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Old 01-27-2011
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Default Couldn't help but notice..........

Scanning the Dec. FMC mag. Featured coach, Allegro Breeze 29' pusher, new fangled Navistar pickup motor diesel, Allison 1000 series a stout piece. Generally looks to be pretty nice little coach for a buck and a half large. Warranty; 10 years ?unitized construction?, and the howler in my world, 5 years on delam. I had a Fleetwood 15 years ago that had that issue, they fixed it like new to their credit and I got out of that rascal never to forget the lesson. Too bad after 20 years of trying the industry can't figure out a method to keep the junk glued together. I suppose it's all the EPA's fault, "safe, earth friendly glue" and like that, but it begs the question; why would anyone buy such a unit? Not looking for answers here, most of the forum totally 'gets it', just glad I know what I know.
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Unfortunately and as you well know Mike... "PRETTY" sells

Good sense tells me that I'll keep my "UGLY" bird dogs!

Just think what a person could get for a "buck and a half large" in a Bird

Might even be able to get a good bottle of "Wally World" brand wine

Hows the snow up your parts?
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Old 01-27-2011
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From the Tiffin Allegro Breeze sales brochure:

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I am mystified why the market accepts fiberglass/foam/glue construction rather than something structurally more sound...I just see too many RV crashes where the walls and the rest just come apart.

Although very happy with our FC...I like to keep my eye out also...I work in public schools now and our district recently got some mid sized 35' forward engine busses used for handicapped students.

The option of having a "small garage" has always been on my mind. The wheel chair lift is behind the rear wheels on these new Thomas busses. With a wall installed in front of the lift you would have a nice living area mid coach and from the dividing wall back would give you about 6' utility space. The lift could be modded to lift a motorbike (like nice dual sport - DR650 or KLR650) or regular bikes and you would have other available space for all those odds/ends...all locked up and out of sight. With the right diesel and transmission...and with a practical interior and features...this type of rig could be a neat deal...too bad only DIY'ers will ever do it.
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I watched a show about 2 years ago on how the Winnebago Vectra was built. The sidewall construction was almost identical to what you showed with the TIffin: Fiberglass panel , then what looked to be 1 to 1 1/4 inch white Styrofoam, 1" aluminum tubing about 2 feet apart with some horizontal aluminum stringers snapped on, then a thin interior panel. Basically the only thing that gave the wall any lateral strength was the interior cabinets, etc.
Scary to say the least.
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I think most of us saw the recent MH crash on I-95 in FL early this week, and that was a 'high end' piece. Inhabinets were luckier than the folks about a year back, blew tire on I-75, hit the ditch, LP tank let go. I wonder if they lost thier lives due to structural failure. It could have happend w/any coach I suppose, but....
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I was looking through a Bluebird Sales Brochure I found in my Blue box and there was a description of the Chassis Specifications and the All Steel Construction for an older FC.

I attached a file with a picture of this. There's a big picture to show the blue gussett, the green roof bows, the orange headers etc. but my multifunctional device (MFD) isn't quite that big, so that picture is not included (yet)

Some more trivia......Did you know this?
The Bright Aluminum roof rack floor doubles as a heat shield against summer sun.

How clever
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David,

Here's the picture:

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Tag on my rear bath tank claims 214 gallons, seems like it takes that much, gage is dead nuts, and the low fuel sensor works, abandoned the water sensor as I couldn't find a replacement for the non working original.
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Wonderful images for the true believers, preaching to the choir and all that. Looks a lot better than the Allegro/SOB stuff, but it's new millenium and most of us are old and probably getting increasingly irrelevant. l'm not off my meds, just philosophising.
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