Originally Posted by Trynforpar
2016 Itasca Meridian 40R Hard Ride
I recently purchased a 2016 Itasca Meridian 40R and took it on its maiden voyage to see how it felt. Passengers on the couch indicated that the ride in the back was very rough. It was so bad that the flat screen TV broke loss from its connection and had to be held in place. They felt every bump in the road and this is not what I expected especially with the new freightliner chassis. Air pressure seems about right so I have no idea why this is happening. I live in NY and the roads are not great but I expected a softer ride than this. Any ideas or suggestions are always appreciated.
Tom n Nancy
2016 Winnebago Itasca Meridian
2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
The most common issue is the tire pressure. I know you say the pressure seems right but have you checked the manufacturers chart? Your coach has a 14,320 GAWR for the steer and 24,000 GAWR for the drive axle. Until you have the coach weighed you should inflate to carry that weight. With a basically empty coach, that could give you a somewhat rough ride.
What is your tire size and what are your inflation pressures? Ride height can affect ride but it's a subtle difference. If ride height was off very much, You would probably see a tilt to the coach. It's a common misconception that the air bags adjust ride height by increased or decreased pressure. The pressure required to lift the coach off the frame stops is totally dependent on the weight of the coach. The ride height is controlled by the volume of air allowed in by the ride height valves.
It may turn out to be a road surface issue more than anything else.
Full time since '07