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 winter’s National RV Trade Show, Tiffin’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 prototype’s spring suspension with full air-ride, plans to add a 32-footer with two slideouts later this year. “We do have our first (production) prototype on the line,” reports Jerry Williamson, national sales manager. “We’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 we’ll be in regular production.” Tiffin, hasn’t released any retail pricing to date on the Allegro Breeze, which is anticipated to get 13-16 mpg and was named RVBusiness magazine’s “Best of Show” at December’s Louisville Show. As for Bob Tiffin, Williamson says he’s pleased with the outcome. “I’ve not seen him this excited about a new motorhome,” he said. “It’s his baby.”
Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. today (Dec. 1) unveiled a concept model of the high-end, compact-sized Allegro Breeze diesel pusher at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. At 28 feet, the 21,500-pound GVWR Allegro Breeze is 17 feet shorter than Tiffin’s to Navistar Maxxforce 215-horsepower but only 9 1/2 feet longer than a Chevrolet Suburban. ”The Breeze is responsive to our customers, dealers and others in the RV market,” says Bob Tiffin, CEO of the family-owned, Red Bay, Ala., Class A manufacturer founded in 1972. ”This coach is wonderfully maneuverable and easy to park, and we’ve included many of the high-end touches of our much-larger diesel pushers.” Powered by a Navistar Maxxforce 215-hp diesel pusher manufactured in Huntsville, Ala., near the Tiffin plant, the Allegro Breeze is built on Tiffin’s own PowerGlide chassis. “This new motorhome enables us to reach out to new markets, including younger families seeking an alternative to more costly vacation arrangements and veteran RV folks who no longer want to drive, set up or maintain a 40-foot-plus diesel pusher,” explained Tim Tiffin, general manager. “While we don’t have specific numbers yet, we expect the Allegro Breeze will have good fuel economy – somewhere in the mid-teens of MPG — as a smaller, lighter coach with the Navistar engine. We will learn more in road-testing.” The Allegro Breeze will begin appearing at Tiffin’s network of dealerships in the U.S. and Canada in March. Pricing has not been established.