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Old 02-06-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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I am considering purchasing a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bay FRED 35 TSB. What does anyone think about the front end diesel? Thanks..Roy
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:45 PM   #5
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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
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