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Old 12-01-2022, 08:11 PM   #1
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Miramar owners - let's hear the good/bad/ugly

Hello All,

This is my first post to this forum, but I have owned a gasser Class A since 2008 (2007 Four Winds Hurricane). My family and I have put over 40k miles on the ol' Hurricane and now I'm looking to get something different and one of the rigs I'm looking at is a 2017 Miramar 34.2 with about 20k miles.

Having already put over 40k miles on a Thor product, I'll admit that I swore that I would not buy another, so was only looking at Fleetwood, Tiffin and Jayco.

Then I came across the Miramar during my search and I like both the floor plan and the outside kitchen. It's also under the budget I've given myself. My issue is the memory of all of the stuff that I've had to fix with my Hurricane over the years (including having the side wall "unzipper" from the frame so I could see the ground from the driver's seat). I'm pretty handy and was able to fix almost all of it myself while on the road, but I'm wondering if I want to go down that road again. I also fully appreciate that stuff goes wrong with all brands of RVs.

I blame a lot of what went wrong with the Hurricane on the very poor ride (it just bangs over small bumps) and I think/hope the bigger chassis on the Miramar would resolve a lot of that.

So Miramar owners, how has life been with one of these? Are things always shaking loose? Does the dash bounce like it's at a house party? Does it bang and bash over bumps? Are you constantly fighting leaks, etc? Is delamination (which is one of my big concerns) an issue? Or has it been relatively trouble free and comfortable to drive?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-02-2022, 06:08 AM   #2
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Typed out this entire post. Hit wrong key by mistake and lost it, had to re enter it all.


Our current coach is a 2016 34.2. We would prefer the 35.2 floor plan but the 34.2 is good and don't want to to take the $$ hit to change.. Purchased used, came with upgraded front sway bar, additional rear sway bar, rear track bar, upgraded shocks. The 34.2 rides/handles better than our previous F53 18k chassis. Don't know how much of the improvement is upgrades or the heavier 22k chassis.



Have owned the 34.2 for about 3 years, we used 6-8 k miles. We like it much better than the 30 Ace. Probably our last coach. If we buy another it will probably be the 35.2 or a Palazzo 37.4. I can live with the F53 chassis as we don't travel long distance in a day, my biggest gripe is it is hard to refuel the gas rig, won't fit most stations, DP's are easy.



Repairs:


The usual suspects:
1. Replaced entry door latch
2. Replaced battery isolation solenoid
3. Reupholstered dinette and captains chairs. (peeling)

4. Replaced sofa with power recliners


Model specific:
1. Re routed washer drain line to coach exterior. Factory drain attachment repeatedly broke of at gray tank due to slide motion. Routed drain line directly to coach slinky drain via wye connection. Washer now drains directly to sewer hookup.

2. Reworked/repaired dryer venting and attachment. Dryer shifted, kinking vent hose, causing dryer to overheat and blow thermal cutouts. This is more the fault of who installed the stack washer and dryer.



Above repairs were in the first year (except the re upholstery work), not much since then. No leaks or delamination. Had delamination on our Winny Journey DP. That was due to damage to shower skylight allowing water into the roof and down sidewall.
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Thanks triplewide. Do you mind if I ask two questions:
1) how many miles does your Miramar have on it?
2) do you know the loaded weight (I'm trying to figure out a CCC)?

The 35.2 floorplan is nice as well with the opposed front slides. I'm trying to keep the rig under/at 35' and the 34.2 is already 10" over. My family is new to living in the US (we are Canadians who moved to California in 2019) and we want to start exploring more west coast parks. From what I can tell, most US state parks have 35' limits. I don't really know how strict the 35' limit is, but I'd hate to buy something that I can't fit into a park.
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Weight info:


https://www.irv2.com/forums/f121/mir...ml#post5512535


Current mileage: 20,320
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Thanks for the info. Nice job on the couch BTW
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Your welcome and thanks. Hope you enjoy the Miramar if you decide to go with it.
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Hello All,

This is my first post to this forum, but I have owned a gasser Class A since 2008 (2007 Four Winds Hurricane). My family and I have put over 40k miles on the ol' Hurricane and now I'm looking to get something different and one of the rigs I'm looking at is a 2017 Miramar 34.2 with about 20k miles.

Having already put over 40k miles on a Thor product, I'll admit that I swore that I would not buy another, so was only looking at Fleetwood, Tiffin and Jayco.

Then I came across the Miramar during my search and I like both the floor plan and the outside kitchen. It's also under the budget I've given myself. My issue is the memory of all of the stuff that I've had to fix with my Hurricane over the years (including having the side wall "unzipper" from the frame so I could see the ground from the driver's seat). I'm pretty handy and was able to fix almost all of it myself while on the road, but I'm wondering if I want to go down that road again. I also fully appreciate that stuff goes wrong with all brands of RVs.

I blame a lot of what went wrong with the Hurricane on the very poor ride (it just bangs over small bumps) and I think/hope the bigger chassis on the Miramar would resolve a lot of that.

So Miramar owners, how has life been with one of these? Are things always shaking loose? Does the dash bounce like it's at a house party? Does it bang and bash over bumps? Are you constantly fighting leaks, etc? Is delamination (which is one of my big concerns) an issue? Or has it been relatively trouble free and comfortable to drive?

Thanks in advance,
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