Posted from Red Bay, AL
So after leaving Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ on the 18th we began our journey east back to Red Bay, AL (AKA the Mothership) to have several items repaired, and to have our routine annual maintenance done by Bay Diesel, also located in Red Bay, AL.
We did a 5-day, 4-night leisurely drive of a bit over 1700 miles. The trip included a stay in an Escapee's park in Deming, NM, a TX rest area overnighter, a commercial park in Santo, TX, another rest area overnighter in AR, then an arrival in Red Bay, AL on Wednesday 5/22. Should anyone care to view either our current year's travel, or travel from previous years, this link will take you to both.
Why return to Red Bay, you might ask? Well, our summer plans included returning to the East Coast, so we thought we'd take a detour to the Tiffin Service Center to have a few items repaired. None of these were that serious until our last night in the AR rest stop. It poured rain all night long and we found that we have roof leaks allowing water to drip into our interior living space. One of the spots in the bedroom was actually dripping through the LED light fixture. That can't be good! So repair of the leaking areas is now a top priority and we have a feeling that this will entail several days of work by an independent repair place here in Red Bay.
Why at an independent shop you might ask? Well, that's because the Tiffin Service Center changed their repair policy awhile back and now coaches which are between 4 and 10 years of age are only allowed work in "Express" bays. That means that you can have 2 techs work on any problems for a total of 3 hours. At the end of 3 hours, that's it. If all of your items are not completed, then it'll be another trip to the "Express" bay after 60 days have gone by.
If your rig is over 10 years, then you are out-of-luck at the Tiffin Service Center. No work will be performed there. Fortunately many service-oriented businesses have sprung up as a result of these policy changes at Tiffin. It will actually work out better in the end as most, if not all, of these folks worked at Tiffin before starting their business and you can schedule an appointment (by date and time), unlike at the Tiffin Service Center where it's first come, first served.
Stay tuned for my next blog (which I'll reserve for completion of all work) where I'll itemize by job and costs of all work we're having done this trip.
Again, thanks for stopping by to take a look!