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Old 07-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Janet and I are new to your forum/website. It has been my dream for over 15 years to get a Class A Motorhome and I finally realized that dream almost 3 months ago!. We purchased a used 2007 Tiffin Phaeton with only 9700 miles on her. I am a techie, and just retired last December after 33.5 years with my Aerospace Company and have read most of the manuals at least twice now...LOL... and teaching Janet how to do the "buttons" and hook stuff up.
Of all the forums out there, I have found this one to be one of the best IMHO. I have learned a lot here and have a lot more knowledge to gain.

We look forward to traveling and using our coach.

I had an extension to our driveway poured at least 6" deep and more in some places and installed a 50 amp service myself (having been a journeyman electrician in a previous life) here at the house out by the rear of our coach. We have only camped out once and will now try our dingy/toad behind. I set up an F-150 to tow and am a bit anxious to tow first time but taking it slow. Did the driveshaft disconnect, Blue Ox baseplate, NSA ReadyBrute Elite tow bar with integrated braking system.

Thanks for all your help... and I'm glad to join your world...


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Old 07-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Hi Johnny,
Welcome to the forum and sounds like you got a Great!!MH and you are right this is a great place to be.If you need to know anything they will be someone on here that can point you in the right direction.Good Luck and Many Safe and Happy Miles and Smiles.

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Johnny and Janet,

Sounds like you did your home work and doing things right. Welcome and enjoy the RV life style...Take your time and learn your new coach, I read my many manuals often.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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Tell Janet that she needs to learn to drive the monster.... Both of you need to know everything about the RV. She needs to know how to hook it up and dismantle it when you camp and "break-camp". She also needs to know how to drive the beast. Seriously, if anything happens to you, she needs to know how to get home again.

My hubby is disabled and I do everything. I would love it if he could drive or help in way, but he cannot....but I know that I can drive, I can attach the toad, and I can set the RV up when we get to out destination. Please show her how to do that.....

Good luck and safe travels...!!!!

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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Hi Johnny, welcome to the forum and the Tiffin Owners group. Best of luck with your new Phaeton. I sure have grown to love mine. If the wife's health wasn't an issue we be gone in it all the time or close to it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:43 AM   #9
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:19 AM   #10
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Hi Johnny and Janet Welcome to the forum. So glad your dream came through for you both. Enjoy and happy travels.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #11
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Hi Johnny & Janet! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you found us!

You're right! IRV2 is definitely the best RV forum on the web! Lots of friendly folks eager to share their experience and knowledge with you, and great Moderators who are always fair and respectful. That's a combination that you won't find anywhere else!

Congrats on the new MH! We pulled a 5er for 10 years before getting the MH last year. We love it!

You mentioned towing a F150. I noticed that the new F150's can now be towed 4-down without disconnecting the drive shaft.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:15 PM   #12
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I would love it DW could drive our rig. It's not that she's scared of the size, but at a tad under 5' tall, the driver's station is impossible for her. Her feet don't even touch the floor on these idiotic Flexsteel seats (which have no height adjustment) and the F53 has very limited steering column adjustment and no pedal cluster adjustment.

After driving Gillig transit coaches for a couple of years, I wish we'd gone looking for a DP on a Gillig chassis. The transit coaches had a double-jointed steering column with a telescopic upper section and the driver's seat was a Recaro on an air-ride actuator. Drivers from 5' to 7' tall would have no problems. We even had one driver who was about 5' 7" and 350 #, and he could handle a full shift without discomfort.

I could drive a 10-hour shift with no problems. With these awful Flexsteel things to sit on, I'm lucky to get three hours before I need a 20-minute walkabout to clear the cramps in my hamstrings.

Before anyone buys a rig, they should try to get at least a four-hour drive so you can be sure there aren't any ergonomic factors that will make life miserable. It's bad enough that we're thinking of putting the "discomfortmobile" up for sale after two seasons.

Our "get home" plan is a one-way ticket for one of our sons-in-law (both retired) from Seattle to wherever we're stuck!
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:24 PM   #13
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My husband Vince and myself are new to this site. This is our 5th RV all "B's" and "B+".
We currently own a 2013 Pleasure-Way Plateau on the diesel Sprinter Chassis 22'.

We live In Florida and hope very soon if the weather would decide to be nice everywhere that we can hit the road and enjoy some of the beautiful countryside.

Look forward to being on this site and meeting new people and sharing in your stories.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:14 PM   #14
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