Tiffin was able to get us in right away as we had just left the factory. Sorry to say that this is not always the case as it is a real busy time of year for the service center because a lot of snowbirds are headed back up north for the spring and they usually make a stop here in Red Bay on their way through.
So what does one do while they are in a service bay? Well, you could go to the customer lounge and watch tv, visit with other rvers or read. Or you could do what David did and install an LED light strip down each side of the underbelly.
We had LED light strips underneath our previous coach and we knew we wanted them on this coach as well. Tiffin does offer this as an option however, they only have blue lights. We wanted a multicolored strip so we had to install our own after the fact.
No problem there though. David is very handy and he installed the previous set that we had. His trick…silicone. He doesn’t attach the light strip using tacks or anything like that. He doesn’t want to put any unnecessary holes in the coach. Heavy duty double sided tape doesn’t stick to the silicone sleeve the light strip is in. The only thing that really sticks to silicone is silicone itself. So he places a bead of silicone all the way down the coach. The trick after that is to wait a few minutes until the silicone starts to get tacky.
Then you take the LED light strip and push it into the silicone. At first you may need to secure the lights with tape just so the lights don’t fall from the weight of them. However, once the lights are secured into the silicone, you can remove the tape and Whalla! You have your very own LED light strip.
While here you can also get to know your neighbors. Everyone here likes to compare notes and see what is going on with each others rigs. One of the advantages, if you could call it that, to getting service done here as opposed to a general service center on the road is that you are around all sorts of Tiffin coaches. So the odds of someone having the same coach as you are pretty good.
It’s nice to see how others have decorated or what modifications they have done to make their coach their own. Some Tiffin service workers also work after hours and they will build and install some modifications that you may have seen on someone else’s rig. So that’s handy to do while you are here.
The neighbors all tend to gather in the evening for cocktail hour (BYOB as this is a dry town), sharing spicy catfish cakes (like crab cakes but made with catfish), buffalo chicken dip and anything else that may be brewing in our kitchens.
The weather is finally starting to get more Sping-like so David took the opportunity to get the quadcopter out of it’s winter hibernation and flew over the service center.
He always attracts a crowd. Below is a quick video that he did Sunday night while the sun was starting to set. It was a beautiful evening spent with new friends and a nice way to take our minds off of the fact that we are all sitting in a parking lot waiting for service.