Williston Crossings RV Resort

Suncoast Allegro Club # 152 – Tampa, Florida

Reported by Linda Hoffman, Secretary – hoffmanl@tampabay.rr.com

Submitted:  April 18, 2015

Williston Crossings RV Resort

410 NE 5th Street

Williston, FL   32696


HOSTS:Charlie and Linda Hoffman

CO-HOSTS: John and Pat Ferraris

Attendees:  Thirteen member coaches and two guest coaches

Thursday, April 9th.      We arrived at beautiful Williston Crossings and began our rally with a social hour with light snacks at the pavilion at 4:00pm.  After social hour, we had a pot luck picnic with fried chicken and picnic side dishes.  We enjoyed the spaciousness of the pavilion and getting together again.  We ended our first evening with a Corn hole competition with tonight’s winners looking forward to a playoff round tomorrow night!

Friday, April 10th.      Today most made the 25 mile drive to Dunnellon to take the “Singing River Tour.”  Captain Jon serenaded us as we explored the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers on a 40’ pontoon boat and learned about Florida’s fascinating ecosystem.  We spotted exotic birds, turtles, and even a gator.

Lunch at the “Blue Gator Restaurant” in Dunnellon followed.  All agreed it was a great day trip!  Back at Williston, supper was a Pizza Party with Ceasar Salad and other salads and desserts.  We had a book and magazine exchange so we could get some new reading material.  The championship Corn hole competition was held with the Van Fleet’s emerging as winners!  Their prize?  Five tickets in tomorrow’s 50/50 drawing.

Saturday, April 11th.     It was a beautiful day today, and everyone took advantage of the fine weather in different ways.  Some drove 45 miles to Cedar Key and enjoyed exploring that Fishing Village with its shops, restaurants, museums, and natural beauty.  Others drove to Gainesville only to find a crowd in attendance for the annual Orange &Blue game at UF.  Still others enjoyed just relaxing or lounging by the pool at the campground.

Williston is a great CG for hiking to the quarry, or for a bike ride through the park.  We gathered at the Activities Building at 4:30pm for our first ever “Suncoast Auction.”  We had great participation with buyers and sellers earning tickets into the 50/50 drawing.  The 50/50 drawing was won by the Griffins who received $65.00, with a like amount going into the club’s treasury!  Dinner was at the “Ivy House” restaurant in Williston.  Not wanting the day to end, many gathered around the host’s coach for campfire chat and games after we returned to camp.

Sunday, April 12th.    

This morning we said our good-byes at a continental breakfast that Charlie and I were happy to prepare as this rally’s hosts. Next up is the rally at Sun N Fun RV Resort,   www.sunnfunfl.com in Sarasota beginning May 14th.  This will be the last rally before a summer break.   (A short membership meeting will be held with VP Mike Johnson presiding in the absence of our president who will have already left for summer adventures, including a trip to Alaska!!)   Hope to see you there!!

TIFFIN ALLEGRO CLUB RALLY: CERAland Park Columbus, Indiana

ceraland-mapExcitement for our 2015 Tiffin Allegro Club Rallies is at an all-time high!  We just concluded our Orlando rally and everyone enjoyed the seminars, fun, great food, entertainment and visiting with other Tiffin owners.  (See article about the Orlando Rally on Tiffin Side Roads.)

The next rally east of the Mississippi River will be at CERALand Park, Columbus, Indiana.  Coaches arrive on Monday, August 17th and depart on Friday, August 21st.   Our rallies often sell-out well beforehand, so don’t delay!  If this date fits in your travel schedule, get your registration form to us NOW!  If you have any questions about the park accommodations, what a Tiffin Allegro Club rally is, or what you can expect; give us a call at 256-356-8522!  We are here to serve you!  The cost for one coach and two adults is only $429. We are currently accepting reservations.  Let us hear from you today!  Our rallies often sell out!  Complete your registration form and return to the Tiffin Allegro Club as soon as possible.

Our Tiffin Columbus rally promises to be fun and exciting with several catered meals, live entertainment, seminars, vendors, fun activities and best of all-our fabulous Tiffin Service Technicians will be on hand to perform minor service and repairs on all Tiffin coaches! These trained technicians are a wealth of information for you to tap into! You have made a sizeable investment in purchasing a beautiful motor coach. Take this valuable opportunity to learn all you can about it. Read more details about the rally.

The Tiffin Allegro Club is hosting four rallies in 2015 and this is the only rally with space still available.  If you want to participate in the fun and excitement, make your plans now to join us in Columbus, Indiana on August 17th!



Report By: Sally Moore
Rally: Central Florida Fair Grounds

MARCH 23-27, 201

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The Tiffin Allegro Club hosted our first rally of 2015 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida on March 23-27th.  We were fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather with sunny skies and gentle breezes all week after a slightly damp start on Monday.  The rally was staffed with folks from Red Bay as well as a host of WONDERFUL volunteers!  We simply could not host a rally like this without the help of our hard working, energetic volunteers!

These people come in a day or two before everyone else and work hard to mark parking sites, check-in coaches, greet everyone and get them registered and parked on arrival day. Throughout the week they ran golf cart shuttles, helped serve meals, sold apparel, assisted with seminars and made themselves invaluable to everyone.  The best kept secret is:  “They have more fun than anyone!”  Our volunteers pay the same rally fee as everyone, then stay busier than everyone, meet more new friends than everyone else and WE LOVE THEM!

We had 250 coach owners parked on the fairgrounds along with several vendors’ coaches and display of beautiful new Tiffin Motorhomes by LaMesa RV, Sanford, Florida for approximately 275 total motorhomes.  This was a “Buddy Rally” and friends driving another brand of motorhomes were also welcomed to experience the Tiffin lifestyle.

After all coaches were parked, slides out and awnings extended, guests were greeted with a “Welcome Bag” packed with goodies from the Tiffin Allegro Club and others.  One person said unpacking her bag was just like Christmas morning!

On Monday night, guests were treated to a delicious meal catered by Maddy with Professional Catering, Inc.  Again, volunteers stepped forward to see that guests were quickly served and greeted with a smile!   After dinner, Tom & Pat Webber, our official “Bingo Experts” explained the rules for Tiffin Allegro Bingo.  Prizes were awarded after much fun and laughter.

A few hardy souls rose very early Tuesday morning for our daily Tiffin “Walk for a Healthier You” led by Joanne Brown.  But, everyone rolled out of their beds in time to enjoy a bountiful country style breakfast.

Immediately after the meal, seminars on RV related topics began. Classes on Convection Microwave Cooking, Caring for the Exterior of Your RV, Towing, Motorhome Insurance, and many other topics were covered.

A parade saluting our veterans was held Tuesday afternoon.  Golf carts gaily decorated in red, white and blue bunting with marching music blaring followed Old Glory presented by veteran, John Frederiksen.  Veterans from various military branches participated in the parade.

A treat for all of us was veteran and Tiffin owner, A. H. Maher, dressed in his uniform.  Mr. Maher, 82 years young, was headed up the east coast after our rally to attend a Rangers reunion!  Thank you for your service, Mr. Maher and all veterans!!!  Because of your sacrifice, we can enjoy the freedom and blessing of touring our beautiful country and gathering together with friends as events such as this.

Following the parade Hearthside Grove RV Resort graciously hosted an ice cream social for everyone complete with sprinkles (because all our owners are winners) and whipped cream!  This was a great opportunity to visit with one another and share travel experiences.  Thank you, Hearthside Grove!!

As always it was wonderful to have Bob and Judy Tiffin join us for the rally.   Everyone always enjoys visiting with the Tiffins.  They are legendary in the RV industry.  Their southern charm and graciousness are unmatched.

On Tuesday night, people began gathering in the large conference hall dressed in tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms!  It was time for “A 60’s Experience!”   After another delicious buffet meal, we were treated to music by the band, “Yesterdaze”.

This musical group carried us on a 60’s journey playing hit songs by a variety of artists.  Everyone loved to get back in the groove!  Drawings for door prizes were held and many folks were excited to have the winning ticket for “Tiffin Allegro Stuff”!   Prizes were also awarded to the grooviest 60’s outfits.  Great participation by some really ‘cool dudes’!

Wednesday brought another busy day with seminars and tours of the beautiful new Tiffin products.   A big shout of “thanks” to LaMesa RV for their help and sponsorship of our rally.  Several attendees made their dream come true with the purchase of a new coach while enjoying the rally!

Purchasers of coaches were recognized each evening and presented with a gift basket from the Tiffin Allegro Club.  This rally’s basket was a “Made in Alabama” basket featuring delicious items all made within the great state of Alabama – just like your Tiffin Motorhome!

A new rally feature we have recently added is our Owners’ Forum discussion.  Participation and attendance was overwhelming!  Great ideas were shared, including “50 Ways to Solve Black Water Odor!”  Future rallies will include forums divided into smaller groups with a common theme for discussion.

Our catering team fed the group mouth-watering grilled burgers and ‘dawgs’ with all of the trimmings for lunch.  Once again, we left the tables with a smile and maybe just a dab of mustard remaining.

Wednesday afternoon found many ladies and a few men participating in our traditional Afternoon Tea Party.  Refreshments were served, but the highlight of the event is the sharing of stories and experiences.

Once again the group gathered for a delicious dinner Wednesday evening served by our fantastic volunteers.  Door prizes were awarded with lots of Tiffin “stuff” again being handed out.  Everyone then was treated to a great show, Spectacular Magic & Illusions featuring Al Belmont.  The salute to America at the end was a crowd favorite.

Knowing the end of the rally was fast approaching, Thursday morning found everyone once again enjoying a big country style breakfast. Seminars concluded at noon on Thursday, then everyone turned out to experience the Tiffin Allegro Club Swap Meet.

Tables were provided and anyone interested in swapping/bartering/trading their treasures for another’s treasures enjoyed the time together.  A wide variety of items were available as you could imagine.  There were bargains galore to be found.

A gala buffet dinner featuring roasted turkey, ham and carved roast beef was served Thursday night by our wonderful volunteers.  More “stuff” was awarded to many lucky winners!

After dinner everyone enjoyed vocalist, Connor Lorre.  Connor interacted with the crowd and entertained the group with his tributes to many artists through the decades such as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Elvis just to name a few.  Great show!

During the rally, attendees were fortunate to receive minor repairs and service on their motorhomes from a great group of technicians!  Gary James, Terry Ray, Roger Holland and Rusty Holland from the Tiffin plant in Red Bay were joined by four technicians from LaMesa RV in Sanford.

Together this team of expert service technicians worked long hours every day to insure each coach at the rally received their help with the owner’s top three issues. Sometimes the technicians’ abilities were limited by the availability of parts on hand, but if the job could be accomplished with the coach parked outside in a grassy field, then these guys could make it happen. They are truly the rock stars of our rally!  A great big thank you to each one of these hard working men!!

Friday morning saw everyone hooking up tows and heading on to their next adventure.  Again, a precious volunteer, Carolyn Mitchell, was there to wave everyone good-bye and wish them “Happy Trails!”  So ‘until we meet again…..’, keep enjoying your beautiful Tiffin rig, travel safe, and experience the open road with all that life offers!  All of us at Tiffin Allegro Club and Tiffin Motorhomes enjoyed our time together and thank you for being a part of the Tiffin family.


Long Island Allegros (Allegro Club Chapter 207) and The Minutemen (Allegro Chapter 179) who got together over Columbus Day Weekend at Normandy Farms RV Resort in Foxboro, MA.

Written By: LI Allrego Secretary/Chapter Reporter George Geyer

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Normandy Farms, Foxboro, MA 02035  866-673-2767

65 degree weather, partly cloudy. Gravel sites with full hook ups for most in the group. We were within sight of each others RV’s, easily able to walk to your fellow club members sites. This park is more of a resort. They still had two pools available for swimming, many outdoor activities throughout the day at various times. Multiple ball fields, a dog park, a bike park, and a pond too. They also had a meal tent for campers who don’t like to cook.

LI Allegro Members who participated:

Kevin & Kathy Murphy

Rich, Yvonne & Olivia Cocozza

Frank & Mary Calandra

Guy & Fran Harrington

Jim & Karen Valentine

Joe & Cathy Mondone

Ed & Karen Hanley

George, Lorraine, Kristi & Kayla Geyer

The Murphy’s hosted the Friday night campfire & cocktail party. Temperatures dropped to 47 degrees. Thanks to all who gave some firewood. Yvonne had a delicious pineapple taste testing treat. Cathy had the cheese of the party, DUBLINER. Karen V made my personal favorite, her goat cheese cracker combo. Lorraine made chocolate drops. It was a very social party, plenty of laughs, everyone hugging the fire pit.


A morning rain kept most campers in their RV’S. The Cocozza offered a Mimosas breakfast. As soon as the weather turned for the better, campers began to enjoy the park for it’s offerings. A 3:30 PM gathering with another Tiffin Club was hosted at the Normandy Farms Creative Arts Center. We were introduced to the MINUTEMEN Allegro’s, from Massachusetts. The Minutemen made arrangements to secure a room for the “meet and greet”. This was greatly appreciated as the grounds were still wet. The room had tables, chairs, countertop, sink, refrigerator, microwave, and electricity to keep the food warm. This gathering was a great idea, enjoyed by all. Thank you Michael and Kevin.

Minuteman Members who participated:

Michael & Robin Heroux, Mansfield, MA.  508-339-0047   MRH5.5@Verizon.net

Dan & Donna Ferreica  508-728-7190

Will & Mary Stone, 35 Orchard Street, Blackstone, MA 01504.  508-498-4661 (who subsequently wrote “It was great meeting other Tiffin Campers. We were surprised to meet the Murphy’s, who also spend the winter at Silver Lakes.”)

Dick & Jane Pare’  84 Kosmas Street, Marlboro, MA 01752 (who subsequently wrote “It has been a great pleasure to share our day and break bread with great friends.”)

 I met BJ and Marcia Roussos, 781-864-5851 at the SHELL gas station just before entering Normandy Farms. He owns an Allegro Bus, but doesn’t belong to a chapter. He knows some of the Minutemen, so he tagged along for the weekend gatherings. We nicknamed him the “Independent Allegro Club”.

This was supposed to be a finger food party, but you were forced to use a fork, knife and spoon. There was homemade Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chili, Taco dip, Wraps, cheese and crackers, cakes, pastry’s, fruits & vegetables, 3 types of meatballs, pulled chicken in BBQ sauce, there was so much food we could have fed everyone in the pool too. The gathering lasted till 7:30 PM. Afterwards some of the group did BINGO, some went back to the Murphy’s fire pit. This allowed the fire pit crew to sample the latest offerings in homemade “Apple Pie” of the adult version.


The weather was the best of the weekend. A perfect fall weather day. Some in the group used their bicycles, some did shopping at the OUTLETS, some did the planned park activities. The weather allowed everyone to enjoy the day no matter what they did, we had an appointment to meet at the Murphy’s for a last hurrah at 5:30 PM. Some chips, dips, cheese, crackers and some great shrimp delivered by the Mondone’s was enjoyed by all. Again the fire pit was the place to be. It was turned into a two fire pit party after the crowd grew so big. There was again plenty of laughs. We even had a guest appearance from “Hot Lips Hollahan”. Some in the group went to the DJ dance party.


Most members in the group headed home at various times throughout the morning. The Mondone’s stayed an extra day. This allowed them peace and quiet to reflect and enjoy a site overlooking the pond.

Don’t be surprised if our Chapter does this Resort some time again in 2015/2016? It was enjoyed by all. There is plenty to do at this place. It was very clean. The bathrooms were of DISNEY quality. The sites were big enough for all the rigs, no matter the length. Full hook up, 30/50 amp, water, cable, and sewer hookup. It was close enough to the highway, but not too close. Average travel time from Long Island 4.5 hours.

Thank you Kevin and Kathy Murphy for planning this trip two years ago. It was everything we expected it to be, it was worth the wait. Looking forward to the next one.

Tiffin Sevierville Rally


The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the #1 most visited national park in the nation. And we are going too! The Tiffin Allegro Club Sevierville Rally will be held on September 21-24, 2015 (checking out on September 25th) at River Plantation RV Resort, Sevierville, TN. Sevierville is just a few miles from the entrance to the national park on the Tennessee side. Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are all well known for family entertainment opportunities.

Shopping from outlets to antiques; music shows highlighting America’s finest country & western, comedy clubs, and ole time favorites; Dollywood theme park; and hiking to Clingman’s Dome are just a few of the wonderful activities the area offers. Come join us for four nights of fun, fellowship, and entertainment.

Our Tiffin rally will feature 4 nights camping at the beautiful River Plantation RV Resort located just off the Parkway and nestled along the Little Pigeon River. Sites are big rig friendly and offer 30/50 amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. You can make reservations with River Plantation for pre or post rally nights to extend the fun. River Plantation offers two swimming pools and a hot tub, a large outdoor pavilion, showers and laundry facilities. Leashed pets are welcomed.

Plans are underway for our activities. Your rally fee of $429 per coach with two adults will include several catered meals, seminars, entertainment, fun activities and best of all-those wonderful Tiffin Service Technicians will be present to perform minor service and repairs on all Tiffin coaches! A display of the newest Tiffin coaches will also be on site.

We will begin accepting reservations on Monday, March 2nd at 8:01 a.m. CST. Don’t delay getting your application in as soon as possible, but also don’t try to beat the bell and submit it early! To be fair to everyone, applications received by fax or email prior to Monday morning will be returned.

Complete a form and fax or email it to us on Monday, March 2nd beginning at 8:01 CST. If you want to send by USPS, you can mail it on Friday, February 27th and we will receive it on Monday when the office reopens after the weekend. We expect this rally to sellout, so don’t delay!

Registration Form 

NOTE: There are a few spaces remaining for our Orlando rally MARCH 23 to MARCH 27. The last day to register for attendance is Monday, March 9, 2015

Find Out More 

Information for the Allegro Club. The owners' club of Tiffin Motorhomes.

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