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Old 11-22-2010, 05:33 AM   #1
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New Old Coach Journey DL 36GD

Just got home last night after a 2500 mile round trip from SC to Wi to pick up the Journey. Traded my Ford gasser 2005 33v suncruiser for the 2003 journey 36 and turned right around and headed home. Love the looks FBP makes a world of difference in the looks. The diesel makes a world of difference in the hills and the noise. Have a couple of issues with DW on a couple of small things, but I think she will be ok.
It was 26 deg in Wi when we plugged into the dealership, 74 when we arrived home.
I want to remind all you diesel owners to get your valves adjusted. I bought this coach with 35000 miles and the original owner said "I don't know anything about any valve adj". My mechanic says the first valve adj. is the most important. I talked to him a lot before I upgraded to diesel.
Enough for now. Glad to be a Journey owner. Hope my enthusiasm is well deserved. Thanks for your forum information prior to purchase..

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Old 11-22-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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Congratulations, You have a fine coach. enjoy.

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Old 11-22-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
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Yes Congratulations on your Journey. I bought a 2000 36L last year. It's been nothing but fun this past Summer with it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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Congrats. We bought our '02 36 GDL in '05 and have enjoyed many fun miles. We love the floor plan as well as any coach we've seen.

One of the lowest cost valve adjustments on that CAT can be had at the Freightliner Custom Chassis Service Center in Gaffney, SC. That is a great place to have any chassis service.

Hope you enjoy many happy and safe miles in the new rig.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #5
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We just bought an '01 36GD about 1 month ago. It is our first experience in RVing, we figured to jump in with both feet instead of the gradual thing.
We are also in SC...
A Gaffney trip is planned for next month or January for the valve adjustment and a few small things..
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #6
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Cat recommends having the valves adjusted between 30-40K miles. Rumor has it that fuel economy picks up slightly. Haven't experienced that yet, as I only have 19K on mine. Averaged 8.4mpg for my 2009 travels per my on board computer.

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