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KC 04-17-2016 09:44 AM

I drive a wrecker F550 and I always use the tow/haul mode when Im towing anything. It makes a big difference.

KC

bigdaddy5120 04-17-2016 04:11 PM

Where is a good place to buy wiper blades ? Mine has 31 inch blades on it but man these are expensive ! Could I just change to cheaper 28 inch blade ?

TwoDogDad 04-17-2016 05:38 PM

Challenger Question
 
We've been looking at RVs over the past couple of months and are intrigued by the Challenger, particularly the 36TL. One thing we have not been able to verify is the under-the-bed storage. We saw a TL and a KT about 6 weeks ago and did not check.

I am assuming that there is some type of storage under the bed. Is that correct?

Thanks

Mike

KC 04-17-2016 07:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TwoDogDad (Post 3027384)
We've been looking at RVs over the past couple of months and are intrigued by the Challenger, particularly the 36TL. One thing we have not been able to verify is the under-the-bed storage. We saw a TL and a KT about 6 weeks ago and did not check.

I am assuming that there is some type of storage under the bed. Is that correct?

Thanks

Mike

My KT has storage under the bed, we have two folding chairs for our dinning room, front table and two air beds plus other stuff.

KC

TwoDogDad 04-17-2016 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KC (Post 3027575)
My KT has storage under the bed, we have two folding chairs for our dinning room, front table and two air beds plus other stuff.

KC

Thanks KC.

Mike

sbleiweiss 04-18-2016 06:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigdaddy5120 (Post 3027275)
Where is a good place to buy wiper blades ? Mine has 31 inch blades on it but man these are expensive ! Could I just change to cheaper 28 inch blade ?

I have read on other threads of people doing this with no problem.

ctpres 04-19-2016 04:03 PM

RV time = 100% soon
 
Well in theory anyhow. Monday AM we signed contract on our ranch within a couple hundred of asking price. On market to contract in NINE days. :dance::bow::)

bigdaddy5120 04-19-2016 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 3030376)
Well in theory anyhow. Monday AM we signed contract on our ranch within a couple hundred of asking price. On market to contract in NINE days. :dance::bow::)

Hope it works out for you ! I hope to be able to that one day !

bigben 04-19-2016 06:50 PM

Congrats to Suzie and Chuck!!! Enjoy the journey!!!

KC 04-20-2016 11:00 AM

Trailer plug question
 
What type of trailer plug do I have on my 2015 Challenger kt? Our RV is in storage and I need to order a wireless plug for my brake light.

KC

LyonsL 04-20-2016 05:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ctpres (Post 3030376)
Well in theory anyhow. Monday AM we signed contract on our ranch within a couple hundred of asking price. On market to contract in NINE days. :dance::bow::)

Congrats & good luck with your new chapter in life!

Rsapp 04-21-2016 06:21 AM

It is the 7 way Blade Round type. I will try to send you a pic.

Rsapp 04-21-2016 06:27 AM

7-Way Round RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer Side This is the plug that is used to plug into it I couldn't upload a pic so I went to etrailer.com. Hope this helps.Thanks for all your help.

wldracing 04-21-2016 07:51 AM

2015 Thor Challenger 35 HT Handling Fix and Review
 
Hey Everyone, I have a 2015 Challenger 35HT with about 5,000 miles and wanted to share my handling experience with this coach.

https://melaniesactionfoto.smugmug.c...IMG_1844-M.jpg

I flat tow a Jeep Wrangler or tow a 16 foot enclosed trailer.
My Experiences:
1. Wind shear when driving on the highway that rocks the coach side to side and major steering wheel correction are needed to keep it straight
2. When a Big Rig passes or when I pass a big rig major corrections to the steering wheel are needed to continue straight
3. Driving in general is a workout to keep the RV Straight
4. When turning on highways or just making a turn on the street the sway is so apparent you have to go at a snail’s pace to make the turn.
5. Highway curves and off camber presents a serious unsafe feeling and major sway.
Did a lot of reading on forums and of course the dealer wanted to sell me everything but this is what I did to start to deal with the issues above.

Purchased

Front
Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping
1. Roadmaster 1139140 1-3/4" Front Sway Bar $526.47
2. Roadmaster RSSA Reflex Stabilizer Unit $241.97
3. Roadmaster RBK9 Bracket Kit $79.10

Installation Free- 1 hour install time

Rear
Cheap Handling Fix
Installation Free-1hour

When I got under my RV I saw that the OEM sway bar was not secure. 3 of the 4 bolts that hold the saddle brackets were missing, and the fourth about to go as well. Before doing the CHF I inspected the poly bushing and found no grease in the bushing. I greased the bushing added Loctite to the bolts then torqued to 65ft/lbs the 4 bolts (I used 3 from the front) through the saddle brackets, and then did the CHF.

Check Your Sway Bars Mounts

1 1/2 Hour Road test

First thing that was apparent was when leaving my driveway the coach did not rock from side to side emptying cabinets and throwing my Wife into my lap.

Second thing I noticed was that when making a turn on residential streets, the coach stayed upright with no sway…All I could say is Wow and that was 500 ft away from my house.

I proceeded to get on the Fwy and immediately noticed the ease and stability of the coach and the ability to almost drive with 1 finger.
The true test was driving at speed with cross winds of about 20 miles an hour(android app for area), uneven road, passing big rigs or being passed. All of these conditions were present during the test.

First thing I wanted to test on the Highway was a Big Rig passing ….Wow it was like night and day, I did not have to over steer to compensate for the turbulence caused by the Big Rig. During the test, I noticed there was heavy cross winds as well. I really could not tell that there were crosswinds; because there was very limited sway….I just could tell from the sound of the wind hitting my Rig. At this point I was excited that my RV was stable and fun to drive with little effort.
Downhill gradual turns on the highway presented challenges previous, now with the changes I could confidently go into the turn and give the minimal response to the wheel to get the turning results to make the turn. Unlike previously where you had to turn and hope the coach followed.

Conclusion:

Cost total with Tax and free shipping (Amazon Prime) $915.35

The absolute best upgrade you could do for handling windsear, Big Rig Turbulence, cross winds, Turn sway, driveway sway, straight line tracking. The outcome from the changes made is not subtle, but are huge and make all the difference. The result of the changes eliminates driver stress and fatigue and gives you confidence your rig will track down the road with ease.
With the confidence I have I will not need to add the rear sway bar.

OEM rating- 3 out of 10 stars :mad: Thor Shame on You!
Rating after mods- 9 out of 10 stars :dance::dance::dance:


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