Political Notebook

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels addresses a crowd on July 7, 2003, accompanied by RV-1, a 2003 Hoosier-built RV donated by Damon Group. Daniels toured all 92 Indiana counties in the vehicle, which is to be on display at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart after a final trip from Indianapolis on Wednesday.

RV-1 comes out of retirement

Gov. Mitch Daniels will take a final trip in RV-1 - the motorhome he made famous during his 2004 run after driving it thousands of miles around the state to every county multiple times.

He is donating RV-1 to the Indiana State Museum, but it will on display at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart. The governor and some key figures in his 2004 campaign will take RV-1 from Indianapolis to Elkhart on one last trip Wednesday.

The signature-laden vehicle will depart the Statehouse at 9 a.m. and arrive in Elkhart about 2:30 p.m.

Looking back, the RV amassed quite a record. After a year on the road in the first campaign, here were the numbers:

  • Daniels ate 162 pieces of pie and 62 pork tenderloins.
  • He visited 416 diners, grills or pubs; distributed more than 10,000 "My Man Mitch" T-shirts; and had as many as 17 people at one time in the RV.
  • In addition, the headquarters has been used to tailgate eight times, been hit by two foul balls and received one fake parking ticket. The "roadies" who staffed the vehicle also locked themselves out five times.
  • There were also eight casualties -- the grill, rear-view camera, awning, air-conditioning unit, a bird, a basketball hoop, a boulder and a telephone pole.
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