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Old 08-23-2015, 04:01 PM   #1
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Bed Collapse on Salem Cruise Lite

I have a 2016 262BHXL that we purchased in June and have enjoyed I think 4 weekends since. Last night when I laid down the bed over the pass through storage collapsed on my side about 2" I'm just curious if anyone else has had this problem. I've never paid attention to how it was built but after looking at it it makes me angry. I didn't join this forum til after I purchased this one and I'm just hoping that i don't have the problems a lot of other people are having. This kind of makes me insecure on my investment. I can and will fix the bed. I considered letting the dealer fix it but they will just put it back like it was which is wrong. I'm attaching a few pics that I took last night and I'm going to let them know about but I will be fixing it myself. Let me know what you think!!
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:50 PM   #2
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Ours was built the same way. Makes you wonder how you made it through the first nights without falling in. Fixed ours myself.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:02 AM   #3
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My trailer did the same thing.... I'll try to find my thread.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:04 AM   #4
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Bed Screws Broke
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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Very nice work you did there!! I just got through with bracing mine up.. I wished I would have seen this before. I like the angle iron idea. Mine is the same concept just all out of wood. And also the front end is round so I went a step further and added kickers to the front end since I couldn't get the support close to the front wall without drilling through the outside.. I added a cross rail support that also serves as a support to hold the bed up if need be.. They have a poor design for the bed support. I did not find one screw or nail supporting the front of the bed. Thanks for your reply..
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:14 PM   #6
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Yikes! Glad you didn't get splinters.

We bought the Salem Cruiser Lite 174BH which has the bench that pulls out into a bed (over the fresh water tank) and we did notice that it was built pretty shabby. Some of the demos we looked at had the screws pulled out, snaps broken, etc.

Because we liked the rest of the little trailer we bought it knowing that I'll have to rebuild it soon or later so I'm glad to follow this thread. We do leave it pulled out all the time so I'm not constantly moving it around but I know it'll go sooner or later and will incorporate your ideas here ;-)
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:41 PM   #7
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We had lift cylinders installed on ours so that the bed will rise and allow access without straining. It has not collapsed as of yet. Second season almost over. There were A LOT of quality issues. 1. The shower sprayer connection on the tub. The sprayer was not even close to being tight, causing a flood that ran all the way to the bunk in the front. This flood could easily have caused a lot of damage.
2. The tub access panel does not cover the hole in the side wall of the tub. The hole was cut too large. A picture can be provided. This is gap is over a 1/2 inch and is very long. This is just sloppy.
3. The shower curtain track is not mounted close to the shower head. Water can easily run out. This could be corrected in other units.
4. Had to remount both closet rods next to the bed. Clothes could not be hung because the rods were too close to the door.
5. Minor issue ; drain plug in the shower broken in half.
6. The dinette table is too close to the window which does not allow the shade to close all the way. This could be corrected in other units.
7. The thermostat is located directly above two heat ducts! Temperatures in the main living area are four degrees cooler when the control calls to shut down the heat.
8. The light over the dinette is mounted crooked. Can more care be taken to mount the light to parallel the wall?
9. Our unit does not have the outside kitchen and bumper mounted grill. We don't expect that a extra door be mounted on the outside where the kitchen would be but an entire large storage space, under the double lower bunk goes un-utilized! How about putting a hole in the board under the bunk? As the dinette seat storage works so can the back bunk!!! 10. The contact paper above the sink and stove WILL peel off. Just wait for it.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:44 PM   #8
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Yikes! Glad you didn't get splinters.

We bought the Salem Cruiser Lite 174BH which has the bench that pulls out into a bed (over the fresh water tank) and we did notice that it was built pretty shabby. Some of the demos we looked at had the screws pulled out, snaps broken, etc.

Because we liked the rest of the little trailer we bought it knowing that I'll have to rebuild it soon or later so I'm glad to follow this thread. We do leave it pulled out all the time so I'm not constantly moving it around but I know it'll go sooner or later and will incorporate your ideas here ;-)
Yea splinters would have been bad!! This is my first real problem with the camper.. I expect problems because of what it is but this should not happen.. Our spirits aren't broken though ... Easy fix and only a few $ so we are good. Just want to put it out there for the next person.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:58 PM   #9
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We had lift cylinders installed on ours so that the bed will rise and allow access without straining. It has not collapsed as of yet. Second season almost over. There were A LOT of quality issues. 1. The shower sprayer connection on the tub. The sprayer was not even close to being tight, causing a flood that ran all the way to the bunk in the front. This flood could easily have caused a lot of damage.
2. The tub access panel does not cover the hole in the side wall of the tub. The hole was cut too large. A picture can be provided. This is gap is over a 1/2 inch and is very long. This is just sloppy.
3. The shower curtain track is not mounted close to the shower head. Water can easily run out. This could be corrected in other units.
4. Had to remount both closet rods next to the bed. Clothes could not be hung because the rods were too close to the door.
5. Minor issue ; drain plug in the shower broken in half.
6. The dinette table is too close to the window which does not allow the shade to close all the way. This could be corrected in other units.
7. The thermostat is located directly above two heat ducts! Temperatures in the main living area are four degrees cooler when the control calls to shut down the heat.
8. The light over the dinette is mounted crooked. Can more care be taken to mount the light to parallel the wall?
9. Our unit does not have the outside kitchen and bumper mounted grill. We don't expect that a extra door be mounted on the outside where the kitchen would be but an entire large storage space, under the double lower bunk goes un-utilized! How about putting a hole in the board under the bunk? As the dinette seat storage works so can the back bunk!!! 10. The contact paper above the sink and stove WILL peel off. Just wait for it.
Thanks for the heads up!! I'm just hoping for the best..
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:37 PM   #10
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I have a Salem CruiseLite 241QBXL. My bed is nailed shut. I'm told the fresh water tank is located there. It would be nice to be able to lift it - especially when I'm dry camping and would like to see how much is left in the tank. I'll have to keep an eye on whether there are any changes after reading this - especially as I'm not a lightweight.
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