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Redwolf Journeys - the Allegro

Posted 09-22-2020 at 09:42 AM by Red Wolf

We're Mike and Kat, and we go by Redwolf Journeys.

We bought our first RV 20 years ago in 2000 - a Coleman (Fleetwood) Utah popup. Bought it used and sold it 6 years later for the same price we paid for it.

in '06 we bought our second RV - a new Jayco 28FKS, which required a truck upgrade to pull it. 1200 lbs empty on the hitch, because the kitchen was in front. We traded in our '98 Ram V8 for an '02 Ram 2500 diesel.

In March of 2014 we got caught in a nasty thunderstorm near Lake Belton, and got pounded by baseball sized hail for 15 minutes. Shattered everything on the roof - vent covers, bathroom skylight, AC. The aluminum siding looked like a golf ball there were so many deep dents and grooves. The truck was also pretty badly beat up. After the storm we continued the five remaining miles to Live Oak Ridge campground and tossed a tarp over the trailer. Insurance totaled it, $18k worth of damage. Truck had $7k damage.

So, three months before our planned trip to Moab, we were looking for a new trailer! We ended up purchasing a new Rockwood Signature Ultra Light 8280WS 5th wheel from RV Wholesale in Ohio. We'd seen the upgraded model locally, but didn't need the fancy Corian counters (and extra large price tag). I paid RVW $2k (added to the cost) for them to have it delivered...three days before our trip. .

So here we are 6 years later, and we're looking at motorhomes. Early 2020, we're looking at used Class C's and find them too small. I'm 6'2", and find all the van-style cabs cramped. Moving on to Class A's, we looked close at a Forest River FR3, but Kat didn't like the cramped kitchen area and it's lack of storage.

And then the Covid pandemic hits.

I'd kept the RVTrader search running, and in June get an update - a hit on a search for Class A's models with the floor plan we liked. A Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32BA in Dallas. Price was a smidge higher than NADA's average, but the unit looked good. So, three months into the pandemic we grabbed our masks and hand sanitizer and went to RV Pros to see the Tiffin, and really liked it. We hired Bill Posey at Texas Best Inspections to go over the rig, and it came back with a great review.

And so, now we own our first motorhome. I thought I'd start a blog to track upgrades, repairs and trips.
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