Rock Springs, WY
June 13-18, 2022
By Sally Moore
The Tiffin Allegro Club was very excited to kick off Tiffin’s 50th Anniversary celebration with our largest rally to date! Two years ago when we were approached with the task of organizing a larger rally, our thoughts immediately turned to the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming as the perfect location. This facility has ample buildings for all of the seminars, plenty of campsites with full hookups including 50 amp electrical and sewer and most importantly, an outstanding staff. Two years of planning and organizing went into making this event a reality.
With 625 coaches from 47 states and two Canadian provinces in attendance, the number of volunteers and parking committee doubled. We were very pleased to welcome 52% first time attendees to this rally. Everyone involved did an outstanding job getting the coaches checked-in and safely parked over the four days before the rally. The weather was beautiful with sunny days under a big, beautiful blue sky! Many took the opportunity to extend their stay after the rally to visit the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area or drive the Wild Horse Loop.
After getting their coach parked, 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 a large number of vendors participating in this rally, Very popular booths were the folks representing the Tiffin Parts Store and our Tiffin Allegro Club store.
Bretz RV Center and LazyDays RV brought a great line-up of new Tiffin coaches and everyone was eager to see the newest 2022-23 models. For the first time, all models of Tiffin’s inventory were on display together at a rally. Customers had the opportunity to visit the newest VanLeigh 5th wheels as well as the newest Midas and Cahaba models. The new Tiffin Allegro Bay Super C coach drew the most attention and was one of the first units sold. Allegro Bus, Phaeton, Allegro RED, Wayfarer, Allegro Breeze, and Open Road models always had a crowd of visitors also!
The rally officially kicked off Monday evening with a welcome by Kelly & Sally Moore. In honor and recognition of Bob Tiffin’s 50th year anniversary, several presentations were made. Harold Kimbrough representing Cummins ONAN presented Bob and Leigh Tiffin with leather jackets commemorating their long-standing business relationship. Tony Siple of Freightliner Custom Chassis reviewed the long history their corporations had enjoyed. Leigh Tiffin, Bob Tiffin’s grandson, and President of Tiffin Motorhomes, spoke about the history of Tiffin Motorhomes as well as his vision for the future. Leigh introduced Bob Martin, President of Thor Industries, who also spoke regarding the future of Tiffin and what he forecasts for the future of the RV industry. Leigh also introduced Bob Tiffin to the group and Bob reassured the room of his continued commitment to his customers and his desire to continue working for another ten years. A video highlighting many of the world events that Bob Tiffin has experienced in the past 50 years was shown bringing back memories of oil embargos, sky high interest rates and gasoline shortages.
We were honored to salute our many Tiffin owners who have served our country both in the military and as first responders. Sarah Getto did a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, signed by Arlene Noteman. Everyone enjoyed the video of Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag”. Anthems from each branch of the service were played as those veterans stood to be recognized 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, door prizes were awarded to many of our guests.
Our friendly crew of golf cart & trolley drivers were out early on Tuesday morning bringing everyone to the Exhibit Hall. Seminars began immediately in four conference rooms. Among other topics, rally attendees learned more about the operation of their television & navigation systems from Triple H Electronics, Michelin tires, towing basics from Blue Ox 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. The weather turned from warm and sunny to cool and blustery, but that never stops an ice cream treat!
Tuesday night, after more Tiffin door prizes, the group was treated to a fantastic performance by the number one Abba tribute band, AbbaFAB! This energetic group brought back many of Abba’s greatest sing-along hits such as Dancing Queen, Mama Mia and others!
Wednesday brought another series of seminars with popular presenters such as David Northcutt with Mercedes, Mark Haga with Valid Air and many others. The RVs of today are complicated and filled with electronics – everyone was eager to take advantage of these classes to learn more about caring for their coaches.
LazyDays RV and Bretz RV had a busy week helping several people move into their new dream coach. Each night these lucky folks were awarded $100 Tiffin gift certificates to use for Tiffin jackets or other swag! We certainly hope all of these folks enjoy their beautiful new coach and have many miles of safe travels.
After announcements on Wednesday night and many more great door prizes, the crowd was treated to an outstanding performance by a father/son duo known as Piano Men: Generations-The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Terry and Nick Davies with their incredible band performed music that transcended four decades of music lovers. These talented men often had the crowd on its feet singing along with those wonderful hits.
With the increased size of attendance at this rally, we also increased the seminars and the nightly entertainment. Thursday featured seminars and training from some heavy-hitters such as Steven Barbour from Freightliner Custom Chassis; PowerGlide Chassis with Gary Harris; Chris Crowel from Cummins Diesel Engines and Harold Kimbrough from Onan. A very popular session was presented by Nick Brewer from Tiffin’s electronics department. Nick is the person many owners go to for questions regarding their televisions/sound bars, etc. The seminars concluded mid-afternoon with a fun filled swap meet and craft show. Items of all descriptions were available to sell, swap or give-away! Lots of friendly bartering went on!
Thursday had everyone up and out early again to take in more seminars. We were very fortunate at the Sweetwater Events Complex to have four large seminar areas where everyone could comfortably enjoy learning more about their coaches. The information gleamed from seminars alone is worth the price of a Tiffin rally! Good entertainment, fun and fellowship with other Tiffin owners are great side benefits.
A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the Tiffin 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 evening brought another night of great entertainment with a band known as “Rock Me Gently”. This outstanding group brought back the music of the 70’s – think Carol King, James Taylor and more! Vocals were so smooth!
Friday was our last day of seminars complete with another wonderful ice cream social. We were sad to bid farewell to everyone that night. To end the festivities on high note, we had many fabulous door prizes including three gift certificates for a free 2023 rally! These lucky folks are guaranteed a place in any of the 2023 Tiffin rallies at Hemet, CA or Amana, IA or Essex Junction, VT! Congratulations to all! The concert to end our rally was presented by one of our most popular groups known as “One of These Nights”. This fabulous tribute band sings the music of America’s favorite band, The Eagles. This popular group has performed at Tiffin rallies for three consecutive years and we never tire of their great performance!
Saturday saw coaches hitting the freeways again as people moved on to their next travel destination. Many coaches remained at Sweetwater over the next several days 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!
The Tiffin Allegro Club looks forward to hosting you at a Tiffin rally next year!
Until next time, “Happy Trails”!