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Old 05-03-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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2016 Columbus 320rs new purchase review

This luxury fifth wheel is a piece or rubbish and exemplifies the poorest workmanship that is standard with low end goods from China. This is kicking off a full review of this piece of junk rv. If you can't tell I am far from happy.

I am just looking to keep other people from making the same mistake I did. I rather thought every rv I looked at was rather junky even top of the line models. I kinda wish I would have gone Montana instead of the Columbus. Like I said probably the same piece of junk though.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:58 PM   #2
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I just bought a 2016 320RS and it should arrive this week. What did you not like about yours?
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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Just to get you worried. Fifty five gallons of water in the underbelly. It took me 8 hours to get the door to close but the guy at the dealer said it just was not leveled right. BS. The door just was not installed right. Substantiating photos and commentary to follow.....
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:57 PM   #4
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I wouldn't consider a Columbus or a Montana a luxury rig. Mobile suites Grand Design and Lifestyle are luxury RVs.


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The most expensive rv I was in was a Landmark and I really saw no difference in it at twice the cost of the Columbus. I talked to a guy who owns an rv repair shop and he said they are all the same just a bit fancier. He has worked on up to say 300 grand models.

Luxury rv or not it is a P.O.S.

I am not even thinking of warranty work as why would I want it back in the same substandard condition? The same bozo that put this thing together is the same bozo that is going to be doing the repair work. No thanks. I got a lot of modding to do to bring this thing up to some sort of standard.

For crying out loud how can you put in a fastener 80 degree off square and leave it like that? In general if you take something off that say was secured with two fasteners there will be 4 hole behind it because they could not line it up right the first time. Piss poor!
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I don't know what this door latch mechanism is called but the entire assembly was loose and flopping around.



If you can't drill level holes or locate them at least you can not strip them out in the process.


They can't seem to locate stuff right the first time.



I guess I should look at it as getting a lighter rv?





More photos of this junk rv coming.

I bought the rv because I needed it. Your right nothing would make me happy at this point. Why did I buy a p.o.s. rv? They all are POS. I looked at ones that cost twice as much as the Columbus and saw nothing to justify it was any less a pos than the Columbus. I guess my point is is that they are all POS. I don't think you get something better because you pay more and this Columbus was about as much as I could justify paying. If like I said I did not need it I would have looked into the option of just returning the thing.
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We bought our 2015 Columbus 320 RS and are very happy with it. We had some minor issues that were easily taken care of by Camping World. My wife and I think it is a really great fifth wheel. I'm sure you can find something wrong with anything you buy. We are very happy with our purchase. Good luck with your new Columbus.
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The brochure from Columbus says that there are two layers of fiberglass insulation in the underbelly. I guess they forgot to put the second layer in mine. I was kinda wondering why there was so much space in there when I opened it up....now I know.



For a few days after I got it home I kept finding these broken fasteners and washers falling off the rv. I can hardly imagine how many I left over the road on the 4 hour trip home.



This is what you don't want your underbelly to look like. Maybe it was not 55 gallons as I said but it was a lot of water.



The funny thing is is that most rv'ers might ever even know about it.

I think the landing legs are too thin. This is barely a slope that it is on. They can't be even 1/8" wall thickness.




I have not even begun to list the stuff wrong with this rv.
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I thought the electrics of this trailer were pretty poor. I don't understand how they can think laying the wires across angle iron and c channel edges is a good thing. Apparently there are no codes that rvs must follow. To hell with the codes its just plain stupid in my opinion to make it this way.



The silver heat duct hose cannot be more than .001 thickness. How long could that thing possible last before its filled with holes?




Here is the main 220 volt power cable laying on some angle iron. No way a hole could ever get rubbed into that thing.

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Two layers of insulation?! Where? My 2015 Columbus 320rs review camper did not have but one layer.



Good God almighty! I stepped into the space under the fold out (it looks like a little storage area) bed and almost fell out through out the bottom of the camper! I need to investigate this further in the daylight. I bet I would have had I put my full weight down but splintering wood sounds and my Koala like reflexes save the day.

I wonder why the brochure does not show wires all over the places like my photos do?
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