Convinced that America needs a smaller, higher mileage, rear-engine diesel motorhome that retains plenty of amenities, Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. President Bob Tiffin personally set out last year to develop the Allegro Breeze Class A.
Now, months after unveiling the prototype at last winterâ€™s National RV Trade Show,
Tiffinâ€™s Alabama company is nearing the end of an arduous series of
durability, safety and handling tests and is preparing to roll out
production on an initial 28-foot, single-slide Breeze on a proprietary
21,000-pound GVWR PowerGlide chassis powered by a 215-hp Navistar
MaxxForce 7 engine. Tiffin, which replaced the prototypeâ€™s spring
suspension with full air-ride, plans to add a 32-footer with two
slideouts later this year.
â€œWe do have our first (production) prototype
on the line,â€ reports Jerry Williamson, national sales manager. â€œWeâ€™ll
do two to three per week after that for three or four weeks and makes
sure everything is running smoothly. Then, we expect in June that weâ€™ll
be in regular production.â€ Tiffin, hasnâ€™t released any retail pricing to
date on the Allegro Breeze, which is anticipated to get 13-16 mpg and
was named RVBusiness magazineâ€™s â€œBest of Showâ€ at Decemberâ€™s Louisville
As for Bob Tiffin, Williamson says heâ€™s pleased with the outcome.
â€œIâ€™ve not seen him this excited about a new motorhome,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s