Posted on April 24th, 2014 by David Bott
Well this post has been a long time coming. That is because, well, we have been exhausted after going through all of this. We needed some time not only to move into the coach, but also to have some items that came up taken care of. Throughout all that, we really were not in the mood to do the videos as one could expect.
After a few days of decompression in a town park, see previous post, we have finally produced the videos we needed to finally close out this experience. So we proudly present them now.
NOTICE: These videos are long for videos on YouTube. So bandwidth is a consideration if you are RV’ing currently. Even though long, we feel that if you are looking at purchasing a new coach you will be spending a good amount of money. As such, the time it takes to watch these videos we hope you consider time well spent. So get a cup of coffee or something more to your liking, and call your loved one to watch with you….It’s show time. Remember…you can use the icons at the bottom right side of the video to go full screen and control the quality.
(We were not paid by Tiffin or anyone for these videos in any way, shape or form. All production costs etc for this past complete build series on our blog were incurred by us as these were made in hopes of helping others. We hope you will share this with others that may also have an interest.)
FINAL VIDEOS: 2014 TIFFIN ALLEGRO BUS 45LP BUILD
COMPLETE TIME LAPSE OF THE BUILD: The below video is 11 minutes and 30 seconds long but covers the complete built construction of our 45LP Allegro Bus. From build station one all the way to the drive to the dealer for delivery. It is 13 days compressed down to 11:30 via the use of time lapse images that were taken every 10 seconds. We hope you enjoy this video as it was quite the undertaking in time and will power.
SHOULD YOU BE ONSITE FOR THE BUILD?: If you are going to have a coach built, a Tiffin coach as we know of no others that allow for this, and you are wondering what it is like to be onsite and what to expect, we hope this video helps not only answer such questions, but also why you should be onsite. We made this video as we had been asked time and time again was it worth it to be at the factory for the build. So we cover some tips and also the overall experience and we hope your questions are answered in this video The run time is 8 minutes and 30 seconds.
THE INTERIOR WALK THROUGH: In this video we take you on a tour of our new home. Now this video is the longest of the all at about 29 minutes! It shows you the inside of our 2014 45LP Allegro Bus that has finely been setup as our new home. We talk about some of the changes we made to the coach that are not standard and also point out some items we hope that Tiffin considers for the future. Even though the video is long, it does move along and does show the coach from the point of view of the owners vs an on-line dealer video. We are not trying to sell you a coach, but only how it all ended up after we moved in and give you a different view than a sales view. We do not go over everything! We really did this for our family and friends who will not be able to see our new home for some time. We hope you enjoy this ONE TAKE, unedited video as we take you through our new home.
We hope you have enjoyed the the blog entries on the build process of our new home. It was a labor of love for sure to make this. It was a great time to say the least and we would surely do it again. We made a lot of new friends long the way and even learned a thing or two. To all that were involved, thank you. To all that followed along, thank you. To all that sent us notes of support and concerns, thank you.
And to our loving family and friends who miss us greatly, thank you the most for your understanding as to why we are on this journey.
(Please feel free to share this page to anyone considering Tiffin as a manufacturer. It shows the complete build and the other two personal videos. Of course all the blog entries will remain for anyone wanted to see it all in more detail. The complete build series can be found here.)
Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Brenda
So while we are sitting around waiting for the newly redesigned fan clutch to become available in a couple of weeks, we decided to head out of Red Bay for some much needed rest and relaxation. Thanks to our friends Jim and Beverly, they mentioned a lovely town park in Florence, Alabama, just about an hour north of Red Bay that would be perfect. And perfect it is.
McFarland Park is located right on the Tennessee River complete with full hook-ups for only $23 bucks a night. Not bad for a little get away. We felt we could make it that distance on our current fan clutch so we made a run for it.
The campground is a first come first served basis, so no reserving sites. A call ahead to the office reassured us that their were plenty of sites open for a rig our size, and their were. We chose an end spot that was a pull through. Lots of room on either side of us. Quiet and peaceful. The Tennessee River behind us and a creek in front of us.
We do wish that when city officials were laying out this campground they thought about it a little better and faced the sites towards the river, but hey, we can’t win them all. Oh well.
Their’s some nice walking trails, a boat launch, disc golf and a putting range to name a few of the things that you can do here. We are just enjoying sitting outside watching the fishing boats and barges float down the river, having a relaxing lunch outside at our picnic table and watching the wildlife spring up all around us.
Oh, plus theirs lots of shopping and restaurants in the area. So there’s civilization up here. Not that Red Bay isn’t lovely in it’s own right. It’s just a little small and sparse for our liking.
We’ve had some beautiful sun sets and great weather while here. Which makes our little get away even nicer.
We’ll be going back to Red Bay next week to get our newly designed fan clutch installed. After that, hopefully we’ll get back on the road and start living our lives again. We feel like we’ve been put on hold this whole time. So it’ll be nice to get back out there and explore.
Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Brenda
Not to far from the Tiffin Service Campground and Red Bay, Alabama is Dismals Canyon. Just a short 40 minute drive and you can go from a small hometown feel that is Red Bay to a rain forest like atmosphere in Alabama.
Dismals Canyon was once used as a shelter by Paleo, Cherokee, and Chickasaw inhabitants and traces of them abound. From the Temple Cave where you can find traces of pottery and arrow heads from the Paleo Indians that inhabited this area 10,000 years ago, to the Kitchen area where meals were cooked and tribal rituals were performed by the Chickasaw Indians.
To hike the canyon is fairly easy. It’s only a 1.5 miles trail that takes you all along the floor of the canyon. Winding it’s way around boulders and the waterway.
Many waterfalls greet you around secret corners and passage ways. It’s easy to get turned around in this place. Unfortunately the trail is not easily marked and the map that they give you is not very helpful at all. So their were some places of interest that we did miss.
Their is something to be said however in finding your own path. Making your own way and discovering a secret cave or hideout. It makes it all that more special and exciting.
One thing we searched for was the Champion Tree. This Eastern/Canadian Hemlock is the first Champion Tree in Franklin County. The tree is 138’ tall, 8’9” around and has a crown spread of 50’. It is the largest of its species in Alabama and thought to be the largest anywhere in the world.
We were less than impressed. Sorry, but we’ve seen bigger and taller trees elsewhere. Maybe it was impressive in it’s own right being an Eastern/Canadian Hemlock but to us, it was just a big tree.
Honestly, if it didn’t have the sign telling us this was the Champion Tree, we would have never been able to pick it out from the other surrounding trees. It really was not that impressively big.
Oh well…I digress.
What we did find it impressive how these trees seemed to grow out and around the boulders. As if they were just sprouting out of them. Hugging them, or better yet, smothering them with their roots.
Now that was impressive.
With all of these ferns and moss growing from every surface imaginable, you really do not realize that you are in Alabama anymore. We have yet to get to the Pacific Northwest but I have a feeling that this is what it’s like.
If you’re lucky enough to be in this area in the evening time, the canyon has a night time hike that I hear is wonderful. Taking your own flashlight a guide will lead you through the canyon and the canyon, umm, shall we say, comes alive.
Their are thousands of tiny bio-luminescent creatures, or a close cousin of glow worms, that come out and “light” your way. This canyon has the distinct honor of being one of only a handful of places in the US that you can see these creatures. The canyon walls make a perfect atmosphere for these creatures and here in Alabama, in Dismals Canyon, is one of the largest concentrations of these colonies in the world.
It really has a rain forest type feel to it. With it’s cooler temperatures and babbling brook, you can close your eyes and almost transport yourself to another place.
Which is exactly what we needed from sitting in the service center parking lot campground for weeks.
A different change of pace.
A different feel.
Dismals Canyon was anything but dismal.
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.)