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Old 08-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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One of these may fit the bill

Been giving a Fifth Wheel alot of thought as opposed to trying to make my Outback TT ready for winter.

Been looking at the Columbus 320 and 365. These are very appealing units. Looks like I could pull either with my Silverado without problem - at least I've gotten alot of advice in that direction. I am a tad nervous about pin weight. Rest of it is well under the specs for my truck.

Do have a couple questions though.

Opted with thermopane windows, would either be OK in a western PA winter?
Would you opt for or against the slide toppers if you had to deal with snow?
Any thoughts on the kitchen layout. I know one has the bigger refer - that would be overkill for me probably. Not sure why the island is not fixed in the 320 - I don't see the benefit in rolling it around. Don't quite know which cabinets I'd use as a pantry in either unit.
Front bedroom AC - how much does that add to pin weight?
Stackable washer/dryer would be something I'd want - goes up front - any idea what this adds to pin weight? Think this would be really heavy.
Generator - another item I might want - where does it go? How heavy an option is it? Does it need it's own battery? Where to the batteries live?
Is there room for a swing out tv in the basement compartment/place to mount the arm? Coax hookup/power?
Are the bedroom tv and the main tv wired to share the same satellite box?
Is rooftop satellite pre-wired? Can the winegard trav'ler be factory ordered/installed? Are TV's set up to use HDMI?
There are two options for pin. What are the difference/preferred?
The 6 point leveling is something I'd want. How quick does this work once you push the button?

Thanks!
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Opted with thermopane windows, would either be OK in a western PA winter?
YES
Would you opt for or against the slide toppers if you had to deal with snow?
SLIDE TOPPERS ARE NICE TO KEEP DEBRIS OFF OF THE SIDE TOPS, I GUESS THAT WOULD INCLUDE SNOW.
Any thoughts on the kitchen layout. I know one has the bigger refer - that would be overkill for me probably. Not sure why the island is not fixed in the 320 - I don't see the benefit in rolling it around.
WE LIKE THE FACT THAT WE CAN MOVE THE ISLAND TO MAKE MORE ROOM.
Don't quite know which cabinets I'd use as a pantry in either unit.
THE ISLAND HAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR CAN GOODS, ETC.
Front bedroom AC - how much does that add to pin weight?
I WOULD IMAGINE ABOUT 100#.
Stackable washer/dryer would be something I'd want - goes up front - any idea what this adds to pin weight? Think this would be really heavy.
DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE EXACT WEIGHT, BUT YOU ARE CORRECT WHEN YOU SAY REALLY HEAVY.
Generator - another item I might want - where does it go?
GENERATOR IS LOCATED IN THE FRONT BASEMENT, BETWEEN THE PROPANE TANKS.
How heavy an option is it?
DON'T KNOW WHAT GENNY THEY ARE USING, BUT I WOULD IMAGINE A 5,500W GENNY WOULD WEIGH AT LEAST 150-250#.Does it need it's own battery? Where to the batteries live?
BATTERIES ARE UNDER THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT
Is there room for a swing out tv in the basement compartment/place to mount the arm? Coax hookup/power?
YOU COULD PROBABLY INSTALL A SMALLER TV IN THE BASEMENT, WITH AN AC RECEPTICLE NEXT TO THE RADIO. I THINK THE NEWER TRAILERS HAVE A CO-AX CONNETOR THERE, ALSO. I HAVE AN EARLY BUILT UNIT WITH NO CO-AX IN THE BASEMENT.
Are the bedroom tv and the main tv wired to share the same satellite box?
DUNNO THIS ONE
Is rooftop satellite pre-wired?
WHAT ROOF TOP SATELLITE?
Can the winegard trav'ler be factory ordered/installed?
NOTHING ON THEIR WEBSITE ABOUT ANY SATELLITE OPTION, MAYBE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS KNOWS THIS.
Are TV's set up to use HDMI?
MY TOSHIBA HAS HDMI CONNECTOR, AT LEAST ONE.
There are two options for pin. What are the difference/preferred?
THE ROTO FLEX IS A VERY GOOD PIN BOX AND THE TRI GLIDE IS AN EVEN BETTER PIN BOX. GO TO LIPPERT'S WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAIL.
The 6 point leveling is something I'd want. How quick does this work once you push the button?
DON'T HAVE IT SO I COULDN'T HELP YOU ON THIS ONE.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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