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Old 09-10-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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What do you think about this motorhome. Is a good deal or not?

1996 32' Allegro Motorhome. 454, Auto. 61,000 miles. Rebuilt title, but not wrecked. Wiring harness shorted out and burnt some wiring but has since been repaired. 7,000 watt Onan generator, tv, 2 a/c units. New michelins, new roof. $10,500.00

Thanks, John

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Old 09-10-2008, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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We own an RV. Our first was a 1996 Winnebago Adventure and we moved up in 2005 to a new luxurious Beaver Santiam. RVing is a ton of fun but it requires an outgoing and patient personality. I'm not sure I would buy an RV that old just because after 10 years they start falling more and more apart. Our Winnebago was getting costly in repairs toward the end. RVs also fall apart more than cars so don't expect perfection. Allegro is a decent brand, but not in the same league as Winnebago, Tiffin, or Monaco which are essentially the "Toyotas and Hondas" of RVs for reliabilty.

Also, the one thing that is glaring at me is the cargo area of the RV. We are a family of five so have a lot of stuff to pack, but those underneath storage areas are pathetically small. We could never survive with those. We are constantly throwing coolers, skis, snowboards, surfboards, chairs, outdoor rugs, fishing poles, etc.... under the RV and those cargo bays would not fit most of those. Instead you will end up with outdoor chairs banging around the inside of the RV.

Price actually seems pretty reasonable and the new roof and tires are a plus. Our replacement tires on our old Winnebago were expensive! It isn't a bad RV and is priced pretty well so if this is you favorite of all your options, go for it. The biggest thing to me is the cargo bays, but it depends on how big your family is and what you pack.

I highly recommend rv.net. The Open Roads Forum has thousands of RVers who are experts and I guarantee you will get at least twenty replies you own people with that VERY RV make and year. They were very helpful in our most recent purchase of the Beaver Coach.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Hi, Thanks for the information. I'm just wondering if the rebuilt title could be a problem with getting insurance.

John
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:55 PM
 
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The price seems almost too good. I'd want to know some detail about why the unit required a new roof after 12 years. Someone run into a low bridge?

The insurance question is easily answered: simply call your auto insurance agent and ask.

If you buy that beast, be prepared for some sticker shock when you pull into the gas station.
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Hi, I found out that Farm Bureau insurance will give me full coverage on a rebuilt title motorhome here in Tennessee. Tennessee will also give full insurance on cars and trucks the have a rebuilt title. What weird about this nobody has bought this motorhome yet and I'm wondering why.

John
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: N. Ga
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Allegro is a decent brand, but not in the same league as Winnebago, Tiffin, or Monaco which are essentially the "Toyotas and Hondas" of RVs for reliabilty.
Allegro is made by Tiffin. Tiffin make the Allegro, Allegro Bay, Allegro Bus as well as a Phaeton and Zephyr. We have had both a Monaco product (fifth wheel) and currently own a Tiffin Phaeton and have been more than pleased with both. I'd recommend going to NADA.com and doing a model search which will give you both wholesale and retail costs on the unit. It can be very helpful when dealing.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Allegro is made by Tiffin. Tiffin make the Allegro, Allegro Bay, Allegro Bus as well as a Phaeton and Zephyr. We have had both a Monaco product (fifth wheel) and currently own a Tiffin Phaeton and have been more than pleased with both. I'd recommend going to NADA.com and doing a model search which will give you both wholesale and retail costs on the unit. It can be very helpful when dealing.
I am such an idot!!!! I feel so bad. When I wrote my post, I was confusing the Allegro with the Aerbus by Rexhall. They look sort of the same too so that confused me more. Yes, I remember now that Allegro is made by Tiffin, a great brand and your post confirms the many many great reviews I have heard of that brand.
Sorry for the confusion!
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I would want to take a *really* good look at the wiring repairs. Me and about 2 other guys in the country will take the time to splice in wires using solder, and re-insulate with heat-shrink. Everyone else uses Scotch Loks, wire-nuts, various crimp-on crap, and wraps up with a wad of electrical tape.(or whatever black tape falls to hand).

I didn't do the repair on this one. Hope one of the 2 other guys did...

In all seriousness, a motor home is a tough sell in a world of $4 per gallon fuel - I'd bargain hard. If no one but you seems to want it, that may be a warning sign.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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This motorhome is at this website below and I've changed my mind about buying it because it's more then I would ever need. I need a 21 foot traveling trailer for one person only. I would only want to live in this for year or so.

Go LSN - 32' Allegro Motorhome in Crossville, TN #518447 - Local Sales Network!


Thanks, John
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