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Old 07-15-2016, 11:42 PM   #11
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Maybe someone has a suggestion for a little smaller trailer that weighs less, but still has a slide out. I know we will have to give up some of the features of the 263BHXL...
The feature you're probably going to have to sacrifice is the slide. When I was shopping, my limiting factor (besides money of course) was also my 1/2 ton TV, and I was told that slides really add the weight. This was a HUGE dealership with dozens upon dozens of models and not a single one with slides that I could tow. That's why we settled on the 261bhxl, which is basically the 263 without a slide. Between 4-5k lbs. dry. Last time I weighed, I was about 6500 lbs. loaded. Still 3500 lbs shy of my truck's theoretical tow rating, but I honestly wouldn't want to tow anything heavier with this truck. IIRC, there isn't a smaller model in the Cruise Lite line with slides.

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Old 07-19-2016, 09:16 AM   #12
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We had this same unit pulled it with our 1500 Ram crew cab with 5.7. We upgraded our truck and trailer this summer. The only issue we had with the trailer was the lack of storage. But we had zero issues with the unit. In fact we liked it so much we bought a Salem Hemisphere 300BH
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:35 PM   #13
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Ours is currently at the dealer where they are resolving some minor issues under warranty. I think with any camper, you are going to have to plan to spend some money from time to time. Not a huge deal, since it was so inexpensive to begin with. After you run the slide in and out a few times, check the gaskets around it for damage. And the switch on one of my stabilizers doesn't work most of the time.

One more thing. The battery will run itself down after a week or two if it is connected, so I'm having them install a disconnect switch. It should be standard equipment.
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:21 PM   #14
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I would be very wary of Forest River. I bought a new Salem in June and it is at the dealer because they sold it to me with a diamond in the frame. 300 miles and it needs new tires. Not sure what they are going to do to try and repair the frame. I don't expect a happy ending.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:46 PM   #15
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I would be very wary of Forest River. I bought a new Salem in June and it is at the dealer because they sold it to me with a diamond in the frame. 300 miles and it needs new tires. Not sure what they are going to do to try and repair the frame. I don't expect a happy ending.
What's a "diamond in the frame?" I'd be pretty happy if I discovered a diamond I'd take it straight to the appraiser without telling DW...

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Old 07-30-2016, 03:31 AM   #16
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We have the 346QBUD bunkhouse. Love it. Have lived in it for three months at a stretch. Only issue was the driver side wheel skirt was not bolted correctly and it bent itself backwards while traveling down the road. We were an hour from destination when this happened so we bent the skirt to fit correctly and duct taped it into place. Brown finish on camper and yellow tape; very stylish. After arriving at destination, we called the dealer and since the camp ground had a repair person on sight, the dealer had him fix the prob and we were on our way a few days later; continuing our journey. And as for the "China bombs" every one chats about - I caught myself tooling along at 80mph and didn't realize it - lucky me the tires held up quite well on our last trip. Maryland, Florida then on to California then back. I've learned to use cruise control.


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