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RE: BoB Tiffin "Standup Guy"

I hate to be a party pooper, but I have a friend who bought a new big Tiffen DP and it's been one big bundle of trouble, and getting service on it has been a nightmare. If you go to the factory in Alabama you get in line and wait up to a week to get service and are only allow so many hours of service and if they don't get at all of the problems you get back in line. The dealer service has been worse yet. But he did get some problems fixed an a independent dealer where Tiffen did pick up some of the cost. I won't say anymore As I said there are negative stories out there, but not from lack of Tiffin trying. A new coach under warranty jumps the line when those of us with older coaches are waiting for service. It is normal to wait for a bay to be available. There is a bit of a gamble that the coach owner must make. A shorter wait will get a THREE HOUR service time. That's two techs for three hours and then you are out and at the bottom of the list for a full service bay. A longer wait gets a a full service bay where they keep working until it is done. Coach owner's choice! They will provide guidance, but in the end it is up to you. I chose the 3 hour service and they buttoned up the last project as the clock ticked up on 3 hours! Included were changing the shower door, replacing the lousy knockoff inflatable mattress with a Sleep Number (my cost), service the jacks, repair some broken cabinetry and fix an electrical problem with the dash fans. I prioritized the tasks so that anything they couldn't get to was not a show stopper and we wouldn't need to wait for fll service to get to it. Also they had techs in the camping area working on television issues and other repairs that did not require a bay. I can see where some people might be unhappy waiting in Camp Red Bay, but it beats the H out of letting the coach rot in a dealer's service area and not be available for travel. The worst part of Red Bay is it is a dry county and you need to drive 10 miles out of town to buy a 6 pack :) That and not much to do other than commiserate with other Tiffin owners are about it.
xctraveler 04/01/15 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

When we started shopping for a DP I knew that the two things I loved in gasser would not be available either at all or with very limited options. One was the mid coach entry door. The other was the driver door. The driver door let me access fuses and such up by the driver left foot while standing on a step stool outside without having to turn myself into a pretzel. It also let me get out to fuel or check the site without going all the way through the coach. I don't really miss either. When bringing in groceries I lift them up to the floor so DW can cart them back to the kitchen. When fueling the PS front door is almost as efficient as the driver door and I suspect at my advancing age the old driver door would be more and more of a challenge.
xctraveler 04/01/15 07:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Itasca Latitude Rear gas Pusher. Opinions

It's gotta be the Workhorse UFO chassis with an 8.1 I think.... It is the only chassis that had a gas pusher. I understand they had resolved the overheating issues. I really wanted one, but there were so few built and the mfg I wanted didn't build any at all. I loved my 8.1 L Vortec engine for 110K miles!
xctraveler 03/31/15 08:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: BoB Tiffin "Standup Guy"

I heard about how Tiffin treats owners and ultimately bought one and I can stay in so many ways they are as good as the word about them. The only place you will hear complaints is on Tiffin owners forums. the great customer service is necessary to recover from some bad engineering decisions. We pulled into Red Bay for some minor repairs and first people we met after the campground office were the inspection crew. 15 minutes later they said we were going to have the diver side living room slide out floor replaced and the roof rails too as a "goodwill" task. The slideout floor took 2 hours! and the roof rails took 4 hours in the rail shop and the same again in the paint shop. Thank you Tiffin Motor Homes.
xctraveler 03/31/15 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help with decision on my coach

We have stayed at both (?) campgrounds in Music Valley. If you are traveling with your children that should be fine as they have plenty of amenities.
xctraveler 03/31/15 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with front entrance door

Front door is bus like. It saves wall space since it is space that can;t be used for much of anything else anyhow. Center Door somewhat easier to bring in the groceries, the stairwell presents a hazard in the middle of the coach (no one ever fell into ours, but . . .) We really preferred the center entrance for 11 years in two gassers, now we really prefer the front door in our DP. Yo get used to what you have.
xctraveler 03/31/15 04:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does ANYONE have this same EXACT door awning?

Have you contacted your manufacturer with the VIN number of your coach. They ought to be able to tell you exactly what they put on it. I know Tiffin has every part on my coach documented and I cannot imagine that Winnebago has done any less. They are an excellent company.
xctraveler 03/31/15 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: soft pavement

One other good reason for using pads under the jacks; camping in freezing weather. I have had the misfortune to be camped in our son's yard when there was winter weather and we needed to leave before there was a thaw. My jacks were frozen to the ground and it took some serious prying to break them loose. The next time we setup where there was the possibility of precipitation and freeze I used my pads. At departure time everything was frozen but the jacks lifted cleanly from the plastic pads! I pulled the coach clear and was able to use a pry bar to free the pads in a matter of seconds. It wouldn't have taken minutes because I would have gone without them.
xctraveler 03/31/15 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Starting problems

Hi Coffee2015, Welcome to RV.net! Welcome to RVing its a great life even tho' bugs tend to take our joy away for a moment or two. If you look below the line of this post you will see my "signature" which describes my coach and tow'd. This helps those of us who are trying to answer your question know how to answer your question. For example I am supposing your engine is diesel since gas engines don't have a "wait" light. It could be a Cummins, Caterpillar or Mercedes (not likely). It does make a difference since they are wired differently! the year also matters as there are specifi issues related to some years that are well known. To add a signature from the My Forums page look to the line above the list for "My Preferences" and scroll down to "Your Signature" (first item on the page) and put the information there. It will then appear with every post you make.
xctraveler 03/31/15 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help with decision on my coach

I would keep it too. If our previous coach had been on a diesel chassis we would still have it, with a new interior! It was an 8 year old Gasser with 110,000 miles, all ours. The coach you have is a fine chassis and shell. With continued light use for the next 5-7 years it ought to be fine. If you want significant upgrades then you could choose between a new coach or major interior upgrades to the present one. Most of the newest bells and whistles can be added while undergoing an upgrade. Even some exterior things like better cameras and lighting options are addable. The worst thing you would face would be Resort discrimination against older coaches. That can be overcome with careful maintenance of the exterior. At seven years you are already past the worst of the depreciation. At 8 years no one wanted to give me anything for my Southwind.
xctraveler 03/31/15 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help determining if I can get a motorhome into my driveway

I would not hesitate putting my 36QSH in that driveway. My son in VA has a farm yard which I reach up a 1/8 mile dirt drive. We have a level pad about 6 feet longer than the coach at 90 deg to the driveway. the depth of the parking area is less than the length of the coach and the width is not quite twice the length of the coach. It takes anywhere from 4 to 7 reversals to turn around so I can back onto the pad! (depends on getting the start just right and how soft the garden is). The entire family disappears indoors while DW and I spot the coach :) Haven't hit the house yet, did take out a fence years ago when the garden was real soft and a wheel slipped over the edge. It is much easier these days. We have done it at least twice a year for 11 years.
xctraveler 03/04/15 04:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: analog or digital TV at camp grounds

Satellite works fine for us for local channels too as we move about the country. Whenever I relocate out of the current spot beam I "chat" with Dish Tech support and give them my new "service address" and remind them to leave my billing address at Livingston TX as it is. Most of the techs get it and just blip my receiver to change to the current requested service address. This even updates the timezone so that sitting IN AZ I do not have to put up with EST on the screen. There is no extra charge - well I don't have a fixed base Dish account so there is only the one receiver. If you call in to set this up just make sure you talk to a tech or sales person in the RV section.
xctraveler 03/04/15 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Update on Nashville Officer killed by Motorhome

I am one of the 72 y/o geezers pushing a 32,000 lb DP and my wife is the same age and she drives too. We recognize that OUR reflexes are not what they were when we were in our 40s and that handling the coach is certainly not the same as driving the Jeep. But driving is driving and there are way to many distractions in all our vehicles.
xctraveler 02/22/15 09:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Family Owned MH Manufacturers

I have owned and lived full time in the coach in the signature for just short of three years. About 80% of the problems I have had were self inflicted, can't blame Tiffin for lost keys or hitting a rock. The balance were mostly minor and two majors were noticed by Tiffin inspectors when we stopped by Red Bay and they got me in and out with no cost to me. There was a problem with a slide floor (known issue) and they removed the largest of my slideout rooms (DS LR) replaced the entire floor and put it all back together in under 2 hours. It was like watching a well choreographed dance. The other issue had to do with roof rails and once again the job was done swiftly and carefully. The one issue that went on and on was a dealer failure. They had the part but didn't want to install it under warranty so they "repaired" the shower door. I got it replaced over a year out of warranty at Red Bay, no cost. Bob Tiffin is still running things and contrary to what someone posted there is no daughter to take over, Bob has three sons. They will be taking over soonish as Bob is 72 (that age has a familiar ring to it). We considered Winnebago but the salesman didn't get his act together in time to compete with the Phaeton. Currently they seem to be having issues at Tiffin with the new databus electrical system and the Paramount awning available only on the Bus so far. I expect both will be resolved soon if they haven;t been already.
xctraveler 02/22/15 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: With out the tow

The last time we traveled without the tow'd was in 2003. We were going to the Indy 500 and staying with friends in Indy, stored the coach in the factory yard then parked it at the track (reserved well in advance) and used their car to get back and forth. Piece of cake until we wanted to stop near Put-in-bay on Lake Erie. The nearest campground was a two mile walk on the highway to the state park ferry out to the island (famous War of 1812 Battle site). We then walked all over the island and at night had to walk that highway back to the campground. No place to park an RV at the SP back then. Have never traveled without it since. Now we full time and have no place to leave the tow'd.
xctraveler 02/20/15 09:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bounder Critique

In storage situations I have used I want the steps retracted to eliminate the possibility of my neighbor destroying them with his coach while going in or out. Hard to see those steps while trying to back into a tight storage spot.
xctraveler 02/20/15 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

We had an '04 Southwind, brother to the Bounder. Drove it 105,000 miles over 8 years of extended time use - 3 to 11 months at a time. It served us well and we only had one failure that I can attribute to the WorkHorse Chassis not Fleetwood. Most of my expenditures were normal maintenance and wear and tear from extensive use. Traded for my present coach only because I was concerned about putting a lot of money into refurbing a tired used interior on gas chassis with that many miles on it. We loved it and it was as well built as anything could have been in that price range. Do watch out for older low mileage units, they tend to have not been continuously maintained the engine oil needs to be changed by the calendar whether it is driven or not, etc.
xctraveler 02/20/15 08:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Okay, had a couple of hours in a campsite with no one close on my driver side. So it was time to tackle the stuck macerator. I disconnected the hose from the pump and then had some fun flushing the connections and the ground nearby, fortunately there was not to much "stuff" in the hose (it broke while pumping black tank, but as the job was almost done). As soon as I flushed the pump entrance I could see a part of a white plastic disk jammed into the impeller. Reached in with my needle nose and extracted it. bump the switch and saw (and heard) the impeller spin. Put it all back together. Total time including cleanup 15 minutes. Extra time to clean me thoroughly but that was not part of the project. Still wondering where that debris came from. The coach is almost 3 years old and we are full time so have been using the system regularly. I am hoping it was construction debris that just took its time finding its way to the exit. Can't imagine what it might have broken off of to get where it was.
xctraveler 02/20/15 07:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Undid 4 screws and removed the valence on the bedroom window to reset the dual roller shades that had gotten misaligned. total project time including retrieving and storing my tools, under 15 minutes. Watch this space for the next project. The macerator pump jammed while pumping the black tank. It is currently disconnected and the stinky slinky is doing its thing until I decide to tackle the project, someplace not as crowded as the place I am now.
xctraveler 02/17/15 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any tips for backing into my camping site solo?

You should also have sound on your backup cameras. That would be one additional warning to stop. Lifting the tag would make it a little more maneuverable for tight turns. I have audio on my backup camera, I can hear the engine fans just fine, nothing else gets through. that is with a DP. On my old gasser the audio worked fine.
xctraveler 02/01/15 08:17pm Class A Motorhomes
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