Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Brenda
So it’s a busy time going in and out of service bays. Tiffin has this down to a pretty good system. You start off in a regular service bay were they try to get as much as they can done on your list that isn’t specialized. By specialized I mean, does a mechanic or a woodworker need to get involved.
We’ve been keeping ourselves busy. David had installed more LED lighting around the coach. Some underneath the passenger slide-out so it lights up the outside picnic area nicely. He’s also looking to put some inside for some more subtle lighting.
Fun Fact: The LED lighting inside the new 45LP Buses dim. Did you know that? Not a lot of people do. Just hold down your light button and it will start to dim. Hold down again and it will brighten. Hope this helps some of you.
David made a black tank washout valve. The way the coach comes standard is that their is an area for you to hook a hose up to so you can wash out your black tank. One of our neighbors here at Camp Red Bay had done exactly what David wanted to do. He put in a direct water line into this wash out area so no extra hose is needed. It was nice that David was able to look at his setup and see what parts he needed (Though he already was good to go but had at least confirmation in his thoughts.). So Thank You to Tom and Sue for that.
As far as David’s thoughts and before someone says you should not put the water hose on the black tank flush…please be aware that David, and Tom, have that covered. As you may be able to tell in the image, David has a check valve at the tank flush water in port. He also has two shut off valves. One is for the fresh water to the coach and the other is for the tank flush. It works like this…Only with shore water OPEN from the park (thus has pressure), CLOSE valve that feeds water to the coach, then OPEN the tank flush water valve. When done…CLOSE the tank flush and then OPEN the water to the coach. Water is then trapped with a positive pressure in the line to the tank flush, thus nothing can come back. Add to that the spring loaded check valve, and you are really set.
I mentioned in my previous post that some of the employees here work after hours to do some modifications to people’s coaches. It’s also nice to look at other people’s coaches to see what improvements they have had done. We took advantage of our wait time and had some mods done.
This area is next to the washer and dryer in the back walk in closet. We had them add in this floor area where we could put the cat litter box. It works out very, very well. Thank you TJ for making this happen for our furry kids.
David also needed to fix a few HDMI cables for the ones that Tiffin uses are, well, lets just say, not great. In fact, two of them were failing. You can tell if this is happening to you if you start to get little green pixels flashing in the darker areas. So out came the fireplace so he could get to the cables and new ones went in.
Under the TV in the bedroom, on the left side, their was a pull out hamper. Well, we would rather have two more drawers in that place and thanks to Cody, we made that happen. Out came the hamper and two more matching drawers were installed. (BTW…Thanks to Jim and Irene for the thought as they had done this as well as the next one.)
Another area that needed a little help was just above kitchen sink. Normally you would find only the bottom pull out shelf, but then you can not really get to the items in the back of the top shelf. So Cody also made this pull out shelf and installed it.
So…we are doing all this work here at the Tiffin Service Center (Aka… Camp Red Bay.). This area is run like a camp ground and with it comes some great camp hosts. So we wish to say THANKS to Art and Gerri for all they do here at the camp ground. And a special thanks for dealing with all our in coming Amazon shipments for items we needed for the new coach. So again, THANKS guys!
Side Note…If you come to Camp Red Bay, be sure to offer to give Art a hug…he just loves that. LOL (Oops…Now we will never get a spot here again.)
Posted on March 31st, 2014 by Brenda
OK…so once our paperwork was all in order we were able to leave Davis Motor Home Mart in Memphis, TN but unfortunately we had to head right back to Red Bay, Alabama and the Tiffin Service Center. We had a few issues that needed attention.
Tiffin was able to get us in right away as we had just left the factory. Sorry to say that this is not always the case as it is a real busy time of year for the service center because a lot of snowbirds are headed back up north for the spring and they usually make a stop here in Red Bay on their way through.
So what does one do while they are in a service bay? Well, you could go to the customer lounge and watch tv, visit with other rvers or read. Or you could do what David did and install an LED light strip down each side of the underbelly.
We had LED light strips underneath our previous coach and we knew we wanted them on this coach as well. Tiffin does offer this as an option however, they only have blue lights. We wanted a multicolored strip so we had to install our own after the fact.
No problem there though. David is very handy and he installed the previous set that we had. His trick…silicone. He doesn’t attach the light strip using tacks or anything like that. He doesn’t want to put any unnecessary holes in the coach. Heavy duty double sided tape doesn’t stick to the silicone sleeve the light strip is in. The only thing that really sticks to silicone is silicone itself. So he places a bead of silicone all the way down the coach. The trick after that is to wait a few minutes until the silicone starts to get tacky.
Then you take the LED light strip and push it into the silicone. At first you may need to secure the lights with tape just so the lights don’t fall from the weight of them. However, once the lights are secured into the silicone, you can remove the tape and Whalla! You have your very own LED light strip.
While here you can also get to know your neighbors. Everyone here likes to compare notes and see what is going on with each others rigs. One of the advantages, if you could call it that, to getting service done here as opposed to a general service center on the road is that you are around all sorts of Tiffin coaches. So the odds of someone having the same coach as you are pretty good.
It’s nice to see how others have decorated or what modifications they have done to make their coach their own. Some Tiffin service workers also work after hours and they will build and install some modifications that you may have seen on someone else’s rig. So that’s handy to do while you are here.
The neighbors all tend to gather in the evening for cocktail hour (BYOB as this is a dry town), sharing spicy catfish cakes (like crab cakes but made with catfish), buffalo chicken dip and anything else that may be brewing in our kitchens.
The weather is finally starting to get more Sping-like so David took the opportunity to get the quadcopter out of it’s winter hibernation and flew over the service center.
He always attracts a crowd. Below is a quick video that he did Sunday night while the sun was starting to set. It was a beautiful evening spent with new friends and a nice way to take our minds off of the fact that we are all sitting in a parking lot waiting for service.
Posted on March 25th, 2014 by David Bott
Just wanted to say that we are sorry for the delay in doing our ending video with a walk through of the new Tiffin Allegro Bus 45LP and thoughts on the overall experience being at Tiffin for the build.
We have been trying to get settled into our new home and we did happen to run into a few issues that we needed to come back to Red Bay to the Tiffin Service Center. We knew we would be back here, just did not think we would be right back after we took delivery of the coach. But they are working through it and we hope to be able to get back to a normal sense of life soon.
As soon as we get though this all and are feeling good about the coach and how we have it set up, we will do our conclusion video. So again, we are sorry for the delay and we thank you for all the emails and notes asking if we are OK regarding both with the coach and ourselves. We are for the most part. :)
We hope soon that we will be back to the safe travels we were wished when we started.
Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Brenda
Friday, March 14th, was our official day that we left the Tiffin factory and hit the road.
Alas, we’ve not been behind the wheel yet. Unless you count that one time that David backed the rig up and then moved forward again a whole 10 feet.
That doesn’t count in our book.
So the drive started out at 6:30am to a dark but clear morning.
With the sun rising behind us and no wind or rain in site, it made for a beautiful driving day. Even if we were only going 142 miles.
It was a pretty uneventful. Until we reached Davis Motorhome Mart that is.
Unfortunately when the driver got out of the coach he said the check engine light came on. That is a little disconcerting as the same light came on when a driver was test driving the coach at Tiffin. Tiffin had looked at the light and told us it really wasn’t anything and they cleared it. Now that it came on again, the dealership hooked it up to the computer and it came back as our ERG valve.
So unfortunately, once we take possession of the new coach we will be heading back to Tiffin to their mechanics shop and they can repair what needs to be repaired. We’re not happy that our first trip will be back to Tiffin to fix a problem that we feel should have been fixed in the first place. But oh well, we just need to do what we need to do.
The nice thing about Davis Motorhome Mart is that we were able to park side by side, door to door with our coaches. This made moving from one coach to another a lot easier. Not that moving is easy mind you. It’s long and exhausting. They also let us stay on the property while we were moving in. Which helped out a great deal as we were able to work at all hours, not just when they were open.
First order of business…
The coffee machine. (This one is dedicated to his big (little) sis Linda.)
Although we should have thought about that one a little better. Once the coffee machine was moved in it made for a longer commute to get that first cup of coffee.
It took us a couple of days of moving before we were ready to bring the cats over and start sleeping in the new coach. David and I were concerned that the cats really didn’t have any hiding places in this new coach. Our old Tour Master, no problem. They went under the bed and under the couch if they needed some alone time. In the Bus their was no going under the couch and under the bed was a closed off storage area. We couldn’t do anything about under the couch however David had this idea to convert the under the bed storage area to a cat area.
It think it turned out well and it took no time at all for all three cats to find it and claim it as their own.
So it was finally time to say good-bye to the Tour Master. It looks so empty at this point.
Here is the last look at our 2008 Tour Master as shot back in June 2013 when we thought it was going to be traded in…
All settled in now.
Complete with sleeping kitty (BK) all stretched out on the couch.
Here is a time lapse of the drive from Tiffin to Davis Motorhome. 2.5 hours in 2 minutes 16 seconds.