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Old 06-23-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Sierra vs Salem Hemisphere

I'm looking at a certain floor plan offered by both models (little differences) is the Sierra worth the little extra money? I assume they have similar quality, what really makes them different?
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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Both are similar, look at the details such as slam latches vs. turn latches on the outside compartment doors. The quality of the cabinet hinges, fit and finish of the details like faucets, trim, etc.
the Sierra also offers some different standard packages, depending on your needs and wants, insulation, etc.
Take the time to look it over, check actual models if you can and walk through them.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:14 PM   #3
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Thanks. Ya I've compared option wise. I guess my main concern is "quality". Is the Sierra built better? Would it hold up better for the extra money?
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:25 PM   #4
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We have a Hemi TT and haven't had any quality issues. We may be one of the lucky ones, I don't know. No experience or knowledge of Sierras first hAnd
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I don't know about the Sierra, but we have a Hemisphere and really like it. Ours is a TT and not a 5th wheel, but we have been in the 5th wheels and the inside finishes are the same. We have had ours since the end of March and are very happy with it. As suggested above, look at both. Don't just look at finishes though. Floorplans and other differences can make one more practical for you over the other.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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Ya the two I'm looking at are basically the same floor plan:



I'm going to be "full timing" as I travel for work so I need something that is "turn key" and from my research I've been reading a lot of mixed reviews from quality issues to ACs not working. But I hope I too will be one of the lucky ones.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:03 PM   #7
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No experience with the Sierra line. We have a Salem 366rlt or 386rlt. Too late in the evening to remember. We love it. No issues. Just got back from a 2 week jaunt. Only issue we had was a leak on bedroom slide. Found problem and fixed it myself.
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Awesome thanks! I'm prepared to fix and upgrade it to perform as needed my main concern is if my wife and daughter come out to visit me and the AC stops working or something like that.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:47 PM   #9
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We just bought a 2016 Sierra 376BHOK, and chose this over the Hemisphere 356QBQ for quality issues in particular. We are full timing in it, and found the Sierra quality superior to the Hemisphere. You will see it when opening drawers and cabinets in each model. We walked both the same day and were sold on the Sierra. Purchased at Jeff Couch's RV Nation near Cincinnati, OH. Very happy with dealer and the camper!
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:10 PM   #10
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Good to hear as well. I'm currently dealing with Brannon there. Camping world locally is a joke. They want 10k more for the same model hemisphere and they offered me 16% financing at camping world where as Jeff couch can get me the Sierra with more upgrades than hemisphere for less. And their communication is fantastic compared to camping world.
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