Our new home is a Tiffin Allegro 36LA. Heres a quick rundown on the some of its specs. The engine is a 6.8 liter ford v-10 powered by gas on the f53 chassis. The gross vehicle weight rating (max weight rv can hold) is 24,000 lbs and the gross combined weight rating (max weight of rv and tow vehicle) is 30,0000 lbs. The motorhome weighs in at 20,466 lbs empty with a full tank of fuel, leaving us around 3500 lbs to play with for water/propane/holding tanks/all our stuff/2 humans and a 22 lb chug (chihuahua/pug). It can hold 80 gallons of fuel, 70 gallons of fresh water, 66 gallons of gray water (shower/sinks), 50 gallons of black water (toilet), and 24 gallons of propane. It has a 7000 watt generator which provides enough power to run everything in the house. When not hooked up to power the rv has 4 batteries with 440 amp hours total and a 1250 kw inverter which powers the lights, two tvs, an outlet, and our refrigerator.
The entrance is on the passenger side and is under a 16 foot electric awning that provides shade and protects from elements. This is our outdoor setup at Las Vegas RV Resort. The exterior tv has been a bonus and provides a second living space outside which nearly doubles our inside space (and provides a refuge when Katie gives me the boot...two living spaces is a must!).
The first exterior compartment is clearly our most important...the bar compartment! We have a fridge for drinks and dometic ice maker which will be necessary in our warmer climates. This is the only exterior compartment with an electrical outlet and it also has a 12 volt plug to run off batteries.
Storage was high on our list when choosing a motorhome and one of the reasons we selected this model. With 208 cubic feet of basement storage, it has nearly as much as some of the larger diesel motorhomes on the market. A major concern with traveling was being able to bring all of our stuff, and now we have more storage space than we know what to do with. Here is a look at the first 3 bays of storage compartments, all of which pass through to the other side. In the third bay you can see our central vacuum system.
As we move around the RV the next bay contains our 70 gallon fresh water tank, followed by our 30 lb propane tank. Above the propane tank is more pass through storage where we store longer items such as a ladder, a few tables, and cleaning pole for the rig. Coming off the propane tank you will also notice a tee valve that we had installed before the regulator, this we use to connect our propane grill so we can use the on board propane rather than the small disposables.
Moving along we have two additional storage compartments that pass through to the other side. We have a propane fire pit that we really enjoy (not in Las Vegas in the summer), and a tank that operates it. In these bays we also filled garment bags full of clothes that we wont use regularly (dress clothes), and hope to not use regularly (winter gear). These pass through to the other side where we have more storage in the furthest bay towards the back on the driver side. The next bay is our electric compartment, which contains our 50 amp electrical cord when we can plug into shore power, and provides more than enough power to run everything in our motorhome. We also have various extension cords and the ever important 50amp to 30 amp dogbone to convert our house plug to a 30 amp connected at campsites which don't offer 50 amp.
Next we have our 7000 watt generator which also has storage above. When not hooked to shore power this provides enough power to run everything on board and operates very efficiently. Following the generator is the wet bay. Katie won't go near this bay for obvious reasons. This is where we hook up our sewer hose to dump the gray (shower,sink) and black (toilet) tanks, which we clearly labeled. We also have an exterior shower, a connection to hook up to city water with a built in filter, and connections for cable and phone.
We have a couple more storage bays which we use for tools, jack pads, air compressor, fluids etc. Then our last two bays closest to front on the drivers side contain the hydraulic system, and inverter. The hydraulic system works the automatic leveling jacks. When not hooked to power the inverter takes 12 volt DC power from the batteries and converts it to 120 volt AC power that our appliances can use inside. When hooked to power it takes the AC shore power and charges our batteries.
Next photo shows our site hookups. We have a progressive industries 50 amp surge protector that we plug into, this will cut power if it senses voltage which is either too high or too low. Either scenario can cause costly damage to electronics in the motorhome, and we won't plug in without it. Next is the sewer hose connection. Finally the fresh water connection, which we added an inline filter and a water pressure regulator too. The regulator is critical because some campgrounds can run at too high a pressure and could cause damage to your pipes. The final 3 photos show our driver side slideouts, our rear ladder, and the ford v10 engine that powers it all!
To finish off the exterior is a photo of our roof. We have a skylight for our shower, a few vent fans, 2 air conditioning units (one with a heat pump), an over the air antenna, and an automatic satellite dish.
Enough with the boring stuff, lets have a look inside! Walking up the stairs you enter just behind the two front seats. There is a control panel for the exterior lights, the main ceiling lights, the power awning. There is also a master off switch which is handy when leaving you can just shut all the lights off in the coach. We installed a welcome sign which holds our keys (or we would never find them),Gus's leash, harness etc. Both chairs can swivel to face the house, however we have been using the passenger side as an office. Gus is the alpha so the captain chairs belongs to him. Above the chairs we have our front TV, and tons more storage.
Turning around is a view down the whole RV. Plenty of cabinets for storage (Katie's clothes) line both sides. The dining room (Gus's nap room) is to the right. The table pulls out and we have a couple extra chairs in storage if we have guests.
The kitchen is on the opposite wall. We have a 3 burner propane stove, and convection/microwave combination, and residential style refrigerator. When hooked up to electricity we predominately have been using an induction cook-top to save our propane when we can.
We head into the living room, which was a major reason we went with this model. Most motorhomes have a living room towards the front, and we found those never gave off a "homey" feel because you have a dashboard right in front of you. This living room has an L couch which folds in when traveling, an electric fireplace (which can be for show or for additional heat), and a 42" tv. I'm assuming the cabinet above the TV is for DVD's, but we found that a liquor cabinet was far more important...to each their own!
Below are pictures of our half bath which is right behind the tv in the living room. I'll be honest, at first I thought the bath and half would be overkill but now I wouldn't be without it, especially when having guests. Also provides storage for additional bathroom and cleaning supplies.
Back to the bedroom we go. One big feature we miss from living in a house is our king bed. Despite being 22 lbs, I swear Gus takes up more room than both of us. We each have a small night stand and a plug for our phones. Above the bed is a very deep storage compartment, and the bed lifts on hydraulics for tons of additional storage. Across from the bed is our (Katie's) closet and dresser and a TV. The TV flips up to reveal most of the entertainment electronics for the RV. We have a Directv box, Roku player , Playstation 4, and a blu-ray player. Through an HDMI switch they control what goes on every TV in the motorhome.
Finishing off the tour we enter the master bath. Under the vanity to the right we have a washer/dryer combo unit. The toilet has a power flush mechanism (as opposed to the normal RV foot pedal). There is a spacious shower with a skylight, and with a 10 gallon water heater it gives you ample time for a relaxing shower. There is also a linen closet which we also use for additional clothing storage.