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Old 01-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #41
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I can understand where the island might pose a slight interference with the bottom of the TV due to a person's height. I am 6'1 and my wife is 5'8 so for those that are shorter, I could see where your coming from.

A couple of things I did notice on our trailer that was different from the one at the show is that ours has a screen door and the window does not open on the door since they now are using a screen door. I kinda wish I still had the window that opened on the door just so you can have small amount of ventilation without opening the door.

The slideout with the TV and table has a window on the side of the slideout which was not on the one we saw at the show. Both my wife and I are glad that there is one.

There was a slide out shelf that was below the TV that let you set a laptop or something on there and that is not on ours. I was a bit bummed about that, but I am sure I can figure something out later.

Another thing was they installed 2 batteries instead of 1......I was thankful for that (One less cost out of my wallet).

Also our Service guy gave us a helpful tip when it comes to the Fantastik Fan. If there are high powered power lines close by / overhead it will interfere with the remote on the fan. Our service guy showed me the power lines overhead and then went in the trailer and showed that the remote wouldn't work until we got it right close to the fan unit. He said that if he were to take it to the back part of the parking lot, it works fine like a normal remote and not having to be really close.

While our service guy was very knowledgeable and did a very good job on the PDI, he did comment that "Columbus models keep changing things up so he sometimes has to correct information he is giving because they changed / fixed something". He also commented that Forest River seems to be very willing to listen to Customers & Dealers and make changes accordingly.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #42
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Both the wife and I are 5'6" so that makes sense on the faucet thing.
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Thanks for the feedback on the TV viewing everybody! ByronCR - thanks for the feedback about the window on the back of the door side slideout. I was noticing that some of the 295's for sale on RVT.com had them, some didn't. Sounds like an unannounced mid-year change was made (seems pretty common in this industry) to add it, and I think it helps open up the floorplan.

I think I'm still leaning more towards the Silverback 29RE over the Columbus 295RL... The main reason is the 300+ lbs difference in pin weight, but I also really like the cathedral slides. The max GVW for my 2007.5 Silverado 2500 HD D/A is 9200 lbs, so the 295RL would put me just over that - the 29RE would be just under. I don't want to derail this thread, so if anybody compared the Columbus / Silverback and has feedback they'd like to share, please feel free to PM me.

Again, thanks for the TV viewing feedback
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:38 PM   #44
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My wife and I looked very hard at both the two trailers you mentioned. In the end we felt the Columbus was much better build plus we really liked the darker wood look. The bath room in the Columbus is in our opinion hands down above the Silverback.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #45
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It was close to "The Best Day Ever". Was not able to bring it home which is part of the joy.

Also the dealer and I almost were not able to come to an agreement which I almost called off the whole deal.
All I can say is that I am very happy that we own it now. I am just exhausted since I have spent all day there and am exhausted. I am sure my excitement will kick in next Saturday when it comes home
Byron,
I feel your pain with everything you are going through. I have been waiting almost four months since we originally made our deal at the Hershey RV show. I am getting very nervous that my dealer (which now has new ownership) will try to get out of the deal. They say that they will still honor the original deal, but it has not been done yet. I am hoping this does not get messy!!

As far as being exhausted, it does take a lot out of you doing the PDI, but the nice part for you is that you now can anticipate picking it up without wondering if it is in good condition. This should be a great weekend. Have fun!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #46
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Sporoo,

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm sorry yours is taking so long. I thought the 2 months I waited for mine was a long time. I sure hope all goes well with yours.

My problem with the dealer was that the salesman apparently didn't write up the trade completely so they overlooked I had a trade. Then they didn't want to give me the agreed price on my trade. After about an hour and showing signed documents on a work up sheet, things got resolved.

Hopefully your dealer doesn't try to do any extra haggling
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #47
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Byron,
I feel your pain with everything you are going through. I have been waiting almost four months since we originally made our deal at the Hershey RV show. I am getting very nervous that my dealer (which now has new ownership) will try to get out of the deal. They say that they will still honor the original deal, but it has not been done yet. I am hoping this does not get messy!!

As far as being exhausted, it does take a lot out of you doing the PDI, but the nice part for you is that you now can anticipate picking it up without wondering if it is in good condition. This should be a great weekend. Have fun!!
If you ordered it from Salem RV, here in PA, you may want to double check your order.


We've been getting several customers that ordered from them, and they are no longer getting new units in. I ordered 2 Columbus in the last 2 weeks that had deals with Salem from the Hershey Show....
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:03 AM   #48
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Sorry it took me so long to get back to everyone, but I finally was able to take delivery of my 295RL. I brought it home Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of the day tinkering around with it and getting used to where things are and how things work. My wife also decided that she wanted to move all the items from the old TT into the 295RL so I put the boxes in the trailer and told her have fun

It was 25-27 degrees out pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday and I noticed that once I got the trailer up to the temp I wanted, the electric heater/fireplace did a pretty nice job at keeping the temperature at a somewhat comfortable spot (I had it set for 62 degrees). After playing around with things some more I found some small things (cosmetics) that I will have the dealer take care of after I get some use under my belt with the 5'er. Also the surround sound was not setup correctly. So I will be buying the fiber optic cable to hook up the TV to the receiver to solve that problem.

Several of my neighbors decided to take and ask for a peak inside since a lot of them own RV's as well. The comments were all good and many of them couldn't believe how nice it was and the quality of materials for the price. Even my dad who is not easily impressed was impressed and made the comment "You are right, you would have been stupid not to buy this trailer."

Now that its finally home, I have the "Best Day Ever" type of feeling.

A couple of things I want to comment on are the Auto Level System and the location of the Control Center.

1) Auto Level System - OHHHHHH how I love it. I will never own another RV without it. It's easy to use, and saves me time running around the RV trying to level it out and never feeling like it is really level. For anyone who is on the fence or wondering about what add-ons to use. This is a must.

2) I have several friends that have RV's and their biggest complaint is that a light switch inside the entry door seems to be overlooked. When it is completely dark outside and you go to get into your RV and no lights are on, the light switches are never in a spot close to the door. Well on our columbus its nice to just open the door and there is the control center.....even if your feeling around for a switch your bound to hit one of the 8 light switches (including the ceiling fan light).

I know a lot of people will leave a light on and just use the battery disconnect switch and then all the lights will come on in the trailer, but I am one of those that likes to make sure everything is turned off and then kill the power. I like to avoid power surges through as many things as possible.

I am excited to take it out on our first trip this coming weekend.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #49
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Try turning on the lights switches that are under the upper kitchen cabinets as you walk in the entry door. Super easy to find once you get used to it. Put your arm out and there they are.

Flashlight app on the new cell phone works wonders also. Another toy for you to try out.
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Joelek,

Good call on the Cell phone app for the flashlight, that is actually what I used, but figured out pretty much where all the switches are in the control panel and also the ones you said under the cabinets. The more I walk around and check out my 295RL the more little things I never noticed before.
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