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Old 06-02-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Columbus 365RL

We are thinking about purchasing a 365RL. We currently have a Carriage Cameo that has been terrific and never had a warranty issue. We hope the Columbus will provide us with the same quality after eight years of use. We fulltime, which is why the Columbus is very appealing. Anyone with a 365RL have any positive or negative thoughts about this model for full timing?

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Old 06-02-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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We own a 2014 365RL purchased in 09/13. So far we have no complaints and love the 365RL. So much room and storage. Also have both A/C's 15K standard height units. There is a Columbus Face Book Group you may want to join as there are quite a few 365RL owners in the group.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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We own a 2014 365RL purchased in 09/13. So far we have no complaints and love the 365RL. So much room and storage. Also have both A/C's 15K standard height units. There is a Columbus Face Book Group you may want to join as there are quite a few 365RL owners in the group.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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I just bought a 365RL this year and picked it up in April. I got mine with 2 AC's and the residential refrig., 6 point stabilization. We've had a couple of minor issues but we are working through them now. One thing you'll find out is RV tech's don't know a lot. My refigerator was not working on 12 volt which is why there is an inverter. But time and time again I was told that the refrig ONLY works with shore power. I kept asking them then what is the inverter for? Needless to say I was right, it does work on the 12 volt system through the inverter, just don't leave it unplugged too long from a car or shore power. So far we have had 3 trips in it and I love it. Get the air glide that's nice too. I think you will really like the unit I know once I work out the little bugs and make just a few modifications we will love it for years to come. I hpoe that helps.

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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Armulle, thanks for info on the fridge. We were trying to decide between Columbus, Solitude, or Alpine. We just keep coming back to the Columbus, going to check one out tomorrow and another one at different dealer the next day. Getting close to pulling the trigger.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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We just got our 365 about 10 days ago, have spent 4 nights in it, and so far we could not be happier. We hope it'll be as reliable and trouble free as our previous trailer. We got the dual AC's (low profile in the bedroom), residential refer, 6-point auto-leveling, dual pane windows. I think you definitely need the 2 AC's in this one. It wasn't super hot over the holiday weekend and I noticed the main AC running an awful lot during the day until I kicked on the bedroom AC, too. Then they both cycled on and off as I expected. Love the ice maker and filtered water in the refer. We skipped the bedroom TV. You still get the nice cherry wood wall-mounted TV cabinet as a standard option. I took our 29" flat panel out of our old trailer and will mount it in the bedroom. I forget what Columbus wanted for the 32" bedroom TV, but IMHO, you can get a better TV for at least $100 less at Sam's, Costco, Walmart, etc. All the connections are there from factory, just need to install a mount in the cabinet yourself and attach the TV.

About the only issues we've run across so far are a crank out window that wasn't put together correctly that I fixed myself and some small cracks around the shower skylight where it looks like they maybe didn't cut the ceiling panel quite right or something. Will need to get that looked at. Other than that, so far, so good!
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:15 PM   #7
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Concur on BDRM a/c. We live in Southern Alabama so definitely need extra a/c. Interesting comment on TV. We have 32 inch TV in bedroom. Really appreciate your input. Thanks for advice.

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Old 06-04-2014, 06:47 AM   #8
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Though the Columbus is a beautiful rig, it's not in the same class as your Carriage. The Carriage is considered to be a high line heavier 5th wheel designed more for the full timer. It has a larger frame and from the ones I've been in, upscale trims. I'm sure you'll like your new Columbus, but be aware of the differences in the two rigs. It's like going from a Lexus ES 350 to a Camry XLE; both are nice, but the Lexus has that little extra.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:19 AM   #9
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Love our Carriage, but after 8 years and many trips all over the U.S. the time has come to replace it. Figure now that we are 70 it is now or never. If Carriage was still around we would get another one, but since it isn't, will go with either the Columbus 365RL or the Grand Design Solitude 369RL. Leaning toward Columbus, and checking one out again today.

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Old 06-04-2014, 08:23 AM   #10
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Thanks amxpress for the reply. You all are very helpful on this forum and we appreciate your insight. It is nice to know we will be in such good company if we get the Columbus.

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