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Old 09-27-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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Is one "better" than the other?

We are looking at a Columbus fifth wheel. A dealer told us they could get one. Turns out they can't. Long story. But he says he can put us in a similar floor plan Cedar Creek for the same price. He claims they are a much better unit. We saw them at the Hershey show and keep looking at the youtube videos and don't see it. The Columbus seems a lot better built and more usable features. For example, the washer/dryer on the Columbus faces into the bedroom. The Cedar creek the W/D face into the closet which means you have to move all the clothes to do laundry. The Columbus has heavy duty hardwood drawers and dove tail joints. The C/C has cheaply made drawers stapled together. The Columbus has 4 steps from outside in, the C/C has 3. So which is supposed to be the better unit? If there is such a thing at this price point. Is it like a Lexus vs. Toyata kind of thing. They both do the same thing but one is "luxury". This looking for an RV is getting mighty confusing.
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Basically asking in a long winded way is if there is a difference like in the car industry? The salesman is giving us a C/C for the same price as a Columbus. Is this like getting a Lexus for the same price as a Toyata?
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Are the GVWRs the same?

Can you tow the heavier unit with your tow vehicle?

Typically "better" is heavier; and not necessarily "better" for you.

The salesman wants to sell you; he is not your friend.
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No right or wrong answer..."it depends"

But I wouldn't buy anything that I couldn't get into and take a look at...wouldn't do it with a car or an RV.

And, for an RV, definitely wouldn't advise anyone to sign final papers without a thorough and complete walk-through, first.

When we were ready to trade in our 17-footer for something bigger and better, we went through everything from Class-A's to even truck bed campers (and the $20k price tag is shocking for those things!) We visited so many websites and watched so many youtube videos we actually knew more about the trailers than most salespeople we talked to when visiting the dealerships.

We finally selected the Rockwood and I very reluctantly had to trade in my 05 Tacoma for a used Tundra in order to pull it. (But I saved 12K buying a one-year old Tundra instead of new so I was glad to find that.)

Have fun searching...we sure did..and still go watch walkthroughs when people in here talk about their new toys!!
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You clearly like the Columbus more. In my opinion, you should not "settle" for the Cedar Creek simply because that particular dealer can't get you a Columbus.

I was not there to see/hear the whole story but based on your one post so far, it sounds to me like the dealer is now scrambling to not lose this sale.
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We are looking at a Columbus fifth wheel. A dealer told us they could get one. Turns out they can't. Long story. But he says he can put us in a similar floor plan Cedar Creek for the same price. He claims they are a much better unit. We saw them at the Hershey show and keep looking at the youtube videos and don't see it. The Columbus seems a lot better built and more usable features. For example, the washer/dryer on the Columbus faces into the bedroom. The Cedar creek the W/D face into the closet which means you have to move all the clothes to do laundry. The Columbus has heavy duty hardwood drawers and dove tail joints. The C/C has cheaply made drawers stapled together. The Columbus has 4 steps from outside in, the C/C has 3. So which is supposed to be the better unit? If there is such a thing at this price point. Is it like a Lexus vs. Toyata kind of thing. They both do the same thing but one is "luxury". This looking for an RV is getting mighty confusing.
If the dealer you are using now can NOT get you what YOU WANT, get another dealer.

Settling for someone's idea of what will work for you is asking for a let down IMO.
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When we decided to upgrade to a fifth wheel, we looked at different ones both on-line and at dealerships for about three months. We chose what we chose because it had everything we wanted for the price we were willing to pay.

Yea, we could have moved to a higher end one than we chose but we realized (after owning 6 other RV's over 20+ years) that they all have their issues. So we made our decision and have been happy with it.

There are a lot of determining factors that will consider one RV brand better than the other. To me, the key one was "will we be happy with the one we like the best".
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No right or wrong answer..."it depends"

But I wouldn't buy anything that I couldn't get into and take a look at...wouldn't do it with a car or an RV.

And, for an RV, definitely wouldn't advise anyone to sign final papers without a thorough and complete walk-through, first.

When we were ready to trade in our 17-footer for something bigger and better, we went through everything from Class-A's to even truck bed campers (and the $20k price tag is shocking for those things!) We visited so many websites and watched so many youtube videos we actually knew more about the trailers than most salespeople we talked to when visiting the dealerships.

We finally selected the Rockwood and I very reluctantly had to trade in my 05 Tacoma for a used Tundra in order to pull it. (But I saved 12K buying a one-year old Tundra instead of new so I was glad to find that.)

Have fun searching...we sure did..and still go watch walkthroughs when people in here talk about their new toys!!
If you were shocked at $20k for a truck camper, I can imagine your surprise when you see one for over $30k.
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Depending on which Columbus and which CC, they could be the same or totally different. I just did a quick search and found several dealers selling the Columbus so I am wondering why your dealer can't get you one. From your post, the Columbus is the fiver that you want so don't compromise or you may regret it later on. Go to a dealer that will give you what you want. Good luck.
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