My 40' Tiffin Phaeton QTH

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I'm fairly new to RVing and this is my first DP.

I'd love to have a brand-new coach, but my policy is to pay cash for everything, and a trip to the money tree indicated there weren't enough branches to carry the load. ;) But with a little pruning I found I could afford a 2009, 40' Phaeton QTH. It's a nice coach, pretty well taken care of, and only 18K on the clock. But still, it's 10 years old and will benefit from some upgrades.

So I'm going to create and maintain this thread to track the coaches condition as it evolves with time. There will probably be more "minor" changes than major, but I'm hoping the combined effect of numerous details will produce a product that will make me proud as I visit future destinations and chat with the friends we make along the way.

I take constructive criticism well and encouragement even better, so don't hesitate to toss your .02 in along the way.
 

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I was never a fan of the original Phaeton coverings, well not on the dinette anyway. So we changed it. Don't like the table either, but I haven't decided what to do with it yet.
 

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Looking forward to seeing the work that you do @Jim. Looks like a nice setup you have and will only get better.

I'm in the same boat as you although my father always said if I didn't find anything on the first money tree in the backyard, I should keep looking to see if there were others. I down to Tiffin or Newmar for my first DP and leaning towards Newmar primarily due to the comfort dive that I have read so much about.
 
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As you make it your own you will enjoy it more, keep going and continue to share.
 
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Well, you’ve got a Jeep, and dogs...those are some of the most important accessories! Nice job on the dinette upholstery; much improved.
 

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There is a little springy-thingy switch on the closet wall so that when the door slides open, the springy-thingy turns the closet light on. Close the door and the light goes off.

Well mine broke. Googling springy-thingy didn't produce the desired results, (kidding of course) so I installed a 12-volt motion sensor light switch next to the closet light. While I was at it, I decided to replace the old closet light with an extra LED light that I had in the barn. Did the same thing to the other side as well

So now when we open either side of the closet, the motion sensor turns on the light. Nice! And if we walk into the bathroom and leave the closet door open, the light goes out on its own in about 30 seconds. Walk back to the closet and the light comes back on.

Here is the link to the motion sensor on Amazon.
 

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I needed to replace the patio light, so I bought a couple of these and I like them a lot. It’s nice to have the light come on automatically when I drive (or walk) up to the coach. I used one to replace the patio light and one to replace the road light. Because they are taking the place of existing lights, you will use the existing switches to control them.

Here’s how it works. Flip the switch to the on position and the light is on. To turn if off, flip the switch to off. Flip the switch on again and a slightly noticeable blue light will start a slow blink on the side of the light. This means the light is in motion mode. To remove it from motion mode, flip the switch to off.

As a bonus feature, if the coach batteries drain below 50% while the light is in the ON mode, the light will automatically turn itself off to not further drain the batteries. At $60 bucks apiece (Amazon) I think they’re a little expensive, but they feel sturdy and are built in America. I like that.
 

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Jim -

Nice looking Phaeton. Looks to be in good shape. I’m looking forward to following your upgrade posts. Maybe you could start by letting us know where to find one of those money trees.

Now we need to attract a few more Tiffin owners to this forum.


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Jim -

Nice looking Phaeton. Looks to be in good shape.
Thank you Deaton. It's a nice Phaeton, but like all 10+ year old MH's, it needs some updating. We've done this sort of thing a few times, both with motor homes and houses alike, so I'm sure it'll come out pretty nice.

I have solar panels and wire in the barn and my MC4 connector tool and the male/female conectors showed up a few days ago. Hope to get started on that soon.

Thanks for following Deaton!
 
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I'm fairly new to RVing and this is my first DP.

I'd love to have a brand-new coach, but my policy is to pay cash for everything, and a trip to the money tree indicated there weren't enough branches to carry the load. ;) But with a little pruning I found I could afford a 2009, 40' Phaeton QTH. It's a nice coach, pretty well taken care of, and only 18K on the clock. But still, it's 10 years old and will benefit from some upgrades.

So I'm going to create and maintain this thread to track the coaches condition as it evolves with time. There will probably be more "minor" changes than major, but I'm hoping the combined effect of numerous details will produce a product that will make me proud as I visit future destinations and chat with the friends we make along the way.

I take constructive criticism well and encouragement even better, so don't hesitate to toss your .02 in along the way.
BEAUTIFUL COACH Jim, I will be following the upgrades you make but hard to see where it needs any!! Beautiful!!
 
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Except for a couple of fuses, I think I have all the parts to begin my solar project.

So today I got started by installing the EPEVER Tracer 8420AN 80 amp MPPT charge controller in the basement compartment, about 2' from my battery bank. Then I connected the controller to the battery bank with a pair of 4 gauge wires.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, I hope to run more 4 gauge wire from the controller up to the roof and get ready for the 6-245 watt, 24 volt panels that I plan to install.
 

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Love your booth redo!

Your reworking is what’s inspiring about owning a rig more than 5 years-keep it and update! Especially if you’re FT!
 
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About 2:30 this afternoon, the wind and rain finally subsided and the sun came out enough to get a little work done.

I pulled off the cover that conceals the water holding tank and drilled a hole in the 2" vent tube that goes up to the roof. (For the record, this vent tube doesn't go to the fresh water, it goes into a black tank and I'm not sure what's in it. But it's not the black water tank, that I know!) Then I fished a pair of 4 gauge wires up through the vent tube and up onto the roof where I zip-tied them to the antenna until I'm ready to connect them to the distribution block. When I'm sure I have the wire length correct, I'll use some silicone on the hole in the vent tube. Tomorrow I hope to run the other end of the wires under the coach and over to the solar controller.

My distribution blocks also arrived and I made a trip to Lowe's to pick up some other goodies, including a waterproof box for the distribution blocks to reside in.
 

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I got the wires from the vent tube routed through several basement storage areas, across the coach and over to the inverter. Got lucky and hitched a ride through some factory cutouts, so it was a piece of cake. I'm going to hold off on installing any panels just yet as I've decided to paint the roof first. And with the weather being so bad, I'm not sure when that will be.

But I like to do something every day, or at least ever couple of day, even if it's just a small thing. The other day it was a small dehumidifier which I put on the sink until it proves itself to be beneficial. But so far so good! Once I'm happy with it, I'll mount it somewhere with a drain tube so I don't have to empty the catch tray so much.

Like most coaches, we have a sleep number mattress, which I'm an not really a fan of. So yesterday I replaced it with a house style king size mattress. It fit nicely and I feel it will suit us better. It was a real chore to get it in the coach and around the captains chairs. And it was especially difficult in the bedroom as there is a ceiling fan hanging down and the mattress and the fan got into a scrap. But at the end of the day, they reconciled and the mattress has now found a new forever home.

Sorry, no pictures. But I believe everyone has seen a mattress before, right? ;)
 

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I'm fairly new to RVing and this is my first DP.

I'd love to have a brand-new coach, but my policy is to pay cash for everything, and a trip to the money tree indicated there weren't enough branches to carry the load. ;) But with a little pruning I found I could afford a 2009, 40' Phaeton QTH. It's a nice coach, pretty well taken care of, and only 18K on the clock. But still, it's 10 years old and will benefit from some upgrades.

So I'm going to create and maintain this thread to track the coaches condition as it evolves with time. There will probably be more "minor" changes than major, but I'm hoping the combined effect of numerous details will produce a product that will make me proud as I visit future destinations and chat with the friends we make along the way.

I take constructive criticism well and encouragement even better, so don't hesitate to toss your .02 in along the way.
Great job on your dinette!! definitely looking forward to seeing what else you do to your coach!
 
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Another lousy day, weather wise anyway. Pulled out and replaced the old faucets with some that Trish (My Wife) couldn't live without. I rate plumbing right up there with smashing my fingers, but this went smoothly enough. Well, as good as can be expected when you try to put a 6'1", 235lb man inside a tiny little cabinet. :(

So yeah, I see the pictures didn't turn out with a darn. That's because the pictures are of a plumbing project, and because I suck at plumbing projects, I should have realized the pictures would suck too. ;)
 

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Nicely done😀
 
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Trish was watching "Christine on the Coast" and I hear her holler at me to come see something. I expected to come in and see a GSD or something. "Look at the TV" she says. "See anything you recognize?" Looked at the TV and lol, there were the faucets we installed yesterday. Different finish, but otherwise the same.

Apparently, Christine has good taste in faucets... :)
 

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We use a larger dehumidifier when we are not using the RV. We place it in the shower and let it drain into the gray water tank.
 
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Jim,
I kind of doing the same thing. I bought a fixer upper for a lower price. I redid ours to fit our needs. We got rid of the booth type seats and table and added more seating. We use a folding table and chairs if we want instead. Then we got a reclining sofa with the center folds down for cup holders and power.

Just giving you ideas. Nice thing is you get to build it to fit your needs.

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