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Old 12-18-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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Deciding-Winni Via 25r vs Tiffen Breeze 32'

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We are looking at a smaller diesel Class A for vacationing and not full-timing--would like something to drive from Iowa to Alaska for a 3 wk trip and maybe once a year to Key West for a 30 day vacation. We also travel 12 hrs to see family and they have no place for us to stay. Would also drive it to go skiing in Colorado/Wyoming. Would like to have something small enough so we don't have to tow a car. I have a hitch motorcycle carrier and will bring a Aprilia Shiver 750 motorcycle with us to Alaska and Key west. I like the small wheelbase of the Winnebago Via 25r and see many for $60,000. The other RV we like is the Tiffen 32' Breeze which is much larger with a wheelbase of 202" and not sure how it would do with sight seeing in Alaska. We don't mind unhooking at the park to sight see, and would use the motorcycle on nice days. The Breeze would be more fun to stay in, and the Via 25R more fun to sight-see. The Via would have 70% better fuel economy. I heard the Via has lots of plastic in the cockpit and there are rattles, etc. The Tiffin Breeze seems more solid, and air suspension. I know many will say pulling a toad is no big deal, and we would not totally eliminate that idea if we bought the 32' Breeze. Thanks for any advice. This would be our 1st motorhome (previously had Jayco TT)
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:25 AM   #2
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Tell us first about your motorcycle carrier. Is it a motorcycle lift or is it a trailer? If it is a lift, both of these Motorhomes are completely unsuitable for that application. However, both could tow your bike on a trailer without a problem.

IMHO you need to take a car or something else (the bike?) with you as breaking camp to go site seeing is gets old fast. Much easier to drive a car, jeep or something to the location.
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:01 AM   #3
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I believe he states his carrier is a hitch mount and I agree that does not seem like a good set up for anything larger than a dirt bike. I also agree with luvlabs that breaking camp to go sight see in your coach will get old after the first couple of times. I think putting your larger bike in or on a trailer would be best but a 4 wheel vehicle would be best for what you are wanting to do.
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My motorcycle with a hitch carrier is under 500lbs. I can also haul a 250cc Honda dual purpose dirt bike that weighs less than 300. I know the 32' breeze is at the size where sightseeing would be annoying. The 25' Via would be tough to live in but sightseeing would be more practical with that size. Might stay in a few Bed and breakfasts here and there. I am curious which unit would give less fatigue on such long drives, especially the Alaska trip. The Via has good review for comfort except some squeaking in the plastic dash. The Tiffin Breeze has air ride and has great reviews on comfort also.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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We were in a 2006 WGO View 23J (~24ft) with one slide for 8 years. Last year we changed to a 2010 WGO Vista 30W (~31ft) with two slides. The impetus behind our decision was a change in our travel habits.

With the shorter View, we were "travelers," meaning we rarely stayed anywhere for more than one to 3 days. We tended to stay at CGs or boondock sites near our destination and move on after a short visit. After we retired, we noticed we stayed longer at each stop and wanted local transportation without the hassle of "breaking camp." That's when we bought the Vista.

Compared to 35+ ft rigs, our 31ft Vista isn't big but it's the right compromise for us between big, spacious, 35+ ft rigs and the smaller, more nimble, extremely efficient (~17mpg) View. Once I wrapped my head around the fact that I was never again going to see anything over 7 mpg, the Vista has served us well. It tows our Geo Tracker like it's not even back there and has enough room to keep our cat from going stir crazy.

Bottom line, for us, it was a matter of understanding how we would use the rig. A smaller rig is handier for those on a schedule and always on the go, moving from place to place. A bigger rig is advantageous if you have lots of time and "no particular place to go..." With the View, we spent a lot of time planning our route to be near places we wanted to see. With the Vista, we do a lot of "by guess & by golly" travel (guess it's time to move on; golly, I think we're here!)
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I would go with the Breeze. More storage, more power, more room to move around. Check out the holding tank sizes. May be important if staying where you can't dump them. Agree that breaking camp to go to the store is a pain. The Via does get good mileage but quite frankly I feel that that is its only selling point. We've usually been able to take our 31 ft most places we wanted to go. Usually we can find alternate transportation if needed to get us somewhere such as a cab, rental car, shuttle.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:31 AM   #7
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I agree, I lean towards the Tiffin 32 breeze--I don't mind hopping on the motorcycle to sight see or buy groceries, or if we are going to be in one place for a while, just rent a car for a few days. I am curious about the long drive to Alaska and Key West---I believe both units would be comfortable to drive and can't see either one being a deal breaker on causing driver fatigue. I heard the Via may have issues with lots of squeaks/rattles and noise due to the spliced large plastic dash. The Tiffin appears to be more solid, and with air ride, I am sure it rides better. More storage with the Breeze would be nice, as we will be taking a 2 person Kayak that splits into 3 modular pieces.
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Up high and a big windshield makes for great sightseeing.
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