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Old 01-01-2019, 09:56 PM   #1
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Salem 179DBK Reviews

Hello Everyone.

I am new to this forum and am new to RV'ing. I have recently put a down payment on a 2019 Forest River Salem 179DBK, but have not completed the purchase yet. It is a 22.5 foot travel trailer.

It's completely my fault for not doing enough research beforehand, however, better late than never I suppose. I recently read several reviews on Forest River travel trailers (Salem editions). It seems that many people who have reviewed these have said the quality leaves a lot to be desired (ie. siding coming off, laminate peeling, shelves coming apart, things that were not cut square by the manufacturer, and general overall poor construction.).

Many of these reviews said that these problems surfaced in the 1st year! I suppose the good thing about this is that you still have your bumper to bumper during that time period, however, the last thing I want is my trailer to be in the shop 3-4 months out of the year when I should be using it.


Has anyone else had problems with Salem edition travel trailers? Perhaps the reviews I read were just the few and far between cases and the people were angry enough to go online? I have no idea. However, I am starting to have 2nd thoughts on this type of product.

Any thoughts that you could offer would be much appreciated!

Thanks.
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Old 01-02-2019, 01:27 PM   #2
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While we don't have the model you're interested in, it is a Salem.

We've had very few few problems with our unit. It's been back to the dealer once and it spent less than a week there. I've spent a lot more time upgrading stuff than fixing stuff.

Having said that, If you want something that you're not going to have to fix things on once in a while, an RV isn't for you. There's a certain amount of things that just happen.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:19 PM   #3
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While we don't have the model you're interested in, it is a Salem.

We've had very few few problems with our unit. It's been back to the dealer once and it spent less than a week there. I've spent a lot more time upgrading stuff than fixing stuff.

Having said that, If you want something that you're not going to have to fix things on once in a while, an RV isn't for you. There's a certain amount of things that just happen.
Thanks very much!
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:44 AM   #4
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We have a 27DBK, the big brother of the 179. We bought in October a year and 1/2 ago.
Overall happy with it. Realize that a travel trailer is like strapping your house behind a truck and taking off. There will be some problems.
We did a shakedown trip the first weekend and used everything. Crawled under/over and around the whole unit, pulled interior panels, looked at seals, ran water, etc.
It went back to the dealer the next week with a list of about 35 issues and pictures. The most major was the bathroom door not latching. The most concerning was poorly sealed belly penetrations. All fixed within a couple weeks.
No major issues since.
We went 9 times last summer rolling about 700 miles.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:12 PM   #5
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We bought ours in November. We love the floor plan. This is our first TT. I had "slide in" type truck campers prior to getting married and having kids. We only had one small issue and the dealer fixed it in less than 3 hours. All of that being said campers are houses on wheels. One should not expect perfect finishes and joints because it is just not possible on something that moves. With this in mind, I have not had any of the issues that some are posting. I think since this model is an "entry" type, some may have unrealistic expectations. Hope you enjoy whatever you decide to purchase.
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