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Old 06-10-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Palomino Columbus 320RS Leveling System

I"m in the process of ordering the 320RS fifth wheel and need some input from current owners regarding the different leveling systems.

The salesman I'm dealing with has told me there are problems with the 6 way leveling system and that I should go with the manual system instead.

This seems crazy to me. I would think if the 6 way system is a problem I should at least go with the 4 way auto leveling system.

Can current owners tell me about your experience and recommendations for the best leveling setup?

Thanks folks, and have a great weekend.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Hi... we have a 320RS with a 4 way leveling. DH wishes we got the 6 way. We haven't had any problems with the 4 way at all. And by the way we LOVE our Columbus!!!! Check our our FB page too!!! More than happy to help answer any questions you may have about your Columbus!!!!
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks Felicia and Jeff, I appreciate your input.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:21 AM   #4
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I have the Columbus 320RS with the six-way and I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Not sure what your sales guy is trying to accomplish, but our Lippert six-way is tremendous. We get to a location...unhook...drop the middle and back legs down generally about half-way with the quick-release...and then push AUTO-LEVEL and for the next minute or two while it's leveling I can be getting other things done.

With our previous fifth wheel we always had to pull one side or the other up on the yellow blocks...no wait, we need TWO blocks...oops...that's too much...scoot over to the left more and see if that works.

Our Lippert has yet to fail and it is always within 0.1 degree of level.

The extra stability (especially with the kingpin tripod we've now added) is amazing. We have ZERO movement as we walk around in the trailer.

GET THE SIX-WAY...forget what the sales guy tells you. You'll kick yourself if you don't.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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Six way leveling

Thanks for the info and taking the time to provide a comprehensive answer.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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Did your sales person provide you with details on the problems they are having with the leveling systems? We just got back from a long awaited maiden voyage with our new 320. When we broke camp this morning and raised the rear levelers, the driverís side continued to make a noise every few seconds. When I got it home, I lowered and raised it again, this time while watching. The other side locked into place the problem side was unable to lock. It tried twice and stopped. More than likely an adjustment that the dealer will need to make, as this side is covered by the motor, not something I am willing to mess with.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:21 PM   #7
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I'm sorry, but he didn't provide any specifics. Do you have the 4 leveling or 6 leveling system?
Your problem kind of sounds like a clutch issue, if there is one?
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We have the 4 No idea on clutch, there was no information provided in the materials package for the lifts...operations or maintenance.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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First...no, we've not heard of problems nor have we had any issues personally.

Just a suggestion, but I contacted Von Haning at Lippert when we got our unit and I couldn't find the instruction packet. He emailed me the PDF version of the six-way levelers.

His email address is vhaning@lci1.com

If you want to give me your email address, I'll send what he sent me...probably not a lot of difference between the four-way and six-way.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:32 AM   #10
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I'm brand new to this forum. Earlier today we decided to purchase the 320RS. What a special 5'er this is!!! We have been looking & comparing for a long time & immediately knew this was the one for us as soon as we looked it over.

We also have on order a 2012 F-250 K. Ranch diesel. Am just somewhat concerned how our truck will handle towing the Columbus.

1: Are you satisfied how your truck does the job?
2: Have you towed thru any high country, such as Smokies, Rockies, etc.?
3: Is yours the 6 & 3/4 or 8' bed & if it is the shortbed, do your have a slider hitch or use any extended pin box such as a sidewinder, etc.?
4: What axle ratio does your diesel have - 3.55 or lower?
5: Have you upgraded the trucks suspension at all (other than probably having Ford's camper package suspension) such as installing air bags or something like Torklift's Stable Load, etc.?

Sorry for all the questions - we have never had a 5th wheel before.

Thanks very much for your help. Your certainly seem to enjoy yours very much & you have every right to be proud of such a fine RV.

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