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Old 01-21-2016, 09:18 AM   #11
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Elkhounds, the two I was looking at are leftover 2015 models and although I have not seen the compass version I have been assured by both dealers the floor issues were fixed in 2014.
I like the Columbus 320rs so if we don't trade this year then that's good info to know for next year. Especially the floor.
I looked in the 2015 Columbus brochure and it show double layered luan yet in the lower area and 5/8 in the front. I was told at the show in Milwaukee that starting 2016.5 they went to 5/8 plywood. The 2016 brochure shows 5/8.

Maybe they did something different starting in 2014 but they did indeed change it in 2016 to 5/8. I just don't know if it was really 2016.5.

There is a great youtube video that is just over 27 minutes long that really goes thru the 2016.5 here:

I am not knocking anyone's Columbus. I am only going by what I have learned. If we can get a deal that works for us we will probably be ordering the 320RS in the next month. Really seems to be the best bang for the buck out there.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:29 PM   #12
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the 320 RS has a 2nd ac included as well. It is a must for me.
It is available as an option.

Has anyone considered dual pane window?
Would these be the same as a dual pane window in a home?
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:46 PM   #13
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I have considered the dual pane windows but I don't think it would be worth the cost of US. I assume they would be like a house. Thinking for the cost you would have to be full timing to recover it in energy savings. Also since we will be driving it about 6k a year I would think at some point the seal would pop.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:58 AM   #14
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Looked at a you tube video of the 320rs and online pics of the 320rsc and both are great looking 5ers. I couldn't see an area dedicated as pantry storage but there is so much storage in the kitchen area that cabinets over the sink and beside the fridge could be for pantry use
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Old 01-23-2016, 01:21 AM   #15
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When studying the brochure their were two other issues I have to question.
The brochure list the hitch weight as 2298 lbs. for the 320RL and 2294 for the 320RLC. But on dealers website it's listed as 1940 lbs.
On the page that list Standard Feature, under Exterior is show that the Columbus has Painted Fiberglass front cap. It doesn't say what the Compass Package has.

To some people these may be small differences, but I like to know what I'm buying.

Instead of a second air conditioner one salesman said we wouldn't need it if we put on slide toppers. Anyone have an opinion on this? I should have asked him if he as ever camped out in Florida in the summer.
Pin weight of my 295RL is 2300 lbs
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Old 01-23-2016, 02:14 PM   #16
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Looked at a you tube video of the 320rs and online pics of the 320rsc and both are great looking 5ers. I couldn't see an area dedicated as pantry storage but there is so much storage in the kitchen area that cabinets over the sink and beside the fridge could be for pantry use
Looking at several models, I am not sure which one I am visualizing. But to my DW's recollection and mine, the pantry is on the end of the island. The end pulls open and there are two drawers that open with it. Not much, better than nothing, but it meets the definition of a pantry.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:04 PM   #17
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Looking at several models, I am not sure which one I am visualizing. But to my DW's recollection and mine, the pantry is on the end of the island. The end pulls open and there are two drawers that open with it. Not much, better than nothing, but it meets the definition of a pantry.
I think that's the case. In any event there will be enough storage for us. My wife doesn't 'camp and cookout' every night ;-)

Hope to pick it up in 2 weeks.
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Little envious of you Bowhnter. We are hoping to order about the time you are picking yours up. Post up some pics once you get it.
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We are doing a lot of camping trips around the US for our Columbus Owners Group
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The Orlando RVOne dealer just offered the bring a 265RL down from Albany and sell it to be for $34,900. With trade in.
Unfortunately it's too heavy for my truck. I'll have to work on that problem first.
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