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Old 03-05-2015, 07:15 PM   #11
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I have been following the Columbus brand almost daily in this forum and the Columbus Facebook group since Winter of 2012. So that is 4 years now and what I can tell you is 90-95% of Columbus owners love their RV. Dang near ALL of them have had some kind of problems with them in the 1st year. But that is normal for large 5th wheel RV that are loaded with with all the creature comforts of home no matter what brand of RV it is.

So were does that leave you for stats? 5-10% had bad experience with their Columbus RV and are always the most vocal on forum boards. Very rarely will you read about the things that go right in online media formats.

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Old 03-06-2015, 06:41 AM   #12
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Nothing new on the parts/factory service problem front. We waited 4 months for parts, two years ago, after one to the factory installed China bombs exploded.
Appears that Palomino views the Columbus line as a cash cow. Crank them out that the lowest cost possible and as fast as possible…feed the Berkshire bottom-line.
The Columbus floorplans and unit itself are sound; it’s the execution from the factory that leaves much to be desired.
Yes, you will have problems with any RV and buying one is a gamble on whether you be lucky enough to get a good one o not. However, the number of higher severity issues coming from the Columbus line, would suggest much greater odds that you will bad one.

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Old 03-06-2015, 08:25 AM   #13
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Low Quality Components?

I was cleaning and lubricating my slide seals last summer,,,noticed an area in one seal that was defective,,,poked and prodded a little to see what was going on and a very small potion of the seal came apart in my hand,,not a big issue, "but" puts another concern in my head.

From previous Motorhome experience,,,these rubber extrusions would not come close to an "automotive spec" seal...
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:41 PM   #14
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I would never buy another Columbus due to major problems with our 2014, 340RK. Major problems in a couple areas and many smaller problems for a wide variety of issues. Unhappy with the factory because I have been waiting months for them to come get it for repairs and have been unable to use it. I will never buy Forest River again for all of these reasons.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:53 AM   #15
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Our 2013 320rs has been by far, the most trouble free RV of the 6 prior units we have ever owned. You will find that ALL units will have some kind of issue...even the top line RVs will have something that has to be dealt with. All dealers will tell you that their units are perfect but that is just sales talk to help them sell their brand and a lot of them disappear once the sale is made and the unit is off their lot. Its not just the sale but the service when needed that determines how good an RV is. IMHO, you can't go wrong with a Columbus RV.
2008 Dodge Ram 4X4 Quad cab LB 2500 Cummins 6.7L TD / 2013 Columbus 320rs. Camped 50 days in 2015. RIP Angel the camping Cat, we will miss you.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:59 AM   #16
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I wouldnt buy another one

Originally Posted by PioneerClaims View Post
I have been reading forums on multiple manufacturers to assist in my search for a new unit to replace my current Colorado 32QB-M5-BS fifth wheel. It has been a really good mid-profile fifth wheel for the money, but now it is time to move up, move on. The kiddos are grown and gone now, so I don't need the bunk space in the rear office any longer, and the single a/c unit and 30 amp electrical setup was difficult to deal with, especially on hot days.

We are currently looking for a replacement unit that has 50 amp service, dual a/c, thermal insulation package, aluminum bonded frame, larger fridge & microwave, bathroom without the small corner shower, washer/dryer capability, and a quality construction/reputation. We have been actively searching online and at over seven dealers for the 'perfect unit' to meet our needs.

We have looked at Big Horn, Big Country, Columbus, Solitude, Durango and others. The Big Horn dealer says to stay away from Columbus and Solitude... the Solitude dealer says to stay away from Big Horn, Big Country, Columbus and Durango.... The Durango dealer said to stay away from the others... I just need a straight answer.

What are the major issues with the Columbus 320RS, and has the factory corrected the issues in newer production runs? I read the forums, so I have to be concerned with the following:

Leaks? Suspension? Electrical? Workmanship in general? Does the manufacturer stand behind the product? Is there a dealer network in all states to support any issues that may arise?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide. My DW absolutely fell in love with the Columbus, and that's where I am leaning as well.
I purchased a new 325rl in nov.and the only thing i like about it is floor plan. If I could afford to buy a different one I would paint this one yellow and park it beside the interstate for the world to see .
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by redusjr View Post
I purchased a new 325rl in nov.and the only thing i like about it is floor plan. If I could afford to buy a different one I would paint this one yellow and park it beside the interstate for the world to see .

You might be suprised what you might be able to get for it on a trade. Especially if you can find a remaining 2014 on someone's lot. I did that with my Columbus 320, after owning just 8 months. If you go that route, I would suggest at least comparing other than Forest River owned products...Jayco, Thor, etc.

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