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Old 09-07-2006, 03:07 PM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by THutch:
If all goes well, we plan to go on out to California to visit family, and then go to 3-Ts in Arizona for their suspension upgrades. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Let us know how the 3-T's upgrade works out for you (i.e. specific before and after comments). It's been on my wish list for a year but haven't had the opportunity to be int their neighborhood yet.
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:23 PM   #16
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Geechee,<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I have a partner who still needs a place without wheels to call home. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We are originally from Calif...in fact, still have a retirement house there. We also bought a small house in Montana, and will use the coach to travel between our current home in Florida...when I get fully retired, we'll figure out where we want to really live! I used the Montana residence to register the coach, and didn't need the Montana LLC method.

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We have Sirius in several cars, and used a home kit to transfer one into the RV. I used the antenna that came with the home kit, and just used 3M trim tape to adhere it to the inside of the fiberglass front cap (up behind the TV switching box). Receives great right though the cap. Using the built in FM transmitter, I pick it up through the RV Radio and can receive it on the outside entertainment radio, also.
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:37 PM   #17
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vicsryd,

I don't have to tell you the before, since we have the same coach...but for others, it feels like driving a big marshmellow. Noticed in your sig that you have the TruCenter...did that help?
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:47 PM   #18
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thanks for all the responses and making a newbie feel so welcome!

We are picking up the Meridian tomorrow. I may not get much sleep tonite

Hopefully the dealership did a decent prep and the rig is ready for delivery

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Old 09-07-2006, 06:34 PM   #19
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Hi John,

Which dealer are you working with?
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:53 AM   #20
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by THutch:
vicsryd,

I don't have to tell you the before, since we have the same coach...but for others, it feels like driving a big marshmellow. Noticed in your sig that you have the TruCenter...did that help? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I definitely wouldn't qualify our ride/handling as 'marshmallow'. If anything it tends towards a little too stiff and unyielding in corners. I attribute a lot of this to the front I-Beam suspension Going diagonally into a driveway or over a speed bump is a rock-n-roll nightmare (something the 3-T's setup is suppose to fix).

Your 'marshmallow' ride/handling sounds to me like your tire pressure is too low. My loaded 4 wheel weighing came out to be 8800lbs front axle (left front 4400lbs) and 16800lbs rear axle (right rear 8400lbs...we have the washer/dryer option which is about 500lbs right on the right rear). Per the Michelin tire pressure table I run 87psi front and 100psi rear (a couple lbs on the high side to be safe).

Take note, the rear axle on this chassis is rated only to 17500lbs which is pretty low compared to other rigs. You have to take some care in what you pack where to not to become overloaded.

We found the right front is very lightly loaded (only 3600lbs) and so we now put our heaviest stuff in the front right cargo bay to help balance things out.

The TruCenter work pretty well. It dampens the road steer with only is a slight increase the steering effort. The really cool feature is it's ability to adjust and lock-in straight line driving to compensate for cross-winds and road crowning so your not always holding the wheel left or right to compensate. Of course the main reason I have it is to help maintain control in the event of a blowout.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:29 AM   #21
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Delivery has been delayed until monday.
No fault of the dealers - we had a family emergency to deal with.

I'll update you all with a new topic when we get the rig

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Old 09-08-2006, 08:01 PM   #22
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by teekay:
We picked up our 2006 Meridian 36G with 350 HP cat in May. Very few defects from factory, most every thing I corrected myself rather than take it back to dealer. Love the floor plan, the power is adequate to pull our Suburban, generally easy to drive. Mileage is poor, 7.2 MPG average. We've made trips to Yellowstone and Washington DC from Minnesota both 100% success. The radio stinks; get a MP3 player and plug it in the AUX inputs. Good luck. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The radio on our Journey sucked as well - UNTIL we finally got the dealer to take a serious look at the problem. They realized the nature of the problem when they disconnected the antenna from the radio and the reception improved immensely. That lead to the installation of a new antenna as the cable to the original antenna had been damaged during installation at the factory. It was much better with the new antenna and reception was great.
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vicsryd,

Thanks for the info! I went out and read tire pressures..I'm at 97 psi in both front, rears had 90 psi in 3 and 100 psi in the outside right. Is this enough difference to cause the ride I described? I adjusted all rears to 100 psi, and will get it weighed after I've got the tow dolly and PT Cruiser hooked up.

John,

I know the feeling of waiting for the coach. We went through 3 weeks of dealing with financing...but the dealer let me take the "black bag" home, and it gave me time to study all the manuals...probably wouldn't have done that if we had the coach at home.
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Hello Tom,

We were unable to get the motorhome because my wife was in the emergency room yesterday morning, but she is a trooper - once she was released she wanted to get the coach! The doctor suggested she get some rest...

We have rescheduled delivery for monday - just two more days.

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