Slip into the driver’s seat of a Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. 2011 Phaeton, Allegro Bus or Zephyr and you can almost hear the control tower clearing these upscale diesel pushers for takeoff.
The redesigned, European-styled instrumentation panel has the grace and style of a private jet’s cockpit, the company stated in a news release.
“‘Dashboard'” hardly does this justice,” says Jerry Williamson, Tiffin national sales manager. “The left side is raised comfortably, with fewer controls. It’s contoured, contemporary and classy looking. It’s convenient with less searching for switches. It’s more user friendly in an integrated design. Our customers requested it and we delivered.”
From lighter tan surrounding the grey-inlayed controls, a distinctive dark matte finish near the windshield minimizes day and night driving glare. All Tiffin’s diesel pushers, the Allegro RED, Phaeton, Allegro Bus and Zephyr provide adjustable seat belt brackets for additional comfort in the 2011 models.
The nationally best-selling Phaeton, available in four floorplans ranging from 36 feet to 42 feet, complements the driver’s compartment with dashingly restyled front and rear caps.
The front cap sports a flattened windshield as an additional design element to combat glare and distortion. The driver’s side rearview mirror is mounted closer to the driver for safety and minimal vibration. The passenger-side mirror is mounted on an extended arm. Both mirrors are larger than previous models for increased driver’s visibility.
The Phaeton’s rear cap also has been redesigned for the new model year, including a large recessed opening for air flow, a smaller brake light and larger, lower taillights for added safety.
The Phaeton’s power train also adds dash and zip for 2011. The Cummins 380 six-speed offers an additional 20 horsepower from the previous model.
The new Phaeton’s MSRP ranges from $243,012 to $295,498 depending on length and choice of three chassis manufacturers, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Spartan Chassis Inc. and Tiffin’s own PowerGlide.
“We are confident the Phaeton offers more for your money than its competitors,” Williamson said.
Tiffin Motorhomes, founded in 1972, received one of three prestigious 2009 Quality Circle Awards presented by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) to Class A motorhome manufacturers for design, reliability, quality, value and competitive price.
Tiffin has earned the Quality Circle Award 11 of the 14 years it has been presented by the RVDA in connection with its Dealer Satisfaction Index. The 2009 survey included 1,644 brand ratings from 322 dealers. Quality Circle Awards are made to manufacturers receiving at least 15 dealer responses and scoring at least 80% in overall dealer satisfaction.
In addition to the consumer-related categories of the survey, Tiffin also was recognized with the Quality Circle Award for exemplary warranty, parts, sales and communications support to dealerships.
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