Friday, December 8, 2017


First snow in Tennessee and first snow we have seen in almost two years. Also the first snow the motor home and Jeep have had on them. I may need snow tires on the golf cart.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


The Smokies has a primitive 211 site campground called Elkmont. Nearby is an old set of buildings that were used in the early 1900's as a weekend retreat. Some buildings are being demolished due to collapse and rot. There are about twelve that are being saved. We took a drive to see it. When the leaves are off the trees, you can see a lot more of the mountains and things that are hidden in the trees. Another plus is the lack of traffic and tourists that are here in the summer. 

You can read the details about Elkmont at

Oil Change

We made a trip to Red Bay for annual service and a couple issues that we only trust the factory service to handle. We left Tennessee and Monday and returned on Saturday December 2nd. Here are a few photos of the Tiffin service center and Bay Diesel, the Freightliner shop in Red Bay.

Tiffin Service Bay 9 (there are about 50 bays) at the service center.

Jeff is working on our Aqua Hot furnace.

This is looking at the west end of the long building.

Bay Diesel ready to do the oil change and annual service. It takes 26 quarts of oil.
I was allowed in the garage and under the chassis while it was being serviced,
a good way to see details.

Air bags and air brakes. The engine is behind the axle.

Air brakes, looks complicated.

There are two fuel filters, one collects any water that might get in the fuel.

It's a short driveshaft since it is a diesel "pusher". The engine is on the left, behind the rear axle.