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Day 22 – Amish Hudson Cruiser

This morning we awoke to some sprinkles on the roof so Ken dashed out and put the lawn chairs under the trailer. Ten minutes later it stopped and it appears as thought the sprinkles are moving on.

Yesterday was a fun day for us in Amish country. The first thing on the agenda was to take our Cruiser fifth wheel trailer to the Crossroads factory in Topeka, Indiana to have some warranty work done. We met Randy the service guy, discussed the different issues and unhooked our Cruiser. We headed back to Shipshewana or “Shipsie” as the locals call it. First stop was the visitors center where we saw some Amish carriages tied to the hitching posts with the horses patiently waiting for their owners to return.

In the visitor center we also found the Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum.

Eldon Hostetler purchased his first Hudson in 1938 and has driven and collected Hudson’s his whole life. He donated his extensive collection of Hudson’s, that span 1909 to 1957, to the Hudson Museum in Shipsie. While Ken took lots of pictures we’ll only share a few of them here.

This stunning 1931Phaeton is a good example of the quality of cars in this museum.

A number of Hudson’s on display have “boat tails” like this very nice 1931 Hudson Model T Sport Roadster.

Here’s a rear view showing you why they are called “boat tail”.

This before and after display of the Hudson Woodie really shows what goes into a restoration of a rare automobile.

Another reason we enjoyed the museum so much is because our grandson is named Hudson and it made us think of him 🙂

We spent enough time there that it was time for lunch and based on suggestions from our reader Lisa we went to the Blue Gate Restaurant and she was spot on, it was yummy food and really nice people.

Then it was time to return to the Crossroads factory to take a tour and pick up our Cruiser. The Cruiser factory is putting out ten fifth wheel trailers a day. It takes about four days to build on of there beauties.

Our tour started around 2:00PM and there was no one there working. When we asked about that we were told that the workers, who are mostly Amish, start work at 5:00 or 6:00AM and leave at 2:00 to go work on their family farms. Seeing the craftsmanship and work ethic of the Amish we can see why our trailer is so well made. If you’re ever in the market for a nice, reasonably priced travel trailer or fifth wheel we’d highly recommend Crossroads.

We reviewed the work that had been done to our trailer and Randy the service guy went beyond our expectations and fixed little things we never even noticed. It’s so sad that other companies don’t treat their customers this well.

Back to the campground and set things back up. After a nice dinner and a quiet evening we called it a day.

Today we are going to rattle around the area to see what else it has to offer. It’s really nice to be spending three nights in one place after all our one night traveling.

 

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One Response

  1. Greatings from Newington, Ontario, Canada. What a great trip. Liz and I look forward to your recap every morning.Thanks for allowing us to share. Isn’t retirement great!…..Brian

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