My 40' Tiffin Phaeton QTH

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I guess we are much alike. Great Job!
 

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I guess we are much alike. Great Job!
I had heard there were a couple of people who were crazy enough to make an old coach into a new one. You must be that other guy?
 

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Yesterday we picked up the carpet that we had bound. It came out nicely!
 

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Very nice rig Jim. I like the colors. For me doing the mods/improvements is part of the fun. Always like to head to the garage to mess with something. Enjoy it!
 
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Looks like you used an area rug with bound edges for under the sofa. Great idea to get the finished edge easily. Like the abstract pattern also! Nice job!
 

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Looks like you used an area rug with bound edges for under the sofa. Great idea to get the finished edge easily. Like the abstract pattern also! Nice job!
lol, yes I did. Finding carpet with a design was proving difficult. Buying a couple of area rugs that were the right length made it possible to have the design we were looking for and have the leading edge already-bound.

At the end-of-the-day, it would have been sooo much easier to put down a single piece of nondescript carpet. But we really wanted something with a bit more flare. It was a tough decision as a single piece of carpet was about $100, where the area rugs were closer to $400. It takes courage to cut into a beautiful rug that you know will now become useless for anything other than to show off 12" of its leading edge. o_O
 

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I actually made this improvement a few months ago, but figured I better add it to the list. Several knobs on the cabinet doors (on the passenger side) were poorly aligned. Probably not a big deal to most people but for me it was a source of constant irritation. So like most seasoned married men of my age, I turned a 30 minute job into a several beer endeavor.

But my OCD will rest easier. . .
 

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Ok. So now I know that I’m not the only one with OCD here. Whew! One of my moments was that the gaps on my baggage doors were all over the place. A few hours later and they are all uniform. There’s a long list of the little things that I couldn’t stand looking at.
 
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Today I joined the "ceiling tile sink mod club"! :) Thank you @lostinfla for the idea. For better or for worse, I pained it silver to better match the sink.
 

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Trish needed a better place to store her under-sink stuffs, and per Neal's recommendation, I looked at the Rev-A-Shelf on Amazon. My first impression was that they were a little expensive for what they are, but I went ahead and ordered a pair of them. They arrived the other day and I just finished the installation.

I'll say this. If you need some nice looking, easy to install under sink shelves, these are the ones you want. And at $46.00 each, it's money well spent. Installation involves putting in 8 furnished screws, 4 of which go into pre-dirlled holes in the shelf and 4 that hold the shelf to the cabinet door. Takes about 20 minutes max.

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Not a big deal, but today I hung a piece of metal artwork in the bathroom. The wall was bare and needed to be covered. And the artwork was something my wife liked, so the combination of the two makes life better.
 

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Today was one of the nicest days we've had out here in NC in quite awhile. It was chilly early this AM, but it warmed up nicely as the day went on. After taking Trish to Lowe's for her "Spring Flower Fix" (a habit that becomes brutal this time of year) I headed down to the barn to tighten up some loose ends on the MH and get ready for our 7 day warm-up trip to Shoal Creek Campground.

The sun was shinning down harder than I've seen in a long time. And the 24 volt, 240 watt solar panels that will soon be part of the roof on my Tiffin, were screaming at me to 'TRY US OUT!"

Back in January, I had installed an 80 Amp solar controller and the wiring to support the panels. But weather prohibited their installation and the project has been on hold. So I pulled out 2 of the panels, connect them in series, aimed them at the sun and plugged them into the controller. I disconnected the shore power, clicked on the inverter and powerd up the refrigerator that's been sitting idle for the last several months.

And it all worked! It was just so cool to run the refrigerator for several hours and never pull anything from the batteries. So yes, I am very happy today.

It'll be awhile before I can mount the panels as I want to paint the roof first. And there are a dozen other issues taking place that want attention first. But it was awesome to see everything coming together today and to know that this whole solar thing is going to work when it's completed.

Brewski time!
 

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Look what UPS brought me yesterday. :)

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While we don’t have a fixer upper per say, our 13 year old Airstream is a keeper. We’ve had no big issues.

Here is what we’ve done in the three years we’ve owned her:

Replaced kitchen faucet, replaced fantastic fan with maxx air fan and hood, replaced rear storage gasket and had that area of the bottom reinforced, added foam to couch seating. It helped a lot.

This fall, replacing all window seals, and found another storage compartment gasket I will replace.

If we were to do a class a dp, we’d have to do it the way you’re doing it. However, we aren’t full timing or even quite part-timing, just many trips and three of them longer than a week. If we were, I see the DP would be the way to go. Enjoy your coach and it looks great!
 

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If we were to do a class a dp, we’d have to do it the way you’re doing it.
Yeah, there's a lot of Newmar owners hanging around on this forum. I showed up with a Tiffin and immediately became the trailer trash of the group, lol. But to be honest, I don't use my motor home enough to justify dropping that kind of money. If I were full time, maybe. ( But probably not. :) )
 
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