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Old 07-27-2015, 11:01 PM   #11
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I am a little hesitant to post any negatives--have had our Hemisphere 272 RLIS for 3 months. We do love the trailer and it's very nice. However.......there has been a substantial creaking noise when walking above the steps (area outside our bathroom and small "hall" to enter bedroom which the steps are under--- while in coach. It subsides once walked over about 5 times......but as soon as one enters/exits coach on stairs it "resets" the creak again. Dealer says steps are fastened tightly. The stove/oven was installed with the left side about 1/4 inch lower than the right which is problematic when closing the glass cover---it won't sit flush. Dealer says doesn't know if a fix for it......there has been some lino lifting/waving in a 2X2 area around a floor vent. On the 2016 model a fireplace mantel with a sharp corner was installed. If you open the fridge door too far it will make contact with the sharp point and dent your fridge---we've avoided so far but I fear it's bound to happen. Also had booth table--when set up- make contact with island when slides in.......it chipped a bit of the wood finish and required some touch up color pen action. So factory installed the pole holders under the table about an inch out of place.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:11 AM   #12
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Sorry you have probs with your Hemi. We have a 2014 Hemi 346QBUD; love it. Only prob we had was emptying tanks. The valve sometimes doesn't close completely. Still trying to figure if it's DH or the valve. Hope you get your probs solved quickly with little expense to you. Safe travels!


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Old 07-28-2015, 08:16 AM   #13
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Ahhhh- it's the Salem Ghost!
What you're hearing is "normal" as even with stabilizer jacks, the weight of the trailer is borne by the axles and springs. You're hearing them creak as weight is transferred by walking. Our Hemi 282 has the same ghost!
There are 2 things which will help.
1. Cross chock the wheels to prevent front to back movement,
2. Scissor or bottle jacks under the frame just in front of thw wheels. We did both and now our hemi is solid as a rock. We put one jack under the frame just in front of the side door and another just in front of the slide on the opposite side. Bingo! No more wobble, creaks or groans (except from me when I get up in the morning!)
Hope this helps you out .
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:21 AM   #14
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We bought a 232IS (a shorty, 26') but for two people and coming from Hi-Lo seems like the Taj Mahal right now. Unfortunately have yet to get out in it between rain and heat!
Plan is a next week-end shakedown and then a bit later, a week in CO. Have had water hooked up and done about everything except sleep in it. But seem fairly impressed so far.
Had an issue with the outside shower that we had installed by the dealer ("oh, we've installed thousands of them") not a FR thing. Not use to this kind of fridge, had a 3-way in the Hi-Lo. But we're hoping, thinking it'll all work out and it will be a good RV.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:27 PM   #15
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Recommend you purchase an extended warranty and insist the repairs are made. We've owned our 272 for 18 months and have a list of major things going bad and the dealer service dept is telling us tough luck.
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:13 PM   #16
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We just picked up our new 286RLT Hemisphere 5th wheel. Loving it so far - one camping trip to the lake for a few days. The fit & finish is very nice, good counter space and cabinets in the kitchen, and we love the angled entertainment center in front of the dining table & chairs.
Made one mod on the bathroom door - changed it from opening toward the living area to opening toward the bedroom. Works better that way. Check the bed - they come with a king size mattress, but ours had a queen size base. Waiting on the dealer to fix that, and a few other things.
Good luck hunting!
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:19 PM   #17
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So how did you like having the Hi-Lo? We looked and looked at them, but never took the plunge. Figured we would be happier with the standard RV trailer.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:57 PM   #18
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If you can get into where your heater is notice the duct is glorified dryer vent with no insulation you could possibly get quality flex duct that's insulated and pull it thru if you take your vents out up into the camper the only insulation in your floor is 2 inch foam wedged between half inch plywood..... that black underbelly wrap is to hide the fact that the floor has limited insulation there would be nothing in your way to pull that duct through to the new location..i may explore under mine later to see if its posible to add rigid foam panels that would be a benefit... not sure if it would be but I can't bring myself to put a batt type insulation under there. If you have an outside kitchen just look beside the drain area that two inch thick wrapped black square is the floor system flat on the frame. Also all the water lines lay on to the black plastic under belly so they also are not in the insulation area....I tore mine all apart to see this that's why I can offer this information. Hope this helps maybe if you insulate a few things it will get a lot warmer.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:56 AM   #19
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Number one thing to consider: bathroom size. Go into bathroom, sit on toilet to feel the room. Stand in shower, to experience the space.
We bought a 2011 Salem Hemisphere new and were so impressed with the living area with picture window that barely checked out bathroom. Going to remodel it next spring. Our black water tank is so shallow that we have chronic dumping problems, also. Might want to research that also.
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Old 10-12-2015, 03:58 PM   #20
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We liked the Hi-Lo, even though it was 25', (our Salem is 26') seemed tight at times. Ok for week-ends or a week, but wanted something with a "bedroom". We were out for 2 weeks once and decided we were going to need a little more room if we were going to continue to do this. It was well put together (has to be with the up/down mechanics) and maybe more of a custom made feel (didn't mfg. as many) than our forest river product. But of course it towed great and that's when I really miss it!
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