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Old 11-11-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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Rv'er since 1977, but just purchased first diesel, a 2008 Phaeton. Does anyone know of any issues I need to be on look out for?
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Congratulations on your new Phaeton. First of all you need to check out the Tiffin owners forum at tiffinrvnetwork.com. This is a large group of Tiffin owners that love to share information and someone there will have the same RV as you do. To answer your question (at least a couple), there are three items that you need to check. 1. Wet bay floor. The floor under your wet bay (where your tanks and sewer connections are), is prone to rot as it was not treated wood from the factory. If it has been warrantied, it will be a plastic material that they used for replacements, and if not they might still fix it for you at no or low cost. 2. The floor on the drivers side front slide. They have been known to delaminate due to bad sealing during the assembly process. 3. The roof rails cracking. Up where the roof curves down to meet the sides of the bus, you will find cracks if it hasn't been warrantied yet. They still may fix that one too. Just go on the forum and ask questions and read about all the things to keep aware of. We have an 07 bus and have been very happy with it over the years. Enjoy the adventure. Steve
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Congratulations! We also just recently bought a Phaeton, a 2012 40 QTH. This weekend will be our first outing with it.

Excellent description above regarding the 'big 3' issues. Give Tiffin a call and they will be very helpful in helping you with which have been addressed, how to check for each, and if needed options for repairs. They went through this with me prepurchase.
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Diesels usually have air brake systems, where gas does not. The first thing you need to do is "TOTALLY" understand how the air brakes work!

Diesel engines do not have spark plugs. They are fired up with the heat created by the friction in the cylinders. Once they are running they do not need a battery to stay running. All they need is fuel and air. They cannot be shut off unless they are starved of one of those two components,(fuel, or air). Therefore keeping the supply of fuel clean, with new filters and clean fuel is a must The same thing goes with the air supply and it's filters.
Naturally, that is a simplistic answer to your question (especially with todays computers) but that is most of what you need to know when using a diesel.
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Does anyone know of any issues I need to be on look out for?
Congrats!!

The huge grin that you are likely to develop can cause all sorts of facial pain! I had several run in's with it - the worst was coming down the first steep mountain pass. The big diesel was easing me down without any stress or strain, there was no fear of a brake fire, or being able to get slowed down for let alone maneuver around the next 25 mph corner.
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Rv'er since 1977, but just purchased first diesel, a 2008 Phaeton. Does anyone know of any issues I need to be on look out for?
Be sure if u r in cold area to use straight #1 fuel. Your #2 fuel will give u trouble if outside temperature drops below freezing. Don't take any chances if u r traveling in cold weather. Or if u are heading into cold weather get #1 fuel as soon as you can. Just please remember if u r traveling in 32 degrees or colder use #1 deisel fuel and u will be fine. If you do not you will be sorry and your #2 fuel will gel up on u and Man U will have a mess. Just top off your fuel tank with #1 and you will be fine. U need at least a 50/50 blend of #1 and #2 to travel in the beow freezing temp.
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Rv'er since 1977, but just purchased first diesel, a 2008 Phaeton. Does anyone know of any issues I need to be on look out for?
Here's another thing to think about. I just purchased a 2005 beaver Monterry. And deisel generator quit when my deisel fuel gauge got below 40 gallons. That is right. And so I am not sure if your rig will be the same. But just in case. If your generator stalls out on you. Check your fuel gauge. You may have to keep your tank above 40 gallons in order for your generator to keep running. Good luck. I am still learning about my Beaver. Had it two weeks now so learning too. But I have had deisel trucks and equipment my whole life.
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Here's another thing to think about. I just purchased a 2005 beaver Monterry. And deisel generator quit when my deisel fuel gauge got below 40 gallons. That is right. And so I am not sure if your rig will be the same. But just in case. If your generator stalls out on you. Check your fuel gauge. You may have to keep your tank above 40 gallons in order for your generator to keep running. Good luck. I am still learning about my Beaver. Had it two weeks now so learning too. But I have had deisel trucks and equipment my whole life.
In layman's terms, that's a 1/4 tank. The system is designed to cut off the supply of fuel to the generator at 1/4 tank so as not to leave you stranded with not enough diesel to travel to a service station.

No one told me this with my first DP and I spent most of a day scratching my head trying to figure out why the generator wouldn't start!
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