Phaeton 40IH sink drain broke, slide out failure, check engine light other mishaps
Left in May for the Yellowstone area. Got back July 4th. My experience in this new to me rig:
Departure day - 3: kitchen sink drain got caught in the frame of the coach, crimped and broke then flooded the bay with water. Had mobile mechanic fix it - failed first attempt. Applied Tiffins recommended fix and it didnít stand a chance. Went to Home Depot for some flex pvc pipe and replaced the line myself. Terrible design - when the slide out comes it, all the lines and wires servicing the slide are left to jumble around the frame any way they see fit. Did I say terrible design? Itís a joke. I now get under there every time to manage the lines when the DW puts the slide in. Also, their design crimps the 1 1/2Ē pvc at a 90 degree angle transitioning from the vertical wall to a horizontal 2Ē x 8Ē metal box under the slide. Anything the size of a pea or corn kernel will clog it up. Iím not joking. Be careful what goes down that sink.
Departure day: 1 jack stuck down on my HWH hydraulic Jacks. Added fluid - what a pain!! No help. Lubed exposed jack shafts with ATF fluid like the Power Gear system in my old rig. No help. Stumbled on a video that said to use WD40 to lube the jacks. Jack went right up and working fine since. 4 hour departure delay.
Stopped for an overnight in Colorado: at some point my 2017 F150 King Ranch decided it didnít want to be in tow mode anymore. Blew the 10 speed tranny. I hooked it up and drug it to Jackson Hole, WY Ford dealer cuz if Iím going to stranded, prefer to be there. Took 3 weeks and $9k to get new tranny delivered and installed. By that time we were in northeastern Idaho so had to go back to get it. We had logged 150+ miles on bicycles as there were no rental cars available and we were determined to experience the areas. I have to say - everybody was so kind and helped us in so many ways - it can be tough without wheels. We met so many generous and giving people. What a blessing.
Got home last night: by that time the check engine light was coming on sporadically, a bathroom slide out is not working, a rear reverse light had fell off (theyíre held on by double sided tape - no joke), and my air compressor crapped out (thanks again to a fellow RVer for loaning me his Viar 450).
And the good news is: our replacement a/c arrived last Saturday after a 3 month backorder!!!
I think weíve all had those trips when everything is a challenge. This was our first extended trip in the new rig. While I hope future trips are easier, I must say that we thoroughly enjoyed our time, met a number of wonderful people that we hope to see again, and had to learn patience and flexibility.
Jody & Sylvia with our two mini schnauzers
2018 Tiffin Phaeton 40IH WITH F150 in tow
Formerly 2004 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40PDQ