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Old 11-15-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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We are seriously considering buying a Tiffin Phaeton 40 footer. The engine this year is a Cummins 380. I have read many threads regarding hp and torque. What can I expect?
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We are seriously considering buying a Tiffin Phaeton 40 footer. The engine this year is a Cummins 380. I have read many threads regarding hp and torque. What can I expect?
Gary;

Welcome to iRV2. I am sorry I can't help you with your question as I have never owned a DP. I might suggest for starters you visit the Tiffin Forum HERE and post your question there.

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Morning Gary,

My Husband and I just bought a used coach but she is new to us. Our coach has the M11 450 Cummins in it and our coach is a diesel Pusher. In general diesel are made for work and heavy loads on the road. Our coach has a Diesel pusher in her and she runs great you can enjoy the fine things such as less noise b/c the engine is in ther rear of the coach.lol. We are new to Rving but own Diesel excurision that my husband bought me. In my option a diesel pusher works just a good a s a diesel pusher a diesel to me is a diesel to me. Like I said I'm new at this if you really like to know what to expect I will kindly give you my husband cell phone number and you can speak with him. But like one of the other thread said try posting that question in the forum of the owning that you have... as for a diesel pusher u in good hands.
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Welcome to the forum!!!

What you can expect out of the Phaeton 40 DP is one of (if not THE) most popular DP on the market. You didn't mention the year and I'm not familiar with a Cummins 380 but my Cummins ISL 400hp brings with it 1200# of torque and that's plenty to tow our Ford Explorer over the Rockies with no problem.

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Welcome Gary,
The new Cummins 380 has 1050 lb ft of torque. That will move your Phaeton along with no problems. My 350 CAT only has 850 lb ft of torque and I've run it from S FL into the Smokies, across the Rockies and even survived the roads around Oklahoma City & Memphis. I'm pulling 5900 lbs of GMC (had a 4700 lb Saturn last trips in the Smokies and Rockies) and will go anywhere with it. Tiffin Phaeton is the number one selling DP (Tiffin Allegro Bus is 2nd). Enjoy your coach, whatever you decide to buy, maintain it properly, and use the heck out of it.
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Thanks for your comments

historyljc, thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm from Tulsa. I know what you mean about the roads in Oklahoma.
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Thanks for your words of encouragement. I had no idea the Phaeton was that popular. I have a friend who owns one and loves it. Seemed like a good recomendation so I took it.
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We have a schnoodle who will be traveling with us. Anything I should know about dogs and RV's?
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Hi travelgirl

So as a new RV'r what's been the hardest part and have you enjoyed it as much as you thought you would?
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We just finished a 21/2 month trip from So.Cal to Vermont down to Florida and back to Burbank with my wife and our little pup Sophie. The hardest part was trying to figure out why anyone would call our bed an RV Queen. With two adults and our dear little Sophie it was a tad snug. That was the hardest part if you really needed to find a hardest part. As far as enjoying it, it was a great trip with not one problem. We saw the fall colors, ate tons of oysters in Florida, and great cajun food in Louisanna.
Do only as much as you are comfortable with and don't overdo it and I'm sure you will love it as much as we do.
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We are seriously considering buying a Tiffin Phaeton 40 footer. The engine this year is a Cummins 380. I have read many threads regarding hp and torque. What can I expect?
Rule of thumb I've seen is 1HP for each 100 pounds of weight (coach, toad and gear.) If you want to pass the semis and busses going up mountain passes, go with a little more.
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