Jack Sisemore RV Museum
A great place to go during a day of downtime or when traveling south into or through the city of Amarillo is the Jack Sisemore RV Museum. This museum features collections that were acquired by local RV salesman Jack Sisemore and his son Trent, a former mayor of the city. The father-son pair collected their first motorhomes in the 80s. They had an eye for the interesting ones.
The legacy of Jack Sisemore started when he first opened a gas station in Amarillo, then began renting out motorhomes as an additional part of his business. The business spiraled into a full-blown RV sales operation and was renamed Jack Sisemore’s Traveland. The father and son duo eventually grew their collection of unusual motorhomes so much they decided to open a museum featuring their collection to the public at no charge.
The museum is located at 14501 I-27, Amarillo, TX 79119 on the right side of the highway coming into Amarillo from the south. The museum was first opened off Route 66 in a smaller space but has been relocated to a warehouse that is more accommodating to the amount of vehicles in their collection. The Amarillo Motorsports Museum is also housed in this facility. The collections have been combined to showcase one large group of vehicles for visitors to see. It cost guests nothing to go in and explore the various exhibits. You can even climb in the campers and see what traveling across the country and one would feel like. Another to consider.
A teardrop camper as well as a 1962 Bambi Airstream were the first of the collection for the pair to acquire. These motorhomes were restored along with the other vehicles they would find and purchase. The collection is home to some unique vehicles such as the original RV that was used to film the movie RV and a one of a kind 1935 Airstream Torpedo which happens to be the rarest Airstream. It was built with materials from a lumber yard following a blueprint that was bought for $5 by a family and belonged to them for 81 years.
The retro looking layout of the 18,000 square foot museum really encompasses the feeling of being a 1950’s road traveler. When you first walk into the warehouse, you will notice a vertical stack of three of the father/son’s Harley Davidson motorcycles. Because of the RV museum and Motorsports Museum combining, the collection is larger than ever and features a wider array of vehicles including child-sized wooden race cars as well as actual ones. These belonged to the Amarillo Motorsports Hall of Famer Dale Cross. Something more.
When you plan on visiting the Jack Sisemore RV Museum, it is recommended by other visitors to call ahead to confirm they are open. Regular operating times for the museum are Thursday to Saturday opening at 3:00 pm and closing at 10:00 pm. You won’t be able to visit in the winter months. They are closed from the end of December through March.