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Old 06-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Journey "40U"

We are currantly looking at the 40U.
What can we expect, in regards to handling and road ability?
Is the any thing that needs to be added to the steering for
stability? Before we finalize the deal. Will be pulling a Honda CRV,
if all goes thru.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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We have a 2013 Itasca Meridian 40u which I believe is the same coach. My DH feels the stability is much better than our last two MHs, which were 36 ft and 34 feet. No problem with wind, maneuverability, etc, and the ride is extremely comfortable.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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My Winnebago is 4 inches shorter and 2,000 lbs lighter and handles great we have over 13,000 miles on it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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We have a 40L which has crossed the country round-trip three times and made three other 3000 mile trips, 35k+ total. We love it. The only change I would make is front tires that did not have to run at 110lb. We can run 95 in the rears but have to have 110 in the front. I think the new 40Us have a higher front weight rating.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:32 PM   #5
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We made many many suspension mods to our 07 Adventurer 33V.
So we may be a little picky in how we like it setup, and not afraid to try things.
That said, we brought the safe-T-plus over (since it was transferable with a different bracket). It has a slight effect in tightining up the wheel play.
We also changed out the shocks for something a bit firmer. The ride is a bit less floaty now, with less nose-dive on heavy breaking.
Again, none of that was needed, just personal preference.
The most important thing though, is to get a 4 wheel weigh (loaded as you normally travel), balance the load if needed & adjust the air pressure for the actual weight.
- Dont worry about the CRV, you wont know its back there.

Only you will be able to tell if you think it needs any help. If your spending a 1/4 of a million bucks on something, you should put several dozen miles on it before signing your name
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:59 AM   #6
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We found with the Maxum Chassis the handling in wind rain was much better than our last Adventurer and we have no need to add steering stabilizer systems has worked great for us and we have put over 40000 miles on it
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by poppopc View Post
We are currantly looking at the 40U.
What can we expect, in regards to handling and road ability?
Is the any thing that needs to be added to the steering for
stability? Before we finalize the deal. Will be pulling a Honda CRV,
if all goes thru.
I have the 2012 40U and have put 12,000 miles on it. I don't know what your driving experience is at driving an high profile vehicle, but it will not be the same as driving your car. In a strong side wind it will require your complete attention. You cannot continue to drive with one arm resting on the window sill. Having said that, at times the ride is like driving a big old comfortable Caddy! Buying a 10 year old 40ft MH with many thousands of miles on the drive train will probably give a much sloppier control than one with new and fewer miles on it. Good luck on the deal! The Honda should not effect the ride at all.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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We have a 2011 40 u ,it is a blast to drive. It will take a few miles to get the feel of it but then just sit back and smile. We tow a GMC 2500 with no issues it costs us about 0.4 mpg ,when towing our jeep virtually no mpg drop. We are hopefully trading in our 40u soon on a 2013 Itasca Qd
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:23 AM   #9
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We have a 2011 Journey 40 U, love it, great vehicle. Long enough, has the most storage underneath of all Journey and Tour models. 380 hp engine has pulled our Caddy SRX4 well and we still get 9 mpg in south, 8.4 in the hills of NC/TN. Newer units have DEF on the correct side for fillup, moved the leveling jack back to the driver area (vs ours near the door). We love this RV. I have heard 2014 units will have new EPA 13 Cummins engines with much improved gas mileage. Heard that on a tour at Freightliner. Must be a 2014 tho.
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