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Old 04-19-2015, 11:19 PM   #1
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Should I buy a Tiffin?

I have been considering the purchase of a lower cost motorhome for sometime and had pretty much settled on a Winneabo - likely an adventurer that is a couple of years old (to stay in my price range). As I get closer to actually taking the plunge I decided I needed to give Newmar and Tiffin a second look. So thought I would ask Tiffin owners why i should buy a Tiffin and which model would be best to consider. Consider your selves so asked.

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Old 04-19-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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So, did you ask over in the Newmar forum about Newmars?
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:38 AM   #3
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Phooy, I had just finished the post and my iPad battery bombed, lol.
I'll be back tomorrow and see if anyone agrees with me....about comparing size, comfort, looks, etc. very hard to be accurate with so many variables....
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:54 AM   #4
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Phooy, I had just finished the post and my iPad battery bombed, lol.
I'll be back tomorrow and see if anyone agrees with me....about comparing size, comfort, looks, etc. very hard to be accurate with so many variables....
I agree. First there is the issue of how old, then gas versus diesel, then high end old versus lowest cost old. For buying an older rig I think brand is less important than the condition and maintenance history of the individual unit. The ideal, which may be hard to find, would be a single owner unit with all maintenance records, with the floor plan and chassis desired.

Another factor would be location and proximity to qualified service. For someone living in the Southeast going to Red Bay is an attractive option and reason to go Tiffin. That may not appeal to someone living in Oregon.
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I agree with Jerry.

There are manufactures that are better quality AND design than others. but if they are not maintained or serviced, they will turn to junk just as fast as lower quality / design units.

Your buying a truck and a house.

I would consider my Mirada to be a mid quality/design house on a mid quality truck chassis (Ford F53)

My advise

1) Try and keep emotions isolated from reality

2) Know your limits - One of the biggest limitations for new buyers, they just don't know what they are really looking at. Also if your mechanically inclined and are willing to repair, you can get some very good deals.

3) Be prepared to jump - A good deal will go fast, so when you see it, you need to be ready - Now go back and look at item #1.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:57 AM   #6
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So, did you ask over in the Newmar forum about Newmars?
No. I know a lot about Newmars and how they compare but not as well researched on Tiffin. Trying to make sure I don't buy a Winnebago coach only to later wish I'd gone with a Newmar or Tiffin. The videos on the Tiffin web site perked my interest
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If buying used the only thing important is how well the coach has been maintained. Any coach can be crap if not taken care of. As I always say....MAINTENANCE RECORDS are paramount!!!!
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We bought a 2003 Tiffin 40' Bus two years ago and are happy with it. We have had some minor problems as with anything used and some age. I do most of my own minor repairs and have had carpet replaced with carpet at Custom RV in Red Bay.
Anytime you buy anything used you are taking a chance, go with your gut feeling and hope for the best, buying from a dealer you get the option of an extended warranty. Considering the cost of engine or transmission repairs as well as AC Ref or other items, that is a good option.
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We have owned two Winnebagos, a Brave and an Adventurer and loved them both. We now own a 2003 Allegro Bus and love it also. As previously posted, maintenance is a prime factor. Just know that older coaches will need some tlc. As most will tell you, make sure the floor plan works for you, and above all, make sure Momma is happy.
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If your a poorboy like me, look at Tiffin 2010 - 2013 that are gas 31 to 34 feet long. I was just at the Tiffin Allegro Club Rally in Orlando, FL and saw a lot of gas models there. Also, saw a lot of diesels. At some of the campgrounds I've been to lately anything over 36' is hard to fit in the campsite. Keep looking you'll find something you like. Dave
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If you have been looking at Adventurers, then look at the Tiffin 36LA, we jumped from a WB to a Tiffin last year. We almost bought a 36LA but made the mistake of looking at the Phaetons
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We have owned two Winnebagos, a Brave and an Adventurer and loved them both. We now own a 2003 Allegro Bus and love it also. As previously posted, maintenance is a prime factor. Just know that older coaches will need some tlc. As most will tell you, make sure the floor plan works for you, and above all, make sure Momma is happy.
Don't want to go older than a 2012 and are considering new.
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Love our 36LA. No regrets having studied all the rest since purchasing ours.
Best outside storage layout, rear bath that you can actually dry off in, no slides to interfere with patio, fit and finish, ducted air both on return and supply, simple maintenance of the chassis, great ride and handling in stock form though they now offer an upgrade to springs( Have not felt need to spend $$ for it), electrical outlets on outside walls.
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As you can see, it can be more confusing as people give you input.

I think you would be more secure in your decision if you first decided on size, gas milage important?....floorplan?....a little more looking and driving (without listening to salesmen) will help. Size? We wanted to get in to national parks with a diesel, so under 35 ft. Was important. Tiffin had what we wanted. That sewed up the decision.
We love the size and floorplan, plus the overal MV looked great on the outside too.

We wanted comfort, so we bumped up from a 26 ft. Itasca diesel to the 33aa tiffin. Many reasons that don't apply to everyone.
For example we chose the padded dinette lounge so we'd have an extra bed for grandkids. Lots to think about. We also like the 10.2 mpg.

My personal needs won't cause me to be a fan girl I try to unbias everyone lolol.
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