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Old 01-17-2021, 01:11 PM   #1
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New owner of a Salem Trailer

Hello. We're new to Forest River and just purchased a 2021 FR Salem FSX 178BHSKX. Our kids kept growing so our beloved 1990 Scamp 16-footer got too small for our family of four and our 90-lb pup. It was hard to let it go, but we're glad to have the new digs.

Tow vehicle is my girly AWD Honda Ridgeline, so we won't be touring the US with the trailer but it should get us around the NC highways and byways. We live in the mountains so there's plenty to see and do around here also. We're also going to use it at our house as extra quarters for when family visits.

I'm hoping we enjoy the FR and it lasts a while. We noticed when looking at travel trailers that they don't make them like they use to, but they sure are a whole lot prettier now! And lighter also with a lot more frills. (I had to keep an eye on our Scamp's holding tank by peering down the toilet lol.) We were glad to find something that, if we take care, we should be able to easily tow with my tiny truck.

Looking forward to many years of FR fun times!
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:40 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. You are correct they don't make them like they used to driven by demand to be towed by lighter vehicles and desire for more frills even in entry level rigs like I have.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:04 AM   #3
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats and enjoy your 2021 FR Salem FSX 178BHSKX.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:38 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. You are correct they don't make them like they used to driven by demand to be towed by lighter vehicles and desire for more frills even in entry level rigs like I have.
Love your lab! We've always had labs. We now have a 20-month old lab/pyrenees mix. Basically she's just a huge, furry lab lol.

Yeah the Salem FSX is def an entry level model, but it was also lightweight and very affordable, and that's what we needed. We pick it up Friday and we're already planning some mods and basic reinforcements to make it a little more functional and better. Thankfully Husband and I are both super handy. (He's that smiling guy in the profile photo.)

My main issue is that the kitchens in small campers got TINY. I can't figure out why FR put in a farmhouse sink that totally negates all counter space. Our minuscule Scamp had more kitchen storage. Maybe I can find some tips and hacks around the forum.

Thanks for the welcome!
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:39 AM   #5
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats and enjoy your 2021 FR Salem FSX 178BHSKX.

Thank you for the welcome! We live at high altitude so lots of wind and snow, so maybe you can give me some great tips for camping in cold weather.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:53 AM   #6
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In our early years, we backpacked and tent wilderness camped in the winter.
ENOUGH OF THAT!

Now we camp out in front of the woodburner in the family room in the winter.



But seriously, winter camping whatever you're in is a unique experience. Moisture can be a serious problem. Speaking from experience; Try to keep as many wet things (boots, coats, gloves, etc) outside if possible and only bring them in just before you're going to put them on again. Drying wet things out in an enclosed trailer, tent, what have you, will steam things up quickly.
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Old 01-18-2021, 12:30 PM   #7
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Welcome from another NCarolinian. We use to live in the NC mountains for 14 years and now the triad where we are from.

Congrats on the new trailer. My wife and I are new to this world altogether and just bought our first TT. We have been studying up but lots to learn.
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Old 01-18-2021, 01:59 PM   #8
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In our early years, we backpacked and tent wilderness camped in the winter.
ENOUGH OF THAT!

Now we camp out in front of the woodburner in the family room in the winter.

Haha nothing wrong with that plan! I get ya with the moisture. In our Scamp, we usually had to leave the sunlight open in the winter to let moisture escape. Cooking outdoors really helped also. We plan to do that with the FR as much as possible. Very excited about the build-in outdoor blackstone griddle!
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:02 PM   #9
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Welcome from another NCarolinian. We use to live in the NC mountains for 14 years and now the triad where we are from.

Congrats on the new trailer. My wife and I are new to this world altogether and just bought our first TT. We have been studying up but lots to learn.

Thanks for the welcome! This is our second TT. We loved having a trailer when the kids were younger and excited to get back into it again. They're teens now so we made sure this one had plenty of USB ports lol.
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Thank you for the welcome! We live at high altitude so lots of wind and snow, so maybe you can give me some great tips for camping in cold weather.
Hi and Welcome to FRF!

Wasn't aware that there was any high altitude areas in North Carolina.
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Wasn't aware that there was any high altitude areas in North Carolina.

haha you caught me! In the southeast, anything over sea level is considered high altitude.
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Speaking of camping in the cold and at high altitude, we're right at 3800 ft in the Appalachians. I realize that this is low compared to plenty of other places, but in the southeast, it feels like another world. Here's the view out my front window right now. Wind chill is hovering around zero. Good campfire and whiskey weather.
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Thank you! You live in a beautiful area. We once lived there for a short period of time.
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Thanks! And we may be close to each other! But who knows because we have very wide states.
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