Tiffin Allegro Breeze: Review
Sophisticated and with ample room to move, the Tiffin Allegro Breeze is luxury on wheels.
Tiffin Motorhomes isn’t a well-known name in Australia but that is because the manufacturer is based in the US – in Alabama, to be precise. In order to sample the Tiffin product available in Australia, we borrowed an Allegro Breeze from Gold Coast-based MJR Centre, a Tiffin-authorised dealer. That’s worth mentioning because ‘grey imports’ won’t necessarily come with a factory-backed warranty. On a related matter, because US mains power runs on 110V AC rather than 240V AC, all the necessary appliances and cabling are sent to the US for factory fitting.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Composite fibreglass with a tubular aluminium frame is used for the side wall construction, while a one-piece fibreglass cap (to minimise roof leaks), also with an aluminium frame, is used for the roof. Moulded fibreglass is used front and rear. Underneath, oriented strand board (a bit like chipboard but with strands of timber instead) is used for the flooring and comes with a moisture barrier. Everything – walls, roof and floor – is thermally insulated and good for both hot and cold weather.
On the subject of weight, the Allegro Breeze has a GVM of 10,660kg, which, being over 8000kg, means you’ll need a Medium Rigid truck licence to drive it.
On the road, the motorhome is a very smooth ride indeed. That’s in part because, just like long-distance luxury coaches, the Breeze is fitted with air suspension. Adding to the comfort level is a rear pusher engine. The 6.4L turbodiesel being located at the rear means all the noise and heat is well away from the occupants and it’s something much beloved by A-class enthusiasts.
Although all the cabinetry work is stained in a fairly dark hue, there’s still a reasonable level of natural light inside, aided somewhat by a white ceiling and a good amount of window space. No problems by night either, there are LED light fittings everywhere.
In keeping with any good motorhome layout, both cab seats swivel around and come with relaxing footrests. The cab seats integrate with the sideways-facing lounges behind. Interestingly, the lounges don’t match each other. The nearside one is a straight lounge, which can be folded out into a sofa bed and on the opposite side, it’s a stretched club style, which comes with a variable-height timber table. That too can be folded down into a bed, so there is plenty of sleeping accommodation.
HITS & MISSES
- Front lounge/dining setup
- Multiple light fittings
- Stacks of internal/external storage
- Rear-engine motorhome
- Extra beds for guests
- Club lounge layout
I would have liked...
- A larger kitchen bench, given the generally spacious layout
- Lighter interior colours
TIFFIN ALLEGRO BREEZE SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 10.1m (33ft 1in)
- External width 2.49m (8ft 2in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Travel height 3.4m (11ft 2in)
- Tare 8660kg
- GVM 10,660kg
- Licence MR
- Base vehicle Tiffin Powerglide rear engine
- Engine Navistar MaxxForce 7 6.4L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Allison six-speed
- Max power 179kW@2600rpm
- Max torque 840Nm@1400rpm
- Brakes Air and exhaust
- Fresh water 265L
- Grey water 190L
- Black water 115L
- Batteries 4x108Ah
- Solar 600W
- Air-conditioner 2xDometic 3300
- Gas 2x9kg
- Cooking Smev three-burner
- Fridge Waeco 215L
- Microwave Whirlpool convection
- Toilet Black tank type
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
- $389,000 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #537 May 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!