TIFFIN ALLEGRO CLUB
INAUGURAL WAYFARER RALLY RECAP
By: Sally Moore
We were very excited to host the first Wayfarer rally at beautiful River Plantation RV Resort in the Great Smoky Mountain region! Response from our Wayfarer owners was overwhelming and we had 150 Wayfarer coaches present. The rally was held May 13-16, 2019 with almost perfect weather conditions. Cool crisp mornings and sunny afternoons make for ideal camping conditions. Owners came from as far away as California, Maine, Washington, and Florida to participate in this inaugural rally that focused on components and concerns that are unique to the Wayfarer coaches.
LazyDays RV in Knoxville, TN brought several new Wayfarers to show our owners. Staff from the Wayfarer plant in Winfield drove a new prototype model LW to the rally and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to have an early preview of this new and exciting floorplan. LazyDays RV helped several owners move into a new 2020 Wayfarer during the 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!
Coaches began arriving days in advance of the rally, but as soon as the rally officially started on May 13th, guests made their way to the Wayfarer Store for the first opportunity to stock up on Wayfarer swag! This was the first time that Wayfarer merchandise has been available for sale and rally folks took great advantage of this shopping mecca! Monday was also the day for guests to receive their agendas and welcome bag of gifts. Everyone was excited to gather in the resort’s conference center on Monday evening for a delicious meal and an opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Bob Tiffin, the founder of Tiffin Motorhomes, was present and welcomed everyone to the rally.
We appreciate the support of the Tiffin family and the management from Tiffin Motorhomes for our rallies! Door prizes were awarded and everyone enjoyed a few games of Wayfarer Bingo. Prizes were awarded with much fun and laughter. Veterans were recognized by their branch of service and celebrated during the evening. We are always honored to salute our veterans and first responders and say thank you for their service to our nation!
Immediately after a hearty breakfast on Tuesday morning, seminars were held on Wayfarer related topics. Mercedes Benz of Birmingham presented an informative session regarding the Sprinter chassis. Winfield staff covering electrical 101 and news about upgrades in the 2020 models. Onan generators, Truma, Triple H electronics, Kenwood and many others presented seminars Tuesday and Wednesday. A crowd favorite was presented by Wayfarer owner, Janna Burnworth, “Living large in a small area & loving it!” Guests appreciated the opportunity to learn more about all components of their Wayfarer coaches!
We were delighted to have Tyler Davis, the Marketing Director of Tiffin Motorhomes at the rally. On Tuesday evening, Tyler gave an informative presentation on the history of Tiffin Motorhomes and why one should feel confident in the decision to join the Tiffin family. Everyone enjoyed another delicious meal served by Chef’s Catering of Pigeon Forge. Tim Tiffin, general manager of all Tiffin Motorhomes operations, addressed the group with updates on Wayfarer and his vision for the future of Tiffin and Wayfarer. More door prizes were awarded to lucky winners before Tennessee’s own, Kenny Evans, took the stage for a wonderful evening of classic oldies and country hits. Kenny can often be found performing at one of the Pigeon Forge theaters so check him out on your next visit to this area!
Wednesday was devoted to more Wayfarer seminars. Everyone gathered at noon in the conference center for another delicious meal of burgers & dawgs with all the trimmings! Mayfield Dairy is a local Tennessee favorite and their delicious Nutty Buddy cones were enjoyed by everyone in the new coach display. This was a great opportunity to visit with one another and share travel experiences on a beautiful Tennessee mountain afternoon.
Another great evening and meal on Wednesday. It was a special treat to hear from another member of the Tiffin family as the third generation, Trent Tiffin, spoke to the group. Trent has been involved with the Wayfarer development from day one and is very connected with Wayfarer owners. Many know Trent from his Facebook live posts and visits to the Winfield plant. More door prizes were awarded including 50% discounts on future Tiffin rallies! After dinner the band, Dashboard Blue, from Ashville, NC presented a great evening of music.
A special round of heartfelt thanks goes out to the hard-working service technicians from Tiffins & LazyDays RV. They are our unsung heroes and do a remarkable job of visiting each Wayfarer during the rally to perform minor repairs/adjustments to the coach. Hats off to them!!
Thursday morning many Wayfarer friends opted for a narrated bus tour to Cherokee, NC and back. Both buses were treated to wonderful commentary about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains. We drove through the mountains and visited many overlooks before stopping in Cherokee for lunch. On the return trip to Sevierville, we visited the Oconaluftee Visitors Center to tour a mountain farm museum of log structures situated along a beautiful mountain stream. Again, the weather was almost perfect and it made for a great day! Before arriving back at the campground, we drove through downtown Gatlinburg and saw the new pedestrian skybridge high above the city. This skybridge is the longest suspension pedestrian walkway in the United States.
Many Wayfarer owners elected to remain at River Plantation RV Resort for a few days while others stowed their lines 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 2020 will be announced this summer and you can see it at www.TiffinSideroads.com and http://www.Tiffinmotorhomes.com. These rallies will sell-out so make note of the on-sale date & time so you don’t get left out. Happy trails and great adventures!