RV History with Tiffin

A dedication to doing things right.

The luxurious features and sophisticated engineering of today's Class A coaches were unimaginable back when Bob Tiffin built the first Allegro in 1972. But the same basic truths guide Tiffin Motorhomes today. Build it well. Make it better. Back it with good service. Treat customers the way they would want to be treated. Always answer the phone.

A legacy begins.

In 1941, in a small north Alabama town, Bob Tiffin’s father Alex started Tiffin Supply Company, a store that sold just about everything needed to build and furnish a house. Alex’s customer service policy was “If you don't treat people fairly, you can't look them in the eye.” Bob took his father’s wisdom to heart.

The family business grows

In 1965, the Tiffins bought a state-of-the-art cotton gin. To run it, Alex turned to 23-year-old Bob, who took to the machinery and management like it was second nature. As the cotton gin became a steady contributor to the family enterprise, a new business came to the area. Bob was fascinated with their products – recreational vehicles. When the RV company called it quits, the Tiffin family bought that business, too. Tiffin Motorhomes was born.

 Mapping a new direction.

The RV industry was in its infancy in 1972. Winnebago and Champion were just a few years ahead of Tiffin. Rather than copy their manufacturing methods, Bob designed the kind of vehicle he would want to drive, one that would be ideal for traveling with his young family. His design started with a hefty steel frame on the chassis, followed by 16-gauge structural steel skirts. It was a first in the RV industry where competitors were using exterior plywood floors and a fiberglass or aluminum coach skin. Tiffin coaches offered durability the competition could not match. It was the first of many innovations to come over the years. 

A new generation. 

In 1972, Bob set a modest production goal of two motorhomes a day. Thirty-three years later, the 50,000th coach rolled off the Tiffin production line. By that time, there were more Tiffins coming down the line too. Bob’s sons Tim, Van, and Lex had all joined the family business, each proud to carry on the Tiffin legacy. And, of course, all the wonderful employees who were as cherished as family, understanding that at Tiffin, we’re all in this together. With strong relationships binding together customers, employees, communities, managers, and dealers, the future for Tiffin Motorhomes is brighter than ever. 

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