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Old 02-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Columbus rear fiberglass cap

We just ordered a Columbus 320 & did not order the rear cap. I think they look great but other than aesthetics, is there a true benefit? I would appreciate your thoughts...
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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We just ordered a Columbus 320 & did not order the rear cap. I think they look great but other than aesthetics, is there a true benefit? I would appreciate your thoughts...

How much more was it?
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #3
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Decoration only but it does look much better.
The disadvantage is the bike rack can't be installed if you get the rear cap.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:22 PM   #4
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The MSRP is $1130. I can get it for about $850. I did not want the bike rack so that won't matter. I think it looks great & was having 2nd thoughts. I initially thought ..that's $850 I can spend on a short trip, etc.
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$850 in the big picture is nothing, especially if it is something that you even remotely think you might have enjoyed down the road, regret sucks.

I personally think the caps on the rear of the 5th wheels look AWESOME! Gives them a look of a much more high end type unit, Cameo, Carriage, HR etc.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:43 PM   #6
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Personally I'd spend the $$$ on a more utilitarian option, like maybe dual pane windows or the trail aire pinbox. The rear caps do look nice going down the road, but if I see the back of my trailer while we're going down the road something has gone horribly wrong.
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I agree with RhoZeta, though skipperW made me laugh.

We opted for the partial paint on ours solely because we think it looks nicer.
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Skipperw, we did order the Tri Glide Trail Aire pin. We didn't opp for the dual pane windows because I wasn't sure of the benefit. They probably help with sound but I don't think any slide is totally air tight so I didn't figure dual panes would make it more air tight.

We also got the 6 point auto level, slide awnings & rear camera. We got the queen bed because we thought it was too tight on the sides of the king bed.

I really appreciate the feedback. Your thoughts & opinions help me look at it from a different view point.

I can still make changes & since this will probably be our last RV, I wondered if I would have regrets later with the flat back. Money is money but since we were spending a little over 50K anyway, if that didn't break the bank a few hundred more shouldn't either.
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The dual pane windows aren't so much for sound deadening as they are for heating/cooling efficiency. Also, the JT strongarms are a must have. We have the 6 way leveling as well and love it, and your thoughts on the queen mattress vs king is right on. Best of luck with your new Columbus....you'll love it!
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Skipperw, we did order the Tri Glide Trail Aire pin. We didn't opp for the dual pane windows because I wasn't sure of the benefit. They probably help with sound but I don't think any slide is totally air tight so I didn't figure dual panes would make it more air tight.

We also got the 6 point auto level, slide awnings & rear camera. We got the queen bed because we thought it was too tight on the sides of the king bed.

I really appreciate the feedback. Your thoughts & opinions help me look at it from a different view point.

I can still make changes & since this will probably be our last RV, I wondered if I would have regrets later with the flat back. Money is money but since we were spending a little over 50K anyway, if that didn't break the bank a few hundred more shouldn't either.

Exactly, may as well GET IT!!

You may not see it pulling it down the interstate but you will see it every time you walk around the back and have to look at a plain flat back that every other schlub has Vs a nicely sculpted fiberglass cap that has the tail lights molded in and generally enhances the overall look of the unit! I wish ours had had the option I would have popped for it in a heartbeat!
Such a nice upgrade for <$1K that affects the unit overall is a winner in my book.
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