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Old 07-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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After months (maybe years) of study, meditation, arbitration and agonization, we are making the leap into the world of RV'ing. We will pick up our new 2014 Tiffin Allegro 31sa this Friday and are excited to get started seeing the good ole' USA!!
I asked many questions of the salesman....he was good but did not have some of the answers. The coach has, per the literature and the salesman,2 six-volt batteries under the step. It also has the residential fridge, nice but a power hog no doubt. We dream of dry camping in the vast Wild West but I am afraid we might have to run the gennie perpetually or at least often just to keep food safe. Do any of you knowledgable folks have experience adding additional batteries and, if so, where did you locate them? I assume that would reduce one's need to run the gennie?
Any other quick tips are appreciated. We have zero adult-life camping experience but we LOVE to travel and hate to fly! Now retired, the wanderlust has become even stronger. No doubt I will return here often with rookie questions....
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Congratulations, The regular LP/Elec ref comes with 2 batteries, the RR ref should have more batteries, I just can't find it in the info.
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After months (maybe years) of study, meditation, arbitration and agonization, we are making the leap into the world of RV'ing. We will pick up our new 2014 Tiffin Allegro 31sa this Friday and are excited to get started seeing the good ole' USA!!
I asked many questions of the salesman....he was good but did not have some of the answers. The coach has, per the literature and the salesman,2 six-volt batteries under the step. It also has the residential fridge, nice but a power hog no doubt. We dream of dry camping in the vast Wild West but I am afraid we might have to run the gennie perpetually or at least often just to keep food safe. Do any of you knowledgable folks have experience adding additional batteries and, if so, where did you locate them? I assume that would reduce one's need to run the gennie?
Any other quick tips are appreciated. We have zero adult-life camping experience but we LOVE to travel and hate to fly! Now retired, the wanderlust has become even stronger. No doubt I will return here often with rookie questions....
I seriously doubt that Tiffin would install a 120V ONLY residential refer without also adding the additional batteries and inverter required to power it. If they didn't, then you will have a much bigger problem than just finding a place for adding batteries, because you'll also need an inverter and wiring to the refer.
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I picked up my new Allegro 31SA last week. I also have the RR fridge, if you unscrew the step hold downs, the batteries are under there. I have 4, I don't think you need more, the engine alt. will charge them when running. Have fun.
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Do join the Tiffin RV Network as you will find a bunch of dedicated owners waiting to help you with your questions.

With a residential refrigerator (smart move, BTW) you have 4 house batteries and an inverter. Learn all about the inverter when you pick up your coach. Your refrigerator is not a power hog and most modern refrigerators are not. However, you do need to keep your batteries charged. Running your generator daily will be a requirement if you are not driving or don't have access to power.
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We have an RR and it has a separate inverter and batteries. Has worked great for us, but we rarely dry camp.
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Many thanks to those who offered congratulations and/or info. I called Tiffin directly and spoke with a lovely and knowledgable gent who did confirm that there are four batteries, located under the steps along with an upgraded inverter/converter combo to support the additional needs of the residential reefer. So we shall see how long we can dry camp from full charge until we need to run the generator. And we are spending the first night or two on the dealers lot...just in case something else arises to befuddle us Thanks again!
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Congrats on your new coach!

I hope we get to see pics soon.
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