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Old 05-29-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Is Itasca Meridian V underpowered?

Thinking of getting an Itasca Meridian V 36 foot. Will be towing a Jeep Rubicon. Is this Class A a bit shy for power or is it more than adequate? Did Itasca short this Class A in the power department? I don't expect to climb Donner or Loveland pass at 65 mph. But 50 mph would be reasonable and safe. Is this a realistic expectation?



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Hi and

I'm not familiar with that particular model so I'll let others chime in but I wanted to welcome you to the forum!

Best of luck...

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Thinking of getting an Itasca Meridian V 36 foot. Will be towing a Jeep Rubicon.Is this Class A a bit shy for power or is it more than adequate?

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We have a 2010 Itasca Meridian V Class 34Y. We tow a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We have plenty of power with our combination. I don't know how that compares to the Meridian you're looking at.
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Thinking of getting an Itasca Meridian V 36 foot. Will be towing a Jeep Rubicon. Is this Class A a bit shy for power or is it more than adequate? Did Itasca short this Class A in the power department? I don't expect to climb Donner or Loveland pass at 65 mph. But 50 mph would be reasonable and safe. Is this a realistic expectation?



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What's the weight of RV/Toad and which engine does it have?
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What's the weight of RV/Toad and which engine does it have?
340-hp CumminsŪ ISB 6.7L

We are running 25100 lbs fully loaded (27500 gvwr).
Jeep is 4560 lbs
Just got weighed on Friday
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I have a 2004 Itasca, Meridian 34H towing a 2003 CR-V with a 330 Cat. It has alot of power and can pass most trucks and RV's on the hills. I cruise between 65 & 70 and get 8mpg.
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100 lbs per horsepower is considered adequate, though not snappy performance. You are probably under 30,000 lbs with coach and toad, so have more than that.
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Well. tell us what is "under the hood".. However I am going to give you an answer.

For someone who, like me, believes the RV life style is not about getting there first, but rather stopping to smell the roses.. I suspect you will find it more than powerful aenough.

For Tim Taylor (TV show Home Improvement, played by Tim Allen) there is never enough power.. I mean he is the kind of guy who'd put an 8.1L Vortec on a motorcycle and say "not powerful enough"

By the way.. That's been done.
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340-hp CumminsŪ ISB 6.7L

We are running 25100 lbs fully loaded (27500 gvwr).
Jeep is 4560 lbs
Just got weighed on Friday
You are looking at hauling 32k with the same engine they put in the Dodge pickup. We have some friends that had that engine in a HR...ended up selling the coach and getting one with a larger engine.
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You are looking at hauling 32k with the same engine they put in the Dodge pickup. We have some friends that had that engine in a HR...ended up selling the coach and getting one with a larger engine.
Actually we are at 29660 CGVWR. No problems holding 65mph on the trip from NJ to Cape Cod MA this weekend on plenty of decent grades through Northern NJ, NY, CT, RI and MA. We averaged 9.1 MPG w/TOAD for the entire trip there and back with about 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic on the way home. I have zero issues with the power for a 34ft MH.
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Absolutely you should have more than enough, downshift manually when on a very steep grade don't depend on the automatic trans.
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