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Our Start to 2018 in Red Bay

Our Start to 2018 in Red Bay

Our start to 2018 included a trip to the home of Tiffin Motor Homes, in Red Bay, Alabama.  We needed to get some body work done on the front end of the RV due to a little mishap.  There are several local businesses run by former employee’s of Tiffin to do work outside of the very busy service center.  I chose McKinney Motor Home Repair (256-356-8634) which is right behind the main manufacturing plant.  It is run by Daniel McKinney…

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Speed trip to VA via RED BAY

Speed trip to VA via RED BAY

So I had a nice visit with my Mom and Sister, we celebrated Mom’s 89th birthday with family, including our kids Jonathan and Erin along with Erin’s husband Alex, Alex and Erin also celebrated their 1 year wedding anniversary so it was a great time in Joshua Tree. So why I was off staying with my Family,  Cathy flew to NH to help out her sister Tina afgter surgery for a few weeks and spend time her her dad, Ed….

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Change in plans

Change in plans

One of things you have to be flexible on is your plans, things are going to happen around you with family and friends that you want to try and help out.  Since we are retired, it is a little easier to say, let’s go here and see what we can do to help out when things happen.  This year we have mostly stuck to our main plans with some minor tweaks as we traveled up the west coast into Canada….

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HUMBUG State Park and RV Breakdown

HUMBUG State Park and RV Breakdown

Sometimes in the midst of all the beauty, you get thrown for a loop in your plans.  We enjoyed 5 nights at Humbug Mountain State park just south of Port Orford, OR.  The park had nice sites with real grass all around, a path to a private like, secluded beach with a river flowing into the ocean.  What a nice place, Port Orford is very small but had a few places to eat and a nice overlook of the Ocean….

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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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Casting off lines…getting underway in a week

Casting off lines…getting underway in a week

We are now just a week away from starting on our 1st long deployment that will take us first to Florida, then across to US to California.  We have planned out the trip, made the needed reservations and got a overall plan in place.  One part is to go back to the Tiffin Factory to get some minor warranty work done.  A recent add to that list became a key point when the dryer tripped the breaker when in use…

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Initial Fulltiming Deployment Planning…

Initial Fulltiming Deployment Planning…

So we plan to leave DC once I retire on 15 November 2016 and head south.  So as a starting point we plan to be near my brother’s house in Jacksonville Florida for Thanksgiving as one port of call.  The end of the deployment will be at my Mom’s and Sister’s place in Joshua Tree, California by my birthday in mid February.  So what do we do in between, what port of calls do we want to make?  What do…

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Rearrangement of living space…

Rearrangement of living space…

One of the options that I included in my order for the RV, I found by copying what someone else did and posted on the Tiffin RV forum on the internet.  The changes was to have two horizontal windows behind the couch to allow future rearrangement of the couch and recliner if I wanted to do that…. Here is what the original Bus 37AP couch/chair slide out window arrangement looked like, with one horizontal and one vertical window, with the…

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Water Problem, no longer a problem

Water Problem, no longer a problem

Quick update is the Service Facility was able to find a 180 degree twist in the hoses, somewhere under the bed.  Tiffin was great in getting me piping diagrams to send to the service facility and Tuesday I got the call the Rig was fixed, a total of 6 hours was needed to find the twist @$110/hour…Tiffin will be covering the cost so not a big deal, but next time I might just figure it out and save myself the…

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