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.”
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