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Old 05-08-2018, 03:50 PM   #1
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Buying a new tiffin have model questions 38QBA 37PA???? Help

Hey every one so I have messed around in here a little bit and thanks as always
I was going to purchase a 2011 tiffin 38QBA 20k miles but starter to thinking about going new

My questions are the 18í 38QBA I love the layout with 2 kids and friends it is perfect to the tee besides the RV fridge and not a home style and head lots of issues with ::///// maybe some one comment

Then the tiffin 37PA is premium as well and I like it but donít love it....

Thoughts? Ideas? Other options??? Am I crazy hahahahaha
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The 34PA in on my short list for a next coach in another year or two but if your travel plans involve kids, ours does not, then 38QBA is going to be a better match.

An RV, aka absorption fridge, will work fine. Residentials have their place and I have one in my coach but if you just starting out an absorption might be a better fit initially. Just set it on auto and head out. There's a little more too it but not much.

New is always nice but the first year warranty work can be a real PITA. Would rather have a well maintained rig that is out of warranty then a new one.
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The 34PA in on my short list for a next coach in another year or two but if your travel plans involve kids, ours does not, then 38QBA is going to be a better match.

An RV, aka absorption fridge, will work fine. Residentials have their place and I have one in my coach but if you just starting out an absorption might be a better fit initially. Just set it on auto and head out. There's a little more too it but not much.

New is always nice but the first year warranty work can be a real PITA. Would rather have a well maintained rig that is out of warranty then a new one.


Really??? Thanks this is all good info..... any thoughts insight???? Heard 2011 had recalls or some thing
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Just picked up our new 37PA today and love it. We chose it because of the layout with large living area.
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Just picked up our new 37PA today and love it. We chose it because of the layout with large living area.


Is their a difference in size with the two living rooms compared
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Really??? Thanks this is all good info..... any thoughts insight???? Heard 2011 had recalls or some thing
A RV fridge is not without its faults. They are slow to cool down and when you load them up with warm items (case of 12oz beverages for example) the internal temps will rise and take time to recover. The plus side as long as you can keep a bit of 12VDC going to the controller and some propane they will stay cold. Set it to auto (AC or propane auto select) and head on out.

The other side of the coin with a residential model you'll will need a DC to AC power inverter and potentially additional battery capacity to sustain the fridge when AC power from shore or the coach generator is not available. You'll also need to manage the available DC power capacity a bit closer when AC power is not available. Let the batteries drop to low and the inverter shuts down. No inverter the fridge shuts down. Takes a while to happen but this is what I meant by the added complexity. Battery power management to support the fridge isn't difficult but if this is your first rodeo it's just one more thing on the long list of stuff to keep in mind when on the road.

The recalls, as I understand, it were safety related to ensure the heating side of the fridge did not overheat and catch fire. There were and still are fires associated with the fridge. Never bothered me when I had a RV fridge. Odds are higher for blowing a tire or getting up close and personal with another vehicle while on the move. A bit like air travel. Most dangerous part is getting to or from the airport. The fridge I had worked without fault from the day I acquired the coach (April 2011) until June last year a week before departure for summer vacation. I guess it reached its use by date or the coach critical use detector detected a critical use and activated. The coach budget was limited at the time and without the fridge the vacation would have been, well let's just say difficult. Already had the inverter and the battery capacity to support limited off grid camping so replacing the RV fridge with a residential was a quick (2 day), low cost ($350), easy install in the driveway fix for me.

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I think the 37PA has a bit more room and a nicer bathroom as well as a bigger fridge.
Find a dealer that has both and take a look for your self.
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I think the 37PA has a bit more room and a nicer bathroom as well as a bigger fridge.
Find a dealer that has both and take a look for your self.
Have a deposit on one and test driving it tomorrow. How does yours handle on the road. Absolutely perfect floor plan for us.
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Good luck. Let us know what happens.
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Buying a new tiffin have model questions 38QBA 37PA???? Help

I like the 37PA as well and it is on our short list, especially since I have now seen them with a fireplace. My only wish would be a TV on a televator near the dining table. We also like the 36LA.

I agree with Sweetbrier, with two children I would prefer the 38QBA. The need to set up a bed every night would get old fast, at least for me. You might also want to verify that the 37PA can sleep four with the slides in. This ensures that quick overnights like a Walmart stop is still viable.


We visited Tiffin in Red Bay a couple of weeks ago and my wife took the tour (figured it would help generate more excitement about an upgrade!).
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We looked at a 37PA, but with four slides the cargo carrying capacity was only a bit more than 800 pounds.
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We looked at a 37PA, but with four slides the cargo carrying capacity was only a bit more than 800 pounds.


Looking at the 2018 brochure right now, GVWR is 26,000 lb but I donít see the weight in the brochure. Where did you find the information?
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Looking at the 2018 brochure right now, GVWR is 26,000 lb but I donít see the weight in the brochure. Where did you find the information?
It was on the sticker in the rig.
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It was on the sticker in the rig.
Does that 800# include driver passenger and 2 dogs? If that's the case I would only have 400# to work with after we got in the coach.
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