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4.1
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3.1
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4.7
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3.8
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2.8

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PJ

Florida

Reviewed on March 1, 2022

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3.4
Junk, Junk,Junk!!! My wife and I bought this in November 2021 from the original owners with only 14,000 miles on it in excellent condition. However. Something breaks on it almost on a daily basis and we have been living in it since we bought it. Only driving it from Colorado to Florida permanently. That... read more
Junk, Junk,Junk!!! My wife and I bought this in November 2021 from the original owners with only 14,000 miles on it in excellent condition. However. Something breaks on it almost on a daily basis and we have been living in it since we bought it. Only driving it from Colorado to Florida permanently. That’s the only driving we’ve done with it. There is such a large list of things that have gone wrong with it (and we have been babying it) that I warn you. Do Not Buy a Thor Challenger series. This thing is so poorly built that we can’t even keep up with things that keep simply just fall apart on it due to the junky build and quality of the materials used. I watched a video of this exact model where a Thor representative states this is their top of the line model. WOW!!!
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4.0
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2.0
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4.0
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4.0
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C Evans

Florida

Reviewed on August 15, 2020

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3.0
We purchased this RV because of the floorplan. Unfortunately during the five years we have owned it we have had many issues with it. The drive train fell out within the first few hundred miles. Most recently our full wall slide's gear box failed and had to be replaced. It failed because there is damage to... read more
We purchased this RV because of the floorplan. Unfortunately during the five years we have owned it we have had many issues with it. The drive train fell out within the first few hundred miles. Most recently our full wall slide's gear box failed and had to be replaced. It failed because there is damage to the floor that is causing the slide to catch when it is retracted and put undue strain on the gear box. We have been told this large a slide should never have been a cable operated slide. While the gear box is covered under our extended warranty the repair to the floor is not considered mechanical and is not covered. Additionally we are having issues with our levelers losing hydraulic fluid requiring the replacement of the leveler. We have replaced the circuit board for the furnace twice now because despite our best efforts we cannot determine how water is getting onto the board. Even our RV tech is puzzled by this. Until we solve this issue the third circuit board will remain in the box. We had to replace the "control panel" in the outside water cabinet because of issues with the switch that allows you to change from city to tank, etc. The furniture is peeling after less than five years despite the fact it is manufactured by Flex Steel. Very disappointing. A cushion to the sofa had to be replaced early on because the fabric backing tore around the velcro piece designed to hold the cushion in place. The replacement cushion was slightly different than the original cushion and it shows. Previously we had a false check engine light that lasted nearly a year and required multiple trips to Ford dealers that were equipped to handle a unit this big. (this followed immediately on the heels of getting the drive shaft repaired) The flashing for the vent pipe that runs through the roof from the plumbing for the washer/dryer was installed incorrectly and resulted in water pouring into our pantry. The hot water heater valves were not set to allow water to run from the hot water heater through the system. The fix required us to have to crawl under the bed, unscrew the panel to access the water heater and set the valves properly. The electrical outlet in the bathroom pulled out of the wall the first time we used it and there were numerous other "minor" issues. This is our third purchase of a new unit and NEVER have we had the kind of issues we have had with this unit.
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4.0
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1.0
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5.0
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3.0
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Donald Payne

Florida

Reviewed on January 5, 2020

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5.0
Upon searching for the perfect fit in what my wife and I desired in an RV, we knew the Thor Challenger 37KT would be the perfect one. Unfortunately due to a terminal disease, it sadly required us to cut our plans extremely short in getting to experience traveling the U.S.A. as planned. The livability of this ... read more
Upon searching for the perfect fit in what my wife and I desired in an RV, we knew the Thor Challenger 37KT would be the perfect one. Unfortunately due to a terminal disease, it sadly required us to cut our plans extremely short in getting to experience traveling the U.S.A. as planned. The livability of this model provides all of the comforts of home by literally dividing the unit up in three different sections if we wanted to do. Everything from slider living room doors, electric fireplace with heater to the comfort and relaxation area of the living room watching TV or reading a book and listening to music. The cabinetry is solid wood and not cheaply covered particle board. It's high gloss with deep storage area and plenty of them to meet storage needs. Thor took enough pride in their Challenger line to introduce these solid cabinets from their upper line coaches of the Tuscany line, very nice and great job Thor! The living room also included a drop-down overhead 54x74 bunk sleeping area above the cockpit that could easily sleep two if needed. Then as you walk back into the kitchen area from the living room you have a residential full size Whirlpool refrigerator in the very nice and well done kitchen area. It reminds you of a luxury studio apartment in the area of the kitchen. The kitchen provides an OTR Microwave/convection oven and two burner stove backed by a nice and decorative back splash. You even have the ability to watch TV while in the kitchen with one of the four (4) TV's that this coach offers. The dining table is free standing and comes with 4 very nice chairs which two of them are folding for storage. There is even a washer and dryer prep in this area of the coach. The bathroom is modern and roomy enough to feel comfortable. The hot water is provided by on demand need. The bedroom is equipped with a king size tilt-bed. This is a real nice feature. Plenty of dresser drawers and two (2) closets are provided for clothing. Cabinets are also above the head board and plenty of them that are deep as well. The ability to dim or brighten the lights throughout the coach also was a nice compliment to this coach. In the bedroom is the third TV. The outside features two (2) pitch adjustable LED lit awnings. The back awning is 16' and the front awning is 12'. Under the front awning is located the 4th TV with soundbar. There is plenty of through trunk/basement storage space. There is even a pet/multi-purpose tie-down link if you want to lock up a bike or grill. This is the perfect coach to RV across of country because of these creature comforts of home. Definitely a glamping unit. It's even pre-wired for solar panels. With the mirror camera's and rear camera, it made it very comfortable to navigate. On the interstate it drives like it's floating with minimal sway. Very impressive to drive and comes with an 8,000 lb. towing hitch. It also comes with a 5500 Cummins ONAN auto-start generator for boon-docking or if needed. There is a 105 lb. LP tank with an LP hook-up for grilling or an outside fire pit. I just can not brag on this coach enough. We even installed an in-motion satellite dish on our coach so we could watch TV with ease if we wanted. To add, their customer service goes above and beyond. Look out Tiffin! Looks like Thor may be creeping up. But hey! Life's too short, it's a vapor in time, so turn off the TV's and enjoy the beautiful country. Check out the Thor products. Thank you Thor for thinking of the customer/RV'er!
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Marc DeNardo

Massachusetts

Reviewed on November 28, 2019

RV reviewed 2016 Thor Motor Coach Challenger 37KT view listing

2.0
Day one, The dealer had to install a new inverter, a new roller in the big slide, the lock for the outside tv and straighten out 3 kitchen draws. On our drive home from Michigan to Massachusetts we had no heat🙁. Over that first year of ownership the thing went to 13 repair shops including the Thor factory... read more
Day one, The dealer had to install a new inverter, a new roller in the big slide, the lock for the outside tv and straighten out 3 kitchen draws. On our drive home from Michigan to Massachusetts we had no heat🙁. Over that first year of ownership the thing went to 13 repair shops including the Thor factory for every problem in the book. Driveability issues, water leaking, shock problems, charging problems, seat problems, windshield wiper problems, generator problems and of course slide problems. I have spent $1000's of dollars and 100's of hours dealing with the thing. Congress should pass a law to raise standard of these slapped together units.
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1.0
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4.0
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Linda Bewley

Michigan

Reviewed on April 24, 2019

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4.8
Love this floor and the reason we bought this RV. We needed a plan that offered privacy for guests (2 children & 4 grandchildren staying with us) and to have space for a home office. Plus the living area has a more home like feel to it with captain chairs, with a small table between them, sofa, electric ... read more
Love this floor and the reason we bought this RV. We needed a plan that offered privacy for guests (2 children & 4 grandchildren staying with us) and to have space for a home office. Plus the living area has a more home like feel to it with captain chairs, with a small table between them, sofa, electric fireplace, and large screen TV. This motor home has 4 TVs, 3 inside and one outside. To be honest I thought it was a little ridiculous to have a fireplace in a motorhome but when we wintered in FL we used it all the time for those chilly mornings. The kitchen has a full size refrigerator which is opposite the door into the motorhome to unload groceries, and an area plumbed for washer & dryer, we use that area for a pantry. The bathroom has a 2 way access for guests and the bedroom area. This motorhome also has a kingsize bed with large end stands on each side, which you don't find in a lot of motorhomes let alone in a 37 footer, something that I was told to look for by seasoned RVers. Another tip from other RVers is to make sure when the slides are in you have access to your bed for those overnighters on the road when boon docking. You can access your bed through the bathroom when the slides are in on this floor plan. This something I didn't think about when I was looking at RVs/RV shows with all the slides out. Tons of storage space in this motor home, inside and the basement. We used the outside TV almost everyday when weather is good. I gave the 4 stars to quality because you get what you pay for. You get a lot for this motorhome for the price. To be honest before I saw this floor plan I was looking at Tiffin, maybe better quality but you pay for it too. I have had a lot Tiffin neighbors as well as others who all have problems with their motorhomes. Lets face it you are taking a home on the road and with the conditions of our roads you are lucky to get to your destination without having a bunch of screws, etc. on the floor! The most important thing is to find a dealer/repairman that you trust and will support you when you have problems. The beauty of RVers is their is always someone around to help you if you are having issues, compare notes/experiences. If you are not handy you will learn to become more handy! One other note with the newer motorhomes is the safety features such as back and side cameras to see your blind spots. We have really enjoyed this layout and people who have seen it have wanted to buy the same floor plan. Their dealer at the time couldn't find one in the country for them to buy. I was told by the salesman we bought ours from that they are not making this floor plan anymore and it's hard to find. We have not had major issues and a lot of the issues were technician errors at the dealer, like not winterize properly or installing incorrectly. So overall I can say we love this motorhome.
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Brian Smith

South Carolina

Reviewed on January 26, 2019

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5.0
This is a great floorplan for kids. The RV really separates into two living areas, one for the adults and one for the kids. There is plenty of storage. All of the TV's and outside entertainment center are great for tailgating.... read more
This is a great floorplan for kids. The RV really separates into two living areas, one for the adults and one for the kids. There is plenty of storage. All of the TV's and outside entertainment center are great for tailgating.
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Jeff

Texas

Reviewed on January 25, 2019

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4.0
The 2015 Thor Challeger 37kt has a split floorplan which is great when you have company. The entry door, kitchen and bathroom is in the middle of the coach and gives you and you guests some extra privacy! The coach handles very well on the Road and gets up to 80 mph easily. This unit has as much storage as... read more
The 2015 Thor Challeger 37kt has a split floorplan which is great when you have company. The entry door, kitchen and bathroom is in the middle of the coach and gives you and you guests some extra privacy! The coach handles very well on the Road and gets up to 80 mph easily. This unit has as much storage as a diesel pusher with huge pass thru storage back and front that can fit 2 kayaks!! The outside TV, Speakers and shower are great for weekends on the beach with family or friends! The washer and dryer added instead of the pantry make make vacation as convenient as at home! And the residential fridge has so much room, and a ice maker! It's so practical if you want to have trays for a party or simply everyday grocery! If you love to entertain family and friends you will love the 2015 Thor Challenger 37KT!
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Tom Powers

Arkansas

Reviewed on January 17, 2019

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4.6
When we moved up from a class C I wanted more livable space and convenience. The 37KT gave us both. The front living room with fireplace can be closed off from the kitchen and dining area. It is easy to drive and handles hills and towing without effort. We cruise between 60 and 65 which gives good mileage and... read more
When we moved up from a class C I wanted more livable space and convenience. The 37KT gave us both. The front living room with fireplace can be closed off from the kitchen and dining area. It is easy to drive and handles hills and towing without effort. We cruise between 60 and 65 which gives good mileage and comfortable ride. All the class A features that add to the ease of your camping experience.
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4.0
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Roland Cortes

Florida

Reviewed on March 11, 2018

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5.0
We purchased this RV in July 2016. There were some new RV issues to begin with. Most were minor, so I just took care of them myself. Thor did a very good job backing up the dealer and promptly authorizing the needed repairs. We do not regret buying this coach, we have had some great times and built great memo... read more
We purchased this RV in July 2016. There were some new RV issues to begin with. Most were minor, so I just took care of them myself. Thor did a very good job backing up the dealer and promptly authorizing the needed repairs. We do not regret buying this coach, we have had some great times and built great memories with it. The floor plan is very livable, Love the separate living area that’s separated by closing the two sliding doors. The overhead electric drop down bed is a super space saver and gives you two more sleeping capacity. We did replace the inner spring mattress on the bedroom king size bed with a memory foam mattress, best money we have ever spent on an RV. Overall I would reccomend this coach to a friend, I’m certain that we would remain friends!
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Dr Hal Hammer Jr

Montana

Reviewed on November 9, 2017

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4.6
Like a penthouse apartment on wheels! Drives great and sets up easy anywhere. Auto level, 3 slides, 4 TVs, and a fireplace. This is my 3rd motorhome and definite the best! Climbs mountains, is smooth, and gets really good gas economy. Cheaper, easier, and much better smelling than a diesel. Ford V-10. . My c... read more
Like a penthouse apartment on wheels! Drives great and sets up easy anywhere. Auto level, 3 slides, 4 TVs, and a fireplace. This is my 3rd motorhome and definite the best! Climbs mountains, is smooth, and gets really good gas economy. Cheaper, easier, and much better smelling than a diesel. Ford V-10. . My choice Everytime.
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