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Old 12-07-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2006 Itasca Meridian 34H. Just wondering if there are anyone else out there that owns one and can give me some advise on what to do and not to do. It’s my first Diesel Pusher and I love it. We have traveled cross country twice before with our two little kids in our 21 foot TT. So excited to experience our next road trip in our diesel pusher.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:46 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Our good friends had a similar coach with same engine. Served them well for years. Now in a Journey with a Cummins.
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Question to all DP owners. Should I utilize the automatic levelers while I am parked and storing the RV in my driveway? My driveway is pretty level so there is no need to level the coach. But wondering if I should to take some pressure off of the tires, or for any other reason?
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #6
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You're going to love the view out the front windows as you travel. Speaking of windows...Make sure you have windshield insurance. Having my drivers side replaced in the next week or two.
You will notice as you are traveling locks of rocks, etc hit the flat windshield and chip it and sometimes break it.
I have CSAA (AAA) insurance with the premium coverage so my windshield is free. I had one replaced 12 years ago and it was $900 then, don't know yet what they cost now.

Also you may want to purchase a couple fire extinguishers as the little one that came with your coach is worthless.
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Question to all DP owners. Should I utilize the automatic levelers while I am parked and storing the RV in my driveway? My driveway is pretty level so there is no need to level the coach. But wondering if I should to take some pressure off of the tires, or for any other reason?
Somewhere in all my documentation I read that it's recommended to use the jacks so as to keep the weight off of the tires, wheel bearings, and other suspension parts. Also it's a good idea to get tire coverS to protect tires from UV and pads to isolate your tires from your driveway surface. It helps prolong the life of those expensive tires.

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You're going to love the view out the front windows as you travel. Speaking of windows...Make sure you have windshield insurance. Having my drivers side replaced in the next week or two.
You will notice as you are traveling locks of rocks, etc hit the flat windshield and chip it and sometimes break it.
I have CSAA (AAA) insurance with the premium coverage so my windshield is free. I had one replaced 12 years ago and it was $900 then, don't know yet what they cost now.

Also you may want to purchase a couple fire extinguishers as the little one that came with your coach is worthless.


I will need separate windshield insurance? I spoke to my representative with Mercury and they said that is automatically covered under comprehensive coverage. Deductible is 500$.
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I will need separate windshield insurance? I spoke to my representative with Mercury and they said that is automatically covered under comprehensive coverage. Deductible is 500$.
A windshield can be over a $1,000. My insurance has a $50 deductible on a new windshield but I get a yearly $50 "gift" from CSAA and that will cover this windshield that I'm having replaced.

You are going to to get hit with a lot of rocks, etc on the windshield. I probably have accumulated 10 chips over the years. That's why I made sure I had good coverage.

When you get a chip it's important to get it repaired within a couple days. Chip repairs are free with my policy.
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I recently had to have my single piece glass windshield replaced on our 40U Journey. The total bill was $3,800. The glass along was $1,650 and packaging and shipping was $550. I'm glad we had windshield insurance with $100 deductible.
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Question to all DP owners. Should I utilize the automatic levelers while I am parked and storing the RV in my driveway? My driveway is pretty level so there is no need to level the coach. But wondering if I should to take some pressure off of the tires, or for any other reason?
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It is a good practice to take some wt off the tires as well as inflatong them to or near the max pressure on sidewall.

I did what some others recommend...built some blocks to just fir under the retracted jacks so when I dump the suspension the wt is on them.

HWH says OK to leave MH up on jacks but also recommends exercising the jacks periodically.
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Our insurance is with Safeco. After reading on this forum about the cost of windshield replacement I got full coverage insurance on glass damage. A year or so later it happened and I had to get the drivers side replaced. The cost was a little north of $1200.00 and the insurance paid all of it. I don't know if your insurance has that kind of coverage, but ours didn't cost that much and it was well worth it.

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Somewhere in all my documentation I read that it's recommended to use the jacks so as to keep the weight off of the tires, wheel bearings, and other suspension parts. Also it's a good idea to get tire coverS to protect tires from UV and pads to isolate your tires from your driveway surface. It helps prolong the life of those expensive tires.

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X2 on protecting the Tires. I use good quality covers and I also bought some Thick Rubber runners from Menards and cut 4 of them into 18 X 18 Rubber Pads...they are about a quarter inch thick. Put the covers on after I center the Tires on the thick Rubber Pads...use them everywhere unless I'm only staying 1 night...Makes me feel better anyway so that's why I do it.
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Consider joining the Freightliner Custom Chassis owners club, and either attending one of their rallies or if possible Camp Freightliner in Gaffney SC if you want to learn a lot about DP operation.

We recently downsized, but I had DP’s before that.
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