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Old 09-17-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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Bounder 35K or Challenger 37KT? What is your opinion of good and bad features

Your input would be greatly appreciated. I want to go full time next year and I found two floorplans that I really really like. The Bounder 35K and The Challenger 37KT. One has a bath and a half but the other one has a dedicated living room where you can close the door for guests. Do you have one of these models? What is your best feature and worse? Full Timers do you see anything missing or something that will make it difficult for me? I asked the salespeople and both can be used with the slides in. I learned that from you all
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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We don't have the model Challenger that you are looking at, but the Challenger 3710. The chassis and the performance of the Ford V-10 are a great combination for a gas powered motor home. I think that you will find that the Challenger name (brand) has been around for a long time and represents a credible reputation for the money. We think that the Challenger is the best "bang for the buck."

Good luck in your search! Bronk
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We don't have the model Challenger that you are looking at, but the Challenger 3710. The chassis and the performance of the Ford V-10 are a great combination for a gas powered motor home. I think that you will find that the Challenger name (brand) has been around for a long time and represents a credible reputation for the money. We think that the Challenger is the best "bang for the buck."

Good luck in your search! Bronk
Thanks Bronk because I just started looking at the Challenger and to know that it is a reliable brand with a credible reputation puts my mind at ease.
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:16 PM   #4
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I considered in earnest that Floorplan on the challenger. I loved the separate living room as well as the dining area being separate and on the curbside. In the end, we chose the boulder 35k due to quality. I believe the quality of build as well as components and materials were better on the boulder and it has proved to be a great coach during this first year and 6000 miles. The boulder has some separation for the living area due to the L shaped sofa but I did like the compartmentalized feel of the challenger that gives you a few areas to get away if needed.
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I considered in earnest that Floorplan on the challenger. I loved the separate living room as well as the dining area being separate and on the curbside. In the end, we chose the boulder 35k due to quality. I believe the quality of build as well as components and materials were better on the boulder and it has proved to be a great coach during this first year and 6000 miles. The boulder has some separation for the living area due to the L shaped sofa but I did like the compartmentalized feel of the challenger that gives you a few areas to get away if needed.
Thank you mojoracing, I need and want to hear opinions like yours to help me decide.
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Being concerned about longevity, can not see buying any gasoline powered rig unless your planning of parking long term, they take a beating in the used market, sooner or later you will need to try to recoup some of your investment in it. Then moving back to a S&B or retirement center, money might be tight. If your loaded $$$$ wise, sure spend some. But for the others, I would tread slowly. Once you spend it, it is gone as I see it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:34 PM   #7
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You are not going to find a perfect motorhome. It is always a trade off. The best you can do is find one that fits your needs best. Are there differences in cargo capacity? Really need that half bath? Is a fireplace a waste of storage space or an attractive space heater that's not underfoot? Do you really want nightstands? Like to look out the curb side while eating breakfast? On and on and on...
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We seriuosly considered the Challenger 37KT as well but ended up with the Winnebago 35g. We liked the floorplan on the Winne better. I felt that the Winne had a better construction as well.

As was stated above it is really all about the floorplan and your usage. Find the one you like the best and go for it.

You should be able to find a new one for 25% or more off of list. Be ready to travel to buy if price is a concern.

All Rvs esentially have the same components unless they are the household variety.

All new Rvs will have some warrenty issues in the first year. Make sure your local dealer of what ever brand you buy will do the warrenty work on yours if you do not buy from them. I ran into this problem with mine and that dealer did not have the unit I wanted. He wanted me to buy what he had on his lot. I was able to find another dealer locally to do the warrenty work.

Expect things to need to be fixed all the time. After 5 Rvs (2 new) over 25 years this is the norm.

The Ford V10 has a well proven track record and the newer version (2008 +) runs as good as my 8.3 Cummins did in my DP and gets the same MPG. I am very happy with the V10.

Good luck with your quest, buying is half the fun.
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