2011 Allegro Breeze 28BR
Bob Tiffin's New Downsized Diesel Pusher
Article Date: May, 2011
In the past, plenty of Tiffin Motorhome customers had expressed interest in a smaller Class-A motorhome that
still retained the amenities of the larger units. It had to remain a diesel-pusher with air brakes and air ride suspension, yet be
maneuverable and more economical to operate. With rising fuel costs, fuel efficiency was also a primary concern.
The Allegro Breeze is Bob Tiffin's response to these requests. Rather than just shrink a larger unit, he
designed a custom Powerglide chassis that was designed strictly for the Allegro Breeze and was closely integrated with the coach
body at an attractive price for a diesel-pusher. The initial offering was a 28-foot floor plan, with a 32-foot floor plan soon
Navistar Maxxforce Powertrain
The chosen engine was a 215hp Navistar Maxxforce 7, which is a shorter, more compact V-8 when compared to the
typical long inline six. This allowed Tiffin to reduce the rear overhang, lower the driveline to reduce the driveshaft angle, and
still provide adequate power. Navistar engines utilize advanced EGR technology to meet the EPA's 2010 emissions standards, so no
DEF (urea) tanks are required. This helps to keep costs down and offers additional benefits in lower net weight and increased
There is quite a backlog of orders for the popular Allegro Breeze. Thanks to Kings Campers in Wausau,
Wisconsin, we wrangled a unit to road test. (Kings Campers has received a 50 Top Dealer award by RV Business magazine for three
consecutive years for outstanding custom service.)
Construction and Specs
The Allegro Breeze features sturdy construction, excellent insulation, and a host of features. Its one-piece
fiberglass roof mates with fiberglass sidewalls that feature full body paint. Its raised rail rear engine diesel chassis offers 77
cubic-feet of pass-through basement storage. Cargo carrying capacity was a generous 3,027 pounds on our test coach. At 11 feet 2 inches,
the Breeze is shorter than most Class-A coaches. Yet, the interior height is 78 inches - plenty of headroom.
The Breeze is lighter than your typical diesel-pusher and has a GVWR of 22,000 pounds. Fuel economy is said to
be 13 to 15 miles per gallon, which should allow a maximum cruising range of 800 to 900 miles between refills of its 65-gallon fuel
tank, although we did not have adequate time to verify that data.
Aluminum wheels are standard as are powered patio and entry-door awnings. A protetive paint film covers the
front of the coach to help protect it from stone chips. An optional 15,000-BTU rooftop AC with heat pump provides cool or warm air
to the interior via ducted ceiling registers. The electrical service is fed by a 50-amp power cord, as well as a 6 KW Onan
diesel-powered generator. Chrome mirror heads are heated and feature power adjustment controls that are in comfortable reach of
the driver. Our test coach featured the Gold Coral full body paint color scheme with the Summer interior decor package with
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
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
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.
Bath and Shower
Directly behind the galley is the split bath area. An attractive one-piece fiberglass shower stall is located on
the driver's side, while a vanity, water closet, and medicine cabinet are located in a separate room on the passenger's side. Each area
has its own skylight. This area can be blocked off from the main living area and the bedroom area by a pair of sliding privacy doors with
frosted glass that stow out of the way when not in use.
The bath area features a solid surface vanity top, residential-grade brushed-nickel fixtures, and a skylight to add
The shower enclosure is fitted with a fiberglass seamless module with hinged glass doors and brushed-nickel fixtures. A
second skylight provides additional lighting.
The bedroom features a queen bed with a memory-foam mattress and two shirt closets. The biggest drawback is
the lack of a full-height wardrobe. However, most RV owners wear casual clothing, so it may not be that big of an issue. Additional
storage is found in four large drawers in the bed pedestal, as well as in overhead cabinets and drawers.
The bedroom features a 60-by-75-inch queen bed. Shirt closets flank the headboard on either side and nightstand drawers and
overhead cabinetry add storage space. Four drawers in the pedestal beneath the bed add additional storage capacity to this area.
The Dirt Devil central vacuum system is located in the basement and is connected to a wall-mounted dustpan inside the coach. A
vacuum hose and accessory kit is also included that plugs into the wall.
The real question was how the Breeze would perform on a road test. Typically a shorter wheelbase coach tends to be
more twitchy than a longer one, because the rear overhang is basically a fixed length on a diesel-pusher. You need a given amount of room
for the engine, transmission, a short driveshaft, and the cooling package, so this overhang length will remain fairly constant, whether
the coach is 28 feet or 45 feet long.
When the wheelbase shrinks, the affect that the rear overhang has upon it is increased and you get that "tail wagging
the dog" syndrome as the weight is transferred to the rear overhang. There are a number of recommended wheelbase-to-overall length ratios that
serve to determine how stable a Class-A motorhome will be, but I've found in the past that they aren't a true indicator of how a coach
will handle. Many variables come into play, such as how and where the weight is distributed.
In this case, the engine and transmission are fairly low in the chassis. It's also a departure from the norm in that
it's a short V-8, rather than a long inline-six-cylinder. Tiffin spent a lot of time fine tuning this system to perfection, so the truth
would be in our road t.
The Breeze was nimble and quick. The peppy Maxxforce V-8 launched us to 45 miles per hour quite smartly. Once it
reached 45 mph, it settled down and reminded us of a typical diesel-pusher. The Breeze's 560 lb-ft of torque was just right for a coach of
this weight. The Maxxforce 7 does not come equipped with an exhaust brake, but the transmission did have grade braking and the coach did
tend to slow down under normal driving just by backing off the throttle.
For serious mountain driving, an exhaust brake would be great, but a 22,000-pound coach isn't any heavier than a
gasoline-powered coach, which do not have any exhaust brakes either, so it's not something that's a huge concern.
Stopping with the four-wheel air-operated disc brakes was excellent. This coach felt like its brakes were sized for
a much larger payload, so there was plenty of reserve capacity to handle any emergency stops.
Crosswinds had no effect on the 152-inch wheelbase. While we drove through S-curves, the response was fast and
there was no overcorrecting required. The Breeze is actually the sports car of Class-A motorhomes and maneuverability was nothing short
of amazing. As you would expect, turning radius in a tight parking area was excellent with the shorter wheelbase and the 55-degree
wheel cut angle. Road noise was minimal; it's easy to carry on a conversation when in motion.
A pair of inverters is located in the basement to provide 120-volt AC power to the TVs and surround sound system in the coach
when shore power is not present and the generator is not running.
The Allegro Breeze is a unique coach. Tiffin has managed to fit all of the features of the typical large diesel-pusher
into a small package. It's a great choice for someone who wants to downsize from a larger motorhome or enter the Class-A market as a
2011 Allegro Breeze 28BR
Base Price: $149,800
- 15,000 BTU air conditioner with heat pump
- Bedroom TV
- Front TV
- Ultra Leather six-way power cockpit seats
- Ultra Leather jacknife sofa
- Automatic satellite dome
- Surround sound system
- Bedroom tile
- Vacuum cleaner
Price as tested: $155,470
Gross Vehicle Weight: 22,000 lbs.
Gross Combined Weight Rating: 26,000 lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity: 3,027 lbs.
Wheelbase: 152 inches
Overall Length: 29 feet 7 inches
Overall Width: 95 inches
Overall Height: 11 feet 2 inches
Basement Storage: 77 cubic feet
Fresh Water: 70 gallons
Gray Water: 50 gallons
Black Water: 30 gallons
LPG Tank: 20 gallons
Chassis: Powerglide rear engine diesel
Suspension: Air-ride suspension
Brakes: Full air disk brakes
Fuel Tank: 65 gallons
Trailer Hitch Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
Engine: Navistar Maxxforce 7
Horsepower: 215 HP at 2,600 RPM
Torque: 560 lb-ft at 1,400 RPM
Transmission: Allison 1000 series 6 speed automatic
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