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Old 02-09-2020, 06:17 PM   #1
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Wildwood Heritage Glen vs. Salem Hemisphere

Greetings! First post... so I'm not sure if I'm in the right spot or not. If not, please forgive the new guy.

We are looking to replace our Startcraft TT and have whittled our choices down to the Forest River. We are looking at their 26 bunk house, which seems to come in two different models - The Wildwood Heritage Glen and the Salem Hemisphere. Aside from a few cosmetic differences and interior trim color, they appear to be nearly identical. I'm guessing that the Hemisphere is made specifically for Camping World?

Does anyone have any input, experience or opinions regarding the differences between the two? I have to guess they come off of the line in the same factory and that the differences are just spec'd by the dealer?

Anything we should be wary of? The Forest Rivers really seem to have the best quality of all the TT's we have looked at. But if there are any little bugaboos or gremlins specific to the brand or model, we'd love to hear about them.

Thanks in advance for any help. I've found that owner's forums like this are the only reliable way to get good, first-hand information anymore.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:28 PM   #2
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I have a heritage glen. Was at the factory when it rolled off the line. They both come out the same building and the only difference is the decals. Just like Rockwood and Flagstaff.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:32 PM   #3
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That's what I thought. Are you happy with yours? Any complaints?
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:47 PM   #4
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We have a 2019 Hemiaphere 272RL. Two full seasons, getting ready for season three, no problems.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:17 PM   #5
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So far happy. have had a few minor issues nothing big. Nothing that I haven't had happen with every other rv I have owned. Dollar for Dollar and pound for pound I think its a good value. Middle of the road I would say. There are some less expensive lower priced brands and some higher quality more expensive brands.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:21 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for the feedback! We are thoroughly impressed by what we've seen so far. Everything seems to be put together pretty well... far better than the other brands we've been shopping.

Again... thanks!
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:24 PM   #7
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if shopping different brands or dealers ask to see a build sheet. It breaks down every single option or standard item and makes it easy to compare two different units that look similar.
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FWIW, we looked at a few Hemispheres today that were not at CW. Our local Forest River dealer just started carrying them again this past fall.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:59 PM   #9
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As was said, Salem and Wildwood are twin brands, made in the same factory, on the same assembly line.
No differences except outside graphics and interior decor. And no, they are not made specifically for Camping World. Camping World has clone brands from both FR Inc divisions and Thor Industries divisions.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:03 PM   #10
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I don't know about CW. I bought mine from General RV at an rv show (the unit was on order they had the build sheet in hand) I got it for 4k under there rv show price using a dealers price in ohio when I said I was driving to ohio. (the dealer in ohio had a free tv promotion going so general threw in the hitch install to make up for the tv.
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:11 PM   #11
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I purchased a 2019 Hemisphere 300bh mid season last year. Been on half a dozen trips so far. No major issues, knock on wood. Iím happy with it. Just make sure you check every inch of it during your PDI. The issues Iíve had have been taken care of without any problems from the local dealer I purchased it new from. Happy camping.
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:05 PM   #12
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I have a 2016 42' 36368RLBHK Heritage Glen with a separate master bedroom and bunk room that I ordered from a dealer here in Canada. My main requirement was a large outdoor kitchen (home for the fridge, toaster and coffee pot)

We have been very happy with the unit, a couple of small items that I took care of, but other than that a very nice construction quality for a middle of the range priced trailer..

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Not sure if I will help, but we have a 32' 2014 Wildwood. It has been a wonderful trailer EXCEPT for one thing. The tires suck! if we ever had it to do over, we would have upsized the tires and gone with a reputable U.S. manufactured product. You'll find that truth with most TT and 5th wheel buyers.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:15 PM   #14
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I owned a Heritage Glen 5er rear bunkhouse. We got it because it was what we could afford. It was our third 5er. We traded it in when it was two years old and was showing lots of little quality issues. We traded it for a Montana bunkhouse and are very pleased with the Montana. The quality on the Montana shows.
So, depending on your budget, and how long you expect to keep it, decide. If you think you may come into more money later in life, and only will keep the trailer for 2-3 years, then the Wildwood or Hemisphere are fine. But after that amount of time, you will be doing lots of maintenance, especially if you put lots of miles on yours. And BTW, we didn't put many miles on ours and maintained it well. It still showed lots of issues.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:41 PM   #15
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As bikendan said, Salem and Wildwood are made in the same factory
Took a tour of F.R. plant while in Indiana in 2018. Interesting!

I bought my Heritage Glen 272RL in 2017 very happy with it.
A few minor problems corrected by warranty.
Have been camping with it three years & looking forward to the 4th season.

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We have had our Heritage Glen since 2017 and we still love it, no serious issues at all.
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I have had my 282RK hemisphere for 3 years with just a few minor issues and love it. As others have said the hemisphere and wildwood are the same unit. My only issues were with my dealer. You have the opportunity to shop both brands for the dealer and price that you are comfortable with.
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:08 PM   #18
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Does anybody out there have experience with this model? We're considering buying a year end leftover, long distance, sight unseen. I have questions and a few concerns. Any responses will be very appreciated, John
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:29 PM   #19
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I owned a HG Wildwood and wasn't impressed with their quality. But, if it's a great deal and the depreciation has already kicked in, then go for it!
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Old 05-02-2020, 03:27 PM   #20
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I have heritage glen 337bar owner about 6 months and it was repo so I've had mostly small issues that just required time no money and one issue with heating runs that required some work ill spend 75.00 on it.one thing make sure to pack wheel bearing before take on a trip mine had the wrong seals and i had to replace bearings in one hub assembly.we are full timers we do like it but craftsman ship does lack and quality.
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