When you’re jaunting around NSW's lush Hunter Valley in a plush $455,000 US coach-built Tiffin motorhome, one expects a dollop of luxury. But what I received wasn’t a splash of opulence, it was a saturation of self-indulgence!
The Hunter Valley is a retreat for the senses, and Australia's premier wine region was an idyllic locale for our 'Luxe Touring' event, which included a host of epicurean highlights.
And right from the get-go, the Tiffin Allegro Breeze exuded wall-to-wall grandiosity — inside and out!
But don't be fooled by its ‘star-spangled manner'... It can get down and dirty in Australian conditions.
Like all Tiffins, it arrives from Alabama (in the deep south of the US) pretty much as is before some minor refinement (to meet Oz regulations) at Tiffin’s HQ on the Gold Coast. The parent company has been a family owned business since 1972, with more than 60,000 coaches built.
And to that effect, it’s already earned its ‘stars and stripes’ in the land of Oz.
With Tiffin's livewire sales and marketing guru Alex Rees-Hyde at the helm, I 'rode shotgun' (actually in total comfort) on the leatherette DE sofa/sleeper.
This was relaxed luxury! In fact, it's RVing at the 'Paris end'.
With its glitzy 6mm fibreglass sheathing, the Allegro Breeze stands out from the crowd. Quite simply, it’s a stunner; a good-looking rooster. The Tiffin also sports an aluminium frame and 40mm high density foam wall insulation.
SLEEK AND ON FLEEK
The 'Maroon Coral' painted bodywork is a real head-turner, too. Tiffin’s 12-step full-body paint system features premium grade paints sealed with four layers of superclear coat with ultraviolet protection for harsh Australian conditions. Other types include Gold Coral, NASA, Rocky Mountain Brown, Silver Sand, and White Mahogany or you can design your own custom scheme.
Amazingly, the Tiffin flaunted a triumvirate of hydraulic slide-outs: lounge (nearside); computer workstation (offside) — another layout option is a cafe dinette/booth; and a rear east/west bedroom (nearside).
And when the three slide-outs are deployed, it adds a whole new dimension to this very elegant motorhome.
Externally, on the nearside, the Tiffin also features a massive TV entertainment hatch that houses a 32in LED Smart TV. And there are also two electric awnings: one for the entry door and the other for the patio.
Meanwhile, the 13 basement hatches are quite a work of art in design nous and lateral thinking, and reflect unadulterated organisation. Below is the simplest way to depict them:
Nearside (passenger): (1) Twin 9kg gas cylinders; (2 & 3) storage; (4) water cabinet (grey/black tank; tank fill/empty/flush); (5) DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid — AdBlue); (6) electrical plug-ins /transfer switch).
Offside (driver): (1) House electrics; (2) house battery bank (430Ah) – 4 x 6V; (3 and 4) storage; (5) black/grey tanks; (6) air-conditioner condenser (vehicle A/C), air-dryer for brakes, compressed air outlet (i.e. inflating tyres, utilising rattle guns etc); (7) chassis electrics (chassis batteries).
Other exterior attributes of the Tiffin Breeze include automatic satellite, 360-degree HD antenna, 240V outlet, dual side-view cameras, reverse camera, roof ladder, and an external shower.
When it comes to hitting the bitumen, the Allegro Breeze is in a class of its own.
Weighing around 11t (requiring an MR licence to command it) and stretching 10m, it turns on a threepenny bit — as my dear old dad would say.
And the ride is as smooth as a baby's bum courtesy of a high-tech German front end (ZF independent RHDI), on a purpose-built PowerGlide chassis which helps to achieve a more car-like feel when in transit and an American, Valid (auto-levelling four-way airbag) suspension. To say its brutish power is simply beautiful may be an oxymoron, but it is an absolute truism.
Thanks to its rear engine diesel pusher Cummins ISB 6.7L and Allison gearbox, this purpose-built motorhome exhibits plenty of grunt, delivering 950Nm of maximum torque, while producing 254kW or 340hp of maximum power.
And, after examining its capacities, it’s equipped to virtually travel forever!
Here's the drill: fresh water (275L); grey water (208L); black water (120L); solar (1000W); batteries (4x6V AGM).
It also comes with two roof-mounted, ducted reverse-cycle Dometic air-conditioners, run off a 5kW Cummins diesel generator (which feeds off main fuel tank) when off-grid, and a 3000W inverter.
Meanwhile, in the cockpit, you receive the frill of a contemporary-style dash, Ultra-Leather front seats, adjustable gas and brake pedals, dash gauges with a diagnostic system, a single CD player and AM/FM stereo, 12V dash receptacles, dual dash fans, a dash drawer, as well as solar and privacy shades which you will find on each and every window.
Now, let's move into the interior proper...
DRESSED TO IMPRESS
A couple of 12V automatic entry steps into the footwell, followed by another couple of steps, act as a ‘stairway to RVing heaven’.
To generalise, I simply love the lavish Corian composite benchtops, Ultra-Leather upholstery and high gloss hardwood Natural Alder stained cabinet doors, with their ornate look. It all adds up to a neutral interior decor that complements each other.
And the tech-savvy will appreciate state-of-the-art push-button technology all-round.
The Tiffin really puts on the ritz in the boudoir with a memory foam queen mattress, bed comforter with throw pillows, 32in LED Smart TV, a huge wardrobe with banks of drawers, and under-bed storage.
Equally, the ensuite reveals plenty of panache and pizazz courtesy of a fashionable vanity, moulded fibreglass one-piece shower (with skylight and LED light), full flush toilet, copious storage including a medicine cabinet, and a roof vent fan. (There is also the option of a 3kg washing machine in the basement.)
The pragmatic and stylish kitchen encompasses the whole kit and caboodle including a Thetford combo cooktop and grill, 218L 12V compressor fridge-freezer, and an Electrolux convection oven. (A galley window is also an option.)
And you can throw in a double bowl stainless steel sink and solid surface countertop for good measure. Plus all the drawers are on ball bearing slides.
The living zone has a 43in LED Smart TV, with Samsung sound bar, which gives off a 3D effect. (Later models will be 39in, in order to highlight the accent lights.)
Regardless, it completes an ultra-impressive entertainment setup. You can view free to air (outside), satellite TV (galley) and Blu-ray (bedroom) all simultaneously.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I admit that I won't forget in a hurry, 'Luxe Touring' in the 'Luxe Bus' — a quintessential home away from home.
It is a masterpiece in spacial engineering: the Tiffin Allegro Breeze is a real game-changer in RV circles.
Upmarket to the nth degree, it exemplifies an RVing 'bed of roses'.
And, while we're throwing around the aphorisms, surely this is the pinnacle of motorhoming 'milk and honey'!
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Overall length 10.3m (33ft 10in)
External width 2.5m (8ft 2in)
Travel height 3.6m (11ft 10in)
Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
Bed size Queen or king available
Passengers Four or six
(depending on options)
Base vehicle Purpose-built motorhome
Engine Cummins ISB 6.7L
Max power 254kW (340hp)
Max torque 950Nm
Brakes Air over hydraulic — disc (front); drum (rear)
Fresh water 275L
Grey water 208L
Black water 120L
Air-conditioner Dual ducted
Cooking External gas bayonet fitting
Cooking Thetford combo cooktop
Fridge 12V compressor
Microwave Electrolux convection oven
Toilet Full flush
Shower Full size
Washing machine Optional (Dometic front-loader 3kg)
Batteries 4 x 6V AGM
Hot water Gas/electric 23L
PRICE AS SHOWN
$455,000 + on-road costs
Tiffin Motorhomes Australia
Mob: 0411 616 617