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Old 04-30-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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We are in the process of finishing up our order on a 2009 43 QRP Allegro Bus on the Powerglide chassis. Have been imoressed with the one's we have driven and with the chassis construction.

Interested to hear comments from folks who own a 2008/2009 Bus on the powerglide.
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We are in the process of finishing up our order on a 2009 43 QRP Allegro Bus on the Powerglide chassis. Have been imoressed with the one's we have driven and with the chassis construction.

Interested to hear comments from folks who own a 2008/2009 Bus on the powerglide.
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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Do a "search" on the TRVN forum. I recall 3-5 owners posting so far. You might be able to make contact via email. I would expect each would be very happy to share their dicsovery info. with you.
I have a 2004 gasser model on the old Workhorse; but, like others here, am keeping up on the Tiffin-fab chassis so as to be better informed at time I want to upgrade. I especially like the multiplex chassis wire harness from what I have read. Handling & weight distribution should be darn-near perfect due to the low-slung rails and almost 50/50 axle distribution. Good job! Tiffin. Keep 'em coming...
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:47 PM   #4
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Keep us informed on what you think after you get your new coach. I'm considering one "if my ship comes in before my dock rots".
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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The Powerglide chassis is getting very favorable reviews by owners. However, these are the 40' chassis. The 40' has the improved weight distribution (more up front) as well as the other benefits you've listed. The tag axle chassis never had that issue. In fact, they tended to go the opposite direction in that the front axle got fairly close to the front GAWR while the rear axles had tons of extra capacity on them. So, it's going to be interesting as to how that weight distribution is proportioned.

The tag axle Powerglides were just recently made available on the order list. You'll undoubtedly be getting one of the first tag axle Powerglides put into production so there won't be any feedback on the handling of the tag axle variant yet. But, you can be one of the first to clue us all in.

I know there's plenty of RVers interested in how the tag axle Powerglide stacks up to the popular Spartan.

Your hardest part is going to wait for the next two months to pass until you can get your new coach.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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I will "be on the road" before the end of May with a 43 QRP on a new Powerglide chassis. In June, I plan on heading out for a 7,000 + trip. I will let the board know the plus and the minus of the chassis. I've put a lot of miles on both Freightliner and Spartan, so I should notice the differences. I made a decision to go with the Powerglide after visiting Red Bay and then further discussions with engineering. Obviously I had a very high comfort level before I put my money down.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:56 PM   #7
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I have an '08 Bus in the Powerglide chassis. I've only been able to weigh front and rear and not individual wheels. I'm at 20,380 lbs on the rear. Its under the axle rating of 21,000 lbs but over the Federal bridge limit of 20,000 lbs per axle. That's with full fuel, 2/3rds fresh water (more than I normally carry) and empty gray and black tanks. The front has lots of room under its rating. Don't recall exact numbers there, but something like 12,150 lbs on the 14,000+ lbs rating.

I only have a couple of hundred miles under my belt with this new rig, but I can tell you it is light-years ahead of my old Monaco gasser.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:22 AM   #8
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Mike,
Please keep us up to date to how it performs, both the likes and dis-likes.

SlickTX,
If you ever get all four individual wheels weighed please let us know the details since this may inform some future buyers.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:34 AM   #9
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We have a 36' '09 Bus which we now have 630 miles on. We traded from a 36' '06 Alpine, so we speak from experience about a nice handling coach. Our opinion of the Powerglide chassis is that it is superior to the Alpine. Our ride and drive (and walking from front to rear in the coach) is better than the Alpine. We are amazed that with a 36' 4 slide this could be accomplished. The wheelcut is great. We prefer the air brakes, also. There are many other things we really like about this coach, also; but guess they don't belong in this thread.

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Beverly & Buddy, Congratulations on your new coach. May you have many peaceful miles and blessed years with it.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">There are many other things we really like about this coach, also; but guess they don't belong in this thread. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes they do. We want to hear about them. Good or bad. A word to NYMoose "Lenny" and you can get your karma changed to "Tiffin Coach Owner's Forum Member" to go with your new coach.
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We have had other needed things to do and have not been out in our coach other than the 630 miles to drive it home. We are planning a month long trip in it in Sept. When we've given it a thorough test, I will report back with a list of the likes and dislikes and any problems. As I reported earlier, our trip home was problem free, something we did NOT get to experience on any trip we ever took in our Alpine, including the one leaving the dealer's lot.

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Old 07-21-2008, 07:47 PM   #12
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I am at 3500 miles. The ride has been good and the computer shows 7.4 MPG. I'm in South Dakota heading for Wyoming. I survived a hailstorm with no damage. A local told me I was lucky as they were "soft" hail! I noticed some grease being thrown from the center on my rear tag....I'll check it out tomorrow at a truck repair shop in Rapid City.
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We have 2789 miles on our 43 with a Sparan Chassis. We averaged 6.5 to 7.1 so far. We have a Harley on a lift and pull a trailer with ATV and ATV supplies.

We will be heading up to SD end of August for a Tiffin Rally in Hill City.

We had lots of trouble with DS slide but spent a week in RB and they got it fixed.

Safe travels and you might think about doubling back for the rally?

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The grease on the tag turned out to be just an overfill and no harm done. So far our slides have been trouble free.
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