We found our new RV. This post is a follow up to our changing from one RV to another. What did we find when shopping and what made this one a winner? First, this is a 2008 Tiffin Bus. We had very knowledgable friends recommend this model. Our friends are also on board for lots of questions in the future. One friend has a 2006 Tiffin Bus and the other has a 2008 Tiffin Bus. We also had some people recommend other RV brands that were about the same age. We don’t know enough about other brands to evaluate them, so we remained with Tiffin.
Our new RV is a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bus.
We started this up-grade question with a different RV in mind. Our initial focus was Tiffin Phaeton. The biggest difference between the Phaeton and a Bus is the location of the radiator, the Bus has a side radiator and the Phaeton has a rear radiator. Prices between a Tiffin Bus are slightly higher than a Phaeton, but labor costs, if we ever need an engine repair or to do required maintenance, like changing a belt, will be hundreds of dollars less. Another measure of the difference was fuel capacity for a Phaeton is 100 gallons, the bus carries 150 gallons of fuel. More fuel capacity means fewer stops for fuel.
The floor plan for our 40QRP was not our first choice of 2008 Tiffin Bus floor plans. The one big, obvious thing that is missing is a second bathroom sink. The missing bathroom sink will require some adjustments. Tami loves the King size bed and we are both happy about not going to the laundromat. You will notice that we have four slide outs including an extra one in the bedroom that makes walking around the bed easier. Since the RV is longer and includes a washer and dryer we also get a big closet. The other addition to the length is associated with the refrigerator and living area.
We think the floor plan and interior appointments are very nice. I’m looking forward to the recliners and the desk. Behind the recliners is extra cabinets and the dining room cabinet is arranged for a computer desk. It also has a space for laptops both of our laptops and a printer. I will no longer have to sit in the passenger seat and I will no longer have to balance the printer on the dash-board.
The interior has lots of very nice things including a factory-installed refrigerator and stacked washer/dryer. The refrigerator is twice the size of our previous refrigerator. The freezer portion of the refrigerator will jump from the size of three shoeboxes plus miniature ice maker to about 10 shoeboxes.
This RV started life as a very expensive RV but with age dropped in value to the point that made it affordable for us. A running joke among RVers is that the most expensive RVs only sleep, two people — we do have a little sleeping area on the couch but I think sleeping in a recliner would probably more comfortable.
This RV came from the manufacturer with extra batteries, a bigger inverter, two solar panels, and a residential refrigerator. I anticipate enlarging the solar dramatically and hopefully more than tripling the battery capacity.
And I love the color, it is the same color as the dirt.
You can read a little about our old gasoline-powered RV a Tiffin Allegro 34TGA at this link.