Saturday, March 17, 2012

Scary Times Ahead!!!

The day is here!!!  First day of driving the Tiffin Phaeton diesel pusher motorhome on the road.  Everyone please give me a wide berth!!  Scary scary!!!
I have to give it up for this dealership.  When I arrived in Yuma, I called the office and they sent a truck to pick me up at the airport.  I was escorted to the RV that is my new home, all set up for me to live in.  After three hours of up and down stairs, I transferred everything from my old fifth wheel to the new beauty.  Hmmmm ... what to put where.  I have four times the space and can't decide where to put everything.  Patty says don't worry, she'll show me how hers is set up when I get back to their house in Lake Havasu.
Thankfully, Patty and Dan are meeting me this morning here in Yuma so Dan can give me hints and tips on driving.  Hope he took some anti-anxiety pills!!!!!  We are going to Lake Havasu where I will wait for the sierra storms to subside so I can navigate Tehachapi pass easily.

I have spent the last two days running everything, figuring out the "order" of things, and believe me, there is an order.  The long mirror I had in the old rig was the first thing to bite the dust.  In closing one of the slides, it got caught and broke the frame.  Not that I need it, I have two closet door mirrors.

When Dan was here last week, he went over the whole unit for me, looking for things that need to be fixed and the list was presented to the Service Department.  When I arrived, the first thing I did was get out the list!!!  Took me awhile to get everything done, or at least I thought it was all fixed ... but one hydraulic leak remains.  The Service Department, however, is closed for the weekend and I need to leave.  They do have a La Mesa RV Service Center in Davis California, near a friends house, so that may be my first trip when I get home.

That said, I'm actually surprised at the Tiffin quality.  I expected a few things not to work, but the only adjustments needed were minor in nature.  The hardest thing to deal with was the TV's.  Turn one on and both in the living area come on.  Turn one off, both went off ... took me awhile to figure that one out!!  My dish network travel'r satellite dish was installed on the new rig and works like a charm.

Lastly, I was able to talk them into giving me some diesel for my trip home.  Ouch ... a hundred gallon fuel tank sounds great until you have to fill it up with $4.39 per gallon fuel.  They put in $200.00 worth.

My advice to anyone looking for a new motorhome would be to check out La Mesa RV and find someone like Dan Chance who knows everything there is about RV's.  Without Dan, I probably wouldn't be a happy owner.  He basically handled all the negotiations for me, including my trade-in and the extended warranty.  Thanks Dan ... you and Patty are the best!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the motor home family! We look forward to many adventures with you in your new house.