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LyonsL 12-03-2014 07:50 PM

New Curtains for the Front Side Windows
 
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Originally Posted by Don and Dale (Post 2333468)
Tell your wife she did an amazing job. Nice work LyonsL.

Thanks for the compliment but those were the easy ones. The only thing we disliked about the new coach were the factory curtains for the front side windows. Made from a cheap, stiff paper / cardboard, a very poor excuse for curtains. The wife decided they would have to go and she made new curtains that look and work great. Thank goodness she can sew, it saved us a lot of cash.

LyonsL 12-03-2014 08:01 PM

Furnace Ducting
 
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#19. One thing always leads to another. Opened blank panel under sink for fire extinguisher storage project (more on that later) and found a tangled mess of heater ducting. Sharp bends and one pinched to about half size. Disconnected all at furnace - stretched out to nearly maximum per install instructions - cut off excess and reinstalled. Only had to remove one half of sink floor to work with reasonable comfort. Now more air moving out every register. Removed over six feet of duct. Also noted that is spite very large return air grill under frig - return air is restricted by very small hole between cabinets. Decided to leave that as is for now. Picture shows finished project.

Thanks for sharing this! I checked my coach and found the same mess. I did the same mod and now have much improved airflow from the furnace!

tedgard01 12-03-2014 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2332919)
#37. ... manual Mor/ride REEL56-001 ...


How does it work? Do you leave your 50 amp cord plugged into the coach all the time? In other words, when you roll up the cord do you have to disconnect both ends or just the one connected to the shore power?

It looks like it is installed directly over the floor access holes. Does that make it difficult to pull the cord through the access hole when extending it (or back through it when rolling it up)?


Ted

Don and Dale 12-04-2014 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by LyonsL (Post 2333547)
Thanks for the compliment but those were the easy ones. The only thing we disliked about the new coach were the factory curtains for the front side windows. Made from a cheap, stiff paper / cardboard, a very poor excuse for curtains. The wife decided they would have to go and she made new curtains that look and work great. Thank goodness she can sew, it saved us a lot of cash.


My wife sews too, and I have to admit she's darn good at it. Our first trip out inflected some serious discussion on those curtains. Having the 29.2, ours are suppose to shade the front windshield along with the sides. She disliked them so much we refused to use them and made some "temporary" sunshades out of insulating material to sit into place. Come spring, we'll have new curtains to install. For now, she took a year contract to teach special education (she retired from the same) and loves the kids. However, that isn't stopping me from doing my mods......I love my life!! :)

sbleiweiss 12-04-2014 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by LyonsL (Post 2333562)
Thanks for sharing this! I checked my coach and found the same mess. I did the same mod and now have much improved airflow from the furnace!

For those who have fixed the tangled ductwork, and especially the writer that posted the pix, what year and model Challenger do you have?

LyonsL 12-04-2014 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by sbleiweiss (Post 2334103)
For those who have fixed the tangled ductwork, and especially the writer that posted the pix, what year and model Challenger do you have?

Mine is a 2015 Challenger 37KT. Came off the line in July of this year.

LyonsL 12-04-2014 11:26 AM

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Which side, left or right, is your door handle on? Our shower enclosure is probably upside down! It came with handle on right and rubber drip guard on top. Not enough clearance to move it to bottom, in fact I had to file some excess material off bottom for proper door closure. I removed top trim and it looks like panels interlock so the whole thing would need to be removed and inverted. Which I think can't be done without removing cabinets!

I checked mine today and found the top and bottom door channels both have the same plastic / rubber strips. Mine does not leak at the bottom and there is enough clearance to easy shut the door. Maybe yours is missing the plastic / rubber strip? I've attached photos.

ctpres 12-04-2014 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by tedgard01 (Post 2333674)
How does it work? Do you leave your 50 amp cord plugged into the coach all the time? In other words, when you roll up the cord do you have to disconnect both ends or just the one connected to the shore power?

It looks like it is installed directly over the floor access holes. Does that make it difficult to pull the cord through the access hole when extending it (or back through it when rolling it up)?


Ted

Try this youtube for demo.
https://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnvfYPIxur4
Cord comes completely out of reel for use, ie. both ends disconnected unless one end is fixed/hardwired or you want to leave one end plugged. In that case you start with the plug and just roll up excess.
I installed reel directly over cable ports intentionally - to make best use of remaining floor space. I just unroll the whole cord, feed connector up thru the (white in pic) cable port, thru space inside reel to recepticle directly above.

ctpres 12-04-2014 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by sbleiweiss (Post 2334103)
For those who have fixed the tangled ductwork, and especially the writer that posted the pix, what year and model Challenger do you have?

OP here: 2015 37KT

ctpres 12-04-2014 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by LyonsL (Post 2334187)
I checked mine today and found the top and bottom door channels both have the same plastic / rubber strips. Mine does not leak at the bottom and there is enough clearance to easy shut the door. Maybe yours is missing the plastic / rubber strip? I've attached photos.

Thanks - I think you answered my question with "two rubber strips." Ours only had one and that was on top SO I assumed it was installed upside down. No bottom strip on ours as there is not even enough room for one. Door barely closes without it. Back to drawing board on how to fix it.

ctpres 12-05-2014 11:45 AM

More Mod's Fixes and Upgrades
 
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#39.Finally got new plates after two month wait. While I was at it decided to spruce things up a bit by painting plate frame with dealer advertising and the screw heads. Had to hold off on "almost" theft proof plate installation as 3/16 x 1 carriage bolts are out of stock at local store.

LyonsL 12-06-2014 10:29 AM

2nd Towel Bar in Bathroom
 
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My wife prefers "his & her's" towel bars in the bathroom so I ordered a factory towel bar from our RV Dealer and installed it on the opposite wall from the original. Happy Wife = Happy Life!

ctpres 12-07-2014 03:21 PM

Chassis battery drain
 
Did not fix this yet - so no number, just wanted to give y'all a heads up so you can fix it if it is important to you. Have read several posts regarding battery drain caused by Jensen radio, and now I know why. Radio installation diagram shows two +12v power connections. One is constant and the other is switched or on with keyswitch. Guess they couldn't make a fused 12v switched connection so they just wired them together to always on 12v. So the radio can't go into standby and draw less power. If I can't find a better source I will eventually connect switched lead to dash fans power, which is switched. If you try switched source, please test first as I am not sure what will happen to camera turn on time with turn signal trigger. There could be an unwanted camera on delay time during lane changes or turns. Test both ways before calling it done.

JustanowlAZ 12-07-2014 10:14 PM

Need some advice
 
Greetings all...The DW and I are looking at two different Class A's, A Coachmen Mirada 35BH and the Challenger 37TB. After reading back through this forum about a month, I'm wondering what overall you think of your Challenger's now. Sounds like a lot of inconsistent construction practices in the Challenger...

So can you help us make a decision? Would you get your Challenger again? Are there any issues common to the Challenger line? Any pitfalls we should know about?

On the plus side...We're looking forward to getting on the road and doing some traveling...maybe even taking our business on the road...With The amount of money we are looking at spending, just want to make sure we are making the best decision...

Thanks...


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