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sbleiweiss 12-05-2013 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1832314)
Here you go. Inside the black pipe is a 3 foot length of Rhino sewer hose. I had to remove the end fitting, feed the slinky through the tube and reattach the bayonet with a hose clamp. The screws through the black tube just pinch the clear section to hold it in place without penetrating it. It makes sewer hookup very easy.

What Thor told me was that the design anticipated people leaving their entire accordian sewer hose compressed inside the tube when not using it. Makes some sense and might be convenient, but why the heck did they make the tube too narrow to fit the fittings through? With your remove/reconnect step their idea would work.

DGShaffer 12-05-2013 09:37 AM

That was such a bad idea they don't even offer it anymore. I cut mine off before I ever took my Challenger the first time. It took someone like Bruce to make it useable.

Crapper Flapper all the way baby! :dance:

bdickson 12-05-2013 10:18 AM

The other 2013 problem they fixed was no access hatch to run city water hose and coax into the compartment. I also fixed that one myself.

DGShaffer 12-05-2013 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1833279)
The other 2013 problem they fixed was no access hatch to run city water hose and coax into the compartment. I also fixed that one myself.

In that regard, the Crapper Flapper does double Duty :2funny:

bdickson 12-05-2013 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by sbleiweiss (Post 1833214)
What Thor told me was that the design anticipated people leaving their entire accordian sewer hose compressed inside the tube when not using it. Makes some sense and might be convenient, but why the heck did they make the tube too narrow to fit the fittings through? With your remove/reconnect step their idea would work.

Right now I am using 30 feet of Rhino hose to reach the sewer connection. No way could I stuff all that into the black tube.

DGShaffer 12-07-2013 07:36 PM

Well I've been forced to do a bit of maintenance before my trip to Dauphin Island on the 20th:

Replaced step motor with a $45 window motor from Autozone
Replaced the water pump that I left running for two days after winterizing
Replaced the ice maker solenoid valve that I burnt out by leaving it energized for too long while winterizing
Installed the new 5 Star Tune now that my rig has over 5K miles on it

The propane is filled up and I'm ready to get it back to the house on the 18th to flush out the anti freeze for the trip.

The last time we were there we found that they didn't have fire rings so I bough a 100"long x 6" tall roll of .020" thick shim stock. Cut it to a length that will fit my round grill top, punched a series of vent holes and some square holes for carriage bolts so I can unroll it and screw it together as a circle. I'll be taking pictures of this thing.

sbleiweiss 12-08-2013 10:56 AM

For those of you who have looked at the 2014 1/2 KT, we looked at it yesterday. From the unit we looked at (the dealer only had one), it appears Thor changed the design of the table. The old table used to be screwed down to the slide floor permanantly with a mechanism that allowed the table top to slide back and forth without the table base moving. Now they have a much cruder table that has no sliding mechanism and the foot of the table is clamped in with a big crude clamp. To move the table out from the window now (and you have to; the table has a leaf to open on the window side that requires moving it out from the wall) you unclamp the entire table and move the entire table. As if this wasn't bad enough (the old method was much more elegant) now the tabel sits half on the slide floor and half off to have four people around it. This is both a heads up to you who are looking to buy this KT, and also a question of whether that is the way the ones you are looking at work too?

dunkonu23 12-10-2013 07:44 PM

I'm seriously looking at 2014.5 DT's. No table... booth. I've seen the video on a different 2014.5 floor plan and I'm impressed. There are a lot of differences that were talked about in the video..

2014 Thor Motor Coach Challenger Luxury RV 37GT Review at Motor Home Specialist - YouTube

Sorry if it's not appropriate to show videos. I'm just way impressed.

Scott

DMcRaney 12-11-2013 10:38 AM

Video
 
Scott,

Not a problem on posting the video. I actually have the 2014.5 coach showed in the video. The only difference is we went with the convection microwave and no oven. We also got the over cab bunk which we think is great, they dont tell you this, but even with the sleeper down I can sit comfortable in the front cab seat.

I love the coach, we are still going through some growing pains from our step up from a TT, but we are happy we did it. I think you will like it.

David

DGShaffer 12-11-2013 08:07 PM

Congrats David. That looks like a great coach. Thor has really stepped up their game with the design of their latest models. A little tough on those of us owning models only a model year older but that's life.

I'm not full timing or retired so with the weekends and couple of vacations each year, a gas powered coach fits my use perfectly. Perhaps when we retire we'll step up to a DP but until then...

"I love my Thor Challenger!"

rvbunz 12-17-2013 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by DGShaffer (Post 1841512)
Congrats David. That looks like a great coach. Thor has really stepped up their game with the design of their latest models. A little tough on those of us owning models only a model year older but that's life.

I'm not full timing or retired so with the weekends and couple of vacations each year, a gas powered coach fits my use perfectly. Perhaps when we retire we'll step up to a DP but until then...

"I love my Thor Challenger!"

Love my challenger too. Just installed a safe-t-plus today. Getting her ready for our 7 week trip to Fl. Leaving on 28 Dec.

DGShaffer 12-17-2013 06:16 PM

I guess I'm old school when it comes to handling. Cars and bikes should be tight, a big box is a big box and I drive it like one.

Although a steering assist might be a good thing, I'm not fond of stiffening the suspension to resist roll by adding beefy sway bars.

My thoughts on trying to prevent sway are that with a top heavy rig like a motor home, when you stiffen the suspension to resist that roll you are in fact lightening the load on the inside tires and doubling the load on the outside tires in a turn. I prefer to let it sway and drive it like a motor home leaving as much pressure on all of the tires as I can. Honestly, I have had absolutely no issues driving either of the Class A motor homes I've owned.

bdickson 12-17-2013 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by rvbunz (Post 1848386)
Love my challenger too. Just installed a safe-t-plus today. Getting her ready for our 7 week trip to Fl. Leaving on 28 Dec.

did you get the trim unit too?

rvbunz 12-22-2013 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bdickson (Post 1848504)
did you get the trim unit too?

No I actually bought the unit on eBay. I'm going to test it on our upcoming trip, before I decide whether or not to get the trim


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