Shopping for an RV can be fun…or terrifying since you’re likely making a large purchase. We were in over our heads with our first RV purchase and almost chose another model. Then, we walked into a Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA RV — the clouds parted and the sun beamed rays of happiness on us. It was a tad more expensive than our first choice, but after traveling in it for nearly two years, we still feel like we made a really good decision.
By the way, if you’re in the market for an RV, be sure to tour as many as you can to determine what you like and need. Click here to read the 7 Things To Ask A Dealer Before You Buy An RV.
Our Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA
Our Tiffin Allegro Class A gas RV is 34 feet, has two slides, and is the perfect size for most of the places we want to visit.
While it was a bit more money than we budgeted for, we feel like it was worth the investment. Tiffin is a great company and the features that came with our coach really are perfect for our travel style. It helps that we negotiated the price down too.
The Things We Like About Our Tiffin RV
Tiffin makes high-quality RVs. In a future post, I’ll share details from our Tiffin Factory Tour. We’ve put over 20,000 miles on ours and it’s still holding up well.
The difference in quality between a Tiffin and its competitors is stark. In the coach we almost purchased, the cupboards and doors seemed somewhat flimsy. In the Tiffin, doors and cupboards close with a solid “thud”. If you want to save money on an RV purchase, sorry but don’t go into a Tiffin, it will be hard to go back.
We love the layout. The kitchen faces the door, which makes me feel safe because I can see if someone comes to the door while I’m cooking. We can also move around comfortably and even be in separate rooms if we want. This is important because when you travel full time with your spouse, alone time is key.
You can see more of our RV in this Behind The Scenes RV Nomads Movie Clip.
There are two features that I didn’t really care about in the beginning that I now love: the fireplace and bedroom fan. That’s right, we even have a fireplace, which is stellar on cold days. Imagine sipping hot coffee by the fire on a chilly morning while gazing at a misty meadow. It’s a dream come true!
The ceiling fan in the bedroom isn’t just a “decorative fan” like I thought—it actually cools things off resulting in a better night’s sleep.
Lastly, Tiffin gas RVs drive really well. Typically, diesel coaches are more powerful than gas coaches, which can make for a better driving experience. But our Allegro was built on a longer chassis with a foil cushion, making for a pretty smooth drive.
The Things We Don’t Like About Our Tiffin RV
Overall we think our Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA RV is the right choice for us, but there are a few quirks. We have a big residential refrigerator that everyone coos over when they tour our coach. It is very convenient, but in a boondocking situation (camping without electrical, water and sewer hookups) it sucks up a lot of battery power. We’ve been battling a mysterious battery-generator-inverter issue since we’ve owned it.
Also, even though our coach is roomy, there’s a lot of wasted space and lack of storage in the bathroom. Tiffin could have installed a small shelf unit to add more storage space, but these are minor details that are easily forgiven. Plus we’ve designed our own special storage “hacks”. Click here to see our Pinterest board of RV storage ideas.
The biggest challenge for us is the dinette booth. It’s too narrow and when my husband and I both work there, it’s a bit crowded. Sure, one of us could sit in the passenger seat and use the pull-out shelf, but it’s not as comfortable. But given all the other features, the dinette wasn’t a deal-breaker for us.
Even though 34 feet is a great size, I’ve been longing for a smaller, more nimble rig so we can stop and take photos or explore on a whim. That’s hard to do with a 34-foot rig — plus the 10-foot car we tow behind it. Going smaller is a trend among RVers right now, and even Tiffin caught on with their new Wayfarer — a small Class C coach. Click here to read more about the tiny RV trend.
You (Almost) Can’t Go Wrong With A Tiffin
Overall, we really like our Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA RV. While I might lust for a smaller rig, realistically this size and layout suit us well. Plus, the quality and features make for a comfortable and enjoyable RV experience. If you’re in the market for a new RV and a Tiffin coach is in your budget, you almost can’t go wrong. Tiffin is a premier US-based RV manufacturer that strives to make their customers happy. And if you call them, Bob Tiffin himself might just pick up the phone.
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