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Old 01-23-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Southwind vs. Tiffin

Hi there, I am looking at an 04 Southwind 32vs and an 05 Tiffin Allegro bay 34. The Southwind has the V10 and the Tiffin has the 8.1 Workhorse. Please give some insight, quality, issues with Workhorse vs. V10 etc. The coaches are within a few thousand of each other, just want the best bang for the buck. Thanks in advance. John

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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John, both chassis will get the job done. I would be more concerned with the floor plan and interior design. You will be spending much more time enjoying the "RV Lifestyle" than driving down the road.


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What Fred said! Either chassis will be fine; pick the one that feels like it will be comfortable and functional for your needs. Good luck!

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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I nearly purchased a Workhorse but found a lot of info about brake problems so I bought a Ford chassis.
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Tiffin for me

I'd get the tiffin, but I could be biased. And the 8.1 has plenty of power.
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Southwind vs. Tiffin

IMHO, there is no comparison! The Tiffin over the Southwind! The Workhorse over the Ford V-10! The Workhorse chassis gives a better, more stable ride and has plenty of power! If it is the W-24, even better!

Tiffin's quality and customer service is second to none!

That being said, the comment about layout and features can definitely make a difference to the buyer.

Just my 2c

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I have owned 6 class A coach's, 5 gas, 1 desiel, 2 new, 3 used, Tiffen is the best of all of them for quality construction and service.
My present Allegro has a ford v-10, has all the power I need.
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Mostly we know what we have and the other is just an opinion (with the exception of Frank who has owned both). I agree with all the above, both will get the job done. Both are good chasssis, but also both have a few 'warts' to deal with. Read up and choose the one you are most comfortable with.
Check out the construction and floor plan of the house as well.
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In 2007, we bought a brand new Southwind 34' gas. Within a year we traded it in on a 2009 Tiffin Phaeton (diesel). The dealer took our Southwind right away and for a weekend loaned us a used Allegro Bay since our new coach hadn't come in yet. We couldn't believe the difference! The Tiffin handled better, was more responsive and had substantially less engine noise than the Southwind.

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