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Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tiffin Motorhome factory, Red Bay, AL 3/30-4/5

We arrived in Red Bay, Alabama at the Tiffin Motorhome factory to have routine maintenance done on the coach, to have a foggy window replaced (the seal on the thermopane gave way), and some more modifications to our cabinets. Doug decided to drive the 12 hour drive from Houston in two days – 11 hours one day and 1 hour the next day! He wanted to make our appointment at 9 AM Monday for the yearly oil/lub etc. I just worked on the computer while he was driving so the time flew by. We also talked a lot with our friends Bruce and Mary Ann who were driving from Atlanta to Hershey PA. The world of cell phones and internet access on the go!
While in Red Bay, we took the factory tour again. It is fun seeing the motorhomes built. Now the Tiffin Tour is not like any other factory tour... You are right in there with the techs who are working. We marvel that we are able to do that. Everything in the south is laid back more than we northerners ever are on our slowest day! The techs talk with you, answer your questions, etc. I must have taken a hundred photos... some are Allegros, some Phaetons, and some Allegro Buses (our model). I just put a couple of photos here for you to get an idea of factory.

Above, some finished Phaetons and Allegro Buses ready for delivery to the dealers.

Above, the back of a Phaeton.

Above, Red is the tour guide. He has worked for Tiffin since the beginning and is 88 years old. He gives two tours every day and each tour last 2 to 3 hours depending on how many questions are being asked.

The photo above shows two roofs ready to lifted by the crane onto the roof of the motorhome which is behind me where I am taking the photo.

Now the photo above is for our son and daughter-in-law, Vicky. On our tour was a young couple who are buying a new Allegro Bus. They are "storm damage chasers" 9 months out of the year. They actually follow storm damage to vehicles from hail and remove the dents from the vehicles. When they aren't chasing the weather, they are rock crawling with their Jeeps. Josh and Vicky love to do the rock crawling.

Above, there goes one of those roofs up and over to the motorhome, below. This is a front engine motorhome hence the wooden back which will later have the end cap put on over the wood.

Above a porcelain tile floor is about to be lifted over onto the chassis of the Allegro Bus.

Doug is talking in the photo above to Jim who is there watching his new motorhome be built. The chassis had just come in to the factory and was beginning its journey.

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