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Old 07-27-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
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Advice buying a Journey 2011

I know this question has been asked several times but responses remain unclear ( to me at least and I'm the DW but unfortunately DH doesn't understand more than me

Right now, we drive a gas MH, 36ft Dolphin2003.
We are looking at buying our first DP, a Winnebago Journey 40U 2011. It comes with a 360hp ISC Cummins8.3l (with I believe 1050 torque). My husband and I are concerned about the 360 hp (2012 and over come with the 380 hp). We are not retired yet and will mostly use the MH to go to Myrtle beach or Florida but once we retire we hope to travel across the USA and Canada and will likely hit big hills. Will the MH be OK to go up these big hills? This is really our only concern because the MH is sparkling inside out and the floor plan is exactly what we want. I am also aware that we are not driving big hills all the time and therefore maybe our concerns are inappropriate. We tow a small Elantra GT.

We need to take our decision soon, your input and experience will help.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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The 8.3 ISC should do fine. Some manufacturers try to save a few bucks by putting in the much smaller ISB either 5.9 (older models) or 6.7 (newer models).
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:27 AM   #3
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The 360 hp will not be a problem. You may not be first up the mountain, but you will get there.
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We have the no DEF 2011 40U with the 360hp, 1050 ft/lb torque engine. We haven't done a large number of hills but going up hasn't been a problem even towing a small SUV. Going down is the issue, but this is true for all coaches this size and just takes a little technique and practice well documented here.

Now it doesn't go 0-60 very fast, so short on- ramps can lead to a little pucker factor in heavy traffic. Again, not unique to this coach.

We LOVE our 40U and have no plans to change any time soon.

Later models have larger capacity front and rear axle weight ratings, so you can't load it to the gills without approaching max weight.

Go for it. Ask if you have any other questions. Several satisfied 40U people out there(here).
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Advice buying a Journey 2011

We own a 2011 Winnebago Journey Express 40' DEF Cummins 340 HP, tow a Chevy Avalanche.

Blow by all trucks and Motorhomes up the mountains if you drive it right.

Been to Colorado, Tetons, Yellowstone,Rushmore, etc.

You'll be fine, great rig. Plenty of power and great MPG.

Love it.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:24 PM   #6
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Our previous RV (2002 DSDP 4090) had no trouble going where we wanted with it's 350/1050 ISC, but I did add the Banks kit to it after the 5 yr warranty expired which did make a big difference.
As was said, it won't be the first up the mountain but you will get there.
With the Magna I pretty much can be first up the mountain if I want to feed the engine that much fuel. I don't so I use the cruise control as much as possible.
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We have the 380/1050 8.3ISC
Loaded to within 1,000lbs of GVW towing a Jeep
We just came back on the Hope-Princeton Hwy3 (7-9% grades)
55mph up the hill in 4th gear @ 1900rpm, not even close to overheat
55mph down the hills in 4th gear with the retarder and 2 stabs on the brakes down to 30mph for the corners
No issues at all, engine and MH were happy, happy, happy
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Thank you for your answers!
You have been convincing that we should have no problem riding it.
We are still thinking about buying it. It is a lot of $$ and about one to two years earlier than planned. But the MH looks soooo nice.....hard to let it go....
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There is always a better deal out there! Never get in a hurry!

We have an 08 Journey 39z 350HP, dioes Colorado mountains fine. I'd be more concerned about an engine brake, which we have.
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Lisa,
Rather than tbe engine, you should be concerned about the slide outs. I would pass on it if it has the Lippert/Schwintek slides. You can tell if they are by the gear tracks on the side of the slides.
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Lisa, That unit has the same slide gear set-up as our 2012 which is a Power Gear slide system and is VERY dependable. We too bought our 40U a couple of years before we'd planned on going full time because of the units floor plan, price point and low interest rates. What buying early has allowed us to do is make the unit our own with our personal touches, i.e. I removed the factory table and we now use a 36" round free standing table, along with several other modifications that will enhance our full timing experience. So don't let buying a couple years early deter you, it'll only allow you to get comfortable in your MH.
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We have the 8.3 ISC in our coach loaded & puling a 4000# Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. NO problems & get 8.0 mpg. It keeps up with everything else on the road.
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Lisa,
I too have the power gear slides and I agree with D Lindy that they are very good. I don't know when Winnebago started using Lippert/Schwintek, but I do know they're troublesome.
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We own a 2011 Winnebago Journey Express 40' DEF Cummins 340 HP, tow a Chevy Avalanche.

Blow by all trucks and Motorhomes up the mountains if you drive it right.

Been to Colorado, Tetons, Yellowstone,Rushmore, etc.

You'll be fine, great rig. Plenty of power and great MPG.

Love it.
lets not go over board...no one buys a motorhome to be the fastest up the hill
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