I first noticed the brakes failing on our Columbus 295RL in July as our rig turned 5 months old. I made an appointment with Barber RV in Ventura to have them checked.
Thanks to the posts that I have read on this forum as well as posts on the Facebook group, I was aware of the issues with the seals leaking and requested the shop to check all four brakes for grease, as a result they found grease on both of the brakes on the forward axle.
They re-packed all four bearings and replaced the seals with Tekonsha seals and cleaned and repaired the brakes. The repair bill came to $775.
When we picked our trailer up we were told that Forest River denied the warranty work on our 5-month old trailer and we had to pay the $775 out of pocket. We have since been in contact with Cel Lopez at Columbus and he said that Forest River will be reimbursing us, however it is 2-months now and we have not received a check.
I am glad that Iknew about this problem and was able to have it repaired under warranty, however I am dis-heartened by Forest Rivers refusal to cover it at first and that we had to battle to finally get reimbursed, even though we don't have the check yet.
If you have a Columbus I advise checking your brakes on each outing and getting it in if you start noticing a difference...
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
• 2012 F250 6.7L Lariat 4x4 long bed
• 2013 Columbus 295RL
• 1952 Blonde Nurse