The new year has started and we are getting our act together for the start of this year. Our short term goal is to travel leisurely through the southwest, making our way east to Red Bay, Alabama. Red Bay is the home of Tiffin and was where our Allegro Bus was build last year. We are anxious to drive there for a few reasons. First, we are looking forward to the great tour of their manufacturing plant where we can learn more about our bus and how it was made.
They will also provide us more insights into some of the nuances in operating some of the more complex systems of our RV. I am having some difficulties in setting up a couple of the systems properly. For example, you can program the generator to turn on when the house batteries drop to a selected voltage. I have followed the instructions properly but I still cannot get the generator to turn on automatically when the house batteries fall to 12 volts.
I am also anxious to have some repairs and adjustments made. For example, I believe we have a 12-volt regulation issue with our ceiling lights. We have over 50 ceiling lights throughout LeuC, however, about half of them have failed or in the process of failing. These lights are LED lights that should last for years. However, many of them have flicked before failing. Grrrr.
We hope to arrive in Red Bay in early March. Along the way of getting there, we will be camping with our daughter, Christina, and her family at the Kartchner Caverns State Park, east of Tucson. We stayed there a few months ago and loved it so much that Christina and Michael have decided to rent a 5th wheeler and go camping with us over the Martin Luther King three-day weekend in a couple of weeks. Whoo Hoo!
From there we hope to make our way to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. There is a campground nearby that we would be staying at. However, it is up around 3500 feet and I am not sure that it would be wise to go there in the heart of the winter. While we would have electricity there and could keep the LeuC nice and warm, I am nervous about getting trapped there because of snow. We will just have to check the weather forecast before we head out for Carlsbad.
We then continue east through Texas with a major stop in Kerriville, near San Antonio. We hope to tour the Alamo while there.
We will continue east to New Orleans where we will be staying a couple of weeks at the Bayou Segnete State Park. It is located right across the bayou from downtown New Orleans which makes it a convenient place for us to stay while we explore and enjoy the foods, drinks and music of that city. We will purposely arrive a few days after the festivities of Mardi Gar just to avoids the crowds.
From there we will make our away to Red Bay, Alabama and our stay at the Tiffin facility. That is as far has we have planned so far because we do not know how long we will be in Red Bay.