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Old 12-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Ordered a Columbus 295RL

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.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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We also ordered it with the leather couch and the theater seating recliners. So many different options and items that could be chosen with the Columbus its easy for me to forget which items were options and which ones came standard.
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Good luck with your new Columbus. You'll really get spoiled when it arrives, they're nice fivers.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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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.
You will enjoy your Columbus and the factory folks are great people
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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The Columbus units sure do look real nice. Please do keep us updated.

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Old 12-08-2012, 08:11 AM   #6
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Congrats on your Columbus!!! We LOVE ours!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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We looked at three different models of the Columbus on Friday. I like the 295RL best mainly due to the length. It is about 3' longer than our current Cougar HC291RLS, but it may still fit in our driveway with the truck hooked up also.

My wife's concern about all of these is the kitchen cabinet space. Our current fiver has an actual pantry area.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:54 AM   #8
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On my current TT, there is not much room for storage inside. Most of it is for the kitchen but it is pretty limited at that. With the Columbus 295RL I felt there was enough room for everything we need especially since I tend to do majority of the cooking outside on the grill. I did have to remind my wife that she doesn't have to fill every cabinet just because its there. She has a tendency to overpack for everything
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
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Called today to find out a estimated time for when the RV will arrive. I was told it is scheduled to come in around Xmas. I figure it will probably come in the week of xmas or the week after. Hopefully they will have everything I ordered in it. I will keep everyone posted on how things go.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #10
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Is ordering better than buying from a lot? Do you still get good deals when it is ordered?
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I have bought from a lot and this is my first time ordering. I will have to say I will probably always custom order my RV's from this point on. My reasons are for the fact that I get exactly what I want instead of buying one from the lot and then figuring out if I am going to add the extras or have the RV dealer add the extras.

At the show I was able to negotiate with the dealer for my trade, and the price of the 5th wheel they had at the show. Once I got them to agree on a price, I then started talking about the extra's I wanted which I knew would require them to order another for me. I was able to negotiate a lot more at the show and managed to get most of the extras to be installed at cost instead of dealing with a lot of up charges.

On our TT we bought, we managed to get a really nice deal on it due to the fact they had newer year models coming in and they were trying to eliminate stock on the lot. Ours was new, but cost us $4,000 less than buying one that was 1 model year newer, even though everything was the same.

Also the best deals I have seen and been able to get on RV's over the years has been around October and November at the RV shows. The dealers for some reason seem to give the best incentives / discounts at the shows (from my experiences).
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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I do agree about the advantages of ordering as mentioned above.

There can be advantages of buying off the lot too including the time factor for taking delivery. I brought off the lot and had the chance to *kick the tires* on my TT before.

Which method is best? It's a personal choice and often comes down to whether or not you are compromising with an unit on the lot.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:28 PM   #13
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The 295 was the 1st Columbus we toured (ordered the 320 RS),,,,I still really like it. If not for the ton of Grand Kids (a little extra square footage for an inflatable bed), we would have ordered that unit...
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:20 PM   #14
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I liked the 320RS as well, but right now since it is just my wife and I and 2 labs, we should be good with the 295RL and still have room for kids

I was trying to keep the length of the trailer to no more than 35ft and this one fit the bill for us. Who knows what I will upgrade to years from now
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:38 PM   #15
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We just received our 295rl several weeks ago. We purchased it from Quietwoods RV in Wisconson and had it delivered to Seattle area. The trailer they had on the lot was exactly how we would have ordered it from the factory. They also had the best price even with deliver so far away.

Quietwoods rv were great to deal with. I highly recommend them.

We also looked very hard at the 320, but like yourself liked the length. We can't wait to go traveling.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #16
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Let me know how things go with yours. My wife and I have the first week of January off and are hoping to get it sometime in there so we can do our shake down trip while we have time off of work.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:08 PM   #17
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I liked the 320RS as well, but right now since it is just my wife and I and 2 labs, we should be good with the 295RL and still have room for kids

I was trying to keep the length of the trailer to no more than 35ft and this one fit the bill for us. Who knows what I will upgrade to years from now
I know what you mean about the length. I am still a little concerned with the length of the 320. Like you, it is just the two of us and our labs, both over 100 lbs. But after consideration, we decided to go with the 320 because we want something we can spend a longer period of time in when we retire. Overall, a tough choice, and I dont think you can go wrong either way. Good luck with yours!!d
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #18
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I totally hear ya on the bigger size for longer stays and when you retire. I still have about another 20-25 years before I get to retire and I will most likely be buying a new one before then. Hope your 320 works well and I will let ya know how the 295RL works out.
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We have had our 295RL for a couple of months. There were a few minor problems but the dealer has taken care of them. The configuration of the sitting area and the island sink makes it difficult to view the TV. It is definately a two season unit. We were out a couple of weeks ago in FL and it got down to the low 40s. The furnace ran all night and the Fireplace heater didn't do much to help. The one thing I can tell you for sure... don't buy a Ford F-150 ECOBOOST regardless of what FORD claims in their ads or what the dealer tells you about towing and load capacity. As is probably evident, this has not been a very good experience for me. All things considered, I wish I would have stayed with my class A motorhome.
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I can understand what your saying about viewing the TV from the side with the island being in the way. I will have to see how that works out. The odds are I will be using the theater seating recliners to nap in or playing on the computer. Definitely good input and something for me to check out when ours arrives.

Depending on which seating I like best (Couch or recliners) I might just have to make sure I have the one I use the most in the rear of the RV inside of in the slideout.

As far as the F150.......yeah, I wouldn't pull much more than about 8000 lbs with one of those. But look at the positive side, at least you know it can pull something of that size when you want / need to.
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