Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tiffin Motorhomes


13 August 2018




We have wanted to tour the Tiffin Motorhome factory for awhile and now we were passing close to Red Bay, AL, where they are located.  We saw that they give a guided tour in the mornings, but we were not going to get there until mid to late afternoon and were unsure if we would be able to see the plant.  As we drove into town, we knew we were in the right place as there were mini RV parking lots everywhere in town with lots of Tiffin motorhomes waiting their turn for service.

I have read on blogs about the change in service policy at Tiffin. Apparently, a few years ago, they changed their policy to allow only coaches within the one-year warranty period to make a service appointment.  The rest have to arrive and take a number and wait until they are called.  It was amazing and a bit disconcerting to see so many coaches waiting for service.

After floundering around for a bit, we found the entrance to the plant after 2pm.  We told the guard we would like to have tour.  He showed us where to park and directed us to a small reception office.  We asked about a tour and the gentleman said no problem.  To our surprise, we were free to tour all of the plant on our own and take pictures.  He pointed out a few buildings we were not allowed in due to safety issues like the welding shop. He gave us some badges, safety glasses and a map and out the door we went.  We had a time limit due to the late hour we arrived but had enough time see most everything.  The very high temperature was the real limiting factor for deciding when we were done.

Having done several other motorhome factory tours, I would say this one had the same level of organized chaos to the observer.  We watched the process from assembling the frames to the inspection section and water testing of the coaches. They also had an area of just completed and checked coaches that we could walk thru.  We did a few, but the heat finally drove us back to the office to return our badges and head out.  When it is time for our next coach we will certainly include Tiffin in the process.  






















9 comments:

Diane beavers said...

Our dream for our next one would be a used Entegra when they were still under Jayco not Thor.

Carol K said...

We were there in April/early May watching our new gas motorhome being built. The Tiffin paint factory in nearby Belmont MS is very interesting, too. As of December 1, 2018, customers will not be allowed to watch their builds. The daily Monday through Friday tours at 9:30am will still be held.

Phyllis said...

My gosh. You were in our neck of the woods. Cullman is about 80 miles from Red Bay. If you are in the area again, remember we have two RV sites on our property. One FHU, one 50 amp and water. We love company.

Sherry said...

Don't think I'd like driving all the way to Red Bay and having to just sit around and wait. I like Winnebago's appointments even if you have to make them way in advance, at least you know you have one and when it is. Not sure Tiffin makes anything like the View/Navion. But they do have a good reputation as a company probably the best along with Winnebago. I'd love to talk to you about it since I'm thinking we are going to have to downsize and am wondering about it as a full time rig. Would you recommend a 2012 view?

Kevin Read said...

Interesting. We hope to pop in there next April or May.

our awesome travels said...

Love doing factory tours for these amazing rv's nice that yo could get one done.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Amazing that Tiffin is so open on factory tours, unlike other companies that are pretty tight about where you can go and what you can see. :cO

Happytrails said...

The Tiffin class C is called a Wayfarer. Glad you were able to get that tour in!! Our Oliver factory is in Hohenwald Tennessee which is close to the Tiffin plant. Both are family owned and operated through family. I will say Oliver and Tiffin are very similar in their service concepts....it’s what made us decide!!

Nickie Jim said...

They make a pretty-lookin' rig!