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Old 04-15-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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New - possibly buying our first Forest River this week

We have been camping for some time, owned numerous travel trailers and one popup. We bought our first brand new trailer in 2011, having owned all pre-owned/used prior. It was a KZ spree and we have been less than satisfied. We love the new Salem Hemisphere RK, but we are a little 'gun-shy' about taking the hit on a brand new and being dissastified with workmanship like we were with the KZ. Any thoughts to help us take the plunge to this new purchase? We want this trailer to be able to take us into retirement travels, about 7 years away...
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Oh my gosh, that TT is gorgeous! I want one.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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Advice wise- no TT is perfect and they all have flaws coming from the factory. There will be warranty claims and there will be work that has to happen. Sad but true.

I'm still glad I bought new, though. That said- I have a Sabre, not a Salem.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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we have just purchased our second F.R. product and i think they make a very good product. first was a 5er had 3 little isues, they seem to take time on their details. but i think it has a lot to do with the dealer. our dealer is great. can hardly wait to start camping.

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:38 PM   #5
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I hate to say it, but I'm the opposite. I'd rather buy one a few years old and not suffer the depreciation and have the bugs worked out. Mine was 4 years old when I bought it. It's big and tall, 34' TT. We got it for a seasonal site and essentially don't tow. It looked brand new! My thought was: these people bought it and then found out hauling it was a big fat exhausting deal, which it would be. Lots of people buy toys and then never use them.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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Are you considering buying off the lot or ordering it? While we might not have a clear image of the big picture here on the forums it does seem like those that of us that brought off the lot had less surprises. Of course stuff can go wrong with either option. With that said - I love my Salem Cruise Lite!

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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Still trying to decide

We could have gotten this TT cheaper at the Louisville, Ky show in January, but we werent ready to take the plunge. Now, we really want it and since the 2013's are gone, its costing us almost $5,000 more than the one at the show! We are really torn. Should we jump now, or wait till the next show in January? Meanwhile, our 2011 KZ Spree will depreciate in value, and who's to say that the price of this one in January wont be increased further? Any advice?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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We walked through a Salem Hemisphere at the RV show. We had looked at one online when purchasing, but the dealer pricing was horrible so crossed it quickly off list. Anyway - we were really impressed with the Hemisphere at the show. The decor was actually a little nicer than what we would pick, very upscale. Fit and finish looked very good. Show pricing would have made it an option, but already had our Coachmen.

As for buying new - with competitive pricing and a very picky family, in some respects it is cheaper than used. By the time I would have done upgrades etc to an older unit and setting aside money for any problems that might pop-up, a newer unit looks pretty attractive.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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A lot of dealers offer "show prices" again. Also, some of them have mini shows where the mfgr. sponsors events/show pricing right at their dealership. Keep shopping and call around for the special events at dealers in your area. One near me is having a show this w/e. Free hot dogs too!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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Buying an RV is similar to buying a car where you might not pay the sticker price. If it were me I would try to find out the best price from the dealer and think it over. One downside I can see is that the peak camping season is right around the corner. Generally I would expect a better price when sales are slower.
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