TIFFIN  MOTORHOMES
TIFFIN MOTORHOMES
Volume 4 Issue No.3
March 2008
The Award-W
Aw ard-W i nni ng Alle g r o Clu b Ma g a zin e Fo r Le isu r e & Livin g
8-9 An easy turn
For the better
In the new 40 QRP
Owners really like
Allegro Bus handling
10 Jack & Ken’s
Great adventure
Cross-country
Motorhome salesmen
get to know the product
13 Volunteer State
Makes voting tough
For full-timers
Tennessee requires
residential address
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Is published quarterly March, June, September and December
by the Allegro Club, Inc.
From the
driver’s seat
by Jimmy Johnson
Something is missing and it’s not a mistake.
Since its start four years ago, each issue of Side Roads had
contained three applications for upcoming Allegro Club
rallies. This issue, you will only find one, the Allegro Club
Louisiana Lagniappe, April 14-17 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
in Robert, LA. Our other 2008 rallies in Tucson, AZ; Niagara
Falls; Manteca, CA; and Branson, MO; are sold out. If you’re
interested in the Louisiana rally, you might want to stop reading
this column long enough to call or fax your application. Only
a few slots remain.
We have been sensitive to feedback in the past about the price
tags on our rallies, even though the rally costs much more than
the registration fees. The brisk signups for the 2008 rallies can
be seen as a strong indication of perceived as well as actual
value, including campground fees, meals, entertainment, some
transportation to off-site activities and fun.
One Allegro Club chapter president called proudly early in
January to announce his members wanted 10 spaces for the
Branson rally. We had to tell him he was more than a month
late. We were completely booked.
That brings me to our plans for 2009 and beyond.
For those of you who missed out on the Branson rally, we
plan to repeat that opportunity in 2009, probably in mid-May.
We are also looking at a Phoenix rally in March, Key West in
April, the Northwest in June, the Northeast (Massachusetts,
Hudson Valley or Lake George) in August or September and
Du Quoin, IL, in September or October.
We also are considering some themed events which may be
scheduled at some future dates. An Elvis adventure would trace
The King’s path from Tupelo, MS, to Memphis. A bluegrass
adventure might follow good music through Tennessee and
Kentucky.
We appreciate the speedy reservations so many club members
made to our 2008 rallies and we apologize to those we could
not accommodate. Let’s hope we get to visit at a rally in 2009.
Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid
Permit # 159, Birmingham, AL
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Allegro Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 1429, Red Bay, AL 35582
NOTICE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
The Allegro Club, Inc., Red Bay, AL, has designed tours, caravans,
and rallies for your pleasure and enjoyment and has attempted to
select for you the best campgrounds, accommodations, restaurants,
and transportation facilities for the prices charged. Allegro Club, Inc.,
Jimmy and Gail Johnson, and the Board of Directors do not own or
operate any of the campgrounds, hotels, restaurants or transportation
facilities and, furthermore, assume no responsibility for delays, losses,
accidents, or for damage to persons or property caused by any person,
firm, corporation, or other legal entity providing the following services:
campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, transportation (including but not
limited to transfers and sightseeing) or any other services incident to
these tours, rallies, caravans or any activities of the Allegro Club, Inc.
The right is reserved to substitute campgrounds, hotels, restaurants
and alter the itinerary or reverse the places to be visited. The right is
reserved to cancel the tour or caravan prior to departure. In the event
of a tour or caravan cancellation, the Allegro Club, Inc., Jimmy and Gail
Johnson, and the Board of Directors’ liability is limited to a refund of
money received.
The Allegro Club, Inc., Jimmy and Gail Johnson, and the Board of
Directors reserve the right to make any changes, with or without notice,
that might become necessary with the understanding that there is no
extra charge. After a tour, caravan or rally begins, any unused portions
of fees paid are not refundable. The Allegro Club, Inc., also reserves the
right to terminate tour, caravan and rally services for any client at any
time for good cause.
The mission of the Allegro Club is:
1) To promote friendship, fellowship and camaraderie among all
owners of Tiffin-built motorhomes;
2) To provide pertinent information and assistance regarding
Tiffin-built products, their maintenance and related safety topics;
3) To promote brand loyalty to Tiffin-built motorhomes among
current owners;
4) To encourage ownership of Tiffin-built motorhomes among
non-owners.
The Allegro Club reserves the right to edit submissions for space and
clarity. Manuscripts, photographs, illustrations and other proposed content
are welcomed and will be considered for publication. Reproduction in
whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Content, including
statements of fact and opinion, do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints
of Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. or the Allegro Club, Inc. Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.
and the Allegro Club, Inc. are not responsible for content. Privacy laws
and policies prevent Side Roads from publishing memorials, illnesses and
other personal information without written permission.
ON THE COVER
What a beautiful view for a majestic mountain range: The 2008 Allegro.
Tiffin National Sales Manager Jerry Williamson predicts that 90% of the
entry-level Allegro coaches sold in this model year will have this optional
full-body paint, until recently available only on higher-priced diesel pushers.
The 2008 Allegro also comes with easy-to-clean full tile flooring in the living
area and galley plus an automatic satellite dish. The Allegro can also be
ordered with a front-engine diesel.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Want to share an experience you had in your Tiffin
Motorhome? Have a comment or suggestion about
Side Roads, the Allegro Club newsletter? Write to:
Side Roads Editor, Allegro Club
P.O. Box 1429, Red Bay, AL 35582
Please include your name, address, email and phone
number so we can contact you.
CONTACTS:
Tiffin Motorhomes Parts & Service:
(256) 356-0261
President
Allegro Club
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Allegro Club: (256) 356-8522
allegroclub@tiffinmotorhomes.com
Jimmy Johnson, Allegro Club president
Verbon Jones, Allegro Club office manager
Cynthia Skinner, Allegro Club membership coordinator
Janet Gober, Allegro Club administrative assistant
www.tiffinmotorhomes.com
Watching TV no longer means looking up
OVERHEAD CABINET
OHC
30" STEP
74" SOFA BED
OHC
72"
BOOTH
DINETTE
36"
SHOWER
ONLY
MICROWAVE
PANTRY / LCD TV
OVERHEAD
CABINET
FRIDGE
OPTIONAL
4-DOOR
FRIDGE
DRAWERS BELOW
WARDROBE
OHC
HAMPER BELOW
WARDROBE
OR OPTIONAL
WASHER
DRYER
QUEEN
BED
WARDROBE
26” LCD TV
36"
SHOWER
LAV
OHC
OVERHEAD CABINET
26" TV
DRAWERS BELOW
OVERHEAD CABINET
QUEEN
BED
DRAWERS/NIGHTSTAND
CLOSET
The 43-ft. Allegro Bus QRP and
the 38-ft. Allegro Bay TGB are
the longest ever produced in those
model lines. The 40-ft. Phaeton
QTH has the first midsection TV
in that length. The new Allegro
Bus and Allegro Bay arrived at
Tiffin dealerships before the end of
NIGHTSTAND
DRAWERS/NIGHTSTAND
Allegro Bus 43 QRP
NIGHTSTAND
OHC
OPTIONAL
WASHER &
DRYER
32" LCD TV
LAV
PANTRY
OVERHEAD CABINET
OVERHEAD CABINET
STANDARD
DRIVER’S DOOR
OVERHEAD CABINET
68" SOFA BED
MICROWAVE
OVERHEAD
CABINET
4-DOOR
FRIDGE
OHC
LAV
OPTIONAL
26" LCD TV
OVERHEAD CABINET
OVERHEAD CABINET
OVERHEAD
CABINET
83” SOFA BED
72"
BOOTH
DINETTE
OVERHEAD CABINET
74" SOFA BED
OVERHEAD
CABINET
STEP
OHC
OVERHEAD CABINET
OPTIONAL
32" LCD TV
2007; the first new Phaetons were TVs, satellite and DVD plus HDshipped in January.
ready TV programming after the
The midsection TVs first appeared owner selects satellite service and
in 2007 Phaeton and Zephyr models; its accompanying receiver.
however, by the current model year The new 38-ft. Allegro Bay TGB
the den-style TVs were standard or is available on a Workhorse chassis
options in all five Tiffin lines.
with gas engine at a base retail price
“Customer response to the of $153,930, or a Freightliner frontmidsection TV models has been engine diesel (FRED) chassis at a
fantastic,” says Jerry Williamson, base retail of $167,160.
Tiffin national sales manager. “We are projecting that 80% of Tiffin
coaches will have midsection TVs
within 24 months.”
“Tailgaters rave about the TV
mounted in the pantry wall because
more guests can enjoy the action,”
Williamson adds, “but so many other
customers enjoy this feature as well.
They tell us it’s just like watching
TV at home. Sometimes, watching
a TV above the windshield can be
distracting or hampered by glare.”
“You walk into the 43 QRP Bus
and instantly you sense its great
feel,” Williamson says.
The new Allegro Bus’ residential
refrigerator and the driver’s side
lavi slide out with the living room,
adding to the spaciousness of the
interior.
The 43 QRP is pushed by a 425HP
Cummins diesel on a Spartan
chassis. The retail base price is
$327,600.
“We expect the 43 QRP to have
Allegro Bay 38 TGB
special appeal to current Allegro
Bus owners, but the very competitive
price point for a luxury coach also “This new Allegro Bay floor
will turn heads from other product plan will be very popular for
lines,” Williamson adds.
entertaining, since it has opposing
The 2008 Allegro Bus, Phaeton, sofas,” Williamson says. “I can see
Allegro Bay and top-of-the-line the younger crowd in this coach, as
Zephyr feature a lone remote for all well as veteran RVers.”
OPTIONAL
U-SHAPED DINETTE & J-SOFA
Three new floor plans from
Tiffin Motorhomes offer the
popular seated eye-level midsection
TV, which represents a fast-growing
trend in viewing.
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Roadside recipes
by Gail Johnson
At this time of the year, I am always excitedly looking for those first little green daffodil sprouts in my garden, which signify that
spring is not so far away.
A s I am planning for my spring planting, I am also planning in my kitchen. I am looking for good hearty recipes that I can double
and freeze a portion for use on those busy days when I am working outside or on the road in our Tiffin motorhome.
The recipes I am sharing in this issue are tried and true favorites: three chicken-based main dishes which freeze well, one easy
vegetable side dish and a simple but delicious dessert.
Have a wonderful, productive spring and I hope to see you soon.
Ida Mae’s Noodles
This recipe dates back to our early days of marriage. My sister-in-law gave it to me and we loved it. The blending of flavors makes for an
unusual and delicious taste.
Chicken pieces or whole chicken, cooked, boned and chopped. Set chicken aside.
Combine:
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 clove garlic or 1 teaspoon minced
Place above ingredients together in heavy Dutch oven and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Add:
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of tomato soup
Instructions:
Blend all ingredients well and heat thoroughly until simmering. Add chopped chicken and cover to keep hot over very low
heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over wide noodles which have been prepared using package directions. May be topped
with Parmesan cheese. This dish is better a day or two after it has been prepared.
My Mother’s Dressing
If you serve chicken and dressing at Easter, you may want to try this recipe. My mother, Jean Jones, makes the best dressing I have ever tasted.
It can be served along with chicken or turkey, or you may want to place the chopped meat in the dressing and serve it as one dish. Gravy on
the side makes it even better.
Cook:
Until vegetables are soft:
1½ cups finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 stick butter or oleo
10 cups bread and buns
4 teaspoons sage (to taste)
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
Combine:
16 cups cornbread
Add in:
5 cups chicken broth
1 can evaporated skim milk
2 eggs, beaten
Additional milk or broth to thin, if necessary
Instructions:
Mix well; the mixture will be rather thin, but will set while baking. Bake in an oblong greased baking dish for 30 to 45
minutes. It is done when it is firm in the middle and slightly browned.
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Old Fashioned Green Beans
Cynthia Skinner, Membership Coordinator for the Allegro Club, shared this recipe. She wrote: “(This recipe) was an old family pass-along.
It has never mattered which state I called home, everyone expected me to bring the green beans because they were most like Grandma’s.”
Ingredients:
1 quart green beans
3 slices bacon
1 tablespoon canola oil
Instructions:
Put green beans in a crock-pot, add other ingredients and cover with water. Cook for 12 or more hours. Just before serving, put beans
in a stockpot and steam liquid out. When the beans are dry, add 2 tablespoons of butter and place in serving dish. These taste like
they were picked from the garden that morning.
Chicken Spaghetti
This is a favorite to take to potluck dinners or whenever food is needed at those happy or sad occasions that all families experience. This is
comfort food at its best.
Ingredients:
3 to 4 pounds chicken
2 sticks margarine
1 diced onion
1 chopped bell pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small can chopped mushrooms
1 jar diced pimientos
1 pound Velveeta cheese
10 ounces thin spaghetti
Instructions:
Stew chicken; Remove meat from bones, set chicken aside and save strained broth.
In a skillet, sauté onion and pepper in margarine. Turn off heat and lay quarter inch slices of cheese on top to melt. Add soup and
mix gently until smooth. Cook spaghetti (not quite the entire package) in broth until tender. Add water if needed to cook spaghetti.
Drain. In large bowl or pan, mix chicken, soup mixture, spaghetti, mushrooms, and pimientos. Gently stir until blended. Place in
baking dish and bake in 350-degree oven until thoroughly heated. If freezing is desired, place in aluminum pans in desired serving
portions, cover with foil, and freeze before baking.
Chocolate Chip Cake
Easy and delicious, try this recipe in your convection microwave oven.
Ingredients:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small package instant chocolate pudding
1¾ cup milk
2 eggs
1 (6-ounce) package chocolate chips
Instructions:
Beat eggs, milk, cake mix, and pudding together. Add chips by hand. Place in well-greased bundt or tube pan and bake at 350 degrees
for about 50 minutes. If using convection, adjust baking time by checking cake for doneness after 35 minutes. Continue checking
until done.
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Exposing the quirky habits of the motor home set
by Bob Poiry
I’m beginning to
wonder just what
motorhomers
are all about.
Consider these
things that I
have come to
personally know
about some of
them. They are not
to be taken offensively,
just factually.
Why do they load their rigs with
food for a month for two people, when
they’re only going for a weekend?
Why do they load the rig with all
kinds of food for a weekend campout,
then once at the campground and
hooked up, they go look for a place
to eat out?
Why does a couple with a brand
new motorhome pull into an
unknown church’s parking lot,
ask the pastor if they can park
in the lot for the night? After
the puzzled pastor agrees to
the unusual request, the couple asks if they can plug their
rig into the church’s electrical outlet. (The pastor agreed
again..?)
How about the fellow who doesn’t
winterize his motor home claiming
a higher power will thaw it out in
the spring. He furthermore feels that
since the lines are plastic, they won’t
break. (Didn’t he read the book?)
Okay, how about the couple who
won’t replace their awning ’cause
trees keep tearing them off? Does
the movie “RV” come to mind here?
Then there’s the fellow who feels
The Yankee Doodler Cartoonist Bob Poiry
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his 2” x 8” planks are still the greatest levelers ever built. (That’d be me.)
Or sets up a 2” x 12” where he wants
to back up to and waits for the motor
home to knock it over for a back-up
alarm. (Oops, me again.)
But then hey, there’s this couple
from Florida who are teachers so
they travel in their motorhome all
summer. Here’s the kicker, they use
their toilet like everyone else but
they never put toilet paper in it.
WHAT?!?! Nice couple and their rig
is kept immaculately.
How many motorhomers do you
know who find a beautiful campground, set up some campfire wood,
then stay in the motorhome and
watch TV?
It’s about time someone exposed the
secrets of motorhoming in detail.
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Allegro Club Louisiana Lagniappe
April 14 - April 17, 2008 (Check out April 18)
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park / Robert, LA
This event is available to the first 120 eligible applicants.
Cost Includes: 4 nights camping fee, full hook-ups (30 amps), several meals, entertainment & activities. When on
hand, Tiffin factory technicians will perform minor repairs at no cost. Dixie RV Superstore will display the latest in Tiffin-built
motorhomes for your viewing. Plenty of food, fun and fellowship.
Cost: Allegro Club member motorhome with two (2) people / $425 • Allegro Club member motorhome with one (1)
person / $315 • Non-member motorhome with two (2) people / $625 • Non-member motorhome with one (1) person / $515
Total Cost: $
• Each additional guest / $125 Number of people
Amount enclosed (full payment required) $
Name:
Second person’s name:
Mailing Address:
City/State/Zip:
Telephone number:
Allegro Club #:
Chapter #:
Name of guest(s) in member’s motorhome:
We wish to park with our chapter (listed above) or individual:
We will be in: q Allegro q Allegro Star q Allegro Bay q Allegro Bus q Open Road q Phaeton q Zephyr
Motorhome length:
License plate # :
State:
Tow vehicle: Make:
License plate #:
State:
My chassis is: q Ford q Workhorse q Chevrolet q Oshkosh q Spartan q Freightliner q PowerGlide
q Other:
q
q
YES / NO This is our first Allegro Club rally.
YES q / NO q We wish to park in the handicapped section. (Enclose Handicapped Certification copy with your registration.)
YES q / NO q We will bring our pet(s).
Participants wishing to park together must send registration and rally fee in together!
Get your reservations in early. There will be only 120 spaces available.
No reservations will be taken after the deadline of March 17, 2008. The refund deadline is March 17, 2008.
Send check, money order or fill out complete credit card information below:
q Visa
q Master Card
q Discover
Credit Card Number:
Expiration Date
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Year
Signature:
Call (256) 356-8522 to register by phone or fax your registration form to (256) 356-9746.
You can mail your reservation form with check payable to: Allegro Club, P.O. Box 1429, Red Bay, AL 35582-1429
Attention: Early arrivals and late departures should be handled on your own by
calling Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at 800/349-YOGI.
No partial or total refunds will be given after the refund deadline. Upon cancellation
a $20 handling fee will be charged. Travel insurance is an option available through Farm
& City Insurance (1-800-331-1520). Payment must accompany each rally registration.
Important:
The Allegro Club has planned this event based upon claim
assumptions, including a minimum number of participants. On occasion,
circumstances arise which make the event impractical. Accordingly, the Allegro
Club reserves the right to cancel the event for any reason, at any time and without
obligation beyond the refund of any prepaid fees for the cancelled event.
By registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following
statements: “I understand that neither the Allegro Club, Tiffin Motorhomes,
Inc., nor any campground, restaurant, bus service or supplier assume any
responsibility directly or indirectly, for the use or operation of a car or
recreational vehicle going to or from or during the rally; or for injuries before,
during or after the rally; or damage to property of any kind before, during or
after the event; and I also grant permission for the use of photographs, videotape,
written or verbal testimonials and other media from the rally that depict
registrants and their guests for promotional purposes by Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.
and the Allegro Club.”
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What the owners say: Testing the 2008
our
Reviewers
“Still learning all the
features. (Our salesman)
was very knowledgable
and professional. We had
a great buying experience.”
Louisiana is well known for fine food. Tom and
Cindee Parsons take day trips in their Allegro Bus to
discover new restaurants. Tom is in the retail business
in Baton Rouge, their home. Joining them on their
travels are their two sons, four grandsons plus Sissy
and Yani, their Yorkshire terriers. The Parsons have
had three diesel pushers, the most recent two made by
Tiffin. They bought their new 40 QRP 15 years after
parting with their second RV. After shopping around
at “a bunch” of manufacturers, they kept coming back
to Tiffin because they could see the quality difference.
In addition to the restaurant adventures, they are
planning some trips around the country as well as LSU
tailgating.
225-806-0164
Ta.parsons@yahoo.com
turning
radius, road
handling
and
stability
Tom says the turning radius is exceptional, a huge
improvement from their previous motorhome.
Power/torque
The Parsons haven’t been in the mountains yet, but
everything they’ve tested so far is good.
Learning curve
electronics and
for
maintenance,
other features
Still learning all of the features. Louis Denson (our
salesman) with Dixie RV was very knowledgable and
professional. We had a great buying experience.
Noise level (both parked and moving)
A vast improvement over the last buses they’ve owned.
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efficiency of
heating
and
cooling systems
We have not yet used the heating system - but we have
used the A/C and love the zone feature.
spaciousness
of
living
room
Very impressive floor design.
Attractiveness
of interior
Blows people away. Workability
of
decoration
galley
Looks great but haven’t tried it yet. (They’re too busy
finding new Cajun restaurants.)
comfort and
usability
of
bathroom
Very roomy and comfortable.
Livability
Very nice.
of
bedroom
Allegro Bus 40 QRP
our
Reviewers
Greg and
Penny Bunker
retired from data
processing careers
but didn’t want
to “sit around”
at their home in
Beverly Hills, FL.
With their cats,
CeCe, 15, and
Frankie(stein), 2, the logical solution was a home on
wheels. For the past 2½ years they have roamed the
western U.S. part-time, visiting national parks. The
Bunkers still have too much “stuff” including amateur
radio (HAM) equipment to be full-timers. This is their
second diesel pusher but their first Tiffin product.
glbunker@hughes.net
352-527-8604
HAM callsigns: WA8SUA and KI4VIP
turning
radius, road
handling
and
stability
Turning radius appears to be excellent for a 40-ft.
coach and the ride and handling are wonderful. You
still get blown around a little by the big rigs though.
Power/torque
The 425hp Cummins with 1,200 foot pounds of
torque is GREAT for this size coach. Usually one
finds smaller engines in a 40-footer, but please don’t
change that!
Learning curve
electronics and
for
maintenance,
other features
Greg is still going through all of the documentation,
but owning one previously helps! It is still daunting
however. Some documentation though, especially
concerning the operation of the slides requiring the
ignition to be off, is incorrect or our coach is wired
wrong. The hydraulic slides work either with the
ignition on or off, but the electric slides only work
with the ignition on.
Noise
level (both
parked
and
moving)
When parked with the windows closed, we hear next
to nothing. The coach is very quiet with minimal wind
and engine noise while moving. There is some noise
from the roll-up blinds rattling around though.
efficiency of
heating
and
cooling systems
While we haven’t been in any extremes yet, both
function normally so far, and we like the thermostatic
Fan-tastic vents. The A/C is a lot quieter than in our
previous coach, probably due to the design of the
return system.
spaciousness
of
living room
Living space in the QRP model is good considering
the larger bathroom and the full-size residential
refrigerator, but these are trade-offs and an obvious
buyer’s choice. We also have the freestanding dinette
and Euro chairs which make a difference and we love
the 42-in. plasma TV.
Attractiveness
of interior
decoration
The coach looks great inside (and out) and everyone
that goes in it or sees it says so. The cabinets and trim
are very attractive and appear to be well constructed.
The full tile floor is a definite plus.
Workability
of
galley
Counter space is tight when using the stove unless
you keep one side of the sink covered, especially since
the roll out expansion drawer doesn’t lock in the
“out” position and tends to retract which is a little
annoying. (We received conflicting information from
the dealership on whether or not this was supposed to
lock in the out position and it would be much more
functional if it somehow did.)
comfort and
usability
of
bathroom
Bathroom is very spacious and neatly appointed.
The only thing we found lacking would be a shower
water cut-off for conservation without disrupting the
temperature setting. It’s funny that the outside shower
handle in the connection bay has this, and the inside
shower does not.
Livability
of
bedroom
In our QRP with the king bed, the bedroom is a little
tight on the forward side of the bed but it isn’t much
trouble to crawl in. Again, this is a buyer’s choice and
you should live with what you want. There is also a lot
of storage space in the bedroom.
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Jack & Ken’s RV Odyssey
For many Allegro Club members,
a cross-country journey is a rather common venture.
For others, the concept is daunting.
Even though Jack Donovan and Ken Kaplan
sell Tiffin motorhomes for a living at the La
Mesa RV dealership in San Bernardino, CA,
neither had spent time at the wheel of a rig.
Donovan, 50, spent his younger years in
England, then toured five continents in the
first all-world rugby tour. After retiring from
competitive rugby, he and a partner formed a
commercial real estate firm. Donovan’s goal was
to move his family to the U.S. and build a dream
home.
Kaplan, 51, has been on the La Mesa RV sales
team for five years, but other than an eight-day
trip to the northern California coast and a few
weekend trips with his family, he also had very
little motorhome experience.
Neither Donovan nor Kaplan has ever owned
an RV.
While they were at the Tiffin plant in Red Bay,
AL, for training, La Mesa General Sales Manager
Steve Austin invited his two sales associates to
drive a motorhome back to California.
Jack’s journal of a 2,451-mile, seven-day
westbound odyssey may spark fond memories
for trans-American veterans. For others, it may
provide encouragement to follow suit. This is the
first in a Side Roads series of reports on Jack’s and
Ken’s experiences.
As Ken and I drove
away from the Tiffin
Motorhomes plant
in Red Bay, AL, in
a beautiful new 35 TSB
Allegro Bay FRED diesel,
I knew this would be an
adventure filled with
beautiful country and a
million laughs.
We left the factory on Aug. 9. The
coach had just 24.9 miles on the
odometer, 12 hours on the generator,
a full tank of diesel, fresh water and
plenty of LP.
Ken was at the wheel. I quickly
discovered Ken was afflicted with RDS,
which stands for right drift syndrome.
I confess I made up that term, however
it most definitely applies. We had not
traveled more than three miles and he
had already drifted off the pavement
and onto the grass three times. It was as
though he were doing it purposefully to
get my attention, which he surely did.
The Tiffin family had treated
everyone to a down-home southern
lunch at Swamp John’s, a local eatery
with delicious fried catfish and sweet
tea. Our entire visit in Alabama was full
of that famous southern hospitality.
The next morning we headed west at
8 a.m. with 60.3 miles on the odometer,
the generator purring like a kitten, and
the air conditioning system providing
much needed comfort as the outside
temperature was already nearly 88 with
very high humidity. Ken was at the
wheel. We had no real itinerary except
we knew we would take I-40 for a large
portion of the trip.
Red Bay, AL to Ozark, AR
We were out of Alabama and into
Mississippi within minutes enjoying the
green forested landscape dotted with
the occasional roadside home. Ken’s bad
back started to misbehave so I happily
took over the wheel 195 miles into our
journey in Memphis, TN.
At 3 p.m. and with 439 miles on the
odometer we pulled into a WalMart in
Clarksville AR, to get some essentials
for the trip. At about 4 p.m. we visited
the tourist information center to get a
recommendation for supper and an RV
park for the night. We were in luck as
Rivertowne BBQ in downtown Ozark,
AR (www.rivertownebbq.com), was
right down the street. Ken and I feasted
on the most delicious baby back ribs I
have ever eaten.
At 5:30 p.m. with 464 miles on the
odometer we pulled into the AUX-ARK
RV Park alongside Dardanelle Lake
and for only $17 we hooked up with
electric and water. What a beautiful,
peaceful place to enjoy the first night of
our journey.
I simply love pushing ON, then
AUTO to let the jacks automatically
level the coach. Many of the other
motorhome brands require several more
steps and can be a bit confusing. A
simple push of the slide control buttons
and we were all set for cocktails.
At 8 a.m. Aug. 11, we left Dardanelle
Lake heading west with Ken at the
wheel, the generator as well as the front
and rear air conditioners doing their
jobs. We ran the generator virtually the
entire trip as the portion of the nation
we traveled was in the midst of a heat
wave.
To be continued in the next issue of Side Roads: Jack and Ken create an electrical problem and deal with it like men.
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Membership Survey
Almost five years ago, we introduced Side Roads, your quarterly Allegro Club magazine. We asked for your
feedback in the first issue to make sure we were meeting your membership needs and expectations. We asked many
of the same questions two years later as we fine-tuned Side Roads. We’re back for more information from you.
Please devote a few minutes of your time to this survey, then mail or fax it back to us. If you prefer an email
version, you can request one by sending a message to verbon.jones@tiffinmotorhomes.com
1. About how much time do you usually spend reading each issue?
q More than 30 minutes
q 10 minutes
q
Fewer than 10 minutes
2. Which Side Roads features do you usually enjoy reading? (Mark as many as you wish.)
President’s Column
q Tiffin Motorhomes News
q Bob Poiry Column
q Chapter Chatter
q Test Reports by Owners
q Other (please explain)
q
q Rally
Schedule
Johnson’s Cooking Column
q Bob Poiry’s Yankee Doodler Cartoon
q Features about Allegro Club members
q Contest
q Gail
3. Are there any Side Roads features you would like to see changed or eliminated? (Please explain)
4. What additional features or information would you like to see in the magazine?
5. Would you be interested in receiving Side Roads by email? q Yes q No
6. Do you read Side Roads back issues on the Tiffin web page? q Yes q No
7. What else should we consider to make Side Roads even more effective for you?
8. What year and model Tiffin Motorhome do you own?
q Under 35
q 35-45
q 46-55
q 56-65
9. Your age:
q
66-75
q
Over 75
Please put this completed survey in a stamped envelope addressed to:
Allegro Club, Box 1429, Red Bay, AL 35582 or fax it to 256-356-9746.
To request an email version of this survey, send a message to verbon.jones@tiffinmotorhomes.com
Thank you for your assistance.
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Chapter Chatter: Next time you pass this way
Campgrounds
2008 Allegro Club
Rally Schedule –
The Virginia Allegros like Cozy Acres
in Powhatan, VA, because it is very quiet
in the country, and the night skies
are “absolutely beautiful with the stars
because there was very little light pollution.”
Across the country, the Columbia
River Allegros recommend Columbia
Riverfront RV Park in Woodland, WA.
The park, on the Columbia River, hence
the name, is described as very clean with
a great view of the waterway from RV
sites and a very nice recreation hall with
kitchen, dishes and dishwasher.
Bonita Lake RV Resort in Bonita
Springs, FL has a solid and detailed
recommendation from the Sun Coast
Allegros. Amenities include wi-fi,
catch-and-release fishing in a small
lake, 50-amp service, a clean recreation
hall with kitchen, pool and hot tub,
pool tables, poolside charcoal grill and
covered pavilion plus nice and helpful
management. The chapter also notes
that cable TV is not available, the $39
per night fee (in November) is a bit costly,
and road construction in front of the
park is a temporary inconvenience.
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Destination attractions
Allegro Club Branson or Bust
America’s Best Campground
Branson, MO
September 22-26, 2008
Feast your eyes on the Sun Coast
Allegros’ list of attractions in the Bonita
Springs, FL, area: six miles of beaches,
Everglades Wonder Center, Corkscrew
Swamp Nature Trail, Miromar Outlets,
Cocohatchee Nature Center, Coconut
Point Mall, boat rentals, casino, airboat tours and Naples Zoo. The 2.5
mile boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp,
managed by the Audubon Society,
wanders past raccoons, wading birds,
owls, songbirds, alligators and “1.5 miles
of nothing.” Bonita Springs is between
Fort Myers and Naples.
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Tiffin/La Mesa RV Southwest Shootout
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson, AZ
March 10-12, 2008
sold out
(break camp March 13)
Allegro Club Louisiana Lagniappe
(Deadline extended to March 17)
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
Robert, LA
April 14-17, 2008
(break camp April 18)
Allegro Club Niagara Falls Fling
Four Mile Creek Campsite
Youngstown, NY
June 16-18, 2008
sold out
(break camp June 19)
sold out
A dozen coaches from the Arkansas
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(break camp June 27)
Start Planning Now for 2009
Restaurants
Allegro Diamonds recommend two
restaurants from their fall “Tom Sawyer
on the Mississippi River” event in
Memphis. At Half Shell, the 14 people
in attendance loved the dishes, service and prices, reports scribe Steve
Ecton. Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue
catered one evening at the campground,
providing wonderful flavor, good prices
and the best sauce.
Tiffin/JC’s RV’s Bay Bash
French Camp RV Park Resort
Manteca, CA
June 24-26, 2008
Burgerville USA in Kelso, WA, is
known for their good old-fashioned
hamburgers. Fancy that. The Puget
Sound Allegros say give it a try.
Who can pass up a great Sunday
morning buffet? Not the Virginia
Allegros, who dined at County Seat
Restaurant in Powhatan, VA. The
buffet was great and reasonably
priced as well. Lunch and dinner
menus also looked attractive.
Sneaky Pete’s on Bonita Beach Road
in Bonita Springs, FL, offers daily
specials (prime rib for $12.95 one
Saturday night), burgers, pizza,
sandwiches, soup, steaks, fish, ribs,
crabcakes and salads. The Sun Coast
Allegros also noted good friendly service
with an open, beachy, casual atmosphere.
Everyone enjoyed the meal.
Very good food, clean and able to
accommodate large parties. That’s how
the Columbia River Allegros describe
Casa Tapatia Mexican Restaurant in
Woodland, WA.
sold out
(break camp September 27)
For additional information:
allegroclub@tiffinmotorhomes.com
or www.tiffinmotorhomes.com
Phone: 256-356-8522
Fax: 256-356-9746 or write:
Allegro Club P.O. Box 1429
Red Bay, AL 35582-1429
Mailbox issue a hassle for full-timers in Tennessee
Some full-time RVers in Tennesssee may not be permitted
to vote in 2008 elections because they don’t have permanent
residential addresses.
State election officials cancelled voter registrations of 286
retirees in January, according to the Associated Press. The
Tennessee Presidential Primaries were Feb. 5. Three of the
retirees, represented by an American Civil Liberties Union
attorney, asked a federal judge to allow them to vote in the
primaries.
The Allegro Club could not immediately identify any
of the full-timers as club members, however Allegro Club
President Jimmy Johnson sympathized with their plight.
“Full-time RVing is a dream-come-true for many and
a dream for countless others, including Tiffin owners,”
Johnson said. “I hope the courts and legislators on state and
federal levels recognize their right to vote by solving this
problem.”
A number of the Tennessee full-time RVers had attempted
to register using the street address and box number of a
business that forwards their mail. Many also had obtained
driver’s licenses and registered their vehicles in Tennessee,
which does not have a state income tax.
Tennessee and other states allow homeless people to
register as voters, providing only the location where they
live, such as under a bridge, on a park bench or in a shelter.
A 2005 Tennessee law prohibits business addresses used for
residential purposes.
A study by the University of Michigan Survey Research
Center projects that 8.5 million households in the U.S. will
own at least one recreational vehicle by 2010, including one
in 10 Baby Boomers. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1963,
comprise 75 million or 29% of the U.S. population. Canada
has 6 million Boomies.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, “While
no one knows the precise number of full-timers, they are
believed to make up a significant tribe. The National
Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds estimates that
about 200,000 Americans qualify as full-timers.”
Chapter chatter
(Continued from Page 12)
The Underground Tour of Pendleton,
OR, caught the attention of the Puget
Sound Allegros. From 1860 until the
1950s, Asian Americans were not allowed
on the city streets after dark. They dug
tunnels instead.
Quirky Occurrences
David Cotton of the Puget Sound
Allegros made a special presentation to
Bob Tiffin, founder and CEO of Tiffin
Motorhomes, during the Allegro Club’s
Northwest Rally. Cotton presented
Tiffin a carpet knife that, during an
Alaska trip, worked its way out of a space
between cabinets and the windshield of
the Cottons’ 1997 32-ft. Allegro. Tiffin
returned the tool to the plant in Red Bay
(in his checked luggage, not his carry-on
bag).
The Lucky 7 Allegros of Las Vegas
recruited well. Ed Bennett served not
only as wagonmaster but chef as well
for a recent campout. Turns out Bennett
has competed in chili cookoffs and that’s
what he served.
“I pledge allegiance to… Abe’s windsock?” The San Diego Allegros didn’t
have flags handy for a campout at
Tucalota Springs RV Resort. We hope
Abe’s windsock was the good old Stars
and Stripes.
Murphy’s Law does not discriminate,
according to the Suncoast Allegros.
Lightning struck Bay Bayou RV Resort
in Tampa, knocking out power in two
coaches. “After a couple hours of pushing
buttons and praying, they were able to get
everything reset. We are happy no one
was hurt,” reports Jeanie Lynch, chapter
secretary. Lynch also won the campout
fishing contest, but she admits she was
the only camper with a fishing rod
and no one else knew about the contest
until Lynch caught a fish.
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Tiffin leads all brands in reliability, quality, price, design
RED BAY, AL – In vehicle reliability/quality,
competitive price/value, vehicle design and the
five other criteria of dealer satisfaction, Tiffin
Motorhomes led all motorhome brands in the
Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association’s 2007
industry-wide survey.
Tiffin was one of only five motorhome
manufacturers to receive the RVDA’s coveted Quality
Circle Award for 2007. Tiffin has been honored with
the Quality Circle nine of the 12 years it has been
presented by the RVDA.
A total of 527 RV dealers submitted 3,020 ratings
in the 2007 satisfaction survey. In addition to
the quality, reliability, price and design categories,
Tiffin exceeded the ratings of all manufacturers in
parts support, dealership warranty support, overall
dealership communications, sales support and sales
territory.
For the first time in the 14-year history of the
dealer satisfaction survey, the RVDA asked dealers
the “Ultimate Question:” How likely would you be
to recommend this brand to a friend (in a different
market) to handle at his/her dealership?” A total
of 84.4% of dealers responded positively on Tiffin,
while only 42.4% of dealers responded positively
for all motorhome manufacturers. When negative
responses to the question were deleted to calculate
“Net Promoter Scores,” Tiffin’s 81.3% mark was
even more dramatic compared with the 12.2% for all
motorhome manufacturers.
The “Ultimate Question” and the “Net Promoter
Score” were developed by Fred Reichheld, recognized
by Consulting Magazine as one of the world’s top 25
consultants. Reichheld helps clients achieve superior
results through improvements in customer, employee,
partner, and investor loyalty. He is considered a
pioneer in quantification of links among loyalty,
profits and growth.
For Bob Tiffin, founder and president of Tiffin
Motorhomes, the Quality Circle Award and the
overwhelming dominance in the dealer satisfaction
survey are gratifying but not surprising.
“Since we began building motorhomes 36 years
ago, we have built our reputation on quality, customer
service and innovation,” Tiffin said. “We have about
1,100 employees dedicated to our philosophy. Every
time a customer, a dealer or a supplier recognizes
our effort, we are humbled and thankful. Then we
go back to serving up the motorhomes our customers
have come to expect from us.”
Tiffin produces gas- and diesel-powered Allegro
Class A motorhomes in five model lines: Allegro,
Allegro Bay, Phaeton, Allegro Bus and Zephyr. For
more information, visit www.tiffinmotorhomes.com.
De-winterize your coach in the spring thaw
The following checklist is used by Tiffin service technicians for de-winterizing:
Connect water hose to city water connection.
Close holding tank gate valves.
Place water valve to tank fill and put some water in the tank.
With low-point drain valves and pump drain open turn on water pump and flush out antifreeze.
Close drain valves and place water valve to city water.
Close faucets and allow water to fill heater.
Open faucets to allow air to escape.
Turn on water heater switch and 110 breaker at breaker box.
For additional information, contact the Tiffin Service Department at 256-356-0261.
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Through Billy Tinney’s lens - Even when it’s this cold in Columbus, Ohio, the interior of Billy Tinney’s 2005 Phaeton can be cozy
and warm. Tinney, the senior photographer for the 12 magazines published by the Easyriders group, is sharing some of the millions of images
he has captured with Side Roads readers.
Watching TV
Phaeton 40 QTH
(Continued from Page 3)
32" LCD TV
OVERHEAD CABINET
ENTERTAINMENT
CENTER
NIGHTSTAND
NIGHTSTAND
LAV
36"
SHOWER
ONLY
STEP
PANTRY
CLOSET
74" SOFA BED
74" SOFA BED
26" LCD TV
OVERHEAD CABINET / DRAWERS BELOW
OH TV
OPTIONAL
WASHER
DRYER
QUEEN
BED
V
LA
72"
BOOTH
DINETTE
OPTIONAL
32" LCD TV
The 40 QTH Phaeton sports a
wider entry door plus optional
freestanding dinette and Euro
recliner with computer end table.
The base retail price is $229,200.
OVERHEAD CABINET
4-DOOR
FRIDGE
OVERHEAD CABINET
OVERHEAD
CABINET
CONVECTION
MICROWAVE
OVERHEAD
CABINET
OVERHEAD
CABINET
OHC
OVERHEAD CABINET
New Allegro Club merchandise available
Building your spring Allegro Club wardrobe? Check out the new line of merchandise on
the Tiffin website at http://tiffinmotorhomes.com/tiffinowners/allegroclubMerch.php or
contact Verbon Jones in the Allegro Club office at verbon.jones@tiffinmotorhomes.com
or 256-356-8522 to have a printed catalog mailed to you.
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RED BAY, AL 35582
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Victory is tweet for smallest pets
Sunny and Tweedy just flew away with the first place honors as the smallest pets
riding in a Tiffin Motorhome. Their owners, Joyce and george beardslee
of pineallas park, fl, say the feathered RVers
love to travel in the Beardslees’ 1996 Allegro Bay and
look forward to their once-a-day flying around the
interior. The Beardslees will receive a prize package
from the Allegro Club, and it’s nicer than birdseed.
We seldom recognize runners-up in our contests, but
we will make an exception for Sophie. Sure, Sunny and Tweedy
have her beaten size-wise, but how many parakeets can drive a
42-ft. 2006 Allegro Bus? George Rogers and Susan Malfatti-Rogers of Melbourne,
FL, offer this proud photographic proof. Close, but no dog biscuit, Sophie.
Our new contest question does not have a right or a wrong answer, but creativity, imagination, sincerity and
thoughtfulness must be summoned from within if you are to win the prize. We want you to name the person – alive or
deceased, real or fictitional, famous or not – with whom you would most enjoy taking a trip in your Tiffin motorhome.
We readily acknowledge that the decision of our judges will be subjective, so it’s up to you to earn their votes. Please,
no more than 50 words to name your traveling companion and explain why.
Email your entry along with your name, address and phone number to allegroclub@tiffinmotorhomes.com. Please, only one entry per household. The
Allegro Club is not responsible for lost entries. The judges will select the winner by May 1 for announcement in the June issue of Side Roads. The winner
will receive a prize package from the Allegro Club.
New Allegro Chapters
Chapter #182 Northwest Florida Allegros
Area: Pensacola
Meeting Weekend: 2nd
President: Ward Engelhard
Email: wardjr@earthlink.net
Phone: 850-944-2418
Chapter #181 Pelican Allegros of Louisiana
Area: Louisiana
Meeting Weekend: 2nd
President: Val Domingue
Email: vdomingue@bellsouth.net
Phone: 337-984-0636
Become an Allegro Club member or update your address info
If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re enjoying one of the
benefits of Allegro Club membership. Other benefits include
rallies, local chapters and discounts on insurance, campsite fees
and car rentals.
When you buy a new Tiffin Motorhome, the first year of
Allegro Club membership is free. After that, a one-year
Names:
membership is $25, a two-year membership is $46, and a threeyear membership is $70, payable by check or credit card. For
credit card payment, call (256) 356-8522. We want you to
continue your membership and help us build our numbers
by recruiting other owners of Tiffin Motorhomes.
Address:
Nickname for Allegro Club ID badge #1:
Nickname for Allegro Club ID badge #2:
Email:
Home Phone: (
City:
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Serial No. of Your Tiffin Motorhome:
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Chassis type:
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Name of dealer where motorhome was purchased:
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