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What You Need to Know About Tiffin Motorhomes

The Tiffin Group entered the RV industry with its Open Road Allegro unit in the 1970s, originally one of the most cost-effective class A units. Still today, this family-run business is usually one of the top choices when someone is shopping for a motorhome. Let’s learn more about this leading industry brand and why Tiffin motorhome owners remain loyal to the company. Let’s dive in!

tiffin coach with Tom

What’s Different About Tiffin?

Tiffin motorhomes are some of the most recognizable coaches on the road today. In 1972, an RV company in Alabama went out of business, and Bob Tiffin, fascinated with the products, bought it.

By 2005, his sons had joined the team, making the Tiffin Group truly a family-owned and operated business. They currently manufacture Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes.

The Tiffin Group operates in Mississippi and Alabama, where they produce coaches and Vanleigh RV fifth wheels. Most of the RV’s in the US are made in Indiana, so their location gives them a different perspective. They also survived the great RV die-off in 2008-9, probably due in part to their customer service and loyal following.

Tiffin’s approach to manufacturing also involves some additional vertical integration. They manufacture many components in-house, like windows which gives them greater control over the quality and availability of parts. This also helps in providing quick service and repairs when needed.

1980s tiffin
Yep The Allegro has been around since the beginning

Tiffin Is Now Owned By Thor

In December 2020, Thor Industries purchased the Tiffin Group. Because of Tiffin’s proven track record of product quality and penetration in the RV market, this was an ideal purchase for Thor Industries.

Tiffin was quite expensive, though. It was bought for $300 million. Although Tiffin is now under the umbrella of Thor’s family of companies, not much has changed with the day-to-day operations (so they say). The Tiffin Group continues to manufacture motorhomes in the same factories in Red Bay and Winfield in Alabama and Belmont in Mississippi.

Types of Motorhomes They Manufacture

As already mentioned, Tiffin produces Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes. They recently introduced the brand new Allegro Bay Super C to the lineup. Built on a Freightliner custom S2RV chassis and featuring a 360 HP Cummins B6.7 engine, this Super C is ready to take you anywhere. It’s 39 ft 4 inches long and weighs about 30,000 lbs at maximum capacity.

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There are six Class A models: Allegro Breeze, Allegro RED, Open Road Allegro, Phaeton, Allegro Bus, and Zephyr. They all feature various floorplans, amenities, and price ranges. The Class B Cahaba features the Volta battery system to power your off-grid living. 

The Class C Wayfarer is 25 ft 8 inches long and is on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. There are five floorplans that offer different amenities and start at varying prices.

Allegro Tiffin Motorhome.
Tiffin Motorhomes offers the choice of Class A, B, and C motorhomes.

What Do They Cost? 

Tiffin motorhomes vary tremendously in cost. The MSRP for a top-of-the-line Zephyr is over $900,000. On the other hand, the MSRP for a Open Road Allegro is around $250,000. There is a wide range in pricing because of each motorhome’s available options and amenities. Even within the same line, you could pay $300,000 for one coach, and another person could buy a different floorplan and pay $50,000 more.

The Class B Cahaba has an MSRP of around $200,000, and the Class C Wayfarer is around the same price. Again, pricing will vary from model to model. Location and dealership will also affect the pricing. A dealer in South Carolina may sell a Wayfarer for $180,000, while a dealer in California may sell the same unit for $210,000. 

FAQs

Due to their popularity and prevelance, many people have questions about Tiffin Motorhomes. Here we tackle the top 3 most frequently asked questions about Tiffins.

What Is the Smallest Class A Tiffin Motorhome?

The smallest Class A option is the Allegro Breeze, ranging from 31 ft 2 inches to 33 ft 2 inches long. The two floorplans are the same, with the 33BR extending two feet longer than the 31BR for more room in the bathroom and bedroom.

You have the option for either a king bed or queen bed with the 33BR unit. Both feature a booth dinette with overhead storage, a sofa bed with overhead storage, and a residential fridge.

tiffin wayfarer class c
Tiffin Wayfarer Class C motorhome

What Is the Top of the Line Tiffin Motorhome? 

Built on a PowerGlide chassis, the Zephyr is Tiffin’s most luxurious and feature-rich model. It features quartz countertops, an optional outdoor kitchen, a 360-degree view camera system, and heated porcelain tile floors.

The chassis features a steel basement construction, and the coach comes equipped with a combination Valid Air leveling system with HWH hydraulic leveling jacks. The GVWR is 54,000 pounds, so you have plenty of room to load up everything you need to make your camping experience feel like home.

Pro Tip: Like top-of-the-line coaches? Check out these Luxury Motorhome Brands You Won’t Believe.

top of the line tiffin motorhome

Which Are Gas vs. Diesel?

Diesel vs. gas is a big question in the motorhome space because of power and weight carrying capacity. There is also quite a discrepancy in price that goes along with it.

The Allegro Breeze is the smallest Class A diesel coach on the market. The Allegro RED 340 and 360 are powered by rear diesel engines, hence the RED name. They both operate with a 340 or 360 HP Cummins B6.7 engine. The Phaetons have a 380 or 450 HP Cummins L9 engine, depending on the unit. 

Finally, the Allegro Bus and the Zephyr models also come equipped with diesel engines. The Allegro Bus runs off a 450 HP Cummins L9 engine, and the Zephyr coaches operate with a 605 XP Cummins X15 engine.

Of the Class C options, the Super C has a diesel Cummins ISB 6.7 engine, and the Wayfarer has a 3.0L 6-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine. The Class B Cahaba also operates with a 3.0L 6-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine. Anytime you read that a motorhome is equipped with a Cummins engine, it’s diesel-powered.

On the other hand, the Open Road Allegro features a Ford 7.3L V8 gas engine. It’s the only gas-powered Tiffin motorhome, albeit one of its flagship and most affordable coaches.

Most coaches that specify a V-something engine will be gas-powered. However, like the Class C Wayfarer and Class B Cahaba that have a 3.0L 6-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine, this is not always the case.

Pro Tip: A Tiffin motor coach is a big investment. Learn more about the Tiffin Allegro Bus to discover if it is a Luxury Motorhome or Overhyped Money Pit?

Tiffin Motorhome in shelter
Taking good care of your motorhome, repairing seal problems and keeping it maintained properly is the best way to get reliability out of it.

Is Tiffin a Good Motorhome? 

Tiffin owners are loyal to the brand. They vouch for the top quality products and design as well as the excellent customer service. On RV Insider, one owner comments, “Our experience with the Tiffin brand and service they offer is unparalleled to none. In the event something goes wrong with your coach while traveling, they will be there to coach/fix the RV, even after warranty. Parts will arrive at your campsite. Tiffin’s customer service is superb.”

Another satisfied customer writes, “I love this RV. It drives great, Very comfortable to drive on long trips. I tow a Jeep SUV, and I don’t even know it’s there. This RV is in perfect shape. Just turn the key, and it’s ready to roll.” If you’re looking for a quality motorhome, Tiffin is a great option.

We think Tiffin enjoys a loyal following among RV enthusiasts, partly due to the strong community support and active user forums where owners share tips, advice, and experiences. Tiffin also supports this community with excellent customer service, including an accessible corporate team and a commitment to ensuring owner satisfaction.

However, Tiffins are still a rolling home and I have worked on plenty of problems with them. Like all other RVs out there, Tiffin does use many of the same RV parts that may not be the highest quality (there may be no other option). In fact, all motorhomes will have plenty of maintenance and problems, but Tiffin does have a good reputation for helping out customers. So I personally wont say they are far superior products from my experiences with them, but they do have a good reputation overall.

Pro Tip: If you’re shopping around for a luxury RV, check out these 6 Top Luxury Motorhome RV Brands You Won’t Believe.

Is a Tiffin Motorhome Right For You?

You might be looking at several brands, and you should be. But make sure Tiffin motorhomes is on your list to consider. With a wide range of prices, there are options for every budget. And since the Tiffin Group manufactures Class A, Class B, and Class C units, there’s a model that will fit your travel lifestyle.

If you’re a solo traveler wanting to explore off-grid, the Cahaba might be perfect. If you’re a retired couple wanting to road trip across America for a few years, the luxurious Zephyr might suit your needs.

Which model catches your eye? Tell us in the comments!

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Bob White

Wednesday 29th of March 2023

I’m sad to find out that Tiffin has dropped the fifth wheel line, we purchased a 2022 377fl fifth wheel, it has had many problems, we finally took it back to the factory for repairs, very kind and carrying staff, all issues were taken care of, so we headed home, we stopped over night on our way home, we found the furnace worked well but found that there was no cold air return in the kitchen area, when we returned home I investigated and found how poorly the cold air return was, so i designed a plenum and made a return on the floor, works great now. P S Bob Tiffin is a gentleman and a man who does what he promises

Sam

Saturday 14th of January 2023

Way beyond my means. Not in my pay grade.

Carol

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

We own a 2019 Tiffin Wayfarer FW, built Aug-Sept 2018. We LOVE our Wayfarer,have had trouble free 65,000 miles traveling. Pre- Thor sale, I would recommend Tiffin to everyone.

The only big issue we had was created at the Dealer prior to delivery. Minor issues were resolved quickly, appointmnets in very reasonable amount of time.

Based on friends with more recent Tiffin purchases, it sounds like quality control has suffered greatly under Thor owndership, problems you should never hear about. Significant staff turnover.

With that said, most issues I have heard about are resolved easily (but may take a while to get an appointment) if you live near the AL Service Center. If you do not live nearby, its an inconvenient problem.

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Good to know! Thanks for sharing your experience!

Ronald Donfro

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Tiffin's Quality Control is Non-Existent We purchased a 2022 Allegro Bus 35CP in May (VIN 5VBBA27A7NA122525) to replace our 2014 Phaeton 40QBH which we purchased new. We used the 35CP for 1 week and it's now been at Lazyday's for over 2 weeks. With a list of 63 items which need attention it will probably be there for many more weeks. Some of the issues are major and there are tons of cabinetry defects. We were first attracted to Tiffin motorhomes because of the quality and workmanship they put into their cabinetry. In all honesty we wish we could get our money & our Phaeton back. I have pictures of everything to back up my claims. I really can't believe the coach was even allowed to leave Red Bay with so many issues. Not a happy camper RonD

Robert D

Saturday 13th of August 2022

@Ronald Donfro, I agree will you 100%! We bought a 2022 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 34PA after reading ‘hype’ articles like this! The dealer kept the unit for a month after delivery to correct the obvious issues. After using it for one weekend we had a punch list similar to yours. It has been nine months since we signed for it and more than seven months of that it has been at the dealer! Previous unit was a Thor model that I thought had poor quality control. I had no idea how much worse it could get!

Very disappointed camper as well,

Robert Desloge

Joe

Sunday 19th of June 2022

I am looking to rejoin R V living- I am looking for your best & biggest fifth wheel fully loaded

Bob White

Wednesday 29th of March 2023

@Joe, look at a Tiffen Vanleigh fifth wheel, they are a lot cheaper now, and after some repairs a great unit

Mortons on the Move

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

You might want to check out some of these luxury fifth wheels: https://www.mortonsonthemove.com/luxury-fifth-wheel-campers/