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Old 09-29-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Been following the discussions about the Powerglide chassis, which has me even more intrigued by Tiffin. I haven't had the opportunity to actually see (or DRIVE) a coach with the Powerglide chassis, so I have a question: what's the rear/bedroom step-up like?

I ask for two reasons:
<UL TYPE=SQUARE> <LI>I am tall, and the large step-up tends to pose problems with headroom
<LI>I hate having too big a step to deal with in the middle of the night (nature calls!)[/list]My current coach is a 43-foot 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire on a Spartan MM GT tag chassis... and it seems to be the only coach (and maybe Newmar is the only manufacturer?) with a small step-up... it's only 4" as opposed to most coaches with a 6-8" step. I thought this was due to the Spartan chassis' dropped-rail design, but the Allegro Bus models I've been in that were on the same Spartan MM GT chassis as my current coach had at least a 6" step (seemed bigger, but I didn't measure) and I was surprised.

I know a couple more inches doesn't seem like a big deal (and in the grand scheme of things, it isn't), but it's a pet peeve of mine... and used to be a big stumbling point for me navigating the bedroom in the dark... I find the shorter, Newmar step to be much more manageable (age... ain't it grand?!?!)

So, is Tiffin's Powerglide laid out with a better engine drop and, thus, smaller bedroom step-up?

Curious... and shopping.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:25 PM   #2
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Hey all,

Been following the discussions about the Powerglide chassis, which has me even more intrigued by Tiffin. I haven't had the opportunity to actually see (or DRIVE) a coach with the Powerglide chassis, so I have a question: what's the rear/bedroom step-up like?

I ask for two reasons:
<UL TYPE=SQUARE> <LI>I am tall, and the large step-up tends to pose problems with headroom
<LI>I hate having too big a step to deal with in the middle of the night (nature calls!)[/list]My current coach is a 43-foot 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire on a Spartan MM GT tag chassis... and it seems to be the only coach (and maybe Newmar is the only manufacturer?) with a small step-up... it's only 4" as opposed to most coaches with a 6-8" step. I thought this was due to the Spartan chassis' dropped-rail design, but the Allegro Bus models I've been in that were on the same Spartan MM GT chassis as my current coach had at least a 6" step (seemed bigger, but I didn't measure) and I was surprised.

I know a couple more inches doesn't seem like a big deal (and in the grand scheme of things, it isn't), but it's a pet peeve of mine... and used to be a big stumbling point for me navigating the bedroom in the dark... I find the shorter, Newmar step to be much more manageable (age... ain't it grand?!?!)

So, is Tiffin's Powerglide laid out with a better engine drop and, thus, smaller bedroom step-up?

Curious... and shopping.
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