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Old 01-18-2015, 03:14 PM   #1
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New Palomino Columbus 320RS

Just bought a new Palomino Columbus 320RS. We're picking it up in a week or 2. Looking for any thoughts or suggestions on what I should look for durring the delivery process? I assembled a check list of items. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 01-18-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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This is a good question.
How much of you RV repairs do you do yourself?
If you don't do much yourself...
Test every thing even if they say they do that during inspection.
I am a firm believer in " you do not know unless you know".
If you live in a cold climet make sure you have pink antifreeze in the system.
Have them show you where everything is. Including the water pump.
Ours has a fuse at the water pump I would not have known but I tear into everything so I know!!. Check every cabinet door and drawer for operation.
Check the air flow of the a/c. Check all gaps on everything anything that looks wrong probably is. Take pictures of any issues you find. They should have someone to fix things before you take it home.
I say this not to scare you but to get any issues fixed so you can have a good summer.
Welcome and congratulations on you purchase!!

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Old 01-18-2015, 07:44 PM   #3
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New RV

Thanks for the reply. I do most of my own repairs. We do live in a cold climate. Since this post, I've expanded my "Check" list & questions for the walk through Prior to pick up the new RV. I'm planning on giving them a "Punch List" if items can't be resolved quickly. I do like your idea of photographs of issues. I'm hoping for the best...... time will tell. Thank you again.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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Congrats of your new Columbus 320RS.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:39 PM   #5
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Congrats on your new Columbus. We picked ours up in October. Our ceiling fan was missing a few screws on the blades, the basement radio didn't work and one of the bedroom windows was not sealed with clear silicone on top like the rest. All were recently repaired when the new stereo came in. My wife and I are really happy with it.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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You've heard, Don't buy a car/unit the first year it hits the market??. I did and I can tell you I should NOT have done it. Folio many little things have gone bad. A 2013 I bought in 2012. A buggy is that I have replaced ALL original tires after blowouts and damage to the wheelwells. Ask and check. Workmanship is terrible. But the cosmetics is great. We really like our Columbus, but, if only everything worded properly. I want to enjoy being retired, not the inside of a "fix it"shop.
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:24 PM   #7
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Our Columbus is a 2014 bought in spring of 2013. We've had Keystone products in the past and were relatively happy with our Cougar but looking for better quality. I don't think the workmanship was terrible by any means but there were little things: The ceiling fan screws, as someone else mentioned, were missing. The basement radio had to be replaced. The bottom rail on the shower doors was on backwards. Fortunately we noticed it before using so we avoided water all over. Look to be sure the drain holes are to the inside. The thermostat in the fireplace was in such a place that it kept recycling on and off, never giving off the heat to the room. I took the fireplace out and relocated it, now it works great. The wheels on the moveable island (which we love) broke through the floor vent when strapped in place. I moved them so they wouldn't land there and replaced the vent. The table top swells in certain conditions and won't close. I still need to taper the end to correct that. Be sure and check the satellite and cable hookups, ours were all wrong. The beautifloor buckled badly our first summer in +100 temps. not an issue when the temps are mild/not so extreme but I expect it was installed in cool conditions and expanded with the heat. I let that go and glad I did as it's really not an issue in normal conditions. Do check the a/c ducting and flow. The first times ours ran it was like a snowstorm inside, all the bits of styrofoam insulation blowing around. We ordered the front a/c and found that to be a good move. Also the thermopane windows. I later added a set of scissors jacks to the middle for added stability. This winter I added slide-out awnings. All in all it's done well for us and we use it for 2-3 months at a time and put on lots of miles. It's kind of nice not to see yourself coming and going......we've rarely seen another one at a campground.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:31 PM   #8
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Video tape the walk thru.

Video tape the walk thru with a technician (not a salesman). Then you can review it later when you have a need.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:04 PM   #9
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We have had a few glitches with ours including the bedroom slide leaking only when in the closed position. We did have to take that back to the factory to fix, but by far the best thing we did is have them permanently mount the island. We didn't think it would be as much of a big deal moving it around every time we moved. It was, and we love it permanently in place.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:48 PM   #10
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To all respondents, thank you so much for your input and experiences. At the moment, I'll be extending my "Check List". I think it might be a good idea for me to pay the Dealer a visit and go through my check list with the intent that I may be leaving it there for them to make adjustments before taking it home.
I really like the idea of the permanent placement of the island. I shared the idea with my wife and we are going to try it in the free floating mode for now. The awning toppers are an idea I have been interested in. We had them on the last few RV's we had with not problems. I'm excited to bring it home, but with the cold weather in the northeast, I can be patient. Thanks again to all.

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