Say hello to my new money pit… a 1989 Allegro M-28 Basement model RV made by Tiffin Motor Homes! At least I think that’s the model… it’s not marked anywhere I can find on the RV, and I have not yet gotten my grubby fingers on any old Tiffin brochures from that era.
I’m told that this is a 28 foot long motor home, though I have to admit that I haven’t measured it myself yet. It’s a “class A” RV built on a Chevrolet P-30 series chassis, with a 454 cubic inch carbureted V8 engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission.
After buying it, the first trip was a 1.5-mile drive from the seller’s place to a tire shop, to replace all seven of its eighteen-year-old tires. Then it made the 100 mile drive home with just a bit of steering instability, but no other surprises. It would have been a much more pleasant drive if the air conditioning worked! Yup, both the dash A/C and the roof A/C are non-operational so far. Most of the ventilation fans need work, too. Aside from those issues, it just needs lots of minor repairs, as well as a number of planned upgrades and general renovation.
I think this will be a fun project. The 1989 Alegro is a well-built motor home with aluminum framing, roof, and side skins. I wish it was just a year or two newer so it would presumably have fuel injection instead of a carburetor, but it’s a nice chassis with unusual styling. It’s going to take a lot of work before it’s ready for travel, but I think I should have it ready for the 2020 Military Radio Collectors Group meeting with time to spare.
It’s set up with a sofa and two swivel chairs, and no dinette. It has two twin beds in the rear. There’s a fold-down bunk over the cab, which I think I will convert from a bed into a workbench/table. It has big water and waste tanks, and LOTS of storage space in the basement area. I eventually plan to add more house battery capacity, and a bunch of solar panels on the roof. I’d like to find a way to mount a mast for an HF wire antenna on the trailer hitch when I’m camped out.