In a previous update we mentioned that we were switching to a 5th wheel and that our 2014 Tiffin Phaeton would be up for sale so we thought we would take a minute to post it here in case any of you might know of someone interested.
Before we went fulltime and when we hit the road we owned a 2007 40’ Tiffin Phaeton that we bought new and had such good luck with that it was a pretty easy decision to buy another Tiffin product when it came time for a change
We ordered and purchased this rig from Lazy Day’s in Seffner Florida and drove off the lot with it in April of 2014. (We will splash pictures throughout the post)
Our rig is a 2014 Tiffin Phaeton 42LH and is a (All electric coach) with 33,000 miles on a Freightliner Diesel Pusher Chassis with six airbags.
It is pushed down the road by a Cummins ISL450 Engine coupled with a 6 speed Allison transmission.
It has 4 slides that creates a great roomy feel and has 1 1/2 baths. The rear bath has a Tecma macerator toilet that was being used in the Tiffin bus’s that we had installed during the build because we were not excited about the toilet they were using in the Phaeton at the time, so that was a upgrade for this coach.
And there is a stacking washer & dryer unit in the rear bath and a built in cloths hamper (2 total in the coach, for us it’s his & hers) as well as a large shower with skylight. The rear bathroom setup was one of the main reasons we picked this floorplan. Very nice and private when you want that private time. And roomy enough to never feel claustrophobic which was very important to us.
The ½ bath has a good ol trusty porcelain RV toilet with no macerator which comes in real handy for those boon-docking adventures. In fact that’s about the only time we ever use it.
This coach has a 10 Kw diesel Generator with auto gen start and we upgraded the house battery bank to 6 AGM Lifeline 6CT’s. Lifeline batteries are well known to be among the best you can buy. **The batteries were close to $500 each.**
We also installed 8 – 140 watt Kyocera Solar Panels with a Blue Sky solar boost and Blue Sky IPN-Pro-Remote. This upgrade cost over $5500 to have done and has made our boondocking experiences much more enjoyable. And it is nice to know that if we want to pull in somewhere for a night or even just to spend some time along our route for lunch by a river that the upgraded battery bank and solar system will keep everything alive and well without worry.
The coach also has 3 A/C’s on the roof with heat pumps. We also upgraded the fan blades on each unit so they run much quieter than they did from the factory. The rear AC developed a problem about 2 years back and was replaced so it’s a newer unit which is what drew our attention to the sound difference between it and the original units leading us to change out the fan blades.
Tiffin uses a HWH 4 jack Automatic leveling system which has proven to be a good system for us.
For entertainment the coach has 3 TVs, 1 in living room area, 1 in the bedroom and 1 outside. There is also a DVD/CD player with Surround Sound, an In-Motion Satellite dome AND a DTV Traveler Satellite antenna with A/B switch to bounce between either antenna. The coach came with the dome and we added the traveler, **this was a $1500 upgrade.**
Having 2 satellite antennas has come in handy more than once when camping in treed areas. We have had it where one antenna is blocked by trees but the other would get a signal. A little nicety that not every rig has.
The living room area has a Fireplace that can supply heat and, an L-Shape couch/sleeper with full size air mattress that has never been used.
We were not too sure about having the fireplace but after having it we can honestly say it’s one of our favorite things about the coach. I sleep with the fireplace remote by the bed when in areas that have cool mornings and I love grabbing it and letting the fireplace take the chill off in the front section of the coach before getting out of bed. A luxury we really enjoy.
Speaking of luxuries and getting out of bed, we LOVE the heated floors the coach has. There is nothing better than getting out of bed and having your feet land on warm floors. Actually between the heated floors and the fireplace that’s all we use to keep the coach warm most of the time.
But for those times it’s a little extra cold outside the coach is equipped with an Aqua-Hot 440-D domestic hot water and heating system that provides endless hot water for those long showers if your into those and a nice even and quiet heat source.
The kitchen area is nice and roomy and has a Maytag residential refrigerator (with 2 doors and a large freezer below and water & ice in the door), a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, 2 Burner Induction cooktop, a Microwave / Convection oven and a pull out cabinet section with 3 drawers for added counter space.
There is also a built in kitchen table that slides in and out for added space with good storage under it as well as a built in computer work station that hides away nicely.
The bedroom has a King size bed with a Tempurpedic mattress (that we are planning to keep) with good storage underneath and a ceiling fan that we have really enjoyed.
There is also ample storage in the bedroom and a second built in cloths hamper.
We will line list a few more things about the coach:
3 roof vents and fans with covers, 1 slide out Tray in cargo bay, LED lighting throughout, lower cargo area lighting has motion sensors, Under Coach multicolor lighting (upgrade that cost around $500). Electric Power Cord Reel, Electric Water Hose Reel, Hard wired Progressive Industries EMS system (upgrade that cost $300), Plumbed for an Air Force One brake system, Snap on Tire covers (upgrade with a $540 value). Magna Shade windshield cover (upgrade with a $575 value), Magna Shade captain’s side window cover (upgrade with a $195 value), and all recalls are up to date. And no one has ever smoked in this rig.
If you add the upgrades up they come to $12,110!! We know and don’t expect to re-coop what we put into upgrades but we feel they are all very worthwhile upgrades that we would do again without hesitation.
Because we are full-time RVers a key factor for us during the sale of our current home and the delivery of our new home is timing. We would like to time the turning over our coach very close to the time our new 5th wheel will be ready which is scheduled for the 1st week of April.
If we find someone willing to work with that we would be happy to work out a rent back scenario OR work with the price a little for the sake of convenience.
We are asking $220,000
Our 2016 F160 could also be purchased as a package deal but we have not given much thought to that scenario. But it is a great toad.