Alabama

We stayed at a campsite south of Nashville that we loved and while we only intended staying a couple of nights we ended up staying for 4 nights, we met some lovely familys there.

We drove down to Red Bay, Alabama which is where the Tiffin coaches are built.  Tiffin has many manufacturing and servicing plants in Red Bay and there are a few basic RV parks to accommodate coaches waiting to be attended to.  We drove to the main service area and were put in the ‘service’ queue and placed out at Belmont, Mississippi, a few miles from Red Bay, Alabama.  We were told to be ready to move by 7am the following day.

The next morning a Tiffin representative came to the RV park at 10 am and told us we would be seen the next day at 7am so we had a boring day with not much to do.  We are surrounded by cotton fields and churches and not much else.  The people here are very nice.  I really like these southern states but this is an area with little to do!

This is a cotton plant:

 

We had the coach over at the Tiffin service centre at 7am the next day and they took care of our issues within a couple of hours. We thought we would end up paying about $1500 for the labour, but they charged us only $130!  Everyone that owns a Tiffin says the company and customer service is second to none, and it’s hard to argue that!

 

Before we head off to Memphis, back up in Tennessee we thought we might get the coach serviced here as there are lots of coach specialists in the area that take overflow work from Tiffin.  We are booked in but have to wait til Tues so we decided to take the coach to a nearby State Park called Tishomingo and we are so glad to came here.  It’s been a lovely couple of days.

This is a large state park and one half of it has 60 RV sites, only 3 of those are occupied so we feel we have the place to ourselves.  It’s peaceful and woodsy and on a cycle ride we did yesterday we saw a doe and her baby, a blue snake that was about 1.5 meters long and had only just been run over, birds, turtles, lots of huge butterfly’s and very few people.  In the evening we can sit out by the lake and wonderfully there are no mosquitos or any other bugs here.  We listen to the crickets and look out for fire flies. What a great place and it’s only $15 a night!

 

The park intersects the Natchez Trace Parkway. This is a 444 mile road from Nashville to Natchez.  It’s a historic backroad that marks historic events along the way.  Back in the late 18th century travellers would barge goods down the Mississippi from Nashville to Natchez, off load their cargo, sell their boat because they couldn’t get it back up the river and walk through the forest trail back to Nashville to do it all again.  If the trader was wealthy they might ride back on a mule, horse or even have a wagon.  It is the trail that was walked that is commemorated and there are places where the road way is so worn there is a trench there today, this is the ‘Trace’.  Before the 18thcentury trader the trail was used by Native Americans.

 

Tomorrow we are heading back to Belmont to be close to the service centre for 8am Tues morning.