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Old 07-10-2017, 10:02 PM   #1
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Challenger 37TB
State: Texas
Posts: 96
THOR #6162
First long trip in our new Challenger 37TB

Well we are home from a 10 day long journey, our first in our coach. Handling was pretty good, I have a Safety-T-Steer installed as well as fresh alignment. Fuel usage was a little better than I expected, about 7-7.5 mpg. Now the issues...the park we were heading to is an electric only state park in Iowa. Our water pump stopped functioning during the initial leg from home. Stopped at a small RV shop in St. Joe, MO and a tech looked at it for 30 minutes and was able to determine no power was getting to the pump. Made a jumper with fuse and spliced it into the pump hot wire from battery compartment, worked fine. Found that it is controlled by a relay, which I found today with one wire pulled out of the spade terminal..easy fix. Coming home, a carload of kids in Missouri chunked an egg at the side of the MH and it was a mess. Found it at a gas stop about 15 mins after it happened, so was able to get most of it off.. All was fine until the next day coming south through the Arbuckle mountains in Oklahoma and a thunderstorm materialized right in front of us with torrential rain and at least 50 mph gusts across the freeway. Pulled off right before the wind hit and we sat rocking for about 10 minutes (felt like 30!). Crazy weather, we have several weather apps that do a good job of notifying us of warnings, but this was too sudden. After the rain slowed down and we took off, found a little water running across floor towards the back. Guess it blew in around the slides on the left side. All in all a good trip, no major issues with the MH. FYI, the WinStar RV park in Thackerville, OK is very nice!!

2017 Thor Challenger 37TB
2015 Ford Explorer Ltd for towed.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:35 PM   #2
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 37GT
State: Florida
Posts: 809
THOR #5246
That sounds pretty good for the first long trip. I think Thor started using a larger rear trac bar in the 2016's and newer Challengers. I know my 2014/15 handled better after an alignment and Safe T Plus but it wasn't until I had the Sumos installed that it really did good.

Refreshing to hear an owner simply tracks down the water pump issue and makes the repair instead of complaining about quality or having to return to the dealer. Enjoy your coach and safe travels.

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pulling a 24' enclosed (Mini Cooper/Harley/Kayak)
(traded 2014 Thor Challenger)
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Hurricane 35C
State: Colorado
Posts: 116
THOR #7174
Well I need to post my first trip adventures as well... unfortunately not as easy as yours. Was this your first ever RV trip? All in all I would consider that trip a win. Wonder if we were in OK at the same time 30 June, of course it's always windy in OK, lol. Definitely pulling over was the right call just not worth trying to travel when it's like that.
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