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Old 05-28-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Wife and I are pretty set on purchasing a Salem 30kqbss this upcoming summer. I was just curious how everyone feels about their rigs? Anything I need to look out for or should I look at a different model before I buy a Salem?
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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We bought a 30QBSS this year and have only had it out a couple of time so far but, we really like it. Like others here will tell you, just make sure you do a good walk thru and ask alot of questions.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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I have had good luck with my 221RBXL. The only issue I had was that the corner shower basin leaked pretty good. I used clear, bathroom silicone around the top of the shower basin and where it meets the wall. I also brought the silicone in from the wall to the basin where the shower curtain is on both sides so that if any water was running along the top of the basin towards the curtain it would fall into the basin and not the floor. For the life of me I hate when manufacturer's cut corners like this. For now on I will add spraying the shower walls and looking for leaks during the PDI. I would have the dealer remove the service plate first though so you can look under there with a flashlight while they spray.

Also, mine had a wobbly dinette table with the two support poles. Complete junk. There are a few threads on how people have modded this. I basically changed mine to hinge from the wall with one folding leg at the other end. Solid! This type of dinette is used in many manufacturer's models and not just a Salem issue, but a wobbly table is a pain.

On that note, be sure to download the PDI sample from the Library link above. You'll see it at the Most Popular Files box towards the left. Take time with your PDI and don't worry about how long it takes. The dealer slots plenty of time for it but a lot of people go through the process too fast. Consider taking small movie clips using your smart phone so you always have a reference of certain PDI topics (water heater settings for winterization, etc.).

I have had a lot of fun with my Salem camping or doing mods. Been a blast!
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:10 PM   #4
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We have a Salem 32BHDS that we bought last year. Few minor problems with the A/C, which was replaced. Bad motor. Had a water leak where the stove vent went through the side. No caulk on the cover on outside. Had to have some stuff replaced because of water damage but under warranty so no problem there.
All and all we love our new camper, have stayed in it around 35 days since purchase and the worst problem so far is that we cant use it more.
Just check out everything during your PDI and use your camper. Enjoy
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:05 PM   #5
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I have a 2011 Salem that I just love! It's been pretty much trouble free except for the pigtail on the propane tanks. I also had a very detailed PDI.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I definitely feel more comfortable buying a Salem after hearing from all of you. I'll expect a couple issues but hopefully all will be under warranty or an easy fix.

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Old 05-29-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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My best advice is Pre-Delivery inspection x100 and purchase from a local reputable dealer that you can trust for your warranty work.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:39 PM   #8
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We bought a Salem 312QBUD last year and I haven't had any issues out of it as of yet.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:05 AM   #9
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We have a 2013 Salem 181BHXL, dealer fix a few minor details during the pdi when we bought it 2 years ago. Since then we haven't had any minor/major issues. Everything works in our trailer.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:52 AM   #10
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2014 282RK here with 17 days camped so far this year. ZERO problems.
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