While waiting for “THE CALL” and subsequently waiting for the coach to be done each day, we did some touristy things to make the most of our time.
First, we took a tour of Tiffin’s manufacturing facility. Tiffin offers owners the opportunity to come to Red Bay while their specific coach is being built. Owners can sit in each work area, working “hands on” with the Tiffin employees who are building the motorhome. The tour was incredibly interesting, and a bit overwhelming when we learned that they produce 13 Tiffins a day, every week day! It’s a well choreographed business. Owners are encouraged to talk with employees, and are given free access to the warehouse, workshops and service areas. Bob Tiffin maintains an open door policy, and owners who are so inclined, can go to his office to meet with him.
On another day, we headed out to explore the area. We’d heard of Coon Dog Cemetary and the Rattlesnake Saloon from several sources, so I plugged in Coon Dog Cemetery into our nav system in the GMC Canyon truck, and off we went. Coon Dog Cemetery was founded in the 1930’s. In order for your dog to attain the elite status of being buried there, there are three rules:
- The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog.
- A witness must declare the deceased is a coon dog.
- A member of the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, Inc. must be allowed to view the coonhound and declare it as such.
We had fun walking along the paths, reading the epitaphs. For more information, click here: http://www.coondogcemetery.com/
We then headed to nearby Rattlesnake Saloon, which we’d heard was a bar/restaurant in a cave. While the cave didn’t go very far back into the cliffs, it was indeed the most unique place we’ve been….and beautiful. We thought the place was made famous by the Tiffin Owners Facebook group, until we learned they’d been on the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and more.
Again, we were made to feel most welcome. Before we left, we stopped by the Gift Shop to pick up some post cards for my friend Lin Clark. The owner of the Gift Shop wouldn’t let me pay for them, since we were “Tiffin folk”. Then I tried to leave a donation…she literally took my wallet out of my hand and stuffed the two dollars back into it before handing it back to me with a very stern look. “Tiffin has done so much for my family and everyone else in this area, this is the least I can do”.
On yet another day, we took off for Tuscumbia, AL, to tour Muscle Shores Music Studio…the first place Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded. It was such a small building that produced so much music. It had been completely restored, including the original furniture.
We got everything done we wanted to do in Red Bay, and certainly enjoyed our time in this tiny town. We plan to be back in about 18 months or so, for the next “annual” service.
Stay tuned for adventures on the road back to Livingston, TX