Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Along the route, just as we entered North Carolina, we were following a river with pretty good rapids. Before long, the White Water Rafters were everywhere. We came upon one spot where they were putting a lot of rafts into the river, and stopped to watch.
We had reservations for Saturday and Sunday nights at a campground in Ela, NC, about 8 miles from Cherokee, and we got there about 1:00pm. After eating, we drove in the car to Cherokee, and began our tour on the BRP.
Some pictures from the parkway follow:
We did about 100 miles on the BRP, and then got off in Asheville to eat at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant. First time in a while, last time for a while....... it was not that good!!
It turned out to be somewhat eventful. On Thursday, we thought we had two more dealers to contact for prices. We made contact with one, and planned to call the other on Friday. However, on Friday, we were contacted by two additional dealers. Dickey-Stout RV out of Amarillo had made delivery of a new Bus in the campground and heard about us, so he made a contact. Another dealer in Memphis contacted me over the Tiffin Forum. We talked to both and let them make us a proposal. We expect to hear prices from these dealers via email in the next couple of days.
We finally left about 1:00pm, and headed toward Chattanooga, TN. Along the way, we stopped at the “Lost Luggage” store called Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, AL. They had a lot of stuff, but nothing that we needed. To us, it was a lot like a large garage sale……….. other people’s used stuff!! Here’s a picture of the store:
We made it to Chattanooga at about 7:30pm……….. and found out that it was 8:30pm due to the fact that we had just crossed into the Eastern time zone! We gassed up the motorhome and car at a Sam’s and drove down the interstate to a Walmart, and spent the night on the parking lot. It was a nice quiet night.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Our current plans are to leave Red Bay on Friday morning, and head toward the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Smoky Mountains. Not sure when I will have WIFI again, but will post then!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
At about 6:00pm, we were moved to the side of the repair shop, and had water and electric hookup. That is were we will remain for the rest of our stay.
Right after we got here, we went to the factory and took the tour. I really wanted to see what made up all the weight on the bus. We got a good tour.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
We then left and continued towards Arkansas. When we got close to Texarkana, we pulled into a rest area to connect to the internet and check out the Cowboys game....... and it is now 8:30pm and we are still here.
We called Deanne and told her we would be there in the morning, so we will hit the road again at half time.
We also had looked at the map and noticed that the town of Perrin was only about 20 miles from here. That is the location of the National Rally for the Texas Boomers next summer, so we decided we would drive past is on the way to Possum Kingdom. Perrin is a small town, and the campground is a ways out of town. It was starting to look like it was ‘in the middle of nowhere'! It turned out to be a nice contry campground, and the signs at the entrance made it clear that it was not in the middle of nowhere!!!
Here are some pictures:
We got to Possum Kingdom State Park about 1:00pm. It turned out to be a longer drive than we expected, especially after going to Perrin. The campground was very nice, but the better sites were taken. After talking to the park personnel, we found out that they would have a lot of sites on the water beginning on Sunday night…………. When all the working people left!!! We called Lake Mineral Wells, and secured out site for tonight, and decided that maybe we would come back to Possum Kingdom for Sunday night.
Since we were already a ways west, in the car, and had time, we decided to go ahead and visit the third park on our agenda………. Fort Griffin. It has the remains of an old fort from the 1800’s, and is the home pasture for the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd. We walked the fort remains for a while, then drove over to the campground area where the longhorns are kept. We got to see a group of about 10 longhorn calves. The campground we very remote, but well kept with good facilities. There were only two rigs there, and one belonged to the host!!
I am publishing this at a Texas Rest Area on I-20 west of Fort Worth. We have changed our plans, and are going to skip the Dallas RV show (we figure the same dealers and rigs), and are heading east to see that part of the country and to visit Tiffin earlier.
LF = 5915
RF = 5946
FA = 10,861
LR = 9253
RR = 9235
RA = 18,488
Winnebago made this a really well engineered coach. However, on the inside, the Tiffin is still very much nicer. Also, the Winnebago has to be modified to use a stacked washer and dryer, and it is on a Freightliner chassis with a rear radiator.
We used some show passes given to us be Vogt RV to go back to the show and re-look the Bus immediately after looking over the Itasca.
We then headed out of town toward the west and the three Texas State Parks that we wanted to visit. We got to the Lake Mineral Wells State Part at about 4:30pm and talked the lady into giving us a site for the night, and had our name put on the waiting list for Saturday night. This park is only about an hour out of Fort Worth and gets full on weekend.
We set up camp, went to the local Walmart for supplies, had dinner, and went to bed early.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tiffin had a sales rep there. I discussed my concerns about the rear axle weight on the coach, and at first he gave me the normal Tiffin brush off........ "we haven't had any failures of the axles on this coach" type of stuff. I finally asked him to call the factory and get the four corner weights of that particular coach. He told me that he did not think they had that kind of information available. I then told him to call 'Dorothy' at the factory, and she would have them! He finally did, and she gave them to him.
I was pleasantly suprised. The rear weight on this coach was 18,600 lbs compared to 19,400 lbs on a similar coach that I had information on. In fact, this coach has the hydro hot package (about 400 lbs extra) that was not on the other coach, and a feature that I do not want. This coach also has a CCC of 3253 lbs with 4 people!
Although I am pleased with this set of numbers, I am getting confused and concerned about data from Tiffin that does not seem logical and consistent. I have a copy of the Tiffin weight sheet from the first coach, and I copied the VIN number down on this coach so that when I get to the factory in a couple of weeks, I can make sure we are looking at the same data.
The PA park that we are in is very nice, and right in the middle of Arlington. I will update this post with a couple of pictures before we leave. The name is Treetops RV Resort, and they had a nice pool and a garden area. The PA rate is $14 a night for full hookups, and well worth it. Here are the pictures.....