Gaffney, SC is not exactly a tourist destination, but we were here on a mission. Approximately 80% of motorhomes are built on a truck chassis manufactured by Freightliner. Gaffney is the home of Freightliner and they offer a 2 day school for RV owners to learn all about their ride. They cover the diesel engine, air brake systems, steering, weight and balance, tire pressures and most important, maintenance. Our class was scheduled for Thursday and Friday and we had our coach scheduled for service on Tuesday. As we were preparing to leave Dreher Island on Monday morning we noticed that the check engine light was illuminated on our Honda. Since it would not be running while we towed it, we decided to get to Gaffney and find a dealer there.
Spartanburg, 15 minutes away, was the closest Honda dealer. In 30 minutes and for $50, we were done. Nothing major, just a leak in a vacuum hose that needed to be replaced. If you need service in Spartanburg, Vic Bailey Honda is the place to go. Fast, courteous and efficient. We were not only impressed but we were sincerely glad it was not anything major!
Tuesday morning at 8AM we were dropping off our coach at the service center. As we left in our car, with dog and cat in the back seat we realized we had not planned well. What were we going to do all day until the coach was ready that afternoon? If the weather was nice, I guess we could ride around all day and see some sights, but the forecast for the day was 80% chance of thunderstorms. We went back to our RV park, explained our situation and asked if they had any cabins that we could rent.They did, and since we were already paying for an RV site for the night, they gave us a reasonable discount. The cabin was fine!
So, we spent the day in the cabin and, of course, it never rained. We called late in the afternoon and they were finished with our service and we could pick up our RV. We returned to the campsite with our RV and set everything up again.
How do you know that you are fully committed to the RV lifestyle? For us, the realization came on this day. We had a paid for cabin, fully equipped, that we could spend the night in, or we could stay in the RV. It really wasn’t close, both of us wanted to be in the RV. It is now our home!
On Thursday am, it was time for class. The bus (yes, the bus) was scheduled to pick us up at the campsite at 7:30. I have to admit that since I have retired, I have not been awake at 7:30! I am a late sleeper. But, a couple of cups of coffee and here I am, ready for my first day of class.
So, what is there to do in Gaffney? According to Trip Advisor, the # 1 thing to do is the Outlet Mall. # 2 is the peachoid. What is a peachoid? Apparently it has been featured on House of Cards, but it is a painted and formed water tower that looks like a peach. It sits beside I-85 and is Gaffney’s most prominent feature.
The sign to the right of the peach is for Fatz Cafe. Fatz is a SC based chain with locations mostly in SC, NC and GA. We had seen several others on our trip so we decided to give it a try. When our server, Jamie, learned it was our first visit, it prompted her to make it special for us. She brought us a few samples of their calabash chicken strips to try. They were good, but not what we wanted for our meal. Jamie was sweet and absolutely delightful! we wished we could have stayed and talked to her for a while, but we were going to the movies so we had to get on our way.
Our campsite for the week was at the Spartanburg/Gaffney KOA. It was a great place to stay with a nice dog park, complete with toys. We had one of their deluxe sites, fully equipped with gas grill, table & chairs and a swing. Really nice and obviously the place to stay if you are having work done at Freightliner. Friendly hosts and owners, as well.
So, what was the highlight of our week in Gaffney? We saw the biggest, brightest, widest and most vivid rainbow ever. After the rainbow last week at Dreher Island, we thought we had seen a good one, but the Gaffney one beat all. It was a double and the brightest one could be followed from horizon to horizon. Awesome!
Next: Quick Atlanta stop.