Tiffin Fall Rallies
Casa Grande, AZ
By Sally Moore
Sunny skies welcomed a total of 450 Tiffin Motorhomes, both Class A and Class C, to the beautiful Palm Creek RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona in late October for the conclusion of our rallies for 2021. Coaches arrived as much as a week earlyand stayed a week later in order to enjoy the beautiful, warm dessert climate. Anytime you participate in a Tiffin rally, you are encouraged to arrive in the area early or stay after the rally to enjoy the sights. Once the rally begins, everyone isbusy with rally activities so sightseeing is best planned for pre or post rally!
Smiles were frequent as our team of volunteers greeted each coach and assisted them in parking their rig. The Class A rally kicked off on Monday evening with announcements by Kelly Moore and welcoming comments by Bob Tiffin, founderof Tiffin Motorhomes. Mr. Tiffin thanked everyone for attending the rally and reminded them that 2022 will be Tiffin’s 50th anniversary! Everyone enjoyed getting to know their neighbors and making new friends. Door prize drawings were held to distribute Tiffin bags, blankets, $100 gift cards and much more!
During both rallies, everyone enjoyed a touching tribute to all the veterans in attendance. The national anthem was sung by Sarah Getto and ASL translated by Arlene Noteman. The flag of each branch of the US military was presented. Veterans stood as their flag was displayed and their anthem played. First responders were also acknowledged. The salute ended with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and the American flag was presented by Geary McCleery, veteran of the USMC, in full dress uniform. Everyone had been given small American flags which they proudly waved as they stood to their feet. Thank you, veterans! We are privileged to honor you in any way we can! Our freedom to assemble at events such as this is due to your sacrifice!
After the veteran’s tribute, everyone enjoyed a few games of TIFFIN Bingo! Wecall out “ALLEGRO or WAYFARER” instead of Bingo!
A big “Thank You!” to LaMesa RV Center for the display of new Tiffin coaches! Everyone enjoyed seeing the new features and several folks took this excellent opportunity to trade into a new coach! The brand new “Cahaba” Class B coach was on display during the second rally. Be sure to check out this innovative new coach built at our Winfield, Alabama facility!
Seminars were held beginning Tuesday. Palm Creek RV Resort is a huge complex with campsites spread out over several acres but our cheerful, hardworking volunteers helped shuttle the guests between their coaches and the buildings as quickly as possible. All of the seminars had great attendance and participation.
We appreciate the suppliers of Tiffin components taking time away from their busy schedules to attend our rallies to present informative seminars on their product. We wish they could be with us throughout the rally so their classes could be repeated, but their schedules do not allow this.
Thanks to volunteer, Norma Thomas of Yorba Linda, CA, for leading a group of early morning folks on a “Walk for your Health” each day of the rally. Those folks looked like they were having way too much fun that early in the morning!!
During the two weeks of the rallies, three ice cream socials were enjoyed by everyone along with a meet and greet session with several Tiffin chapters. All chapters were invited to participate and many recruited new members during the rally.
With Halloween fast approaching, we planned a Jack O’Lantern decorating contest for both rallies. Amazingly talented people participated and all rally folks enjoyed voting on their favorite! The winners of the three categories were:
Class A Scariest Pumpkin: Jim & Linda Church, Murreita, CA
Class A Best Camping/RV Pumpkin: Ted & Tammie Booth, Pocatello, ID
Class A Most Unique Pumpkin: Greg & Sue Chiarmonte, Des Moines, IA
Wayfarer Scariest Pumpkin: Patty Panzica, Thousand Oaks, CA
Wayfarer Best Camping/RV Pumpkin: Geary & Jeanie McCleery, Umatilla, FL
Wayfarer Most Unique Pumpkin: Tony Panzica, Thousand Oaks, CA
The Tiffin service technicians were hard at work throughout the rallies visiting every coach and making three minor repairs requested by the owners. These technicians are so appreciated at our Tiffin rallies! They work daily from early morning to late evening to insure they can visit every coach. Occasionally they do not have the required part, but they are usually able to assist everyone with minor service problems that occur. They visited all 450 coaches at the rallies to help owners in any way possible. Our hats are off to these talented individuals!
Each night of the rallies we were treated to outstanding live entertainment. From Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, Chicago, Frankie Valli to the Eagles – these tribute bands were wonderful! Tiffin door prizes were awarded nightly with gifts ranging from duffle bags filled with Tiffin ‘stuff’ to free rally certificates for the 50thAnniversary Rally in June 2022! $100 fuel cards were also a popular item!
A popular activity after lunch on the final day of each rally was the swap meet/craft show by owners. A wide variety of items was available. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! From jewelry and hand sewn items to spare RV parts, there was something to appeal to everyone.
A special thanks to Bob and Judy Tiffin for attending a week of rally along with many others from our Team Tiffin! We appreciate your support of the Tiffin Allegro Club and our rallies! Remember that the 50th Anniversary Rally goes on sale February 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM Central Time! You don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity as we Celebrate 50 Golden Years of Roughing It Smoothly Together!
Until next time, travel safely!