Allegro Bus 42 QRP

Is it possible to relax when driving a 42-foot coach? Obviously, you always need to be
fully on task anytime you’re behind the wheel — but is the concept of “relaxing” and
enjoying the drive while piloting a tandem-axle 42-foot motorhome an attainable goal?
Before setting out in Tiffin’s 2007 Allegro Bus, we might’ve hedged our bets on a positive
response — but we were still a long way from our destination when it dawned on us that the
drive time was proving to be among the best parts of this road test. Of course, it helps if
the rig is well built and nicely balanced — a properly designed motor vehicle is generally
a good-driving one — but the 42-footer also proved surprisingly easy to grow familiar
with. Tiffin added the Spartan-chassis-based model 42 QRP to its Allegro Bus lineup to
answer the needs of buyers who wanted a large, full-featured coach with all the trimmings
that was affordably priced, relatively speaking. At $331,599 (msrp as tested), the
quad-slideout-equipped 42-footer is more than competitively priced, especially considering
its apparent build quality. The 34,000-pound coach, with the 400-hp Cummins ISL 8.9-l
turbodiesel engine, does a decent job of moving the rig down the road. Acceleration and
maintaining cruise speed are par for a big coach: Our hill climb test turned in 51 mph @
2,200 rpm in fourth gear on a 6-percent grade, and that’s not bad. Inside, with two large
opposing slideouts up front, the lounge area turns into a sizable dance hall of living
space. Deploying the curbside slideout exposes three more large pantry cabinets abutting
the aft wall next to the kitchen. To say this coach has adequate kitchen storage is an
understatement. Our test rig was fitted with the optional Select Comfort king-size bed
($1,750) which made for a terrific nights’ sleep. Opposing-wall slideouts help make the
king-size bed practical in an RV. Overhead lamps provide enough reading light, but don’t
intrude. Out back, the aft wall includes a mirrored-door wardrobe and some cabinets, while
the curbside slideout houses a low credenza-style storage unit plus an overhead 20-inch
flat-screen TV, optional DVD player ($210) and even more cabinets. Great sleeping, a
practical bath suite and wide-open living, dining and entertaining space combine with fine
driving and terrific construction details in an attractive package. The Allegro Bus
42-footer is a worthy addition to the stable of maxi-size motorhomes for those with really
big travel dreams. For complete details and full test impressions on Tiffin’s Allegro Bus
42 QRP, pick up the November 2006 issue of MotorHome magazine on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome so you can
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