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Old 03-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #21
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RVDawg,
I was in a 385 2 days ago and that is one question we didn't ask. They are still making some changes to the prototype, but the length is not one of them! I'm sure Christopher Columbus can get that info to you.
Let me just say it is long! I am sure every bit of 40 feet!
Getting excited for prototype to be finished and production started!
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:54 PM   #22
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We are extremely interested in the 385. We are trying to find out some specific specifications…length and weights. Needless to say, the costs are also a factor.

Another question is about replacing the king pin assembly with a unit that cushions the ride and pulling of a fifth wheel.

Any help would be appreciated. We are getting no where with dealers.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #23
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Thanks. Since most of the state campgrounds seem to have a limit of 40' being at or below that length is important to us. Under 41' might be acceptable as we have been told that the rangers are more concerned with the correlation between length and number (385). We will be towing with an F250.

I have to admit that this will be our first fifth wheel. I have towed campers and trailers of various sizes for years.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #24
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Central Vac Systems - 385

Does anyone know if the 365 has or if the 385 will have a central van system?

My wife is asking about this.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:50 AM   #25
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I have not had the chance to get back to this forum but have just done so. Jo54 sounds like you were impressed and the gray is the way to go. I have seen a rough photo of the back sofa/bed and looked so-so. Thats all I have seen so far. I need a place to store work boots out of the way and as close as possible to the main door. Do you think it has that? I build Cedar Log Homes and travel with my crew so thats why I'm looking at the Columbus 385. Can you post or send me some photos of the interior? Sounds like they are receptive to your thoughts. I need to get over this week and make my final decision but I cant wait as the next home starts 4-02 3 1/2 hours from home. Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:44 AM   #26
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I am almost certain that central vac is a standard feature of the Columbus. It was in the 385 prototype we toured and is not listed as a separate line item on the option sheet that is out for the 320, 325, and 365.
The unit is located very centrally under the bottom step going up to the master bedroom. Easy access to empty the unit in the basement area.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:26 AM   #27
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Good to hear about the central vac.

We are eagerly anticipating an option sheet, weights, measures and costs for the 385. It is our intent to place an order as soon as we get that information. We are willing to travel to get a unit. There is not a dealer real close to us. The closest is 2-3 hours away.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:04 PM   #28
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Mustang,
I really was impressed with both the product and the folks that are producing them! While it was the "grey" that caught my eye, I do want to emphasize that the brown was a really great looking product as well! My DH spent a considerable amount of time looking at both from all angles. He is still discussing the decision!

I do have pictures - many in fact, courtesy of Dennis Murphy at Campers Inn, Elkhart, IN. I came home from a 2 day getaway with the family last night to find a CD loaded with all the pics he took during our factory visit! Now that is service! I can't say enough for this guy!

With that said, I am reluctant to post any of these pictures, specifically of the 385. They were so generous with their invitation to look at this model pre-production, that I would be remiss in posting anything prior to the final build decision without the permission of the Columbus folks.

This model was really a "work in progress" - complete with sawdust, tools, and plastic wrapped furnishings. I would like to give Tom and his folks time to "pretty up" the pictures. The Columbus is truly a great product, wouldn't want to give a bad impression!

I believe there is a great spot for work boots. As you enter, there will be an upholstered bench with a generous under seat storage area. Also, I really liked the back bunk area - but our use/needs sound quite different. We are a 3 generation family in a seaonal campground with a very large concrete pad and a generous sized wooded "yard".

My DH and I are usually at the campground with our 2 8 yr. old grandchildren and quite often 1-2 additional adults. One of our main requirements in purchasing a new camper was that we did not want to wake up in the AM and find folks asleep on sofas, dinette tables, or trip over them on the floor! Nor did we want to have to walk through a bathroom to get to the master bedroom - wanted the bathroom to have only one door, opening from the hall. We also needed a larger refridgerator.

After considerable research and looking, we decided an outdoor kitchen would be nice as would a second toilet area. Our list kept growing and with the physical constraints of what one can tow being what it is... Well, my DH and I finally agreed that the 385 Columbus met most of our needs. We know we are sacrificing a really generous sized living/dining area to get the larger bunk area but feel that works best for our family. Our living area is really the great outdoors anyway!
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:12 PM   #29
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If anyone is ever thinking about purchasing an RV, go to the factory, take a tour and see for yourself who they are and how they do things. In my buisness of Custom Log Homes, the people are as important as the product and you will not get the right product without the right people. They have both at the Columbus plant. We arrived pretty much unannounced (Please call first) and was quickly more than welcomed with open arms. Both Jack and Tom spent 3 hours with us and taking our input as well for suggestions. It is a fantastic product line and I went over really to rule it out and not have to wait for one. But some things are worth waiting for and this is one of them! Hang in there everybody, it is truly worth the wait for this quality of a product at this price point!! No they are not paying me to say that. But I have Lived in Rvs for- too long while working on the road. They really listened to my perspective of not just a bunkhouse for kids but one that will work equally well for adults for more than a weekend getaway. Tom was especially helpful with everything and I can see why he and all those there are excited about what they have to offer. Finally a high end product that will really sleep more than 2 comfortably. They are still finalizing the coffee maker location and details suggested by JO 54 last Friday and they truly took our suggestions for some other minor things that are important from my standpoint. I found out that you can now add a generator and the central vac is part of the Voyager package so it is standard. The full size convection Microwave with counter over the stove is what I see on other units costing well over 100K. Good storage and does not feel tight with a center island. There is alot going into this floorplan and they are making great use of every nook and crany. 41 ' long and do not have the weight yet. Two are online now and should be done this week. I do have a price sheet from my dealer- John at Cheyene Camping Center in Eastern Iowa so if you need some more help, call him. He will get to see my photos Tuesday morning when he enters my order so Tom can schedule it in ASAP! Thanks again Jack, Tom and ? (guy measuring for things- I did not get his name) Jo54- I appreciate your answer on the photos I asked for and agree. It does not cost 30K but you get what you pay for and this is way worth it. It will make a big dent into other manufactures bunkhouse sales. If anyone has more questions- please ask and i will try to answer them- otherwise go see for yourself- its worth the trip!
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:28 PM   #30
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Mustang,

I heard you were at the plant today when I talked to Jack (aka Christopher Columbus). I called to get clarification on a couple of issues and once again the response was friendly and committed to getting us the product we want.

I wholeheartedly agree with your evaluation of the build and the builders! What kind of "tweaks" in the unit were you interested in?

Glad to hear a price sheet has been developed. I will be calling Dennis at Campers Inn in Elkhart to finalize my order in the morning. The race is on - your unit or mine? Just kidding...this is one purchase I don't want them to rush on!
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