UNIT

AS WELL.

WE HAVE GO R.V.ING HALL.

AFTER YOU SEE THE OLD, YOU CAN

SEE THE LATEST AND THE NEW AS

WELL.

AND THEN WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL

EXHIBITOR HALL, AND THAT'S MADE

UP OF SUPPLIERS, AND THEY HAVE

YEAR-ROUND DISPLAYS IN

EXHIBITORS HALL.

ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN

HONORED SINCE 1972, LIKE WALLY

BYNUM FROM AIRSTREAM, THERE'S

LIKE 420 OF THEIR PLAQUES AROUND

THE WALL OF FAME.

WE INDUCT EACH YEAR FIVE PEOPLE

FROM THE R.V. INDUSTRY AND

THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT PART OF

THIS MUSEUM AS WELL.

IT'S INTERESTING, BECAUSE ABOUT

75% OF THE GUESTS WE HAVE A

YEAR -- AND WE HAVE OVER 20,000

PAID ATTENDANTS ARE FROM OUT OF

STATE, ALL OVER, INCLUDING

CANADA.

A LOT COME DOWN FROM CANADA,

ESPECIALLY IN THE FALL ON THEIR

WAY SOUTH, THEY WILL SWING BY

AND SPEND A FEW DAYS HERE.

>> THE RV HALL OF FAME IS OPEN

SEVEN DAYS OF WEEK THROUGH THE

END OF OCTOBER.

AND YOU CAN GET THE ALL THE INFO

AT THEIR WEB AT WEBSITE.

>> AND A MAN WHO TURNS HIS

PASSION FOR VINTAGE CAMPERS INTO

A SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS.

>> MY NAME IS DAN PIPER.

I OWN VICINITIAGE VINTAGE CAMPERS IN

INDIANA.

VINTAGE CAMPERS IS AN ACTUAL

OUTGROWTH OF MY PASSION.

WHEN I GOT WHERE I COULD CAMP ON

MY OWN THE ONLY THING I COULD

AFFORD WAS AN OLD CAMPER AND SO

I CAMP WITH AN OLD CAMPER,

RESTORED IT MYSELF AND HAD A LOT

OF FUN WITH IT.

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON

IN THE WORLD WHO WAS AN OLD

TRAILER NUT AND THEN ABOUT 17

YEARS AGO, I WAS OUT CAMPING IN

MY 1960 SHASTA, AND I GOT

TALKING WITH A FELLOW CAMPER

ABOUT OLD TRAILERS.

I FOUND THAT THERE WERE OLD

TRAILER NUTS OUT THERE.

AND SO I GOT REAL EXCITED ABOUT

IT.

I JUST STARTED BUYING AND

SELLING A FEW OF THE VINTAGE

CAMPERS ON MY WEBSITE.

AFTER DOING THAT FOR ABOUT SEVEN

YEARS, I HAVE FOUND THAT THE

VINTAGE CAMPERS WAS WHERE MY

TRUE PASSION WAS AND WE HAVE

BEEN DEALING WITH THE VINTAGE

CAMPERS SINCE THEN AND WE

CONTINUED TO GROW FROM SELLING

THEM TO RESTORING THEM AND

SELLING PARTS FOR THEM AND JUST

DOING A FULL SERVICE VINTAGE

CAMPER OPERATION.

I STARTED IN THE MIDWEST AND WE

ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO DO THE

FULL SERVICE.

WE SPECIALIZE IN '60s AND

OLDERS.

WE TRY TO DEAL WITH THE TRAILERS

THAT EMPLOY RIVETTED

CONSTRUCTION.

THEY ARE BUILT LIKE AN AIRPLANE.

THEY HAVE ALUMINUM SKINS.

AND SO THE MAIN TREE IS SPARTAN,

AIRSTREAM AND AVIAN, BUT THERE'S

LOTS OF OTHER TRAILERS THAT WE

WOULD CARRY.

CURTIS WRIGHT, SILL SILVER STREAK AND

THERE'S A BUNCH OF THEM OUT

THERE.

THEY ARE NOT NOR AS COMMON AS

THE AIRSTREAM OR THE AVIAN OR

THE SPART RANS.

SPARTANS.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S THE

R.V. INDUSTRY OR THE BOAT

INDUSTRY OR HOME INDUSTRY,

THINGS WERE BUILT BETTER.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE NAME TAGS,

IT'S NOT A LITTLE PLASTIC

STICKER THAT SAYS THEIR NAME.

IT'S USUALLY A METAL DECAL THAT

THEY PUT SOME MONEY INTO,

BECAUSE THEY WERE PROUD OF IT.

THE OLDER THEY ARE, THE MORE

WEAR AND TEAR AND THE MORE ABUSE

THEY'VE HAD, SO THE MORE WORK

INVOLVED, BUT THE OLDER ONES,

THEY ARE JUST NOT AS MANY OUT

THERE.

SO FINDING A GOOD OLD ONE IS A

GOOD FIND.

MY OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE, THE

OLDER THE BETTER.

AS FAR AS RESTORATION, OUR

PREFERENCE IS TO RESTORE

TRAILERS BACK PRETTY MUCH TO HOW

THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE ROLLED

OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE OF THE

FACTORY.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE

RUN INTO IS WATER DAMAGE.

SO A LOT OF THE EXPENSIVE WORK

ON A RESTORATION IS REPLACING

THE WOOD WORK IN THE TRAILERS.

WE'LLUPGRADE THEM ELECTRICALLY,

THE PLUMBING, WE USUALLY JUST GO

AHEAD AND REPLACE THE PLUMBING

AND THEN ALL THE COSMETIC STUFF,

THE LIGHT FIXTURES AND THE

HARDWARE AND SO FORTH, WE

LIKE -- A LOT OF TIMES THOSE

PIECES ARE MISSING.

SO WE WILL SALVAGE OLD TRAILERS

AND RESCUE THE OLD PARTS AND

PIECES THAT WE CAN USE IF THAT

TRAILER IS TOO FAR GONE TO

RESTORE.

WE WILL PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING

TO THEM.

THE ONLY THING WE WON'T DO IS IF

SOMEONE ASKS US TO BUTCHER AND

CHOP UP A GOOD UNIT, WE WILL

SAY, NO THANKS.

SINCE VINTAGE CAMPERS OR MY

PASSION -- UNFORTUNATELY, I

CAN'T DO IT ALL BECAUSE OF THE

ECONOMICS AND I HAVE MY TEACH

KEEPERS.

I WOULD LIKE NOT SELL ANY OF

THEM.

I SELL THEM TO SUPPORT MY HABIT

OF KEEPING THEM AND THERE'S A

LOT OF TRUTH TO THAT.

THE VINTAGE CAMPER CULTURE IS

DEFINITELY GROWING.

I THINK A LOT OF THE BABY

BOOMERS LIKE MYSELF GREW UP

CAMPING AND HAD A GOOD TIME, FUN

TIME, AND THEY WANT TO BRING

BACK THEIR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

>> I LOVE THESE CUTE LITTLE

CAMPERS!

I HAVE THIS DREAM OF GETTING AN

AIRSTREAM ONE DAY AND TRAVELING

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

I THINK IT WOULD BE A COOL WAY

TO EXPERIENCE THE U.S.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFO AND SEE

MORE REMARKABLE RESTERRATIONS AT

VINTAGECAMPERS.COM.

AND AS ALWAYS, WE ENCOURAGE YOU

TO STAY CONNECTED WITH US.

>> JUST AHEAD OVER TO

JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG, THERE YOU

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