RV/MH Hall of Fame News

Gurdon Wolfe

Long time manufacturer, he popularized the low cost basic "house trailer". He practiced mass purchasing and built all of the furniture, running gear and accessories for his units. He was a major builder of government housing units during World War II.

Robert Gulley

A charter member of the Texas MHA, he was a long time advocate for park owners appearing before zoning boards, city councils, and legislative bodies to protect the rights of owners and developers.

Arthur J. Decio

Past President of MHMA, built his company from a small family organization to the largest home manufacturing company in the industry. A marketing pioneer responsible for many inroads to the acceptance of manufactured housing. Pioneered the regional production and marketing concept.

Eldo Coons

Pioneer truck camper manufacturer, he successfully encouraged truck manufacturers to build vehicles designed to carry campers. Instrumental in the formation of RVI (predecessor to RVIA)

F.L. Cappaert

One of the first manufacturers to redesign rounded trailer coaches into square structures. Pioneered picture windows, seven foot ceilings, and full size exterior doors on homes. Long time Board member of MHMA.

Ricky Bucchino

Active as a park owner, dealer, manufacturer, designer, association executive, show director and promoter, and innovator. He was an official advisor to the Italian Government in establishing MH Parks during reconstruction following WWII.

Ted Balter

Seventeen year president of his chapter of TMHA, member of MHMA and MDNA Boards of Governors. He was instrumental in creating mobile home parks ANSI standards 501A and A177.1

Frank Sparks

Led his association for over 30 years as a champion for both RV and Mobile Home interests throughout New England. One of the founders of the National Conference of State and Regional Mobilehome Associations. He inaugurated the New England regional RV Show.

Eldon Smith

Retailer and park developer in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, crusader in state and national associations. He served as President of Indiana MHA, and President of MDNA, he was one of the founders of the American Mobile Institute.

Harold D. Platt

Pioneer trailer manufacturer, founding member of TCMA, member of the committee for the first national show, built first concession trailer and first known unit with a full bath. Member of the War Production Board representing coach manufacturers, RV retailer active through his 90th year.
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