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RE: Not for us

For the record, our coach listed for just over $229,000. We purchased it for $193,000 including sales tax which was $10,300 and registration/tags which was another $1000. We sold the coach back to the dealer for $171,000. So our “loss” was roughly $12,000 (not counting tax and tags as you would never recover cost of tax and tags). We used the coach from mid September to mid March (they take possession on 3/14). This $12,000 is basically the same as if we rented an apartment for 6 months so, in my mind, we spent $2000 a month “renting” our motor home instead of renting the house we were in and learning a life lesson about what we thought we might like and didn’t. Could have turned out a lot worse but we walk away with our loan paid off and zero obligations. We are fine with that.
Alex and Tee 02/24/22 06:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

It’s not to small to travel in but it’s too small to live in. We usually fly first class and book a suite on the ship. A week or two on a ship is no comparison to 6 months in a 37’ motor home.
Alex and Tee 02/21/22 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

Well the saga is almost over. La Mesa has agreed to buy back our motor home for what we owe on it and that is only 10K less than we paid for it (not counting sales tax). So it cost us a bit to realize that RV’ing is not for us and we will go back to a sticks and bricks lifestyle that offers more living space and comfort. We’ll do our traveling on cruise ships from here on out. Thanks for everyone’s input and insight during this journey of deciding what to buy and what to do. At the end of the day we could have spent a lot more money on a coach and still not been happy. All the best to everyone.
Alex and Tee 02/21/22 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2022 Tiffin Open Road, Ford 7.3L V8. Exhaust system too hot

We had melted hydraulic lines for the leveling jacks. Can’t say that I really looked for excessive heat as it appeared the hydraulic lines weren’t properly secured and fell down against the exhaust pipe. We have just over 5000 on ours and quite frankly are disappointed with build quality. Have had hydraulic lines replaced, gas regulator replaced, leak in the Truma repaired, windshield wiper repaired and just had the front ac/heat pump replaced today. Have also had various and sundry other minor issues such as split wood, mis-aligned cabinet drawers and doors, replaced a basement door strut that kept falling off, two letters in “Allegro” on the front fell off. Furnace wires reversed ( front switch turned on the rear and vice versa). Wife hates it and will probably get rid of it shortly.
Alex and Tee 02/18/22 09:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

I won’t sell it for a loss. Don’t think there is any reason to. It’s a 2022 with the 26,000 lb chassis and liquid springs and only has 5000 miles on it. If I can’t at least get what I owe on it I’ll continue to suck it up and live in it for awhile longer. We aren’t desperate and our site is paid until November with options for two more years at $4500 per year.
Alex and Tee 02/13/22 03:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

The resort we are in is fabulous if you are a full time retiree. 4 pools, hot tub, bistro, library, 18 hole par 3 golf course, wood shop, lapidary shop, silversmith shop, pottery shop, sewing building, billiard and dart room, softball field, tennis, pickle ball, lawn bowling, card rooms horse shoes. I’m sure I am missing things but if you are bored here it’s your own fault. There are many homes being put in here (12-1300 sq ft) and I think it will become more homes than RV spots at some point. The biggest down side to me is you can only rent your lot, never own like where my parents live in FL. People are super friendly. Most from the midwest and Canada. I think if we were both full time retired it would be a great place. We considered getting a house here but what they are charging ( around $200,000 - -$240,000) we could by a couple of acres and the same manufactured home for $75,000 less.
Alex and Tee 02/13/22 12:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not for us

To answer a few questions, we had originally thought we would try workcamping and travel around but seeing that most jobs wanted someone to do some kind of maintenance work, landscaping or cleaning rental cabins and bathrooms that isn’t something we wanted to do. Yes, I’m sure there are jobs like at the resort we are in that are office jobs, security or ranger jobs but I’m sure those will go to the park residents or experienced people first. I had an opportunity to start a machinery distributorship with a partner and with that being what I did for most of my career that made the most sense and will bring in the most money. No, I don’t prefer mowing lawns to dumping tanks. That is why we will likely wind up renting a townhouse or condo and leave all that to someone else. I leave my black tank closed until it gets to 2/3 full or more. I don’t want any build up to occur which would cause more problems down the road so I dump every 4 days and wash it out once a week.
Alex and Tee 02/13/22 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
Not for us

Well, I’m sad to say I think my wife and I have decided that, after 6 months of full timing, it is not for us. Neither is living in a 55+ resort. We are in Palm Creek in Casa Grande, AZ. The park is beautiful and there is lots to do here but my wife is 54 and works from home 40 hours a week. I started a machinery distributorship with a partner and I am out 3-4 days a week making sales calls during the day. So, other than the occasional show in the evening we really can’t take advantage of all there is to offer. Plus everyone here is at least 10 years older than me and probably 15-20 years older than my wife so we really don’t fit in. As far as the motor home goes, it’s a 2022 Allegro Open Road 36LA. It’s nice enough but we miss not having the space that a home provides. Yes, I know we should have probably rented something and tried it first before buying but even spending a week or two doesn’t compare to full time living. I never thought there would be so much to do to the motor home. It’s always dumping black tanks every 4 days, recharging the soft water system every two weeks, descaling the Truma every few weeks, refilling the propane tank every other week, etc., etc. I’m sure if I had done more homework prior to diving in I would have been better prepared but, it is what it is.
Alex and Tee 02/12/22 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
Allegro36LA Black Tank

Just curious but, we have a bath and a half with two toilets. One is a standard foot flush and the other is a macerator. When I dump the black tank there is an initial rush of effluent then it kind of slows and then there is a secondary rush. Is the black tank partitioned such that one side empties and then the other?
Alex and Tee 01/23/22 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shower Remodel

I’m not sure what I’m willing to spend. Maybe $5,000 and doing a good bit of the work myself. Perhaps tile isn’t the answer and I’d be happy with staying with fiberglass. Maybe using a sabre saw and cutting out the molded seat and putting in a second sheet of fiberglass wall to cover the hole would be the least expensive route if I could make it look decent. Doug - If I had $300K plus to buy a Phaeton I would have. Some of us have to work within the budget we have.
Alex and Tee 01/17/22 10:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shower Remodel

Thanks MountainAir05, I will check it out. The wife is the one that hates it more than I and yes, resale is a consideration be it a minor one as it doesn’t look like we will be staying in it very long. That said, probably not worth the hassle if we sell it in the next year or so.
Alex and Tee 01/16/22 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
Shower Remodel

We have been full timing in our 2022 Allegro Open Road since mid September. We are permanently parked for the time being in Palm Creek in Casa Grande, AZ. One thing we are disappointed with is the shower is a one piece fiberglass with a molded in seat and a three piece sliding glass door. The molded seat takes up valuable standing room so I was wondering if anyone has replaced it by cutting it out and replacing it with a tile shower and fold away seat that the higher end coaches have. I would also replace the sliding door with a swing open door. I think it would be worth the cost and add resale value. Thoughts?
Alex and Tee 01/16/22 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealing with Dealership in todays Market

We ordered our new Tiffin Allegro36LA on March 31, 2022. We negotiated a 22% discount at that time. With the way we optioned it the list was just over $229,000, we paid $180,000. Under normal conditions we probably could have gotten closer to 30% off. I’m more disappointed with the build quality then the deal.
Alex and Tee 12/21/21 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Issues??

Thank you for your insight. I will be sure to mention it when they come to install the replacement.
Alex and Tee 12/12/21 06:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Issues??

A/C update Service tech came today. Outside temperature was 58 degrees. Tech said unit was pulling 9 amps. Said it should be around 7. Recommending unit replacement. It’s under warranty so no skin off my nose but seems like an extreme resolution. Still going to invest in a set of window covers to cover the windshield and side windows. He was also able to quickly switch the wires on my Spyder control so the front and rear now operate properly.
Alex and Tee 12/10/21 06:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Issues??

I have a more experienced tech scheduled to come out on the 10th. I’ll wait until he gets there and see what his findings are. I have zero confidence in what the other guy did and I told the mobile service manager that as well as whatever he used to measure temps was either no good or horribly out of calibration. At 81 degrees outside temperature this unit struggles to get the coach to 77 degrees. Just runs constantly. You just can’t find good help these days.
Alex and Tee 11/30/21 04:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Better handling

While driving cross country and also being a first timer I was able to anticipate the “push” from passing big rigs and steer slightly into it as the front of their vehicle approached mine. I had more issues with the surprise gusts of crosswinds that were occasionally encountered. That said, I agonized when we first purchased whether or not to add a Safety Plus or not and decided to see how it handled first before dropping $800-$1000. As of now I’m happy I kept the money in my pocket.
Alex and Tee 11/29/21 09:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling Jack Creaking/Popping

Tiffin stopped using that brand this year and now use Lippert jacks. Fork oil is used in motorcycle forks and is recommended by Lippert as an additive to the hydraulic oil.
Alex and Tee 11/28/21 04:03pm Class A Motorhomes
Leveling Jack Creaking/Popping

Having had our Open Road 36 LA for about 3 months now and aside from all the issues we have had with this unit so far, one of the most annoying things has been the creaking and popping noises from the leveling jacks while stationary. It became rather annoying and having read on various forums others having this issue I purchased some silicone spray and fork oil. Being the skeptic I decided to try these fixes to this issue and also decided to take it one step at a time. Last week I took each jack while deployed and wiped down each shaft and sprayed each with silicone spray. I then retracted the jacks and redeployed them. A week later, not a creak or pop to be heard. The silence is beautiful. I want to see how long this lasts before reapplying any spray or siphoning out a quart of hydraulic fluid and adding the fork oil. Hopefully this will be the cure and for once an easy fix.
Alex and Tee 11/28/21 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Better handling

We have a brand new 2022 36 LA with liquid springs on the rear. Having never driven a gasser without liquid springs I have nothing to compare it to but, we just drove cross country from FL to AZ and it handled very well. No mods were done to the front end. On good roads it drives like a dream. On bad roads like I-10, prepare to have your brains rattled a bit. This would be the only reason a DP would be better in terms of ride quality. Otherwise, still couldn’t justify the $70K extra cost.
Alex and Tee 11/28/21 07:31am Class A Motorhomes
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