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rvbunz 04-02-2015 04:35 AM

Hello
 
Hello bdickson,
Haven't spoken to you in sometime. Glad you are still enjoying your challenger. Still loving ours. Have almost 21,000 miles on her. Down in Florida this week. Hope to run into you guys again. Thanks again for the water refill when you were in SC. Safe Travels.

Bob

sbleiweiss 04-02-2015 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2491596)
Arrived today and installed. Note: it came with a new mounting bracket an additional metal strap. I opted to use the metal strap vs the plastic as I think it is more intuitive as to how it operates. Plan to use the old one as a demo at the next campground with a fire pit. Invite all neighbors and learn first hand how they work - without the emergency.

Please tell the rest of us once you figure it out. thanks.

ctpres 04-02-2015 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by sbleiweiss (Post 2492642)
Please tell the rest of us once you figure it out. thanks.

What to figure out! Subject - Fire extinguisher recall - Replacement arrived and I talked about it. What is there to figure out? Sorry if it was not clear.

bigben 04-03-2015 05:27 AM

About to be new Challenger 37TB owner - help please.
 
I know this is a duplicate but I want to make sure I got all the help I can before the PDI.

I have read virtually every thread in the Challenger string. We are ready to take delivery of our new Challenger 37TB. Coming from a Georgetown 351. Had some problems but nothing major. One annoying issue was the TVs cable wiring. Always has been a problem. Basically reception in living room and bedroom was a problem. Bunks and outside was fine. Curious though that over the air antenna not a problem. Cable/satellite sucked so bad, wound up using a wireless hdmi transmitter/receiver.

So, as we get ready to take delivery. What are some of the experiences from other Challenger 37TB owners?

Really need this to make sure I focus my PDI.

Thanks in advance.

ctpres 04-03-2015 07:22 AM

More mod's fixes and Upgrades
 
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#56 On delivery vertical rubber seals would not fully pull out on slide extension. I managed to train both front slide seals by manually pulling them out every time. After a month or two both front slides seals worked just fine, the main slide seal still wasn't right. Solution, one inch wide 3M Safety Walk. This is the same texture as the stuff used on your entry steps. Took maybe ten to fifteen minutes per side to clean surface and apply tape nice and straight. Now seal pulls out as it should every time. My finger is pointing at the new 3M tape and the seal is on the left.

sbleiweiss 04-03-2015 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2493474)
What to figure out! Subject - Fire extinguisher recall - Replacement arrived and I talked about it. What is there to figure out? Sorry if it was not clear.

How the plastic and metal straps work.

ctpres 04-03-2015 03:33 PM

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How the plastic and metal straps work.

Already threw plastic straps away so can only show the new metal version that came with the replacement. Just looking at the two, I decided the metal strap provided a better visual on how to operate it. Fire emergency not best time to study things. PS - new strap is stainless. Hope the picture helps. Sorry camera not very good at closeup's. Pull tab on right and unhook on left. Once you get it in your hand it will make more sense. I suppose like a lot of things in the RV a good training program is worth the effort.

Gordon Dewald 04-03-2015 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2479244)
Our biggest design problem so far has been the new frameless windows and shortage of opening windows on street side. We run AC far more than necessary. So I am adding one more item to the "TO DO LIST." Unless I can figure out something better I am planning on one or two more ceiling vents. One in front and behind the existing airconditioners. With Fantastic fans in each, I figure we can get a big boost in air flow to make up for the whimpy openings in the frameless windows. Shame to waste the beautiful weather mother nature gives us.

You have probably already planned this but I suggest that if you can get reversing, water sensing fans on a thermostat you would be golden.

We have them on the 5er. Open both and have one blowing in and one blowing out to get the best ventilation. At night we turn the fan off on the one in the bedroom and set the thermostat on the one in the living room so it shuts off when the desired temp in the bedroom is met. Works very well.

sbleiweiss 04-04-2015 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2494914)
Already threw plastic straps away so can only show the new metal version that came with the replacement. Just looking at the two, I decided the metal strap provided a better visual on how to operate it. Fire emergency not best time to study things. PS - new strap is stainless. Hope the picture helps. Sorry camera not very good at closeup's. Pull tab on right and unhook on left. Once you get it in your hand it will make more sense. I suppose like a lot of things in the RV a good training program is worth the effort.

Thanks.

RVredneck 04-05-2015 07:33 AM

Has anybody seen the new "3 trax" full wall slide system? Or does anyone have it on their unit. My large slide has the cable system and I'm not impressed yet.

bigben 04-05-2015 06:52 PM

Will this work on the 37tB?
 
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Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 2463183)
Update to More mod's fixes and Upgrades page 113 post 1578. Final solution idea was provided by RV'n friend. Joyce was quick to suggest the spoon. All I had to do was find a suitable one. Looks great and everybody is happy.

The DW was concerned with how the stove cooktop would store. I saw this while looking for issues to check on our new 37TB we are picking up April 17. Will this work with our new 37TB?

ctpres 04-06-2015 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by bigben (Post 2498555)
The DW was concerned with how the stove cooktop would store. I saw this while looking for issues to check on our new 37TB we are picking up April 17. Will this work with our new 37TB?

No idea what counter top is like on TB but suspect it will work just fine. Stand front piece against wall with lip facing away from wall and rear section standing in front of it. Test by cooking with one or two rear burners to see if it gets warm - ours does not. Ours stays in place without the holder/spoon - just being safe with the spoon. NOT intended for traveling storage.

bigben 04-07-2015 08:33 AM

ctpres - many thanks. A couple of things that DW didn't like but this one had us both scratching our heads. Coming from a Georgetown 351 with bunks, we will be glad for the larger bedroom, washing machine and pantry. We travel a great deal with our grandkids and have wash frequently. This should ease that pain.

The countertop thing was making us both scratch our head until I saw the DIY Mod.

PS: With that signature, you or your DW served a number of years. Twenty two years Army here.

ctpres 04-10-2015 05:35 PM

More mod's fixes and Upgrades
 
#57 Parked for three months in FL and when getting ready to go steps came in and would not go back out right away, tap switch, wiggle wires etc. steps would finally come out. Same problem during the day off and on. Finally parked for the night and had time to figure it out. Wire was pinched by metal trim and eventually (due to vibrations from door opening and closing) it worked it's way thru insulation and wire. Short equal extend step and open equal retract step. Got lucky and found a burglar alarm switch in the basement that would work and now just waiting for silicon to cure. Wires to switch were easy to find, just lay on back and look up underneath near bottom rear corner of door. Just remember the new switch must OPEN when magnet is next to switch. Cheap, small, lightweight spare part.


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