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Old 02-24-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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Cruise Lite 195BH Owners Thread

Hello all Salem owners. We just purchased a new 195BH. Right after our Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) we camped 4 nights at an RV Park close by our RV Dealer to "learn our trailer" and find any bugs since the PDI. We used both full hookups and dry camped at our site. We found 3 bugs:

1. The plastic (city water) inlet leaked bad between the knob and flange. The brass water pressure regulator was connected to the plastic inlet. Dealer replaced the entire inlet with a better quality one (brass vice plastic female threads). We plan to keep our brass pressure regulator permanently connected to our brass thread water inlet. Brass male water hose to brass pressure regulator to brass female water inlet is the better water connection.

2. One of our interior ceiling lights did not work at the rocker arm switch. Dealer found a loose wire behind the control panel on the wall.

3. The orange and black wires that go with the break away cable were too tightly wedged into the bottom of the angle iron at the battery box. It was like a sharp scissor that would soon cut the wires. Dealer re-routed the wires with zip ties under the battery box.

All Dealer fixes were done at same time in 2 hours. We just towed our trailer back to the nearby RV Park and continued camping for 3 more days. No more bugs found.

We are 195BH newbies. Love our trailer! We hope all you Cruise Liters and other Salem owners find this information helpful. More sharing information to follow. 😆

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In addition to our thread below our 2016 195BH came with factory 15 inch wheels. Tires are Towmax 205/75/R15 Load Range D. I have seen same 2016 trailers with factory 14 inch wheels (205/75/R14 Load Range C). The 15 inch wheels do not show up as a factory option. Our 195BH was manufactured in July 2015.

Very happy with the ride on 15 vice 14 inch wheels. I assume the Dealer ordered their 2016 195BH trailers with 15 inch wheels. We found the spare tire was a 14 inch and Dealer swapped it for same 15 inch. The spare tire size (optional equipment) is something to check before/during the PDI. Just know 15 inch wheels are available with this trailer when shopping around.

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If you don't mind sharing, how much did you pay for it?
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Paid $11,800, OTD $13,140 (tax/license/doc fee). Go to RV Trader website for prices to get your nearby dealer's starting price.

Same 195BH floorplan also comes in FR Wildwood and Evo models so you may want to compare them with the Salem Cruise Lite.
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Wow, that sounds like a great price! You just can't beat these campers for value.
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Yes, and easy to tow with our Yukon and a good weight distribution hitch.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:32 PM   #7
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Thanks, I just bought 195BH myself. I'll check on those issue you listed above.
Haven't used it for long period of camping just yet.
I'm debating if I should use weight distributing hitch or not.
Does it make any difference ?
I just towed for short 25 miles trip, I don't feel a need for WDH so far
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Congratulations Pawntan on your new 195BH. I'm no expert on weight distribution hitches (WDH) but this link from etrailer may help you decide if a WDH is needed: https://www.etrailer.com/faq-weightdistribution.aspx.

For us, when our trailer was first hooked up to our 4X4 Yukon, there was noticeable sag at the rear (new shocks 2 yrs ago). The WDH equalizes the weight on both your trailer and tow vehicle axles. With the WDH the Yukon's sag disappeared. Here in NV we get occasional strong winds. The WDH significantly reduces the amount of trailer sway when driving in windy conditions. With the WDH, our trailer just tows real solid behind our Yukon. Our WDH is the type that uses two bars as the tow arms, not chains. We will be on long trips out of state several times this year. The WDH will give us a much smoother ride for long trips.

Any other owners of 195BH or small Cruse Lite trailers towing with or without a WDH? Comments welcome.
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We purchased a 261bhxl (2015 model) in 2014. Here is my shake down list:
1The 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. 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!!!
Replaced the broken refrigerator access door, replaced the missing bedroom blind and added piston rods to the queen bed to allow easier access to under bed storage.
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I would DEFINITELY recommend a WDH for anything over 3,000 pounds. I think they are required here in Alabama over 3,000 pounds, actually. The WDH makes a huge difference. I can do a short tow of my 6,000 pound travel trailer without it (with Expedition), but I would not tow without WDH on the highway.
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