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Old 01-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #51
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My wife and I have been looking at 5th wheels for about a year now. We purchased a 28ft TT a little over 2 years ago to get her acquainted with how RV life is. After about a year we started figuring out what we really wanted in an RV and our likes and dislikes. With our 2 90lb labs we figured out we needed more room. We thought we had our minds made up on the Wildcat Sterling until we saw the Columbus models at a RV show. We both really liked them and the layouts and everything and then I saw the MSRP and told her no way. After bargaining with the dealer we ended up ordering a Columbus 295RL. I have lurking on here for a few weeks now since I placed my order and noticed everyone has gone with the 320 which was a bit longer than I wanted to deal with. I haven't really seen anyone comment on the 295RL model but so far the reviews and comments have been positive and have given me some insight on things to look for from the 320 owners..

We hopefully will get ours before the Jan 1, 2013 but maybe after. Either way I am anxious to start using it. We ordered it with the 4way auto leveling system, the bike rack, upgraded mattress, fantastic bedroom fan and the kitchen one as well. Also had the slide out toppers ordered with it.
Congrats, you'll love it. We bought ours, Columbus 295, back in September and used it until the end of hunting seacon, DEC 1st, we love it and rerally didnt realize how nice that it was until we wnet to the camper show and realized that we made the right decision. Our first one was a 29ft Cardinal and we loved it as well, but it was a 2000 starteds getting old and we looked at about 200 of them and finally picked the Columbus.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:13 PM   #52
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did either of you go with the King Bed? Just wondering if the King would make it to hard for the wife and I to move around the bedroom making the bed etc.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #53
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We actually went with the queen, but there would still be enough room to walk around the bed with a king. The only thing it might do is make it a slight bit narrower between the closet and the bed.

If your trying to cross paths in the bedroom, its not really going to work even with the queen.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:26 PM   #54
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Thanks and congrats on the new rig. I'm very much interested in the 295RL also. I like the 320 layout but I don't like the length. Hoping to see a 295 at the MPLS RV show in a couple of weeks. Just the wife and I and perhaps a couple of young grand kids, hoping the 295 would be enough room. May spend up to 3 months in the RV next yr down in AZ for the winter.
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Well either model you pick I am sure you will be happy and I don't see where you could go wrong.

The 295 for us was the pick due to length, and the fact that everyone from all angles could see the TV, including the kitchen. The 45 degree angle of the TV was a selling point for us. I also was very apprehensive with the idea of a moving island. I like the idea, but it scares me for transport reasons, but I can say I have not heard any bad things about it from all the people who own a 320.

Again, good luck trying to pick between the 295 and 320
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:04 PM   #56
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Primary issue for me is the length. don't think I could fit the 320 along side my garage so 295 would be a better fit. I'm curious after reading so many of the posts the last couple of days, did U get a decent radio in the storage area. read many problems they were having with the first generation radio the installed in these rigs.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:22 PM   #57
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did either of you go with the King Bed? Just wondering if the King would make it to hard for the wife and I to move around the bedroom making the bed etc.
No we didn't my wife and I are good with the queen. We also put 3 inch memory foam on it so it is like sleeping on a cloud. Better sleep than in my king at home. We love it.
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Are U happy with the way your truck performs with the 295? I will be pulling with a similar f250 Diesel if I purchase a 295.
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Are U happy with the way your truck performs with the 295? I will be pulling with a similar f250 Diesel if I purchase a 295.
Yes I am very happy for an older truck. If I had to buy a new one I would probably get a F250 without that ecoboost crap.
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The radio in the basement seems to work fine for me. I have not tried it out too much besides test it with some radio stations and a CD. It has a detachable face to it also (like a car stereo).

As far as towing goes, My 2006 F350 Powerstroke diesel pulls it no problem. Its slower on the take off but once I am up to speed it is almost like its not back there. Its a pretty smooth tow and I don't get the bouncing around or sway like a travel trailer gives.
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