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 a lake a few hours north of Atlanta. So we headed north and stayed overnight in Macon, GA. We stopped at a Walmart, and after making sure it was ok to camp out for the night, we settled in.
We did some shopping, and felt pretty safe. I did see the local sheriff drive by and even had someone else in an RV stopped near us. Other companies such as Cabela’s and even Costco will sometimes allow overnight stays. We woke up and headed North towards Atlanta and Lake Chatuge…
We stopped at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a few nights, a full hook up campground right on the lake.
First order of business after getting set up was to get some lunch, a local BBQ place was recommended and it was some of the best beef brisket I have had….
In the morning we had a great day exploring the local area with Charlie and Kelly, first up was a trip to a local mountain top lookout and then a trip in the local town of Helen that is set up as an alpine village with a distinctive German flavor.
We did stop and see where the “cabbage Patch” kids are born, we remember the craze it caused back in the 80’s I believe, and the man who came up with them was from a nearby town. You can still get them but to be honest, I think they are pretty ugly and i have never been a fan, but there is obviously a following as some of the early ones they had on display are work upwards of $15,000 so you never know….
We decided to cut our visit a day short, rain was in the forecast for all of Sunday, so instead of driving through the rain all day to get to Red Bay, Al, we left on Saturday and had a nice drive and only hit rain for the last two hours before arriving in Red Bay at the Tiffin Service Center Campground. that will be the subject of the next post. Thanks to Charlie and kelly for showing us around, being great hosts and we hope to meet up with them on the road sometime in the future.