Things really got tense when our CB weather warning predicted heavy rain, wind and possible quarter-sized hail in our immediate vicinity. Chris turned us around at the first opportunity and we were able to wait it out off road. Rain and wind were crazy but luckily we didn't have hail. We drove through two smaller rainstorms and another big one with small hail. Our crazy day of driving was rewarded by our acceptance into a repair bay the next day where the roof rails were replaced(properly this time...lousy job done in California for those of you who have been following our entire trip).
runway and people refer to the ghost sounds of the old airport at seven am when the coaches turn on their engines, pull in their slides and raise their jacks to drive to one of the forty nine repair bays!
The town of Red Bay depends on Tiffin Company and customers. We had a couple of meals there, once at a 50's style drive-in and at "Swamp Johns", we had a southern catfish dinner. All Tiffin owners do the Factory Tour; some even watch their own rigs being produced! It was incredible walking through the various warehouses that build the cabinetry and counter tops and one type of chassis is constructed there but most are made at Freightliner. A huge warehouse performs the welding, another applies the paint and masks for details(other companies use decals) There are folks that work on insulation and windows while others attach exterior walls and doors to the floor, do plumbing or most amazingly; work on the electrical panels, so totally mind-blowing!!! It is a family company and as such quality control is high. As many problems as we've experienced, the customer service has always been top notch!
Dixie loved her daily morning and evening walks around the grassy fields behind Tiffin where the scent of fresh apple blossoms filled the air. We saw lots of birds in "spring-mode" along the paths and on fence posts.
After nine nights at Tiffin we were repaired and ready to get away on the road again. We had the roof rails replaced, scratches painted out, stronger jack brackets installed and a new surge protector added. Our bill for the week was only $70.00, a $10.00 per night camping fee; everything else was covered under warranty! We are heading north towards Tennessee and every day we travel now,will take us up closer to Canada.