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Old 02-19-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Recommend the Columbus Factory Tour

We ordered our 2013 Columbus 320RS in January. Our local salesman arranged for us to visit the Columbus factory in Middlebury, IN. The factory rep who gave us the tour was absolutely great. It was a very educational & awesome experience which confirmed that we did indeed make the right choice! If you are considering a Columbus fifth wheel and are within driving distance of the factory, I highly recommend the factory tour.

Just learned that our Columbus is scheduled to built this week. Very excited and really looking forward to travelling in our new fifth wheel!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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I visited the factory last October and I agree, very impressive.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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We live in Atlanta and went to the Cherokee factory before we purcahsed our Gray Wolf 19RR.

Now we are looking at a larger toy hauler and no one within 500 miles has anything to look at. So we plan on making a trip to Indiana to do factory tours. Great way to really see the RV of your dreams. You learn so much...much more than at some lame dealership.

Matter a fact, we were going to a dealership in Alabama last week and the Forest River rep for Work & Play called and we met him at the dealership. What a wonderful tour! So changed my mind on many isses I had totally dismissed.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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Hey maybe the next person that goes to the Columbus Factory Tour could video it for the rest of us that live just too far away??? ...definitely at least half serious...
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:16 PM   #5
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Did the tour not allow cameras? Can't believe no pics posted yet of the Columbus factory.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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I am hoping that Columbus will offer a tour during the FROG rally in August!!! Hint Hint!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:42 AM   #7
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Hey maybe the next person that goes to the Columbus Factory Tour could video it for the rest of us that live just too far away??? ...definitely at least half serious...
It is not that far of a frip from Ontario. I live ah hour West of Sarnia, and it is a 3 hour drive from here.
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We are scheduled to tour at the end of March.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:11 AM   #9
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A couple of obvious notes about the tour; First, every employee we talked with and saw seemed to be very happy and informative of where things were as tours are only conducted after the shift is ending and the factory itself is somewhat hard to find and the entrance is not clearly marked. Second, the layout was well designed so there are no wasted steps or space so that the building of each model run is done with efficiency and safety. We were allowed to check-out many of the models in place during each production step. It is obvious from start to finish that the head design engineers and managers are RV'ers themselves and knew what they wanted in an upscale 5th wheel at a fairly reasonable price. Currently, they are operating a 10 hour shift with a second shift for setup and restock building approx. 10 units per day. Columbus only has one line so they build only one floorplan model at a time for maybe a day or so before switching to keep things efficient and productive. The plant is so new with this building and plant being designed inside for the production of Columbus line that the money has been spent in production and not frills for the management or outside so you will have to hunt for the plant. The Columbus plant is located way behind the Forest River "Shasta" office & plant buildings with the drive being just to the NW of the office through a security gate that says "Employees Only" and the entrance to the Columbus plant building located at the far SW end of the building where the employees enter and the managers offices are within the plant.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #10
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It is not that far of a frip from Ontario. I live ah hour West of Sarnia, and it is a 3 hour drive from here.
OK then add on another 4 hours and the border crossing. It's not like it's going to change my mind. Our trailer is on our dealer's lot waiting for us to go April 22 to have our PDI and pick it up if all goes well with the PDI. So a factory tour at this point given the distance we would have to travel (on my days off as I still work full time) would actually just be nice to do, but not decision changing. If I lived within 3 or so hours as you say you are, then I would definitely do it.
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