Tiffin Allegro Club Rally
Rock Springs, WY
June 17-21, 2019
The Tiffin Allegro Club hosted its third rally for 2019 in beautiful Rock Springs, Wyoming June 17-21st. After experiencing snow flurries earlier in the month, the weather was gorgeous when rally guests arrived! Cool, crisp mornings, brilliant blue Wyoming skies and sunshine for the majority of each day. Located south of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons and east of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Rock Springs was an excellent central location for touring the area. We were very excited to host 320 coaches from 38 states and 2 provinces of Canada.
Guests began arriving up to two weeks prior to the opening day of the rally. With so much to see in the area, many folks took advantage of Sweetwater Events Center’s hospitality and facilities while visiting the beautiful Flaming Gorge or driving the Wild Horse Loop. Spring was in the air and it was wonderful to see the Wild Horse Corral filled with mares and their frisky colts kicking up their heels in the sunshine.
When rally week arrived, Sunday and Monday saw the remaining coaches arriving 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 Exhibit Hall where they were greeted by more volunteers staffing the Registration Tables and received a welcome bag of Tiffin gifts. Guests visited the vendor area and shopped for items ranging from satellite systems to cleaning cloths. We were very happy to have several vendors participate in this rally, even though Rock Springs is an area that is more isolated than other rally locations we have visited. Very popular booths were the folks representing the Tiffin Parts Store and our Tiffin Allegro Club store. Bretz RV Center brought a great line-up of Tiffin coaches and everyone was eager to see the newest 2020 models.
The rally officially kicked off Monday evening with a welcome by Kelly & Sally Moore. After a delicious meal from Santa Fe Catering, we were honored to salute our many Tiffin owners who have served our country both in the military and as first responders. Anthems from each branch of the service were played as those veterans stood and the flag from their branch of service was presented on stage. 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 your assistance! After the veterans salute and several door prize presentations, everyone enjoyed our version of Bingo, aka TIFFIN BINGO!
Our trusty crew of golf cart & trolley drivers were out early on Tuesday morning bringing everyone to the Exhibit 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, Michelin tires and many others. After all of these talks and discussions, it was time for ice cream. Thank you, Sweetwater Events Center, for sponsoring our ice cream social. Everyone was treated to locally made, farm-fresh ice cream from Shumway Farms Dairy. This 6th generation dairy farm family is located in beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming and is dedicated to supplying high-quality, farm-fresh products. The Shumway family has been in dairy farming in Star Valley since 1889. Threat of rain showers moved the ice cream social inside a nearby arena tent, but everyone appreciated staying dry!
A new feature of our Tiffin rallies is the Chapter Meet & Greet Session. Chapters present at the rally are given time to display information and share about their chapter with other members. Often chapters will enlist new members during this session and new friendships are formed!
Andy Baer, Tiffin Motorhomes Assistant General Manager had hoped to join us at the rally and give a presentation on “What’s Happening at Tiffin Motorhomes!” Mother Nature and the Denver airport conspired to block his travel plans, but Kelly Moore gave the presentation on Andy’s behalf. Tiffin Motorhomes is growing and expanding while continuing to be an industry leader focused on customer satisfaction.
After Tuesday night’s dinner and more Tiffin door prizes, Jukebox 4 treated everyone to a fantastic performance! This energetic foursome is fighting to keep the hits from yesterday alive today. They boast incredible harmonies, infectious stage personas and playful choreography in a one of a kind show that delighted the group as they visited the decades of the late 20th century.
Wednesday brought another series of seminars with popular presenters such as Marcus McCluney from Freightliner Custom Chassis and Harold Kimbrough along with Ross Fischer from Onan. 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. The competition was fierce! We had some fantastic entries this year in the theme of “Happy Trails”. Winners were announced at dinner and each couple received Tiffin gift certificates. They were Joseph & Karen Eckroth, Leavenworth, WA; Marc & Julie Spencer, Colleyville, TX with Joe & Karen Kohler, Harold, TX; and Monte West & Barb Knowles, Sanora, CA.
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 delicious meal Wednesday evening, Brady Goss treated the group to a great show. Brady has performed at several Tiffin rallies and everyone enjoys his piano performances, vocals, and guitar. Brady performed hits by Ray Charles, Dr. John, and many others, but his grand finale was a crowd favorite, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis. Brady performs throughout the country – catch his show if he is in your area!
Thursday had everyone up and out early again to take in more seminars. We were very fortunate at the Sweetwater Events Complex to have three large seminar areas where everyone could comfortably enjoy learning more about their coaches. Gary Harris, Powerglide Chassis manager, drew a large crowd as well as Shawn Phillips from Cummins; Chris McCondichie from Allison Transmissions 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.
We are thankful to our owners who participated in the Tiffin swap meet Thursday afternoon. Bargains were found and another great opportunity to visit with everyone. Bargain hunting also meant we needed more ice cream! Thank you again, Sweetwater Events Complex!
A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the Tiffin and Bretz service teams who worked tirelessly 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. After door prizes and dinner, everyone enjoyed stepping back in time to the music of IMAGINE: Remembering the Fab Four! Beatles songs and costumes by the band brought back many memories and folks were encouraged to sing along to some favorite hits!
Friday saw coaches hitting the freeways again as people moved on to their next travel destination. Many coaches remained at Sweetwater over the weekend to continue exploring the area. With 50 amp electric, water, and a sewer connection, there was no rush to move to another campground. Sweetwater was an excellent host for our Tiffin rally and really rolled out the red carpet. Thousands of flowering plants and shrubs were planted days before our arrival and everyone appreciated their beauty!
Watch for an email from Tiffin Sideroads in the coming weeks announcing our 2020 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 www.tiffinmotorhomes.com for each rally. When we announce the 2020 locations & dates, we will also announce the date that each rally will be available for sale (approximately five months prior to the rally). We look forward to hosting you at a Tiffin rally next year!
Until next time, “Happy Trails”!