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Old 02-04-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Our new Columbus 385BH finally has arrived

It has been a while since we ordered it but were not in a hurry as our camping season was over. We got the call that it has come in from the factory. Soon we have to go and do the PDI. We are so excited. We made one change to the trailer and that was to order it without the outside kitchen. We felt that it was not a real outside kitchen without the stove and the inside bunk because of the outside kitchen was real "Mickey Mouse". Our 10 year old and 6 year old boys were already fighting over the only couch in the kids room so that made our decision up quickly. We have mirrored the bunk and couch. So now they each have a bunk and a couch each. No fighting over the couch any more, but am sure they will find something else to fight over.

Now for the truck. I am looking at a 2013 F350 lariat SRW 6.7 diesel. Really don't want to drive a dually as an everyday truck that is why i am getting the SRW. I am sure that the truck that I am looking at will pull it. I know the dually would have no problems but a little to much as an everyday vehicle.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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Congrats, very nice looking rig!

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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Very nice! Just check your weights on the truck- with payload and rear axle weights to make sure the SRW truck will be within spec.

Truth be told, the dually isn't a hassle (mostly) as a daily driver. You get used to it!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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Congrats on the Columbus. We love ours as does everybody that has one. Us fellow Columbus owners have a facebook page as well Cloumbus RV Owners if you would like to join
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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curious for some interior pictures of that floorplan, and how difficult it was to get that type of custom trailer built.

as for the dually, I have friends who have driven them daily for years. Their only real complaints about use as a DD are:
-cannot run it through a car wash
-parallel parking is pretty much impossible
-best to have an office parking lot with a corner you can take two spots

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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Wow how exciting for you's. Can you tell us how long it took from the time your ordered until it got to you?? We are waiting very patiently for our new Columbus 325RL.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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I love the color. What was that option on the Columbus called?
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #8
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Congrats on your Columbus!!! What a choice!!!

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Old 02-04-2013, 06:58 PM   #9
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Wow how exciting for you's. Can you tell us how long it took from the time your ordered until it got to you?? We are waiting very patiently for our new Columbus 325RL.
We ordered our 295RL in mid-December and it took 7 weeks for it to roll off the assembly line last week. We are now waiting for it to come cross country to California and we'll hopefully pick it up on Friday. That'll make 8 weeks total...
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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Congrats on the new digs! I loved the outdoor kitchen and wish it would've been an option on the 320RS. Seriously looked at the 325 just because of the kitchen, but the 320s floorplan won out.

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