At 11 AM today, RVFEST 2010 was officially over. Breakfast was comprised of decaf coffee (there was no regular coffee left), leftovers, yogurt, cereal from Jean’s personal supply, and juice, and it wasn’t too bad! The morning was filled with hugs and best wishes, and many echoes of “See you next year” as RVers headed their separate direction—many to other campgrounds, and a few, like us, home. Richard and Virginia accompanied us to tour the Jayco motorhome plant at 12 noon, and it was amazing. It was much bigger than Newmar’s plant, by several orders of magnitude, yet the quality looked similar. About 70 percent of their workers are Amish. In addition to this small motorhome facility, they have 24 other buildings where they make towables, i.e. pull trailers and fifth wheels, and components for all their RVs.
After the tour, we ate a light lunch at Essenhaus, and returned to the campground to look at Les and Jean’s “new to them” Tiffin Allegro Bay FRED (front engine diesel). It has 4 slides, lots of bells and whistles, and lots of room, plus the high quality is apparent. Tiffins are made in Red Bay, AL. After the “look see” we began final preparations for our trip home. It’s really not a lot of work, as we have regular places for most everything, and take advantage of the Saturn trunk.
For dinner, the remaining campers—some 17 strong—ate at a local Mexican restaurant keeping a tradition established by Les many years ago.
We unhooked everything but the electricity, including the water, and tried the pump so the Jayco repair facility could begin work on it immediately, and wouldn’t you know it, it worked great. I did everything I knew to foul it up, to no avail. After a short discussion, we decided to keep our 6:30 AM appointment anyway just to verify that everything was in working order, then it was off to bed.
P.S. This postscript is just a short note about the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are larger than the Arkansas State Fair fairgrounds in Little Rock and the Midsouth Fair fairgrounds in Memphis by a significant amount. The grounds are well manicured with many gardens, two clock towers, a race track, a huge grandstand and stage, a community building, and several hundred full-hookup campsites. The Elkhart County 4H Fair is among the largest attended in the country. While we were there, there was a trotter race (trotting horses pulling a buggy), and a couple of American Quarter Horse Association horse shows. The trotters were fun to watch and a number of Amish were participating as all of them have trotters pulling their family buggies. Northern Indiana still has a rural culture and is very much family oriented.
KAY’S TAKE: We really enjoyed touring the Jayco plant, but were very disappointed that they didn’t have any completed motorhome to tour. We’re interested in their Seneca new design also. When we got back to the rig, we read and rested for a short while before going out to dinner with the others. We both had salads for lunch and supper but we oogle-eyed all the wonderful bakery items, cakes, pies, donuts, cookies, and such at the Dutchman Essenhaus. We did try the Amish peanut butter on the table. It was in a squeeze tube container (like a mustard container) and we squeezed some on our teaspoons. Wow! Was it ever good! They mix peanut butter, karo syrup & mashmellow cream together to make it. Yum-yum! 120 calories for one tablespoon.