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Old 01-29-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question Salem 2003 27FKSS - Anyone Owned this TT?

Has anyone owned this model TT, Salem 2003 27FKSS
I am looking for any information possible. (good or bad) As this is a Front Kitchen (not 5th wheel) I see the tong weight is abnormally heavy for a 7k# TT, does this cause any tow problems?
Please pass along any experience you might have with this TT or one of it's sister (front kitchen) models.
(I have seen a few negative comments about Forrest Rivers, so you won't hurt my feelings if you had/have a bad experience)
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site! I don't know anything about the model you are asking about but hopefully others will know.

As for the negative comments about Forest River there are some owners that have valid reason to be not too happy but this is true with any company. Recently there been a big increase in negative comments in posts regarding FR. It strikes me as odd that I am reading the same complaint at several RV sites with similar storylines around the same time. Of course the user information listed is different but the writing styles are very similar.

Like I said there are some owners with valid complaints.Read through the posts here and you can decide if FR has a problem with quailty or not. You may not find a perfect record but expect you will find a company that stands behind it's products.

I love my FR unit and would buy one again!
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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I just purchased a 2009 29FKDS in October. I didn't install a WDH or sway control right away, and it was definitely uncomfortable towing, and that was with no water on board. I just had the Equalizer installed and what a difference! I'd definitely recommend it for this size and configuration. Welcome to the forums!
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comment. I tried to find the tongue weight for your unit but did not see it anywhere. Do you know your tongue weight?
They say my
Front Hitch Weight is 1295lbs with a total Weight of 6525lbs (total Gross weight 8295)
I was shocked to see the heavy tongue weight and am just checking with others to see if they can verify it.
I will have WDH and Sway bars installed when I pick it up on tuesday.

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for that heavy a tongue weight, you really need a good WDH with built-in sway control, not one with cheap friction anti-sway bars.
a WDH like the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam are highly recommended since they both have built-in sway control, without using the crappy friction bars.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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I am getting a new Reese wdh/Equalizer combo but my dealer believes the dual cam is not worth the extra money. He said he has installed thousands of the higher quality friction type with no issues over 30 years.
I took his advice as money is a definite issue for us, so we'll have to see what happens..
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just for clarification, Equalizer is a brand name and a different WDH from the Reese.

IMHO, i'd never use friction bars for that heavy a trailer.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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What I am getting is the Reese WDH/Stabilizer (friction style) I hope I am not making a big mistake but the dealer did say if I have any problems he will give me full credit and put on a dual cam. I'll be out my time and cost of his labor to R/R.
Maybe I will lean the hard way but I am hoping not.
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I just read a lot of reviews on cam versus the friction and I see your point - most people brag on the cam.
Crapola........
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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I love my FR unit and would buy one again!
Seems like most of the complaints are on newer models. Do you suppose the quality was better or worse on older units. Getting a 2003, I am hoping the older ones were built better.
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The spec sheet at RV guide says my "hitch weight" is 1125 lbs, but I'm not sure if that's the same as tongue weight. Total weight for the 292 is 7672 lbs, I'm assuming that's empty. All the heavy stuff seems to be in the front: FW tank, propane tanks, water heater, furnace, stove, and fridge are all in the first 4 feet.

For the record, doesn't the Equalizer use friction bars? I know the Equalizer literature calls it a "spring arm," but isn't it the same thing? Or am I missing something?
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