TIFFIN ALLEGRO CLUB
FALL 2017 RALLY
By: Sally Moore
Early Fall 2017 saw a steady stream of beautiful Tiffin coaches making their way to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon for our last rally of 2017. The fall foliage was just beginning to peak and with snow on the mountaintops, it was a beautiful time of year. We hosted 300 coaches from across the USA and Canada for a week of fun, fellowship and comradery. The weather was as close to perfect as one could expect! Crisp, cool mornings and sunny afternoons were delightful. B. Young RV brought several Tiffin coaches to show our owners and made many folks very happy by helping them move into the coach of their dreams. Thank you B. Young and all of your great staff for being a part of our rally.
Our volunteers came early to help the Tiffin staff get everything ready for the rally. WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! They pay to come to the rally and then work hard all week to be sure everyone has a good time just as they do! Our volunteers are fantastic!
As soon as coaches arrived, guests made their way to the Tiffin Store to stock up on the newest Tiffin swag and receive their agendas and welcome bag of gifts. Everyone gathered in the Jackman Long Building on Monday evening for a delicious meal followed by welcoming remarks by Bob Tiffin and Kelly Moore. We appreciate the support of Bob Tiffin, Tim Tiffin and the management from Tiffin Motorhomes for our rallies! Door prizes were awarded and everyone enjoyed a few games of Tiffin Allegro Bingo. We couldn’t have bingo night without our official “Bingo Experts”, Tom & Pat Webber! Prizes were awarded with much fun and laughter. All veterans were recognized and celebrated during the evening. We salute our veterans and thank you for your service to our nation!
Tuesday morning saw several of our energetic souls out for an early morning power walk around the fairgrounds to get the blood flowing before our big country breakfast. Immediately after breakfast, seminars on RV related topics were held. Great topics that interested all RV owners were covered, such as Convection Microwave Cooking, updating and understanding your navigation system, and deciphering the coach electrical system. Onan generators and Freightliner chassis always have great participation at their seminars. Owners participated in a craft & hobby show Tuesday afternoon as well as a jack-o-lantern decorating contest. It’s always interesting to see the crafts that RVers make while touring the country in their Tiffin coach.
Ice cream was enjoyed by everyone in the new coach display. This was a great opportunity to visit with one another and share travel experiences. Tuesday night we welcomed old friends of Bob and Judy Tiffin, Charles Suniga and the Angels. Charles was successful in bringing Bob to the stage for an Elvis impersonation complete with the famous sunglasses. Tim Tiffin, General Manager of Tiffin Motorhomes addressed the group Tuesday night. This was the first rally to be attended by Tim and Lynn Tiffin and we were delighted they came across country to be with us.
Wednesday morning saw our dedicated walkers out and about very early enjoying the beautiful sunrise again. Interesting seminars were held in the Jackman Long Building and Cascade Hall. Everyone gathered at noon for a Tailgate Buffet of delicious grilled burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings.
Owners were invited to participate in our “Fall Harvest” site decoration contest. Lots of originality and thought went into this. We were treated to everything from a real, live scarecrow to crops grown in southern Alabama and a corn maze for old people! Tiffin Allegro gift certificates were awarded to the winners. Thanks to everyone who participated!
The Young Bucs treated us to a wonderful concert after dinner on Wednesday evening. This multi-talented group is from the Oregon coast area and performed many of the hits from the 50’s & 60’s.
On Thursday morning, everyone gathered in the Jackman Long Building for another delicious buffet breakfast followed by a morning of educational seminars.
Ice cream was enjoyed again Thursday afternoon while touring the beautiful Tiffin coaches one last time. B. Young was able to make several people’s dream come true! Folks gathered after lunch for a “Swap Meet”. Owners were invited to bring any of their unwanted junk–I mean treasures! Others made their best deal to take the junk/treasures home with them!!
Thursday evening brought an end to our festivities. After another delicious meal, more fantastic Tiffin door prizes and Red Bay stories by Kelly Moore, everyone enjoyed entertainment by Danny Vernon, Elvis tribute artist. Danny presented a fantastic show complete with scarves presented to many lucky ladies!
A special round of heartfelt thanks goes out to the hard working service technicians from Tiffin’s & B.Young RV. They are our unsung heroes and do a remarkable job of visiting each coach during the rally to perform minor repairs/adjustments to the coach. Hats off to them!!
Friday morning Tiffin friends hooked up the tow and headed on to their next destination. Whatever your plans, travel safely and we hope to see you at a Tiffin rally somewhere in the near future! The schedule for our upcoming rallies in 2018 has been announced and you can see it at www.TiffinSideroads.com. These rallies will sell-out so make note of the on-sale date & time so you don’t get left out. Happy trails!