Tiffin Motor Home Inc.’s 28-foot Allegro Breeze, chosen as ”Best of Show” by the RVBusiness staff during the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show, breaks new ground with regard to diesel-pusher length due to its relative short dimensions.
In fact, the Breeze, built on the Red Bay, Ala. manufacturer’s own 21,500-pound GVWR chassis equipped with a 215-hp Navistar MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine, may point to the future direction of motorized RVs.
As the Allegro Breeze is a concept vehicle that is expected to be available in March, Tiffin in late December hadn’t set an MSRP nor determined fuel mileage, although it’s expected to get miles-per-gallon in the mid-teens.
The mid-priced Breeze has a single streetside slideout, one-piece windshield, antique white interior, booth dinette, queen bed, separate toilet and shower and plenty of interior and exterior storage for a coach its size and as such, may be a glimpse of things to come.
Runners-up in the “Best of Show” category include Roadtrek Motor Home Inc.’s unique 20-foot Class B coach on an imported 8,550-pound GVWR Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis equipped with a slideout that extends through the Sprinter’s rear double doors.
Also in the runner-up category was Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC’s diminutive retro-looking MPG travel trailer with four 19- and 20-foot floorplans, fenders and front and rear pass-through storage that was a real eye-catcher.
While the Roadtrek slide-out van camper unit is the first in its class, the MPG is an example of a trend toward smaller travel trailers that include the Keystone Passport, Forest River R-Pod, the new Gulf Stream Visa, Micro-Lite Trailer Manufacturing Inc.’s Vymeron and Cikira RV LLC’s Retro-Lite, among others. All have are characterized by shorter lengths, lighter weights, a somewhat retro look and most have sloping aerodynamic front ends that provide better towing.
All of them also are positioned to appeal to a more cost-sensitive buyer.
For innovation in the 2010 model year — along with Roadtrek’s Class B slideout — RVBusiness recognizes the Chalet RV Inc. triple-slide truck camper that provides the feel of a Class C motorhome; Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s Grand Junction fifth-wheel that incorporates a large cedar-line closet into the front cap; and Pacific Coachworks Inc.’s outdoor kitchen contained in a powered rear slideout.