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2011 Allegro Breeze 28BR

Bob Tiffin's New Downsized Diesel Pusher
Article Date: May, 2011


Interior Refinements

The interior is spacious for a 28-foot coach. The 28BR floor plan features a large single slide-out on the driver's side that contains the galley and a 68-inch sofa bed. Plus, the dinette can convert into a bed. The dinette table is hinged and folds in half for ease in navigating the hallways when driving. The pedestal lowers via a quick-release lever and a half moon-shaped pillow fills in the area to make it level with the dinette bench for sleeping.

The large slide-out opens up the main living space to a spacious area. The dinette table folds in half and lowers to increase sleeping capacity and ease of access.

To keep both weight and cost down, the Breeze features vinyl floor tile, rather than ceramic tile, while the cabinetry features raised panel wooden doors. The ceiling is an easy-to-clean padded vinyl that holds recessed flush-mounted lighting fixtures.

The Breeze comes with a standard mid-coach TV, but our test coach had two optional TVs, one in the front overhead and another in the bedroom. Our test unit had the optional surround-sound system with integral DVD player that connected to the HD LCD TVs via HDMI cabling. A pair of 450-watt inverters located in the basement area provides power for the TVs and surround sound system when boondocking or driving.

The galley features folding glass covers over the sink and cooktop. An overhead microwave/convection oven with exhaust fan completes the galley area.

The coach also came equipped with an optional Winegard automatic satellite dome on the rooftop, and a Dirt Devil central vacuum system with a dust pan trap door. Just sweep the dirt over to the dust-pan door, hit the switch, and the dirt disappears into the basement vacuum cleaner.

Galley and Cockpit

The galley area is laid out with functionality in mind. Both the two-burner cooktop and stainless-steel sink have removable hinged glass covers that allow that area to be used as additional counter space. A 6-cubic-foot Dometic refrigerator is adorned with raised wooden panel inserts that match the cabinetry in the coach. To vent odors or steam outside, an exhaust fan is mounted beneath the convection microwave. The Breeze uses an attractive and durable solid-surface countertop and backsplash, rather than less expensive laminates, throughout the galley and bath areas.

The cockpit captain's chairs swivel to face the rear and add additional seating capacity. The entire coach utilizes Roll-Ease window shades that operate by pull chains to lower the black sunscreen shade or white privacy shades, eliminating those easily-broken pleated shades. The windshield shades are electrically operated by dash-mounted rocker switches, while the side cockpit shades are manually operated.

A Driver's Perspective

The cockpit area is laid out with the driver in mind. Dash fans and adjustable pedals are all standard on the Breeze. The instruments are easy to view and a battery of rocker switches is well labeled. Non-powered cloth Flexsteel seats are standard, but most buyers will opt for the optional six-way powered Ultra Leather seats, that came on our test unit.

Auxiliary switch panels on either side of the steering column provide easy access to switches that control the various accessories.

The easy to view left side console contains the controls for the six-speed Allison 1000 transmission, the mirror heat and adjustment controls, and the HWH automatic leveling system. The Breeze utilizes HWH's air leveling system rather than hydraulic jacks, which is a better choice given the shorter wheelbase and lower undercarriage height.

A center console area holds the Triple Vision color monitor that displays the view from the rear vision camera, as well as the side cameras, which interface with the turn signals to automatically display the appropriate image. A JVC radio/CD Player, dash heat and AC controls, and 12-volt power receptacles fill out the remainder of the center console.

A center console stack houses the rear vision camera monitor, dash air and heat controls, 12-volt power receptacles, and a JVC AM/FM radio with CD player.

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