Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-06-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Tiffin "FRED"

I am considering purchasing a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bay FRED 35 TSB. What does anyone think about the front end diesel? Thanks..Roy

NC Roy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
VestaDave's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 634
Originally Posted by NC Roy View Post
I am considering purchasing a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bay FRED 35 TSB. What does anyone think about the front end diesel? Thanks..Roy
I like mine. Because the engine is in front it's going to be a little noisier than a DP for sure. In a collision I'm thinking the FRED is going to offer a little more protection. I suppose the Fred drive shaft is less efficient than the DP. If you are comparing it to a gas unit I'm thinking the FRED is better by most performance measures but is more costly to maintain. If you like the unit, get it.

VestaDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 08:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
vanbuskirk's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Kutztown, PA
Posts: 467
We also own a FRED...38 foot 2008 Gulf Stream Independence. The noise does bother us in the least. When you initially pull out you hear the engine it but then it levels out. I particularly love our layout...especially the mid entry door.
Brian and Kim VanBuskirk
2008 Damon Tuscany 40 DP
Tow: 20" Trailer with Classic C3 Corvettes
Car Dolly: Mini Cooper Clubman
vanbuskirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
Senior Member
gruelens's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,074
I drove a FRED 40' Winnebago for 40K miles. It did a very nice job. There was a very small engine cover. The mid entry door does have some advantages. Upon first start up the clutch fan can be noisy, but cuts out after a mile or so (unless pulling a long grade.) Having a full length driveline negates the possibility of pass through storage bays. A FRED can be a more affordable way to own a diesel MH.
George R. - Fulltiming since January '03
2007 Newmar Mountain Aire 3991
2012 Chevy Malibu LT1
gruelens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 09:45 PM   #5
Community Moderator
Scarab0088's Avatar

Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 10,626
For comparison, is the OP's question -> FRED vs. Gasser, or FRED vs. DP?

If it is the first, then I can report that the '08-'09 Outlaw's came in Ford F53, Workhorse W24, or Freightliner FRED. So, for an apples to apples check, these RV's were identical above the chassis, but the FRED had the best power(similar HP, but 1/3 better torque), best MPG (unless the owner has a heavy right foot because they don't like being hot-rodded), highest GVWR, and highest resale value.

If you like the floorplan, a FRED is a good, proven platform that should run a very long time.

Best luck
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (Ret), '07 Damon Outlaw #1193
I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance, Samuel Coleridge
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40x VS 2014 Tiffin Phaeton 36GH Deucenut Class A Motorhome Discussions 24 02-25-2015 08:28 AM
Tiffin dealership in Jacksonville goes to General RV johnsong3 Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 4 02-18-2014 07:43 PM
Tiffin Trose Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 4 01-12-2014 10:55 AM
Thanksgiving at Tiffin factory Selah2 Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 3 12-07-2013 08:57 AM
Tiffin MH factory tours RV735 Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 3 11-10-2013 03:03 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.