Finally gave up for the season
I was hoping our brand new Columbus 385 BH would get us through the season Or at least a month) but we finally had to send it in. We have had more problems than two people can stand.
Most of the problems we've had were "livable". More problems than I think most people would care to read about. This weekend was the first weekend we had to turn on the furnace. When we started it, the camper filled with smoke. This is common for new campers and "burning in" the furnace. I turned on the fans and cleared it out. No big deal. Then about 4 a.m. my wife wakes me up to the smell of propane. Not just a little... a lot. Turned off the furnace and ran the fans for a while. The next day I thought I would try it again and the same thing. It was almost unbearable even with both fantastic fans blowing we couldn't stay in the camper.
We decided to break camp and head home early. Thanks to the auto-level it took over 3 hours to get hooked up. I had to keep disconnecting the battery and trying to manually raise/lower each side, front, back etc. If you pull the pins for the leveling legs the entire leg assembly falls out on to the ground. We finally got on the road. I called my dealer and he said they would send someone down to pick it up (Happy with dealer so far).
This morning I went down to meet the guy to pick it up and clear out a few things and the bedroom door fell off the hinges when I walked in.
Every time I get in this thing it's like a giant kick in the beans.
5th camper in 5 years and this is by far the worst experience so far. And it's a shame because they have all been Forest River units.
If you plan on buying one, either plan on leaving at the dealership to finish the manufacturing/quality control process or just look elsewhere.
Thanks for ending my camping season after only 3 weeks.
2013 Palomino Columbus 385BH
2011 Ford F350 DRW 6.7