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Old 07-08-2016, 11:25 PM   #11
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You will enjoy it we have had ours for three years and we take our three kids and dog with us and we still all fit. Also check out the salem group since they are the same thing. Also you will eventually upgrade vehicles and will make towing easier, we went from an explorer with a v8 to and expedition and was the difference in night and day. A coworker got the same model and had a tacoma pickup with the larger v6. He pulled the camper a few times and then bought a 4runner with the v8 and he said it was a big difference
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Old 07-09-2016, 05:25 AM   #12
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I have the salem cruise lite 195bh, which is the same thing. We love it, we have a 4 year old so we use the top bunk for storage. We added a screen door grab bar, best mod we did. Also added front stabilizers, a tv we mounted to the side of the microwave cabinet, and a medicine cabinet in the bathroom. We switched all interior lo ights to LED and they don't get hot, I just got some LED tap lights to add into the cabinets they aren't installed yet. It works well for us.

You might want to check out the salem group, there is a huge thread about the 195bh and upgrades and tips from people.

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:36 AM   #13
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Anyone know about batteries?

Just wanting to know what is the best type of deep cycle battery, how long does it last (like years), and what is the biggest drain on it, when "boondocking?"

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:53 PM   #14
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We looked at the Heritage Glen 24BH and 27BH models. My wife and I also have 2 kids. We made a long list of pros and cons for each and stacked them up side by side. The 27BH came out on top. My dad's advice helped seal the deal on the decision we made. He has owned RVs before and this was my first. The more compromises you make when you purchase it, the less you are going to enjoy it and the less you are going to want to use it. So far no regrets. To each their own though. Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:58 AM   #15
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We got one new in early '14, have put 10k+ miles on it and like it. . Interior, the mattresses aren't much. Space is tight but is just fine for 2 with a dog and weekends with grand kids. Added 12v reading lights over table seats. . Exterior, original tires were bias ply and marginal at best. Ours also came with a bent axle, got axle straightened and new one size up radials at about 4k miles. Just fine since. Symptom was cupping on both edges of tires. . Refrigerator won't cool without removing outside vent cover, then it's very good. Added fans but vent cover is so restrictive that didn't fix it. Debating next step, in the meantime the vent cover is easy off and solves problem, just ugly. . Biggest 12v current draw is interior lights, second likely is furnace fan. Lights are an easy LED replacement. With LEDS all the interior lights draw less current than one incandescent bulb. If you do that don't forget the porch light Under 3000k matches warm incandescent color. . I added a 2nd 12v deep cycle battery from Costco mounted beside the original on the tongue. It's a little higher capacity than the original supplied by the dealer, but they work ok together. We get 4 days out of them boondocking, that's as long as we've tried at a stretch. The voltage is creeping down to low 11.x volts by the end. I'm guessing 5 years battery life, we're half way there with no degradation . We think it's great. Got it to replace camping by sleeping in the back of the truck. Wanted something that was easy to haul and had most of the comforts. It has fit the bill nicely. Have a buddy with a big Airstream, that's grand, but I'd rather have the extra $90k he spent to do something else with and with lots less bulk to haul around. . Note: It pulled perfectly on the old Chevy 1500 we had when we got it. Got a newer Ford F150 and it was all over the road. Chevy had a factory rear sway bar, the Ford did not. Added a rear sway bar to the Ford and manners are back to very good. Ford is an eco-boost and we love it. Chevy struggled towing on high grades west out of Denver, eco-boost chews them up and never revs much over 3k.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:48 AM   #16
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Just attempting to find a couple who has a wildwood xlite FS 195BH. We are new to the world of RVing. We have a five year old and a two year old, so the bunkhouse feature is selling us so far on this under 3500lb travel trailer. We have a 2006 Nissan Frontier SE V6 with hitch and electric 7-prong hookup so not too worried about towing this type of travel trailer. Like I said just trying to find someone who may be able to answer some specific questions we have about this model under the Forest River brand.

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Wife and I have a 2016 Salem Cruise Lite 195BH and love it. FR makes three 195BH trailers under the EVO, Salem and Wildwood names. All three are mostly identical except for cosmetic changes.

In the Salem Travel Trailer forum you might want to check out the thread titled "Cruise Lite 195BH Owners Thread." Go to comment #146. There you will find a Quick Reference to 25 categories covering mostly FR 195BH trailers.

Welcome to the forum and happy camping.

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Hi, How do you get paragraph formatting? I had it in original, but it disappeared when posted Thanks
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Hi, How do you get paragraph formatting? I had it in original, but it disappeared when posted Thanks
Try it again since you said you had done it, then click on Preview Post before you Submit it. Make any format changes in Preview under the Reply to Thread section then click on Preview Post again to verify your changes are how you want them. Then click on Submit Reply. That should do it.
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Thanks I'll give it a shot. Seems a hard way to preserve the carriage returns and line feeds I already entered, but it is what it is.
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