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Old 08-22-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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Hi. I hope someone can help me. I am thinking of buying a 1991 Allegro 31 ft. basement model rv. I am hesitant. I dont want to run into alot of costs initially with it. For instance what are the chances i might have to rebuild the engine. ETC> Please reply i need some advice. Is this a good RV.? Etc.
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The Allegro, by Tiffin, is a well regarded RV. As for the chances of running into a major repair, you will have to judge that by the condition. We are talking a 20 year old vehicle, with 20 year old appliances and furnishings. Everything is old and some things may well be worn out or simply decrepit with age. Certainly you should have some money in reserve to deal with necessary repairs.

What is the mileage? Hours on the generator? Interior and exterior appearance (well maintained or neglected, for example)? An RV that has been neglected cosmetically is likely to have been short on mechanical maintenance too.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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Through no fault of your own, your new to the hobby, you left out a lot of crucial information to even hazard a guess. "Allegro" will have very little influence over the mechanical aspects of your coach. They all had one of two engines and transmissions, if it is a gas powered rig. Has it set for a loooong period of time. This is hard on the chassis. Like the O/P said, if it has low miles the appliances may be fine, but if they have been heavily used and not replaced, you may find you will have some failure. Allegro was a good coach maker. Like any thing, how it was used, serviced, and the total miles mean everything. If you are getting it for a very good price, you can afford some repairs. If you cannot, don't take the big step.
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Alegro is a quality RV, and like all of the other manufacturers, they use A Ford of Chevy chassis on that size RV. During the era, both had some inherent problems, like poor suspension, cracked headers on the engine and so on.

How well the chassis is holding up is a direct reflection of how well it was maintained or how ell it was treated in general with little regard to the mileage.

With proper care and not being abused, these chassis and engines can make 100,000 miles. I would ask the owner to see his maintenance records.

Low generator hours and low mileage can also be a problem. depends on maintenance.

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