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Old 12-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Allegro gas vs Breeze diesel

DW and I have been monitoring the IRV2 forum and truely enjoy the expert and experienced communication. We will be first time owners WHEN we come out of the closet. Hard to say how long that will take as I tend to do a lot of research before even buying a TV. You can just imagine how long this trek could take.

We are currently looking at the Tiffin line specifically a pre-owned 2011 32BR Breeze and a new 2013 32CA Allegro. As you know the Breeze has the 215HP MaxxForce diesel engine and the Allegro the 362HP V10 gas engine. I understand the '13 Breezes upped the HP and added an exhaust brake; are those worth the added expense given our intended use as described below.

My question is which is the preferred drive train. We will be pulling a 2003 Ford Ranger with a GVWR of 4360lbs. We live in the PacNW and, although we need to climb the mountains to leave, our primary travels will be in the sun belt. There are just the two of us and a small dog.

I look forward to your expert opinions and suggestions.

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Diesel. Check the torque, not HP.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:42 AM   #3
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We initially loved the Breeze but there were some nagging things that we didn't like - the kitchen, bedroom room and storage, and exterior storage.

I personally would not get the 2011 Breeze. The design has been in flux since they were introduced and results have been variable. If you want a Breeze, either a late 2012 or 2013 model would be my preference.

The 32 CA is a design that has been around for years and is pretty predictable as far as overall performance. We've been up and down some pretty big hills here on the East coast and that big old V10 will pull you up, although you will hear it when the RPMs go high enough.

You should check the storage capacity and CCC of the two units and make sure the one you choose meets your needs.

The Breeze has a tow limit of 4500 lbs (unchanged since it was introduced) and the 32 CA has a tow limit of 5000 lbs. Either unit will get you out of the mountains and onto flatter land.
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We are on our second ford V-10 chassis, and have had no issues pulling our toad or car trailer. Made a few trips to Carlisle, PA thru the smokies from Kentucky. So don't let that be a factor in choosing models.
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Powering the Allegro Breeze is a Navistar Maxxforce 7diesel engine that makes 215 hp and puts out a whopping 560 lb. ft. of torque. The Maxxforce runs with dual sequential turbochargers and is made with a compressed graphite iron engine block to add durability. This engine is very easy to maintain for the RVer who doesn’t also want to be a mechanic by not needing DEF fluid like most other diesels of this size. In 2010 the Maxxforce 7 was rated number one in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.

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