Tiffin Motorhomes is headquartered in Red Bay, Alabama, hometown of founder Bob Tiffin. Tiffin began production in 1972 and has produced over 65,000 motorhomes to date. The company is still run by Bob Tiffin along with his three sons Tim, Van and Lex.
Tiffin offers tours of both the manufacturing facility in Red Bay, Alabama and the paint facility a few miles away in Belmont, Mississippi. The tours are free of charge and no reservations are necessary. They welcome guests to take photos during the tour and proudly state that they “have no secrets”.
The feature photo above is a 1976 Tiffin Allegro with a standard avocado green and harvest gold color scheme. The colors were used for wall paper, appliances and shag carpeting and accented by a dark finished faux wood paneling.
Keep reading below for a look into the manufacturing process and tremendous work that goes into building a Tiffin Motorhome.
Lengths of raw wood waiting to be made into cabinets.
Cabinet face frames being assembled. Notice the use of pocket screws.
A completed cabinet frame.
Boxes and boxes of screws waiting their turn to be used for assembly.
Huge dust collection silos outside the wood shop.
A diesel chassis ready to enter the manufacturing building.
A chassis with a front gas engine.
Windows of all shapes and sizes.
Side walls are cut to size with computer aided precision.
A completed roof panel being lifted and transported to the correct assembly line.
A gas chassis undergoing installation of the generator, tanks and beginnings of plumbing and electrical work.
Heated flooring material being installed over the sub floor.
Side panel being lifted into place.
Front and rear end caps being transported to the correct motorhome. The fiberglass caps are manufactured off-site at another Tiffin facility nearby.
A roof being assembled.
Running wiring through the ceiling prior to putting on the frond and rear end caps.
Installing slides. Small slides use an electric Schwintek slide system from Lippert Components and large slides use a hydraulic slide system.
Front cap in place.
Two different styles of front caps in line for installation.
Barrels of different size and color wiring. The tops of the barrels make them look like giant crayons. The wire is being fed through a machine that stamps it with identification codes specific to motorhome units and location of wire placement.
Wire harnesses waiting to be sorted into bins for individual motorhomes.
Each bin contains wiring for a specific motorhome. In total 2-3 miles of wires are needed for each RV.
Off to the paint shop the motorhomes go. The facility is a few miles away in Belmont, Mississippi.
One of the many paint booths at the factory.
This motorhome just arrived at the paint factory and the body is undergoing prep work prior to painting. The outer fiberglass is sanded and filled in where needed to ensure a smooth finish.
Stripe templates are being applied to the end cap.
Three employees work together in harmony to ensure the side stripe templates are lined up correctly.
Stripe templates are in place and the unit is ready for paint.
Chrome and rubber are covered with tape to prevent paint overspray.
Burgundy paint was just sprayed on this motorhome.
An amazing amount of tape, plastic and stripe templates are required for each intricate paint scheme.
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The stripes are being unveiled. At this point the finish is flat and a clear coat will be applied later on.
View from inside a paint booth. Employees wear full-body suits and respirators for cleanliness and their safety. Here they are applying the clear finish.
This employee is applying sealant around the front window.
A box of window sealant. Each front window requires several tubes of sealant to cover all the edges properly.
Final paint touches are being applied to this motorhome.
This motorhome is ready to be driven back to the Red Bay, Alabama plant for final detailing before being sent to it’s new owners. The facility produces approximately 13 units per day.
Touring Tiffin Motorhomes was very fascinating and educational. We especially enjoyed the fact that the company allows photographs in the factory that we can then share with others. We highly recommend a stop at Tiffin when in the area.
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