The Motorhome Shuffle

Sunday was a quiet day at Allegro Campground because the service center and store are closed. Following our arrival on Saturday afternoon there were perhaps two Motorhomes in the overflow area when all was said and done. Sunday evening was a different story however. By then, there were about twenty coaches in overflow. We’re grateful to have a water and electric site and will hopefully move to a full hook up site later today or tomorrow.

On Monday morning the ritual began just before 7 am. Every day, owners pack up their coaches and head for their assigned work bay. It really is something to see 40 plus coaches all jockeying for position in order to be at their designated service bay in time for the opening of the large steel roller doors. A tech waves them in with hand signals similar to what you see at airports guiding commercial jets to their landing gate. The campground almost looks empty at times during the day because units are all getting serviced. Then by 3 or 4 pm, the reverse process happens and all the service bays empty out as Motorhomes are driven back to their sites for the night.

Spring and Fall are usually busy times here at Tiffin as many owners schedule repairs and regular maintenance to coincide with trips to and from the sunbelt. Lots of snowbirds here at the moment and you always see people you have met here before or perhaps elsewhere in a campground. We met Robert and Tiziana in Quartzsite at a TRVN rally in 2010 and it was so good to see them and their “boys” again. We also met Don and Sharon while strolling around the campground yesterday. We’ve been following each other’s blogs for a long time and it was great to finally meet them in person. We are all getting together for supper tonight.

Norris looks after coordinating which motorhome has to be in which bay at which time, etc. He visited us Monday afternoon with good news. We should be able to get in on an Express service bay sometime this week hopefully and then we’ll be on our way. Compared to what some Motorhomes are having done, our needs are very minor. Water heater won’t light on propane, some floor tiles are loose near the shower, and some screws on the inside frame of the driver’s window appear to be stripped. I’m thinking an hour or two at most in a service bay and we are done. We will get them to check the floor of the wet bay too just to be safe. Lots of Motorhomes having floors replaced but if we need that done, it will have to wait until next spring when we are on our way home.

Many Tiffin workers have businesses on the side here. We’ve had Brannon Hutcheson and Chris Berry do several modifications for us in the past. Last night, Trevor Nichols came by after work and installed a dashboard cover for Teddy. Judging by the amount of time Teddy has spent on his new ‘Pad’, Trevor’s work is a hit! The cover lays nice a flat on the dash and is only held on by the plastic trim around each of the two air vents, so no Velcro strips stuck to the vinyl dash as some other covers use. We are also considering a fitted carpet for the entry way but the jury is still out on that one.

One Comment

  1. Jeannie November 9, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Our heater won’t light on propane either! And we have loose tiles, and we have….the same list! We’re headed to Red Bay later. Hope you get rolling quick!