Thanks for setting this Discussion forum up Jimco!
My Allegro is an '84 M-31. There is some confusion among the insurance companies about whether it's an M-30 or M-31. Some insurance companies don't show an M-31 in '84, some do. The tag by the driver's door says M-31. Mine looks similar to others of the era except I do not have dinette. Instead I have a pretty big front lounge. I also have twins in the bedroom which also seems to be somewhat rare.
I have the owners manuals for nearly every system and the Tiffin manual as well. I'm no expert, but I can provide details from those manuals and my own trials and tribulations as they arise.
I look forward to interacting with other Allegro owners here!
Jim, a lot of times the title of a motor home reflects the year it was completed not the year of the chassis.So your chassis maybe a 1983.If you can find the tag for the chassis it should show the year.
Yep, but the Chevy VIN indicates a 1984 model year. The Tiffin tag says the same. Not sure why there's this issue between the M-30 and M-31 but it doesn't matter to me. It measures 30 feet from nose to tail, though the model number is a "31-M" according to the tag.
I don't know if it was custom build or what. There are some strange things about it. The paneling under the twin beds doesn't match the rest of the coach, but was definitely factory installed. There is a 4" hole near the couch that would have had a heat vent, but since it faces the couch directly they put another 4" hole in the front of the cabinet instead. Strange stuff, but pretty clearly not something a previous owner did.
My Travelcraft Is a 1978 but the chassis is 1977. It's funny but I have all the paperwork for it and all the whatnot's as well, In among all this paperwork is a letter the PO wrote about his chassis warranty. Apparently GM was refusing a repair because the warranty had expired. He was asking the coach maker to replace his motor home with a current chassis model year. They must have worked something out. He had mentioned in the letter how happy he was with it and they cared for it for 37 years.
I didn't get to meet the original owner of mine. I bought it at a tow yard for $200, from the son-in-law of the owner of the yard (it had a full 80 lb propane tank and a full 85 gallon gas tank so it paid for itself the second it was towed here). The engine was blown and it was towed there. That guy made me promise that I would not part it out. He had made some sort of deal with the original owner that it would be put back on the road. He didn't have time for it.
In looking it over, someone had cared a lot for it. I've told the story here lots of times so I won't do it again, but there were cues everywhere that this thing was loved. It was pristine. I replaced the engine and held up my end of the deal.
It's been a lot of fun. 2015 will be my second season with it.
Mine came to me late this past fall as an experiment. although I was able to get two camps in before winter slammed the door, it was enough to tell me I was hooked on it. The folks that owned mine let it go after it was damaged in a tornado. almost no damage to it but the insurance co. Totaled it for a 2"x 3" hole in the roof. Really just a vee shaped tear from the corner of a 2" x 4". They patched it and I sealed it with Sickaflex. Been in lots of wet rain and snow and no leaks thus far. I'm just hoping my broken body can stand up to a trip or two this next year. If not I'll have to pass it on to some one who will care as much about it as I and the PO did. That would be a sad day But not one I'M planning any time soon.
I just checked out your attachment. I bet you was as giddy as a 10 yr.old with a red rider BB gun on Christmas when they backed her into the drive way. I knew I had a connection to mine when I blew a tire 20 miles from picking it up and never blew a fuse. I did have a good laugh when my sheltie went air born and landed under my seat at the loud boom the tire made. I swear she was there before her feet hit the ground. She loves to camp but to this day she shy's away from getting in on her own.
It was a combination of giddy and "oh crap what did I get myself into?" If the engine swap went south, it would be pretty expensive to have hauled away. But it all worked out. The swap was easier than I had imagined and everything else on it was 100% fine. I replaced some odds and ends due to age but for the most part it didn't need anything else major.
I have an 1987 though yea have found some things 88.... Was fun registering it in MD... no choice for RV makers so had to choose P-30 Chevy.... had to drive it to the emissions station to prove she was an RV not a van and would not fit into the emissions station and was exempt.
also reminds me of my first car a 1980 / 1981 depending on the part needed... she was put together at the end of the 1980 model year beginning of 1981... thus rotor was a 80, cap was an 81. Had to buy 2 sets of spark plug wires each time I needed some because neither set alone would fit.... Loved that I could replace the clutch in about 30 min.. hated that due to either poor design or poor quality replacement parts in the 100k I put on her I replaced the clutch 4x... one a month after putting one in...
Bought ours in 2005 in November, on ebay. in pretty good shape, drove her home only was 70 miles away warped carb and all. First camping trip in March of 06 2 humans 4 dogs, rained cats cows and horses, she didn't leak and no one was injured stuffed inside for 2 straight days... Hubs thought she would be our "first" RV... um... yea its been a love affair ever since and with a new paint job in 2012, and the other thousand things and thousands of dollars... love her still... though I think I have a busted sail switch on the furnace to tackle... LOL.. always something!
What size (height) scissor jacks do you have under it in the pics? I need to do something to stabilize mine when camping. Do they work for you? As you know, if you level it with ramps you still get the movement from the suspension. If someone is in my cab bunk, every time they move the whole thing rocks (I assume because they have a lot of leverage being up so high).
I love the little windows they started putting on the passenger side of the cab. I guess I could hack one in if I wanted to.
yes on the little window passenger side floor.. driving it alone alot makes seeing the highway stripes on that side easier for sure on tight narrow no side roads. Though our beagle Charlotte liked to lay on the floor there so she had a window to see the world as we rolled through it without being encroached upon by our blue tick or lab...