Labor Day is here – Coon Dog Cemetery – an interesting stop near Red Bay, AL

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The Tiffin Allegro Club wants to make your visit to Red Bay a memorable one.   Guests visit Red Bay for numerous reasons – #1 taking the Tiffin plant tour, but also to receive service work or watch their new coach travel down the assembly line. While you’re here, we encourage you to visit our surrounding area. To help you plan your visit, we will publish a short series of articles on Tiffin Sideroads over the next few weeks that will highlight some of our interesting attractions.

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One of the most unique and talked about attractions is the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard aka Coondog Cemetery. More information can be found at http://coondogcemetery.com . This is the only cemetery of its kind in the world. Only Coon Hounds are allowed to be buried here. To qualify for burial, where over 185 coon dogs have been laid to rest, it has been said that three requirements must be met:

  • The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog.
  • A witness must declare the deceased is a coon dog.
  • A member of the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, Inc. must be allowed to view the coonhound and declare it as such.

“We have stipulations on this thing,” said the late O’Neal Bolton, former caretaker of the Coon Dog Graveyard. “A dog can’t run no deer, possum—nothing like that. He’s got to be a straight coon dog, and he’s got to be full hound. Couldn’t be a mixed up breed dog, a house dog.”

 

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Each Labor Day, the Friends of the Coondog Cemetery host a celebration at the cemetery. Entertainment includes music, dancing, food and a liar’s contest. Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Official Coon Dog T-shirts, Cemetery Pins, and Camouflage Caps are available to purchase. Tiffin owners are welcome to visit the cemetery anytime. From Red Bay, travel east on Ala Hwy 24 to Ala Hwy 247 North. Go north on Ala Hwy 247 for 12 miles. Turn west on Coondog Cemetery Road and follow the signs. Again, for more information, visit their website at http://coondogcemetery.com . Pictures courtesy of Tiffin owner, John Mitchell.

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Tiffin Allegro Club Rally – Gillette, WY – June 20-24, 2016

 

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The Tiffin Allegro Club hosted our third rally for 2016 in beautiful Gillette, WY June 20-24th.   The weather turned unseasonably hot and dry, but cool heads prevailed and everyone enjoyed the rally despite the heat.   Located in the Black Hills between Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore, Gillette was a good central location for touring the area. We were very excited to host 307 coaches from 35 states and 3 provinces of Canada.

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Monday saw coaches arriving early and 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 Energy Hall where they were greeted by more volunteers manning the Registration Tables and they visited the vendor area for shopping. We were very happy to have several vendors present, even though Gillette is an area that is more isolated than other rally locations we have visited. A very popular booth was the folks representing the Tiffin Parts Store. We hope to include this benefit in more of our future rallies!

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The rally officially kicked off Monday evening with a welcome by Kelly & Sally Moore and Andy Baer, Tiffin National Sales Manager.   Tiffin owner, Noel Chalmers from Richmond, BC blessed everyone by playing Amazing Grace on his bagpipes. Beautiful! After a delicious meal from Prime Rib Catering, we were honored to salute our many Tiffin owners who have served our country & Canada both in the military and as first responders.   Anthems from each branch of the service were played as the veterans stood. 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 the beautifully decorated stage! After the veterans salute, Tom & Pat Webber of Tampa, FL entertained everyone with our version of Bingo, aka TIFFIN BINGO! Thank you, Webbers, for helping throughout the rally!

Our trusty crew of golf cart & trolley drivers were out early on Tuesday morning bringing everyone to Energy 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 and better ways to utilize the convection/microwave oven with convection/microwave expert, Janet Sadlack.  After all of these talks and discussions, it was time for ice cream. Thank you to Mary Moppins, www.goclean.com, for sponsoring our ice cream social.  It was a perfect treat for a hot, sunny afternoon. A special feature for attendees was visiting the Craft & Hobby Show hosted by other Tiffin owners. Beautiful handiwork was on display. Everything from wood working to quilting to jewelry was shown and all of it made by Tiffin RV enthusiasts.

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Always a crowd favorite, Bob Tiffin, addressed the group on Tuesday evening and welcomed everyone to the Tiffin rally. Bob & Judy Tiffin are very gracious to take time from their busy schedules to attend many of the Tiffin rallies and visit with the owners. After a great meal served by the caterer’s staff, everyone was treated to a fantastic performance by Sarah Getto from Norman, OK. Sarah was born blind with a cleft palate. She taught herself to play the piano at a very young age as well as several other musical instruments. Her singing voice was fantastic and the crowd fell in love with her. Her greatest desire is to use her college degree to teach music in high school. We know she would be an awesome teacher, but we will really miss her if she quits performing.

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Wednesday brought another series of seminars with popular presenters such as Marcus McCluney from Freightliner Custom Chassis and Tom Webber with his Tips for Terrified RV Drivers. 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. Competition was fierce! We had some fantastic entries this year in the theme of “The Old Wild West”. Three winners were announced at dinner and each won $75 Tiffin gift certificates. They are George & Sandi Fizell from Tucson, AZ; Wayne & Diane Heath from Kent, WA; and Doyle & Doris Freeman of Jackson, TN.

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 fantastic meal, the group was treated to some Motown hits by DD & The Fayrohs.

Thursday had everyone up and out early again to partake of another delicious breakfast buffet. More seminars followed breakfast. We were very fortunate at the Gillette Cam-Plex to have three large seminar areas where everyone could comfortable enjoy learning more about their coaches. Gary Harris, Powerglide Chassis manager, drew a large crowd as always along with Harold Kimbrough and Ross Fischer from Cummins Onan 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.

Despite the high temperatures and a dust storm, we are thankful to our owners who participated in the Tiffin swap meet. Bargains were found and another great opportunity to visit with everyone.

A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the Tiffin and Bretz service teams who worked tirelessly in the heat and dust 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!

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Thursday night was our Farewell Evening and many took the opportunity to break out their 10 gallon western hats and boots. Thanks to everyone who participated! After door prizes and a fabulous meal of prime rib with all the trimmings, everyone enjoyed the country/western band, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. A few couples even broke out in the two-step!

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Gillette was the conclusion of our 2016 rallies. Watch for an email from Tiffin Sideroads in September or October announcing our 2017 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 2017 locations & dates, we will also announce the date that each rally will be available for sale (approximately six months prior to the rally). We look forward to hosting you at a Tiffin rally next year!

Until next time, “Happy Trails”!

News from the Chesapeake Allegros Chapter #63

The Chesapeake Allegros Chapter #63 held a Rally at Ramblin Pines Campground in Woodbine,  Maryland the weekend of June 10 – 12. At this Rally the Club Members all brought Play Doh to be donated to the Caitlin’s Smiles  Organization. The mission is simple, the impact immense. Caitlin’s Smiles is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic or life threatening illnesses. Founded in 2004 in memory of Caitlin Hornung, the non-profit organization distributes arts and crafts kits to hospitals, giving kids an outlet for creativity and the means to heightened feelings of self-worth. Caitlin’s Smiles recognizes children as unique individuals and strives to heighten their feelings of self-worth and competency by providing them with opportunities to be creative and successful with a variety of creative art experiences.

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Two of our members; Lenchen and Charlie Radle are regular volunteers with this organization giving their time to help children to smile. The Chesapeake Allegros love to help out charity organizations. Every year we vote on a charity to donate money to and now we are also collecting items to donate to various charities.

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Tiffin Allegro Club Rally – Casa Grande, Arizona – April 11-15, 2016

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The beautiful Palm Creek RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ was host to our second Tiffin Allegro Club rally in 2016. The weather was perfect and the park’s hospitality second to none. By Monday evening we had over 250 beautiful Tiffin coaches throughout the park. Friends were made and old acquaintances were renewed.   Everyone gathered in the comfortable Multi-Purpose Building for a delicious dinner followed by an evening of door prizes and competitive rounds of Tiffin Allegro Bingo!  Welcoming remarks were made by several Tiffin associates as well as Jason Kimbell of LaMesa RV. The Tiffin Allegro Club and rally attendees were privileged to present a musical salute to our many veterans. We appreciate your service to our nation!

Tuesday morning brought everyone out for a tasty breakfast followed by seminars presented by Tiffin staff and other RV related companies. Everyone enjoyed the seminars as owners are always eager to learn more about their Tiffin coaches. The grounds and landscaping at Palm Creek are lovely and formed a perfect backdrop for the brand new Tiffin coaches on display by LaMesa RV. Folks enjoyed strolling through new models and anticipating trading up to their next ‘dream coach’! We appreciate the support and participation of the great folks at LaMesa RV!

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Bob and Judy Tiffin were gracious to attend the rally and owners always enjoy visiting with them. Many owners left with selfies and autographs from this legend in the RV industry. Ice cream was served and guests were able to visit with one another while enjoying this delicious summertime treat.

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After a delicious bar-b-que rib and smoked beef dinner with all the trimmings, everyone moved into the ballroom for a great show by tribute artist, Conner Lorre from Atlanta, Georgia. Connor entertained the crowd with many great songs such as “Sweet Caroline” made famous by Neil Diamond. “Mustang Sally” was another crowd favorite!

More seminars were presented Wednesday morning. These informative sessions covered a variety of subjects relating to the RV lifestyle. The grills were fired up and immediately after the seminars we served grilled burgers and hot dogs for everyone. After enjoying this tailgate style lunch, a Craft & Hobby display was set up. Many people enjoyed learning about other folks hobbies and everyone was thrilled with the beautiful melodies by Phil Perry on the handmade wooden flutes. The flutes were a work of art and Phil brought them to life.

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After several hours of smelling the aroma of grilled chicken and pulled pork bar-b-que, everyone was eager to once again partake of the delicious dinner. The smiling staff of Palm Creek RV Resort did a wonderful job of serving the guests throughout the rally.

Guests enjoyed another great breakfast on Thursday morning before once again participating in educational seminars. A fun activity that we always enjoy is our swap meet among owners. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! We supplied the tables and owners provided the merchandise. Bargains were there and people snapped them up! After all that negotiating, everyone worked up an appetite for more ice cream, compliments of Bob & Judy Tiffin!

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We were fortunate to have several highly skilled service technicians from Red Bay as well as LaMesa present to perform minor service repairs to owners’ coaches. These are the hardest working individuals at the rally! They start early and stay late to insure everyone receives a visit to their coach.

Thursday evening found everyone enjoying our delicious farewell dinner served by the staff of Palm Creek. After the wonderful homemade cheesecake, everyone moved over to the ballroom. Door prizes provided by many Tiffin vendors as well as the Tiffin Allegro Club were awarded each night to many excited winners. The rally ended on a really high note (pun intended) with the concert by December 63, a Frankie Valli Tribute band. These men presented a great show and had everyone on their feet for a standing ovation at the end. Upon leaving our rally the group was headed to the high seas performing for Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this rally a huge success! We had a fantastic group of volunteers who arrived early to help with registration and began preparing to greet everyone on Monday. We couldn’t make it without our priceless volunteers! They are the best!

Several coaches departed from Palm Creek on Friday morning at the end of our rally while many stayed a few more days to enjoy the wonderful weather and nice facilities at the park. Until next time, “Keep Roughing It Smoothly!”

London Bridge Allegro Club donates to the Humane Society

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We want to thank the London Bridge Allegro Club for their generosity in making a donation to the Humane Society. Pictured below is President Nancy Bainbridge along with Vice  President, Tom Guenther.

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

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