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Old 11-07-2019, 09:15 PM   #1
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Journey 34B Steering

In my researching the Winnebago Journey 34B's, I do not find a lot of issues with the steering and handling of these coaches. However, there is a 2013 Journey 34 for sale on RVTrader that the owner, in 2018, installed Koni shocks, Roadmaster Front sway bar, Freighlinerr Bell Crank, Super Steer 1/4" Motion Control and a Roadmaster rear sway bar at about $6000. Now, in 2019, it is up for sale. Anyone with any thoughts on this? Seems strange they would invest that much money in the unit then put it up for sale.
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:43 AM   #2
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Could be a lot of reasons why they put it up for sale, health, death who knows. I would not think those add on's would increase the sale price to cover the cost. Anyway my new to me 07 Meridian 36 SE handles great with all original equipment. I do know however that its almost time to think about shocks.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:07 AM   #3
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check the slide motors. My friend's 2013 Journey had slide issues and this was one of the years when schwintek's were failing a lot due to design issues, I believe. He had to have his entire slide removed/repaired (fortunately under warranty). Find out if there were issues with the slides - I recall that full-wall slides were a particular concern. Thor, for example, revised their design and started advertising the 3Trax slide-out system, but I believe all the manufacturers had headaches around that year with their slide-out designs.
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In my researching the Winnebago Journey 34B's, I do not find a lot of issues with the steering and handling of these coaches. However, there is a 2013 Journey 34 for sale on RVTrader that the owner, in 2018, installed Koni shocks, Roadmaster Front sway bar, Freighlinerr Bell Crank, Super Steer 1/4" Motion Control and a Roadmaster rear sway bar at about $6000. Now, in 2019, it is up for sale. Anyone with any thoughts on this? Seems strange they would invest that much money in the unit then put it up for sale.
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jstauffer,
Motorhomes are like boats. They say a boat is a hole in the water you put money into. Well, "some" motorhomes CAN be the same way. But, by and large, the majority are not. Some folks just like purchasing the latest and greatest of aftermarket items for their equipment, just to say they did or, it maybe makes them happy. Who knows.

And, like has been stated, above, there's no way to recoup any and all monies that have been put into a motorhome, for whatever reason when it comes time to sell it. About the only way you or anyone could come close to recouping money that was put into a motorhome for any repairs or alterations would be that, if someone GAVE you the motorhome and, you put some money into it to get it in to good working order. THEN, you'd MAYBE get some of it back.

I know several folks with 34' Meridians and Journey's and, not one of them has put ANY of the items you say were installed onto the one you're looking at and, ALL of them say their coach handles and drives just fine. Some folks get into a motorhome after never owning one and think it should handle and drive like their cars they own. So, they open the wallet and dump a bunch of money into their newly acquired rolling Kleenex boxes. Only to find out, it did no good.

So, the thing is, if you like that length, the floor plan, the engine and trans, and all other parameters are good to you, and the coach is in great shape, then, go for it.
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Yeah, I know about the money hole in the water for boats, we just sold our Tollycraft 44 cmpy after having it for 10 years. Put a lot of money into and did not come close to recouping any. But, we knew that going in and had a great adventure with the boat. Now wanting to get back into the RVing like we did before doing the boating thing. Just turned 76 and not sure we should even be thinking about a motorhome. Have had a couple pickup campers and 5th wheels but never a motorhome. Have test driven a couple of Tiffin 36's and they did not seem that difficult to handle. My concern with this particular Journey 34B is if it had some unusual type of steering issues, they poured all this money into it, didn't help and now their just getting rid of it. But, like be-happy said you really don't know why they would sell it. This is at a consignment dealership so hared to directly talk to the owners. It's about 250 miles away, but may go down and drive it this next week.
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Yeah, I know about the money hole in the water for boats, we just sold our Tollycraft 44 cmpy after having it for 10 years. Put a lot of money into and did not come close to recouping any. But, we knew that going in and had a great adventure with the boat. Now wanting to get back into the RVing like we did before doing the boating thing. Just turned 76 and not sure we should even be thinking about a motorhome. Have had a couple pickup campers and 5th wheels but never a motorhome. Have test driven a couple of Tiffin 36's and they did not seem that difficult to handle. My concern with this particular Journey 34B is if it had some unusual type of steering issues, they poured all this money into it, didn't help and now their just getting rid of it. But, like be-happy said you really don't know why they would sell it. This is at a consignment dealership so hared to directly talk to the owners. It's about 250 miles away, but may go down and drive it this next week.
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Roger that Sir,
Buying any vehicle, especially a motorhome, is a crap-shoot. Most "honest" folks that are selling, will tell you of issues that, either they tried to remedy or, have not dealt with and are still present. Some, won't do that. While this coach is 250 miles away, that's inches in comparison to what you're gonna spend and consequently have and drive this rig for. In other words, yeah, it's a bit of a travel to go and just "test drive" this thing but, if you end up really liking it, and it's everything you'd be happy with, then 250 miles is nothing.

We flew to Texas from San Diego to buy a coach. But, the selling owner was one of those air heads that did not tell us of some really bad stuff. I was so pi....off that I came close to wringing his neck. We had to fly back home.

We found another one in Mesa AZ that was very similar to the one in Texas. After confirming ALL WAS GOOD on this coach, we took a 250 motorcycle ride to Mesa to test drive and do a thorough inspection. We liked it. But, we had others that were also in contention for the top spot of ownership. So, we put it off. Rode back home and looked at a few more.

When we finally decided, that coach was moved to Sparks NV since that was where the folks that owned, were from. So, yep, we flew to Reno (tied together with Sparks) and, picked up that coach.

So, the point is, when it comes to high cost, traveling is not that big of a deal. Now, as for steering or handling issues, with this particular model, well, as stated before, we've got friends who have the very same model and not one, has complained about any handling or steering issues. So, if that one has any, it's relative to it only. And, if that's the case, then it can be remedied.
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Thanks Fire Up...Your right, 250 miles is not that far and we usually find something to do when we are down in that area. Mostly look at RV's and homes. Anyway, I just ran across a 2013 Itasca Meridian 36M in Bakersfield Calif that looks interesting. It is $20K more but is 2' longer, which gives me 228" wheel base, and does have the Allison 3000 transmission which would allow us to pull a heavier toad.


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Thanks Fire Up...Your right, 250 miles is not that far and we usually find something to do when we are down in that area. Mostly look at RV's and homes. Anyway, I just ran across a 2013 Itasca Meridian 36M in Bakersfield Calif that looks interesting. It is $20K more but is 2' longer, which gives me 228" wheel base, and does have the Allison 3000 transmission which would allow us to pull a heavier toad.


Thanks again for your input.
Roger that Sir, good luck on your venture.
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The previous owner of my 2011 Meridian 34Y installed several so-called handling improvements and the coach still handles poorly. This unit has a short wheelbase compared to its length and will inherently get pushed around by any wind or passing trucks.

Other than that, and the storage compartments rusting out, I am happy with the unit.
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