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Old 03-13-2016, 08:36 PM   #1
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Checking in from Kansas - 2016 Salem Lite 261 BHXL

New RV owner, new to forum. First outing coming up really soon and I'm STOKED!!

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Old 03-13-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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We bought the same model back in November and will taking it on her maiden voyage in about 10 days to a real nice RV park on the Snake river, about two hour east of Boise. We have been 'tinkering' a bit envisioning our first camping trip with it. I'll post our results after we get back. Would love to hear about yours as well. I completed the following 'tinkering' projects:
*Added another 12volt battery to the trailer tongue (my trade in TT had two)
*Lined the bedroom privacy curtains (too think and cheap looking)
*Made window-lengh curtains for the bedroom (removed the toppers)
*Purchased a newer, better quality shower curtain
* Installed 1/2 inch wood trim around the floor/wall joints - really dressed it up
(purchased it at Home Depot) It is the fake wood, same color and very light
* Had the dealer install wood seam strips and remove the stick on vinyl strips (that
refused to stick)
* Put up a few hooks for towels, hot pads in the kitchen, and a spice rack
* Installed a few (round) stick on battery lights to use when a larger light is not
needed; Under cabinets over dinette table, both sides of the queen bed and under
the bathroom sink medicine cabinet.
* Over the queen bed there is just a full-width shelf - purchased dark brown canvas
storage boxes (which match the wall covering almost perfectly) enough to fill the
entire shelf. Looks awesome. Lots of room for 'stuff' with out it all shifting around
during transport.

We had so much fun doing all of this now we can hardly wait to try it all out. We have the outdoor kitchen option which I am so anxious to try as well.

Hope you enjoy your new toy! We plan on it.

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Old 03-13-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
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Oh the wood strips were to replace the vinyl tape that covered the paneling seams through out the trailer. The wood strips were the same color as the paneling. Really dressed it up. The dealer did this at no charge since we complained about how cheap the vinyl tape looked as it was peeling off in several places.

I also install a 23 inch HD TV on the wall of the dinette. Perfect size.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:52 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum from a former Kansan. Cograts on your purchase. Enjoy Later RJD
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
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It's a beautiful spring day here in rural Kansas. We are walking through RV operations, getting ready for the big day. I need a foolproof checklist, one that is especially focused on safety. Can anyone provide a link? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forums from SW Idaho.

Rain, snow, more rain this AM here just a touch of sunshine right now...

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