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Old 05-18-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Challenger Shakedown trip

Just completed our shakedown run with our 2016 Challenger LX, towing a 2010 Jeep Wrangler.
Start/Finish: Colorado Springs, CO
Days on the road: 171
Miles Traveled: 6,083
Average miles traveled per travel day: 300
Campsites: 31
Longest time at a site: 30 nights (Sunshine Key, FL)
Shortest time at a site: 1 night (multiple locations)
Favorite stops: Sunshine Key RV resort; Jonathan Dickenson State Park Jupiter FL; St Lucie South COE campground; Jekyll Island; Nashville KOA.
Bucket list item: 11 nights in the infield on Lake Lloyd, Daytona 500
Fuel mileage: 6.3 mpg; fuel mileage across Kansas: 5 mpg (30 mph headwind)
Coach problems encountered: faulty carb on the genset (repaired under warranty); motor failure on rear of main slideout (repaired by yours truly); rear awning arm wind damage (to be repaired this summer)
Already planning winter 2017/18 trip!
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:31 PM   #2
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Great summary! Glad to hear you liked Florida, I am missing it already. How did your coach handle? Had you made any suspension mods or was it stock?
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:20 PM   #3
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I did make the Cheap Handling Fix. It made a noticeable difference when trucks were passing, and in the Kansas winds. As a sidenote, I found that many of the Florida State Parks are in need of help. I've applied to become a park ranger next winter, doing 20 hours a week in exchange for free camping. I've already gotten my first offer for work!
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:06 PM   #4
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j37genie - nice summary. Sounds like everything went well and you didn't have many of the "first year" issues that some encounter. We also did the CHF and travel a deal with few handling issues.

Again, thanks for taking the time to feedback to use.
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