Elkhart, Indiana, has been referred to as the VR Capital of the World and the World Capital of Band Instruments for decades. But it is also known as the “World Capital of Motorhomes” today. More than 80 percent of global recreational vehicle production is found throughout the region, making it clear why Elkhart is the undisputed leader in the manufacture of recreational vehicles. Located 20 miles (32 km) east of South Bend, Indiana, 110 miles (180 km) east of Chicago, Illinois, and 150 miles (240 km) north of Indianapolis, Indiana, Elkhart is part of the wider region of northern Indiana known as Michiana.
The central location of this state, the trained workforce, the thriving business climate and the manufacturing force earned Indiana its status as the world's recreational vehicle capital years ago. Bethel College of Mishawaka has a small satellite campus on the south side, the Indiana Institute of Technology has a small operation on Middlebury Street, Indiana University in South Bend has its Elkhart Center in the center, and Ivy Tech Community College also has a campus. Elkhart is a city with a rich history and culture that has been recognized for its craftsmanship and dedication to producing quality motorhomes. It is no wonder why Elkhart is known as the world capital of motorhomes.