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Old 12-21-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
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ID:	114625Just purchased 2011 Itasca Meridian 40U. Decided we did not want a coach with the newer trouble some slides. The only slide failure has been the "plastic " rollers on the power gear slides. Have replaced rollers on both large slides as plastic rollers broke. Had custom aluminum rollers made and they work wonderfully.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Wow, that looks really nice! Congrats!!
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We also have a 2011 40U -- Winnebago Journey version. Two of our plastic rollers on biggest slide were replaced under warranty. Actually not something we noticed an issue with ourselves, but found by service techs who noticed floor scratches. Where did you get the custom rollers made? We love this coach -- and would be interested in comparing notes on other things we've both addressed to "improve" it :-)
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Love the paint design! Look like it has been kept inside and taken good care of. Enjoy and congratulations!
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:14 PM   #8
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Great looking coach. Enjoy
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Attachment 114625Just purchased 2011 Itasca Meridian 40U. Decided we did not want a coach with the newer trouble some slides. The only slide failure has been the "plastic " rollers on the power gear slides. Have replaced rollers on both large slides as plastic rollers broke. Had custom aluminum rollers made and they work wonderfully.
We love ours.

Spray your racks with CRC Power Lube with PTFE (CRC Power Lube Industrial High Performance Lubricant with PTFE, 16 oz. (Net weight: 11 oz) Aerosol Can, Light Amber/White: Power Tool Lubricants: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific). It it moves this is a good lube for it.

Watch your passengers slide cabinets over the couch. Mine dropped down and I had to do some fancy fixing. The screws go into 1/16" aluminum!

In the spring make an appointment with the Freightliner factory in Gaffney, SC. Have the chassis inspection/adjustment done. It is well worth the time and money.

I am changing out my tires. I have changed the front for Continental. Not my first choice but better than the Michelin that were on. The coach requires 110 psi. The OEM tires are rated at 110 psi. I was not comfortable with this for many reasons. I will put Toyo on the rear when I change them out.

I am very happy with the add-on tow and break packages. And our new 2014 CR-V was just plain good timing. Setup is easy and it tows well.

Overloading the coach is easy to do because you have so much storage room. Be aware of this. We full-time so it may be more of an issue than for you.

One of the many great features with this coach is the electrical system. When on 30A (many of the camps we volunteer at have only 30A) the inverter will supplement power under certain conditions. The generator auto start is a great feature and the AGM batteries are really work horses.

DW loves the residential fridge and the pantry. The original stove is not the best. I replaced it with a Atwood. That was not easy to do and the build of the new stove is chintzy. The good of it is the lighting and burner controls work well.

If you have any specific questions please feel free to PM me. If I can help I will.

Happy trails,

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Thanks for the tips

We had the chassis and alignments checked at Josam in Orlando, Fl. They are the best in the country for large vehicle frames and chassis. All checked out perfect. Funny you mention lube on the slide rollers. They all had just been lubed. It was the drivers side that broke first. I heard it drop and I stopped the slide movement. Further use of the slide without the rollers could cause the Gear/roller shaft to fail. Not being able to find the new plastic rollers, I immediately contacted a local machine shop and had new rollers machined from aluminum. Now all rolls very smoothly. I had 6 new Toyo 275 75 R 22.5 tires installed November 3rd. No problems with cabinets. Batteries are 6 years old and do not hold a charge under load as they did when new. I will replace with USA AGM 31 batteries, rather than the NAPA 9831 DT batteries that are currently installed. The dash HVAC system failed, in as much as the air would only come out of the defrosters. That repair took some trouble shooting and required removing the top of the dash. After determining the vacuum pump was OK, and all the vacuum motors were working, I checked the selector vacuum control. Two of the port connectors were broken. Purchased a new switch and installed it. Now all is working fine. So this is how I spent most of November and December
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We had the chassis and alignments checked at Josam in Orlando, Fl. They are the best in the country for large vehicle frames and chassis. All checked out perfect. Funny you mention lube on the slide rollers. They all had just been lubed. It was the drivers side that broke first. I heard it drop and I stopped the slide movement. Further use of the slide without the rollers could cause the Gear/roller shaft to fail. Not being able to find the new plastic rollers, I immediately contacted a local machine shop and had new rollers machined from aluminum. Now all rolls very smoothly. I had 6 new Toyo 275 75 R 22.5 tires installed November 3rd. No problems with cabinets. Batteries are 6 years old and do not hold a charge under load as they did when new. I will replace with USA AGM 31 batteries, rather than the NAPA 9831 DT batteries that are currently installed. The dash HVAC system failed, in as much as the air would only come out of the defrosters. That repair took some trouble shooting and required removing the top of the dash. After determining the vacuum pump was OK, and all the vacuum motors were working, I checked the selector vacuum control. Two of the port connectors were broken. Purchased a new switch and installed it. Now all is working fine. So this is how I spent most of November and December
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Glad to see that you have a good grip on the RV Gremlins.

Did you know that the NAPA AGM is a Optima battery?

As you know, setting the invert correctly is important. I have been running mine at 800 AH and AGM2. The charge rate is now set low because we are on 30A shore power. When on 50A service I charge at 100%. (The camp has asked me to assist with upgrading these sites to 50A next month. )

How difficult was it to replace the rollers? My glasses get in the way if I don't know what I am looking for. Very frustrating. What equipment did you use to get the weight off the rollers?

I must say that the heater control used in this coach is not the greatest. What ever would have caused the connectors to break?

At the moment weather is a factor. We are in the San Diego area and refreshing rains are here at the moment. The mud is a bit slick next to the coach. To get involved in roller replacement is not to take place for several days to come. But the area is very grateful for the rain. This camp has been removing dead trees for the last month. So sad.

Back to the coach. My DW put a memory foam pad on the bed. I am vertically challenged so I had to build a platform step to assist me. This is next to the DC breaker box. Good storage for shoes.

If you are in cold, need gas heat, weather for a time watch for humidity along the roof/wall joints and the vent fans. This became a problem our first winter. This year I am hand cranking the vents open a bit to allow the moisture to escape. Working well so far.

Did your ride change with the new tires? Are they 120psi rated? (M154?)

I am not certain what your truck shop did. Freightliner put a wrench to all the frame bolts, changed the air drier canister, adjusted the ride height, weighed the coach.... More stuff than I can recall now.

I have a strange problem at the moment. I can't start the coach from the warm up key position. It just won't turn over. I have to move the key all the way back to ACC and then to start. Works every time. Any thoughts?

I think I have shared enough info for now. Look forward to all of your upgrades and observations.

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Old 12-24-2015, 08:09 AM   #12
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The NAPA batteries are DEKA made by EastPenn battery Co.
If you look in the opening from the outside, you will see 1 roller on each edge of the ram. A small hydraulic jack and a length of 2"x4" at the end of the ram, will lift the slide about 1 1/4 inches if roller is missing and only 1/4" if roller is still in place. A pair of vice grips and a 9/16" box end wrench will loosen and remove the shoulder bolts that the rollers ride on. When reinstalling use a 3/8" lock washer before the nut goes on. Tighten securely.

Only use 110psi in tires and ride is great. If more than 110 when you travel out west, the altitude incresses the pressure to high.

Josam did everything except weigh the coach as I had done that previously.

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The NAPA batteries are DEKA made by EastPenn battery Co.
If you look in the opening from the outside, you will see 1 roller on each edge of the ram. A small hydraulic jack and a length of 2"x4" at the end of the ram, will lift the slide about 1 1/4 inches if roller is missing and only 1/4" if roller is still in place. A pair of vice grips and a 9/16" box end wrench will loosen and remove the shoulder bolts that the rollers ride on. When reinstalling use a 3/8" lock washer before the nut goes on. Tighten securely.

Only use 110psi in tires and ride is great. If more than 110 when you travel out west, the altitude incresses the pressure to high.

Josam did everything except weigh the coach as I had done that previously.

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Thanks Lloyd. I'll take a peak today while the sun is shinning.

I think you are correct about the NAPA wet cell batteries but the AGM's are Optma that are in this coach. Things may be different today. New year, new contract.

I asked if you got the M154 Toyo. That is the one I am looking at.

Here is an interesting happening to me with tire pressure changing. We were at a fairly high altitude and in cool weather... 45*. I set the cold pressure as is recommended by all the tire manufactures and safety experts. As the travel day progressed, my tire pressure rose to 136psi as the ambient temperature rose to about 70*, triggering my TPSM. There was no tire trouble except high pressure caused by normal driving events. At the next rest area I released 5 psi from each tire. This is definitely considered a NO, NO. The results was no alarms and no other change of significance to the psi and the temperatures stayed satisfactory.

With the above happening to me it simply confirms my desire to replace the rest of the tires.

If you note a pull on the wheel the TruCenter is a good fix. The end of a long driving day is not as tough now as it was without this device.

I hope you enjoy your 40U as much as we are ours.

Happy trails,

PS: Here is a picture of my rollers. How does this compare to yours?
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I looked at our '11 40U rollers and I didn't see anything of note. When bringing the slides in, on both sides, the front set of rollers (nearer the front of the coach) rolled as expected, but both rear sets didn't roll at all. Slides all moved as expected.

Don't know that they ever worked any differently, but will look again when we move again.
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