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Old 07-27-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Salem Cruise Lite build materials

Hello, I am new to the Forum and new to Forest River, though we have had camping and travel trailers for 35 years or so. After an exhaustive search online for particulars on what materials are used in the building of Cruise Lite Western version trailers, I have found nothing. Does anyone know where I could get this information? I also wrote to the factory, with no answer. I want to know what the floor and ceiling are made from, hopefully plywood and not pressed wood. How thick is the material? And what is the wall framed from, material and size? I know that the Cruise Lite is considered a mid-level entry trailer so it won't be built like a Northwood trailer, but we all should know what materials have gone into the making of our sizeable investment.

I hope someone has the answers for me. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a good place to get your questions answered and share your experience. regrettably I cannot provide the answers to your questions
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:56 PM   #3
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Salem is an entry-level line with standard stick and tin construction.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:52 PM   #4
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Welcome to forum.

Robby Olson is a Salem Cruise Lite West factory rep who may be able to answer your questions or refer you to the right person who can. Robby's contact information is below: (Good Luck)

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Old 07-27-2016, 11:58 PM   #5
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Salem is an entry-level line with standard stick and tin construction.
Yes, true; but there are different sticks, some much better than others. But thanks for your input!
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:01 AM   #6
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Thanks so much!

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Welcome to forum.

Robby Olson is a Salem Cruise Lite West factory rep who may be able to answer your questions or refer you to the right person who can. Robby's contact information is below: (Good Luck)

Robby Olson
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Forest River Manufacturing, LLC #19
255 South Pepper Ave
Rialto, CA 92376
909-873-3777 - ext 52
rolson@forestriverinc.com

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This is very good and if you do not think he would mind, I will email him for sure. Thanks again.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:12 AM   #7
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The brochure says "5/8” Tongue and Groove Plywood Floor Decking". Have you looked at the info on the Forest River site?
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:22 AM   #8
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2017 Western version brochure

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The brochure says "5/8 Tongue and Groove Plywood Floor Decking". Have you looked at the info on the Forest River site?
It is strange, but the 2017 brochure out of California does not include the statement about the tongue and groove plywood, or self adjusting brakes or even full walk on roof. With the new brochure there is almost nothing about the build. Is this because they changed the Western version of the trailer, or because they made a brochure which focused on external features? I did look on Forest Rivers web site...and even tried the Contact Us feature there, with as yet, no reply. Maybe I will make a drive to Hemet, California where they make the Western version of the trailer and go on a tour of the factory. They have a Frog gathering there in May of each year since opening in 2015 and a tour of the new factory is part of the itinerary. They have been building this trailer at a closed down Skyline factory site and given much needed employment to former Skyline workers...so I am very happy with Forest River for doing this. Their main offices are in Rialto, CA for the Western version.

Thanks so much for your input.
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Yes, I have no idea of "East" vs "West" versions, but I think you can walk on just about any roof. I'm sure that some are more sturdy than others. Just in case, I get my wife to go up there. She weighs half of my weight. YMMV.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:10 PM   #10
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Heard from Forest River

There have been changes to the construction of the Cruise Lite, at least the Western version. Yes...the older brochure reports plywood floors and etc. But I have heard from Forest River. Here are the current facts of construction per my inquiry:
The floor is 5/8 OSB board not plywood. The floor frame is 2x2 pine framed
The wall studs are 2x 2 pine wood. We have 2x 3 in some areas over large openings
Roof has pre-manufacture 2x 2 trusses parameter is 2 x 2 pine.
Top sheeting under roof material is 3/8 OSB board.
Ceiling and interior wall panels are 5/32 luan panels with vinyl covering.

So I guess this thread can be closed. Thanks to all of you for your input. I appreciate it.
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