Correction note for First 2017 rally.

A correction was made to the Tiffin Sideroads post from this morning. Registration is TUESDAY, November 1, 2016 (not Monday, November 1st). The post was edited, but we wanted to make sure all club members were aware of the change. Please make a note of it so there’s no confusion. Thank you.

Tiffin Allegro Club


The Tiffin Allegro Club is announcing a new chapter.  Chapter #219, the Natural State Allegros, from the state of Arkansas, was organized on September 27, 2016. The response, for a new chapter in this area, was very positive.  There were 12 unit couples represented at this meeting.  Others responded to start a new chapter; however they could not make the meeting due to prior engagements. The excitement, of getting this chapter started, was evident with the instant camaraderie among attendees. Seems this will be an active and fun group.

This new chapter welcomes your inquiries for membership. If you have any questions, please contact the Chapter President.

Chapter #219

Natural State Allegros

President: Joan Smith


Ph: 479/849-6860


W.C. Handy Music Festival – July 22nd – 31st




W.C. Handy Festival, Florence Alabama

If you are traveling through the northwest corner of Alabama in July, take note of the W. C. Handy Festival in Florence, Alabama. The last 10 days of July each year are dedicated to this musical event – located 50 miles northeast of the Tiffin Motorhomes facility. W. C. Handy (1873-1958) was born in Florence and went on to become known as the “Father of the Blues”.   He was an American blues composer and musician best known for playing the trumpet and cornet, but he also played the piano, guitar and sang. In 1958 a movie about his life, St. Louis Blues, was released starring Nat “King” Cole, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald. Some of Handy’s better known compositions are “Memphis Blues, “Saint Louis Blues”, Beale Street Blues, and “Ole Miss Rag”. The log cabin of Handy’s birth has been preserved near downtown Florence. After a lifetime of touring the world, Handy died in New York City in 1958. Over 25,000 people attended his funeral in Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church and over 150,000 people gathered in the streets near the church to pay their respects.


In 1982 the Handy Festival was originally designed to promote area businesses; therefore, the ten day long series of primarily music events occurs in and around the Florence/Shoals area. Restaurants, stores, and other businesses host concerts and activities throughout the festival. With approximately 200 events, there is something for everyone. For a full schedule of dates and events, go to .   The Handy Music Festival has been selected as a Top Ten Event in Alabama and a Top Twenty event in the Southeast since 1986. If you are in the area between July 22 & 31, 2016 – don’t miss this exciting event!

Coon Dog Cemetery – an interesting stop near Red Bay, AL

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The Tiffin Allegro Club wants to make your visit to Red Bay a memorable one.   Guests visit Red Bay for numerous reasons – #1 taking the Tiffin plant tour, but also to receive service work or watch their new coach travel down the assembly line. While you’re here, we encourage you to visit our surrounding area. To help you plan your visit, we will publish a short series of articles on Tiffin Sideroads over the next few weeks that will highlight some of our interesting attractions.

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One of the most unique and talked about attractions is the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard aka Coondog Cemetery. More information can be found at . This is the only cemetery of its kind in the world. Only Coon Hounds are allowed to be buried here. To qualify for burial, where over 185 coon dogs have been laid to rest, it has been said that three requirements must be met:

  • The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog.
  • A witness must declare the deceased is a coon dog.
  • A member of the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, Inc. must be allowed to view the coonhound and declare it as such.

“We have stipulations on this thing,” said the late O’Neal Bolton, former caretaker of the Coon Dog Graveyard. “A dog can’t run no deer, possum—nothing like that. He’s got to be a straight coon dog, and he’s got to be full hound. Couldn’t be a mixed up breed dog, a house dog.”


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Each Labor Day, the Friends of the Coondog Cemetery host a celebration at the cemetery. Entertainment includes music, dancing, food and a liar’s contest. Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Official Coon Dog T-shirts, Cemetery Pins, and Camouflage Caps are available to purchase. Tiffin owners are welcome to visit the cemetery anytime. From Red Bay, travel east on Ala Hwy 24 to Ala Hwy 247 North. Go north on Ala Hwy 247 for 12 miles. Turn west on Coondog Cemetery Road and follow the signs. Again, for more information, visit their website at . Pictures courtesy of Tiffin owner, John Mitchell.

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Tiffin Allegro Club Rally – Gillette, WY – June 20-24, 2016



The Tiffin Allegro Club hosted our third rally for 2016 in beautiful Gillette, WY June 20-24th.   The weather turned unseasonably hot and dry, but cool heads prevailed and everyone enjoyed the rally despite the heat.   Located in the Black Hills between Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore, Gillette was a good central location for touring the area. We were very excited to host 307 coaches from 35 states and 3 provinces of Canada.


Monday saw coaches arriving early and steadily throughout the day. Thanks to a top notch parking crew of volunteers, the coaches were guided in and parked quickly and efficiently.   Guests made their way to the Energy Hall where they were greeted by more volunteers manning the Registration Tables and they visited the vendor area for shopping. We were very happy to have several vendors present, even though Gillette is an area that is more isolated than other rally locations we have visited. A very popular booth was the folks representing the Tiffin Parts Store. We hope to include this benefit in more of our future rallies!


The rally officially kicked off Monday evening with a welcome by Kelly & Sally Moore and Andy Baer, Tiffin National Sales Manager.   Tiffin owner, Noel Chalmers from Richmond, BC blessed everyone by playing Amazing Grace on his bagpipes. Beautiful! After a delicious meal from Prime Rib Catering, we were honored to salute our many Tiffin owners who have served our country & Canada both in the military and as first responders.   Anthems from each branch of the service were played as the veterans stood. Lee Greenwood’s, “Proud to be an American” then had everyone on their feet waving American flags. Veterans, we are honored to pay tribute to you! Thank you, volunteers, for the beautifully decorated stage! After the veterans salute, Tom & Pat Webber of Tampa, FL entertained everyone with our version of Bingo, aka TIFFIN BINGO! Thank you, Webbers, for helping throughout the rally!

Our trusty crew of golf cart & trolley drivers were out early on Tuesday morning bringing everyone to Energy Hall for a delicious buffet breakfast. Seminars began immediately following breakfast in three conference rooms. Among other topics, rally attendees learned more about the operation of their television & navigation systems from Triple H Electronics, the Tiffin electrical system by Daniel Allen and better ways to utilize the convection/microwave oven with convection/microwave expert, Janet Sadlack.  After all of these talks and discussions, it was time for ice cream. Thank you to Mary Moppins,, for sponsoring our ice cream social.  It was a perfect treat for a hot, sunny afternoon. A special feature for attendees was visiting the Craft & Hobby Show hosted by other Tiffin owners. Beautiful handiwork was on display. Everything from wood working to quilting to jewelry was shown and all of it made by Tiffin RV enthusiasts.


Always a crowd favorite, Bob Tiffin, addressed the group on Tuesday evening and welcomed everyone to the Tiffin rally. Bob & Judy Tiffin are very gracious to take time from their busy schedules to attend many of the Tiffin rallies and visit with the owners. After a great meal served by the caterer’s staff, everyone was treated to a fantastic performance by Sarah Getto from Norman, OK. Sarah was born blind with a cleft palate. She taught herself to play the piano at a very young age as well as several other musical instruments. Her singing voice was fantastic and the crowd fell in love with her. Her greatest desire is to use her college degree to teach music in high school. We know she would be an awesome teacher, but we will really miss her if she quits performing.


Wednesday brought another series of seminars with popular presenters such as Marcus McCluney from Freightliner Custom Chassis and Tom Webber with his Tips for Terrified RV Drivers. With a break for hamburgers & hot dogs at lunch, the seminars concluded mid-afternoon. Always a fun activity is the RV & campsite decoration contest among the owners. Competition was fierce! We had some fantastic entries this year in the theme of “The Old Wild West”. Three winners were announced at dinner and each won $75 Tiffin gift certificates. They are George & Sandi Fizell from Tucson, AZ; Wayne & Diane Heath from Kent, WA; and Doyle & Doris Freeman of Jackson, TN.

Bretz RV had a busy week helping several couples move into their new dream coach. Each night these lucky folks were awarded Tiffin gift certificates for two embroidered Tiffin jackets! We certainly hope all of these folks enjoy their beautiful new coach and have many miles of safe travels.   After another fantastic meal, the group was treated to some Motown hits by DD & The Fayrohs.

Thursday had everyone up and out early again to partake of another delicious breakfast buffet. More seminars followed breakfast. We were very fortunate at the Gillette Cam-Plex to have three large seminar areas where everyone could comfortable enjoy learning more about their coaches. Gary Harris, Powerglide Chassis manager, drew a large crowd as always along with Harold Kimbrough and Ross Fischer from Cummins Onan and many others. The information gleamed from seminars alone is worth the price of a Tiffin rally! Delicious meals, good entertainment, fun and fellowship with other Tiffin owners are great side benefits.

Despite the high temperatures and a dust storm, we are thankful to our owners who participated in the Tiffin swap meet. Bargains were found and another great opportunity to visit with everyone.

A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the Tiffin and Bretz service teams who worked tirelessly in the heat and dust to visit each Tiffin coach performing minor repairs and adjustments. Our Tiffin techs sacrifice time away from their families to travel with us to rallies across the nation, sometimes working under hard conditions without the proper equipment, to represent the Tiffin brand and help owners any way possible. A big hat’s off to these guys!


Thursday night was our Farewell Evening and many took the opportunity to break out their 10 gallon western hats and boots. Thanks to everyone who participated! After door prizes and a fabulous meal of prime rib with all the trimmings, everyone enjoyed the country/western band, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. A few couples even broke out in the two-step!


Gillette was the conclusion of our 2016 rallies. Watch for an email from Tiffin Sideroads in September or October announcing our 2017 schedule. Tiffin rallies are very popular so make your plans early if your travel schedule pairs up with ours. Registration will be made online at for each rally. When we announce the 2017 locations & dates, we will also announce the date that each rally will be available for sale (approximately six months prior to the rally). We look forward to hosting you at a Tiffin rally next year!

Until next time, “Happy Trails”!

Information for the Allegro Club. The owners' club of Tiffin Motorhomes.

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