OK, so just last month I proudly announced that "there's pretty much nothing left we must do" before ordering our future Tiffin Open Road 36LA motor home.
The one thing I've learned in life, and in researching RV-ing, is that you are never actually done learning or doing. And I should have known better making that announcement when it comes to Tiffin and their ability to produce game-changing upgrades and features into their product line. Now, understand, the 36LA model we've got our hearts set on has been out since 2012, and every year Tiffin finds new ways to enhance that model, even when you think there's nothing more they can do with it. Even in the 3 years we've been looking closely at it, Tiffin has managed to add significant improvements to the 36LA; from a slide out pantry, to slide out house batteries, to a stackable washer / dryer combo, not to mention a really cool kitchen window and a new Spyder control panel. We thought that there was literally nothing else they could do to make that unit better.
Boy, were we wrong, and this one is truly a game-changer in the gas chassis RV world.
Enter the Liquidspring suspension modification. Beginning January 1, 2019, Tiffin will be offering this rear suspension upgrade to it's entire gas line of coaches as an orderable option to be installed BEFORE Tiffin gets to add the motor home components onto the chassis. Today, it is a after market modification taking a few days of removing existing pieces of the rear end and installing a whole new replacement suspension that smooths the ride out considerably - almost to the point of having an air-ride diesel motor home. Liquidspring is also almost ready to release their front-end suspension mod as well, and it is expected that Tiffin will offer this too as an option, just in time for our 36LA to be ordered and built.
What this in essence does is take a very rigid and unforgiving truck chassis suspension and turn it into one that is much more responsive, and able to absorb the problems our bad roads throw at us. There will still be the engine up front and under our feet that will be louder than a rear-engine diesel, but the ride will be nearly as smooth, and likely better responsive in porpoising and side-to-side sway as that diesel coach.
It puts Tiffin ahead of all other major manufacturers of gas products, and for us, it allows us to finance the options over the life of our loan, rather than pay for them outright; making them much more affordable and possible. So while I knew a bit about Liquidspring beforehand, and thought it would be a very nice modification for us considering we'll be full-timing and on the road much more often than the average gasser owner, it also seemed a bit too expensive to add and might not have been done until some years down the road.
Now, we might be driving a game-changer down the road next September. Who knows?
The learning never stops. And that's a good thing.
We're Dave and Barbara Richard, and we're planning the ultimate retirement experience - travel the U.S. and Canada in style in a Tiffin Open Road 36LA Class A motor home, play golf and stop at every weird and wacky roadside attraction we can find.