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Month: December 2016

Solar Install

Solar Install

In a previous post I discussed the design of the solar system I was going to put into the RV.  This is our Christmas present for the RV this year.The work was done by Greg who runs RV Solar Solutions.  We agreed to meet at Lazy L&L campground near Canyon Lake,  which is north of San Antonio, just in the start of Texas Hill Country.  The closest town is New Braunfels, Tx.  The campground sits right on the Guadalupe River and…

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Waco, Texas

Waco, Texas

We spent a few days in Waco, Texas.  Why Waco, you ask, well Cathy and I like a TV show called Fixer Upper on HGTV and it is based out of Waco.  The folks on the show have opened a market, bakery and such on an old Silo property and Cathy wanted to check it out.  So since Waco is on our way south, what the heck, we can spend a few days and check out things.  So here are…

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DALLAS TEXAS

DALLAS TEXAS

After Vicksburg, we headed Southwest to south of Dallas at a Army Corps of Engineer campground on a lake near Ennis TX which is about 45 minutes south of Dallas.   The weather was cloudy and we had a few things to attend to. First up was a visit to the doc to check on Cathy’s hand.  At a Urgent Care center on our way to Texas, we found out she did break a bone in her hand in a…

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Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg, Mississippi

After our service at the Tiffin Service Center, we hit the road and headed to Vicksburg, Mississippi for a few days, I wanted to check out the Vicksburg National Military Park.  The park literally surrounds the town of Vicksburg where the North and South fought a major battle for the control of the Mississippi River.  We spent a few hours touring the area, taking pictures. They had a wonderful display of a iron clad riverboat, the USS Cairo.  While we…

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Tiffin Plant Tour

Tiffin Plant Tour

While waiting for service, I got a chance to take the Tiffin Manufacturing plant tour where the Motorhomes are produced.  Tiffin has been building RV’s since the early 1970’s, they were a building supply company and got into the RV manufacturing after some of the companies they supplied exited the business.  Here is a picture of an early model, a gas powered 1976 Allegro.   They have come a long way over the 40 plus years.  The factory tour is…

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Tiffin Service Center

Tiffin Service Center

Once you need service or repairs, you can take the RV to a Tiffin dealer or you can make the trip to Red Bay, Alabama where Tiffin’s are manufactured.  Near the Manufacturing Facility is the Tiffin Service Center and Campground. Here is what the service center and campground looks like.   All in all, we had to wait three days to get into the Express bay and were in for about 4 hours do to the side seal taking longer…

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Trip to Red Bay for Warranty Work

Trip to Red Bay for Warranty Work

So after a great visit with my brother Kevin and his wife Cindy in Ponte Vedra, Florida, we needed to start heading towards Red Bay, Alabama, the home of Tiffin Motorhomes to have some warranty work done.  We decided to first head towards Atlanta and stop by and see Charlie and Kelly, folks we met in Tampa while researching our motorhome.  They also bought a 2016 Tiffin Bus and we seem to have a lot in common. They live on…

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Coach Automation 101

Coach Automation 101

So most of the coach controls for lighting, vent fans, shades and such are controlled by several touch panels that are around the RV.  Each panel is set to control those things nearby, so the shades control is in the main salon panel.  But what if your sitting down and don’t want to get up to change something? Two Tiffin owners got together and created a simple computer to plug into the control system used on the RV to allow…

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