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Old 02-08-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Smile New 2017 Challenger 37 LX Owners

We just purchased a new 2017 Thor Challenger 37 lx. It's our first RV and we are looking forward to using it. Lot's to learn and have already learned a lot from previous posts.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:49 PM   #2
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We just purchased a new 2017 Thor Challenger 37 lx. It's our first RV and we are looking forward to using it. Lot's to learn and have already learned a lot from previous posts.
Welcome aboard! The Challenger is a great coach! I love my Miramar and despite a few issues enjoy the adventure!
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:14 PM   #3
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I'm glad that you found "Our little corner of the sandbox."
Do you have any trips planned yet?
How about some pictures of it?
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:26 PM   #4
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No big trips planned yet. Staying close to get use to the coach and practice setting it up. Researching on what modifications I might make for ride stability. I think if I don't do that first I will be tired at the end of any long trip. I will post pictures soon. It went from dealer to indoor storage.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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Congratulations on your new coach. I believe you will be quite happy with the Challenger.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:08 PM   #6
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Congrats! We are full-timers in our 2016 LX, and we love it!
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:14 PM   #7
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No big trips planned yet. Staying close to get use to the coach and practice setting it up. Researching on what modifications I might make for ride stability. I think if I don't do that first I will be tired at the end of any long trip. I will post pictures soon. It went from dealer to indoor storage.
Just an FYI...I used mine for a couple trips before taking it to my "truck guy" to check the alignment. It was way off and beginning to wear the tires with only about 2,000 miles. He aligned it, added Safe-T-Plus for the front and a larger track bar on the rear. I now drive mostly one handed and can handle cross winds of 15 to 25 mph with out creating white knuckles.

I asked him about the CHF (cheap handling fix) and he did not recommend it. Since he does a lot of RV's and large trucks I trust him so I didn't have that done.

Good luck on your research!
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:07 AM   #8
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I did the CHF last year and for me, at least, there was a noticeable difference, especially when the 18-wheelers pass by.
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for the tip. Yes I white knuckled down the highway.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:06 PM   #10
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Welcome aboard, fellow 2017 Challenger 37LX owner here..

The CHF definitely helped the handling of our coach. Went from handling like a drunken whale to a whale with a slight buzz.. Much more manageable and no problem passing or being passed by semi's and decent in cross winds up to about 20 mph. Adding more air to the tires helped too, we run 100 psi all around. Will probably add a steering stabilizer in the near future and I think that should just about fix the remaining very slight wandering on patched or rutted highways and higher crosswinds.. enjoy!
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:18 PM   #11
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Congrats and welcome! We bought our 2017 Challenger 37LX last June. I love it! Had some bumps initially, but it got much better after we found a reliable service provider and stopped using the dealer. As youíll read in these forums, some dealers are great for service, some are ok, some are awful.

We did the CHF and installed the Safe-T-Plus on our coach, and it makes a huge difference for us. Well worth the expense, Iíd do it again if I ever bought a new rig.

From this forum, I found a wealth of information that I havenít seen compiled anywhere else. Led me to understand the things I needed, the things that were helpful to have, and a lot of things that are just fun or make camping life easier.

Some of the initial necessities, IMO, are a TPMS, a water pressure regulator, and a surge protector. There are a lot of options for each.

Again, congrats and enjoy your beautiful new rig! And donít be at all shy about asking questions here, these folks are awesome.

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Old 02-09-2018, 04:41 PM   #12
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Congrats and welcome to the forum!
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:43 PM   #13
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We took possession of our new 2017 Challenger 37LX last January. I would highly recommend the CHF - it made a huge difference for us. Haven't done the Safe-T-Plus yet but hope to soon. After a year of using it, I agree with Mike's list of initial necessities. Hope you enjoy your new coach as much as we have!
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info. My initial thinking was Safe T Plus and CHF and now I'm sure I'll get it done.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:37 PM   #15
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Thanks. Always good to hear from a fellow retired USAF person. So are we.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:34 AM   #16
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Just received my Synergy P24. Looking forward to reading advice from fellow rv'ers.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:24 PM   #17
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Just received my Synergy P24. Looking forward to reading advice from fellow rv'ers.
Congrats! This forum is a great resource for new RV owners (like me).

This thread is about the Challenger, a Class A, and your post may not be seen by other Synergy owners. I recommend you start a new thread with your coachís name as the title. I expect youíll get a lot of responses. Also, ask a lot of questions!
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:58 PM   #18
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Would you recommend doing the CHF myself or having someone else do it? If I do it myself, is it as easy as some people make it out to be? Any words of advice or lessons learned?
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:30 PM   #19
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Welcome to the club! We LOVE our 2017 LX! Check out this thread for great Challenger tips and tricks. It's full of tons of useful information.

http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f17...nger-3173.html

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I asked him about the CHF (cheap handling fix) and he did not recommend it. Since he does a lot of RV's and large trucks I trust him so I didn't have that done.
We also had a major truck and RV service center tell us to skip the CHF. They recommended the Safe-T-Plus and rear track bar. We are very happy with the results. That first alignment is very important. Sooner rather than later!
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:27 PM   #20
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Thanks for the tip
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