2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Red Bay, AL - Red Bay Self Service RV Park - Site...

Red Bay, AL - Red Bay Self Service RV Park - Site...

Red Bay, AL - Red Bay Self Service RV Park - looking...

Caruthersville, MO to Red Bay, AL 0 - our route - 174...

Caruthersville, MO to Red Bay, AL 1 - a pretty tree in...

Caruthersville, MO to Red Bay, AL 2 - going up to the...

Caruthersville, MO to Red Bay, AL 3 - as we cross the...

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It was an easy 174 miles from Caruthersville, MO to Red Bay, AL over mostly four-lane roads through Tennessee and Mississippi. Red Bay, AL is located just inside Alabama's Western border with Mississippi. This is the home of Tiffin Motorhomes and they are THE major employer in the area. There are also several satellite businesses that support the owners of the motorhomes Tiffin makes. We will be visiting two or three of them as well as trying to use the factory service while we are here.

When we arrived, the factory campground (93 full hookup sites) was full and we found an empty space in the Red Bay Self Service RV Park just a block or two away from the factory campground. Actually our campground was full but the factory campground said the the site we chose was open so we took it. We later found out that it was reserved but the people using it were gone to get some repair on their RV. It all worked out and we were able to keep the site as the original renters just stayed where they were having their RV repaired for the two nights in question. We have a 50 amp, full hookup, back-in site for the week we plan on staying here. The night we arrived (Thursday), the temperature got down to 27 and our heat pumps wouldn't handle that so the furnaces came on for the first time since the Grand Canyon North Rim last May.

Friday was our first appointment for 7:00 a.m. at Bay Diesel for routine maintenance. We had all of the fluids changed as well as all of the filters replaced. We were also able to locate a new aluminum wheel to replace the one we damaged in Carlsbad so Bay Diesel mounted it as well. There was a substantial cost involved but now we know what has been changed and when. The original owners kept no records so we had no idea when different things needed replaced.

Saturday and Sunday was football days again, especially since no one works here on the week-end as well.

Monday we had another 7:00 a.m. appointment at Custom RV to have an AirForce One air braking system installed on Libby as well as some minor repairs we had been putting off. The person (Brannon Hutcheson) that owns it and does the work there is renowned in the Tiffin world for his abilities and knowledge of these coaches. It is well earned as he was able to do everything we wanted done, perfectly and in short order. We had the Mothership washed and waxed in the afternoon. Chris Berry also dropped by that evening and installed the two drawer slides (for the base cabinet) we had commissioned him to make for us - Doris just loves them. Chris really does a great job and matched our cabinets perfectly.

Tuesday we finally got called to the express lanes for our two hour turn with the Tiffin service people. They repaired our kitchen slide and also replaced our charge solenoid so that the house batteries would charge when we are on the road and the engine is running. It has been a very busy time here but we got everything done we wanted.

Tomorrow we have a 7:00 a.m. appointment to get a hydraulic leak repaired and then we will be on our way to F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Warm Springs, GA, hoping to arrive their mid afternoon or so.

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