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Old 10-24-2006, 11:36 PM   #1
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Hi Salem Owners - Advice for Buying a New 2007 Salem

Hi! I am new here and thinking of buying a Salem LE 23BH. I love the layout and features (particularly the large fresh water tank!) and love the Northwest Package - which I hear is a great addition for us that live in the colder climates!

Just curious how you have found your Salem to be and if there are any questions I should be asking my dealer (or deals I should be making ahead of time) if I decide to factory order the Salem.

I am going to use the trailer quite frequently (about 60 days per year - half of which will be frequent weekend trips), and I am a tad nervous that this particular trailer may be too 'entry level' for my needs and may not withstand the test of time. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Paula
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:53 AM   #2
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I'm a Salem owner but won't be of much help, as mine is already 5 years old, bought it second hand and is a 27' 5th wheel. Ask what all northwest package contains (mine says that next to the outside door but not sure what I got). Check if you get pneumatic bed lifts, and where the circuit board is for the slide out (if the trailer has one. Mine was somewhere inside the exterior wall, not accessable). But for the value and all the time we spend in it each year (7 to 9 weeks) we are pleased.

congrads on your new "mobile" home.
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Hi! I am new here and thinking of buying a Salem LE 23BH. I love the layout and features (particularly the large fresh water tank!) and love the Northwest Package - which I hear is a great addition for us that live in the colder climates!

Just curious how you have found your Salem to be and if there are any questions I should be asking my dealer (or deals I should be making ahead of time) if I decide to factory order the Salem.

I am going to use the trailer quite frequently (about 60 days per year - half of which will be frequent weekend trips), and I am a tad nervous that this particular trailer may be too 'entry level' for my needs and may not withstand the test of time. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Paula
Hi Paula, and welcome to the group. Our's is a 2005 401_2b (current model is 402-2b). This is our 4th Travel trailer and we love it. Although I must admit my in-laws have a 27' LE and aren't as pleased with the down-gradee features LE has. Most 'entry level" trailers, whether marked LE or other, are manufactured a little less solidly - thinner roof decking, that sort of thing, but still fine. The inside materials though - cushion material and thickness or uphostery quality for instance - might be noticeable and a little disappointing. It's usually good advice to get as much quality as you can afford.

I think the most important thing is a thorough pre-delivery inspection. While ours was still on the lot, we brought an experienced camper with us and, armed with flashlights and pad and paper, we wrote down everything we saw as wrong or weak or in need of improvement. We had the dealer hook it to power and water and tried everything from taps to toilet. When we worked out our deal, we went over the list and gave it to him to work on. He photocopied the list and we checked it all over with him present when delivered. That saved us a LOT of problems.

Good luck! Glynn
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I am a 2 time Salem owner and couldnt be happier. Both units have served their use. I have already been out a total of 50 days this year in the new one and still have about 2 more weeks of trips to take. I wouldnt worry about durability unless you really plan on keeping it for years. I will either sell or trade mine in 3 - 4 years. Good luck.
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So far...We are very satisfied with our SALEM PT.
Nothing 'entry level' about it.
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Old 07-26-2007, 01:49 PM   #6
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So far...We are very satisfied with our SALEM PT.
Nothing 'entry level' about it.
How do you have a days camped thing? You don't camp in your hotel on wheels!
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You are right...I fixed it.
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heheheh I like it!
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Oh yea...back to the topic...

As far as travel trailers go...I've only owned 3 different brands...all purchased brand new.

1. Palomino MXL RL (tent trailer)
2. Keystone OUTBACK 25RSS (26' - 2 slides)
3. Forest River Salem 392 FLFB (40' Park Model)

Pretty much, small, medium, large.
All had their good points...but overall, the Salem has a much better fit and finish than the others. I really liked the OUTBACK, but, even brand new...it was plagued with many problems from the start. Once problems were all fixed ...it was great.
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:13 AM   #10
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and you will notice that Jolly has a fix for everything, and if he hasn't fixed it, he's improved it.
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