ELKHART, Ind., — Eagle One, a $300,000, 38-foot 2006 Georgetown motorhome, is a shrine to the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team, a passion of its owner Patrick Moeller, a real estate developer of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Moeller is arguably the Eagles’ No. 1 fan. After 11 years and over 125,000 miles used exclusively to travel to Eagles games both home and away, Moeller has donated the Eagle One motorhome to RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.
Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, said, “We cannot express our gratitude enough to Patrick and his family for thinking of us when they decided to retire Eagle One.”
According to Moeller, his quest began in 2005 when he rented a motorhome to go an Eagles game and tailgate in the stadium’s parking lot. That’s when he envisioned Eagle One, the name inspired by “Air Force One.” That’s also the year his beloved Eagles lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots 24-21. His quest was to see the Eagles in the Superbowl again – and win. That happened in the 2017-2018 season. That’s when his odyssey ended and Eagle One was retired.
In the intervening years before that victory, Patrick, his wife Monica, their three sons and daughter, have only missed two games and visited 30 out of the 32 NFL stadiums, spending about $9,000 a year on fuel.
Eagle One is a monument to Moeller’s passion as well as to the Philadelphia Eagles. Every piece of leather, fabric, tile, woodwork and carpet are marked with the Eagles insignia and colors. Patrick had to get the team’s permission to use the team’s logo and colors. It also has five plasma TVs, an Xbox for the kids and a deep fryer for doughnut-making. The motorhome sleeps six and has three slideouts, increasing the interior capacity to about 20 people. That additional space comes in handy when entertaining fans at his tailgate parties, serving hamburgers and hot dogs to both Eagles’ fans as well as the opposition.
The interior walls are adorned with the autographs of NFL stars who have visited Eagle One, such as Stewart Bradley, Jon Runyan, Reggie Brown and Brent Celek.
The exterior’s seven speakers booming the Eagles fight song inspired various reactions, especially at away games where sometimes the motorhome would be greeted with raw eggs, beer and ketchup bottles. But that was rare. Most fans were appreciative of Moeller’s’ shrine to his team.
The exterior also features the Eagles logos and colors, plus large graphics of that year’s current stars and as players changed, Moeller would redo the graphics. He even included a picture of Pope Francis one year. On the side of Eagle One is a date: February 6, 2018″ – two days after the 2018 Super Bowl and the date of the Superbowl’s victorious Eagles victory parade.”
Moeller can regale many stories of his adventures on the road. For example, he says he has been stopped by police seven times who just wanted to see the interior. On one occasion, an officer stopped him outside of Chicago and Moeller convinced the officer that he was escorting longtime Eagles star quarterback Donovan McNabb to the game. Fortunately for Moeller the officer did not even ask to meet McNabb, but he did give Eagle One a police escort to the Chicago Bear’s stadium, Soldiers Field.
It had always been Moeller’s intention to donate Eagle One to charity once his quest had ended, and he believed that RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum would be the ideal beneficiary.
Searer said, “Patrick’s donation is a major addition to our museum and will undoubtedly become a major attraction for both RVers as well as football fans.”
(For more information on Eagle One and the Moeller family’s story, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yysjAqcDUP4 )
Source: RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum