I'm a newbie also, so my answer is only based on less than a years experience. I bought a well cared for 2007 Salem 336 with a bunk room, have had it out several weekends, and made one 2500 mile trip. I think if I had it to do over I might look at a slightly higher end model. On the few minor repairs I've made everything I saw looked like it was made out of the lightest, most inexpensive material possible. The exterior walls seem sturdy, but the interior walls are extremely flimsy. On one trip, the bunk room closet rod tore out of the plastic fitting and fell (This could have been more a testament to the weight of my wife's clothes than the quality of the fitting). At any rate, we have really enjoyed the Salem, but wish we had bought shorter and sturdier.