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Old 02-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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HELLO ALL, I am new to the forum and have enjoyed reading everything on the site which has helped confirm our original thoughts. I really appreciate all the great work everyone has done, the ideas, thoughts and how to fixes to the various issues. Everyone has done great!

We just attended the Houston RV Show which had a large variety of 5th wheels to walk through, kick the tires on and then omit from our list of gotta have! We went there to look at other brands, but walked out knowing "Forest River Palomino Columbus 320RS" is by far the best looking and best laid out floor plan for the price that fits our tastes and budget for our 3rd 5th wheel. We can sign on the dotted line and drive away a proud owner of a new one (early next week) with one we saw at the show (which had darn near all the options) or order one with same plus additional options we now are thinking about.

So before signing next week I would prefer to see what everyone on here thinks of the following options that were not on the one from the show. Are any of the following must haves or would prefer to have?
[*]King Bed Serta Trump Series Mattress[*]Fiberglass Rear Cap verses the regular back with bike rack (Cap sure looks better)[*]4 dr Stainless Front Refrigerator vs. single wood panel door (gives up counter space and some cabinet room)[*]TrailAir Roto Flex Pin Box[*]3 slide Toppers[*]Stackable Washer and Dryer[*]Wireless backup camera
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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Welcome I've got the 325 rl I love it I would get the king size bed and the roto flex hitch IMO
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:45 PM   #3
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Thanks iceblaze580, those are two I was highly contemplating. My wife is thinking of the larger frig, and nicer mattress on the king bed, guess she knows how much I like to eat and gripe when I don't sleep well!
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I don't have the roto flex on mine I put a Reese 5th airborne on mine anything is better than the stock hitch
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:13 AM   #5
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Darn it iceblaze580, you just made my decision even more complicated and my spouse is probably going to be looking you up!

I failed to reply back nice choice on your 325RL, because they did not have one of those at the show, however I just looked it up and see our dealership has one of those also. NICE! It has an outdoor kitchen which we both always wanted too! Guess we will be making a drive down the road and walk through it to make sure we buy the right one!

You said you loved it, now I see why. Did yours come with a four door refrigerator!
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:19 AM   #6
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If I was getting the 320 I would do the 4 door fridge because I have the 325 I've just have the 2 door fridge because the fridge in the outside kitchen makes up the difference outside one is the drink fridge inside is food and milk feel free to pm me
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:21 AM   #7
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My advice let the wife make the choice save yourself the arugement
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:30 AM   #8
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This has been the topic of a lot of conversations in our Columbus Owners Group, there are a bunch of prospective members. You might look there for some more answers
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:42 AM   #9
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If...The budget allows..get everything...sometimes things can be added later...but some of these items have to be built in from the start. and...can a better deal on pricing be made now?
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:04 AM   #10
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We have the 320 RS and love it. We special ordered ours and have the following items you mentioned.
1. 4 door refrig - like being at home
2. Trump mattress - very nice - we opted for the queeen its much easier to make up and you have the small side tables.
3. We decided against the washer and dyer - for muliple reasons. a. heavy b. small capcity. c. we like the extra storage d. Reports of high vibrations when in use. e. Complaints on how long it takes to due such a small amount. f We felt the extra weight could be use for other items. f. We are not full timers and currently I still work full time so our longest adventers currently last no longer than 2 weeks g. And last but not least we can always add them later if we change our mind, they can be added later.
4. We have the slide toppers and love them it helps keep all the leaves stick, etc from being left where they may cause problems, and I believe they make it quieter during rain showers.
5. Six way auto leveling system, will never have any rv without it.
6. We opted for the standard pin and went with the The HensleyTM BD3 Trailer Saver Air/shock Suspention 5th wheel hitch - love it!
7. Dual pain windows - better insulation - we go year round Temperature ranges for 20 F to 110 F They help.
8. Dual Airconditoners - yes in the south the second one does make a difference.
9. I have added JT Strong Arm Jack Stabilizer System to the front and will be installing them on the rear. (If I had to do it again I would order them installed) they help alot with the movement.

I hope this helps some - each persons needs are different but I agree let the wife make the inside decissions especially anything to do with the kitchen, unless you do the cooking.
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Those JT strong arms are worth every penny
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:14 AM   #12
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We recently ordered a 320 with the following options, fireplace, 2nd AC -low profile, Tri-glide pin box, J T strong arms, qn bed (thought br was too crowded w/king), slide awnings, Kit fantastic fan w/rain sensor, heat pump for main AC, 6 way auto level, wireless camera & later added the fiberglass rear cap (after talking w/the great folks on this forum).

DW went with the 2 door frig because we are out at least every other day doing something & can always get more food. That size also works fine for us now & she didn't like loosing the cabinets. We considered the res stainless frig over the 4 door stainless.

We considered the dual pane windows but I wasn't convinced of the benefit with having 3 slides that can leak some air. I may regret that later.

We also didn't opt for the Serta Trump mattress. DW thought it was a little firm so we will get a memory foam like the S & B.

We are all a little different & that's why choices are great. I agree with others that another thousand or so will probably not break the bank but most budgets have some limit & ours is no different.

I'm sure you will love it with any options you choose. These are awful nice with no additional options. Good luck
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:44 PM   #13
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I confirmed today that I can upgrade the 320RS axles to 7000 lb from the 6000 lb, so I added that. It is not a listed option so you have to ask.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:30 PM   #14
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As my signature shows we have a 2014 365RL. We ordered our coach with the following options. It has the standard pin box. This is our first fifth wheel (have had travel trailers for 30 years) so I have no issue with the pin box. The JT strong arms are REALLY nice and with x-chocks the coach is very stable. We have the king bed, stainless double door fridge, slide toppers, 6 point leveling system (this is a must), second air conditioner, and the combo washer/dryer. I saw no need for the rear cap, backup camera, bike rack, or a different pin box. The washer/dryer & fridge were a must for the wife.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #15
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We really appreciate everyone's feedback, all will be considered when making our final decision over the weekend.

We will post our final results and reasons why for those who end up in the same dilemma when contemplating the various options.

FOREST RIVER AND PALOMINO COLUMBUS appears to be the best choice for us.

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:42 PM   #16
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We have the 340RK. We got the rear fiberglass cap, 4 door fridge, JT strong-arms, 6 point leveling system, Trump mattress, two air conditioners, dual pane windows, root-flex pin box and basically everything you are wondering about. Get it all and don't look back. All of it is great to have and you will not regret any of it. Have fun with your new 5th wheel.

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Old 02-25-2014, 01:13 PM   #17
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This has been the topic of a lot of conversations in our Columbus Owners Group, there are a bunch of prospective members. You might look there for some more answers

We are new as well and our Columbus 320RS just arrived at the dealer last Saturday. We also have a brand new F350 Diesel that will have the hitch installed this weekend. This is our first 5th wheel so lots to learn.
I am curious, you mentioned a Columbus Owners Group. can you tell me where to locate this so I can check it out?
Hope to pick up the trailer in a week or two. Still finalizing storage location and will have to set up the walk through inspection. We took a quick walk through it this past weekend and on the surface many things are fine. Sofa will have to be replaced as it has a wear mark across one of the cushions. Obviously the inspection will go deeper and we will see what else needs to be fixed before we accept for delivery.
Also ordered a set of Roto-Choks that should be here this week. Anyway if you can post the link to the Columbus Owners Group that would be great.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:42 PM   #18
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Congrats on the new arrival. We can't wait....
Go to Facebook & put in "Columbus RV Group". You will find it.
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Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately we are not Facebook Members so no access to that group. I'll see if one of our kids can access for us so we can take a look. If it seems that it would be great to go there often then maybe we would sign up for Facebook. We have always said no to Facebook due to security concerns and the frequency of which we thought we would use it. maybe now its time!
Thanks again for the reply
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:25 PM   #20
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There is lots of good info there also. I am not new to RVs but I will be new to a Columbus. I am never too old to learn something new or a better way of doing anything.

I almost never went on Face Book until I joined that group. Now I check it at least every 2 to 3 days. I also never go to sites I don't know & keep the latest security. Good luck!
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