Today, the Allegro line that helped launch the Tiffin brand remains a popular choice with first-time and move-up buyers. Available in four floorplans between 31 and 35 feet and built on the veteran Ford F53 leaf-spring chassis, the Allegro offers gas coach enthusiasts Tiffin’s craftsmanship and features inspired and honed by its considerable luxury coach history.
The cockpit offers a redesigned curved dash with hooded display integrating the large, clearly labeled function controls all within easy reach of the driver. The dash-mounted color backup monitor (with sound) and wide-angle side cameras housed in the exterior heated mirrors offer additional safety and confidence when maneuvering or cruising in any weather and the HWH hydraulic auto-leveling system is a standard feature providing one-touch leveling once in camp. An optional ($1,148) driver’s door with power window can be ordered, providing additional and convenient exterior access.
The copilot is not forgotten in the Allegro with a matching and comfortable pair of armrest captain’s chairs that can be ordered with optional ($1,190) full-power adjustments. A pull-out laptop workstation in the dash is standard equipment and becoming a popular feature providing a proper place to run a trip’s itinerary.
The roomy cabin is created by the large streetside slide for the UltraLeather sofabed available with the optional ($1,050) pneumatic mattress setup and matching booth dinette. Updated design of the dinette generates convenient pull-out drawer storage under each of the dinette’s benches. Overhead, the ceiling lighting now is LED. Vinyl floor tiles are used in the Allegro rather than conventional sheet vinyl, adding an elegant look but more importantly, providing a sensible and economical way to replace, and reliably match, a damaged area from the supply of extra tiles Tiffin provides with every Allegro.
The cabin has ample room for the freestanding swivel recliner and ottoman combo, the perfect roost to watch sports on either the optional ($980) 26-inch Panasonic HD cockpit TV, the cabin’s standard (32-inch) Panasonic HD TV, with optional ($560) surround sound system, or both. An optional ($1,120) automatic but non in-motion satellite dish is available since every Allegro is pre-wired for a satellite system.
The striking galley and overhead cabinetry throughout the Allegro are wrapped in Tiffin’s high-gloss English Chestnut cabinetry, one of three choices, featuring solid hardwood doors and hardwood cabinet faces. The Avonite solid surface countertop receives a matching scrolled backsplash for 2012 giving the entire galley the impression of a more expensive coach.
The three-burner cooktop has been recessed into the countertop with solid surface covers this year using the standard gas oven range and microwave or the optional ($350) cooktop and microwave-convection combo. A twin-basin sink with bronze faucet and sprayer also employs matching covers to enlarge countertop space. An 8-cubic-foot gas/electric double door fridge completes the galley.
A split design bath, with its components flanking a center aisle, delivers maximum versatility. This provides an enclosed toilet room with lavatory and the factory-built seamless 36-inch corner fiberglass shower that includes a useful built-in seat and shampoo shelf. A second lavatory with medicine cabinet is provided for convenience next to the shower.
The Allegro bedroom cabinetry and trim creates an elegant retreat. The third slide forms the headboard and eyeglass nightstands for the storage platform-topping 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed with a choice of conventional or pneumatic mattresses. Opposite is the full-wall dressing area that provides mirrored wardrobes visually enlarging the space as well as providing handy drawer and hamper storage. The wardrobe module also holds the optional ($770) 26-inch Panasonic HD TV.
Outside, notable standard features include four large pass-through storage compartments with insulated, easy-latch locking doors, full-body paint, a new curbside potable water fill and a front cap with rock guard film protection.
The Allegro continues to raise the bar for the Class A segment with many features successfully migrating down from their luxury lines, and that’s a trend we like to see.
Our thanks to Art Hawkins at Mike Thompson’s RV for providing the Allegro for this review.
Chassis: Ford F-53
Engine: Triton V-10 6.8L
fuel: 100 gal
GVWR: 22,000 lbs
GCWR: 24,000 lbs
Length: 34’ 10”
Height with A/C: 12’ 10”
Freshwater Cap: 70 gal
Gray-water Cap: 66 gal
Black-water Cap: 50 gal
LP-Gas Cap: 24 gal
Towing capacity : 5,000 lb
Base MSRP : $121,870