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Old 04-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Strongly considering a Columbus 295 RL

and would love current owners opinions of their trailer and suggestions on offered options.

We've decided we'd like to stay in the under 35' range and came across the 295RL. We like the 45 degree TV in the living area so everyone can view the TV without too much turning of their head. We also intend to put a washer/dryer combo in the bedroom for the small everyday loads. The full vinyl flooring in the living area instead of carpet is also a plus.

We want to start this adventure with our 2001 F250 diesel crew cab shortbed pickup and see how that handles the towing.

Any helpful comments from current owners and suggestions regarding option upgrades would be very much appreciated.

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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We have a 320RS and it is great. I would say to order auto level, JT Strongarms, Bedrm AC and maybe an upgraded kingpin and anything else you might like or think you want. I don't think you will go wrong

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Old 04-04-2014, 06:55 AM   #3
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I have the 325 I love it as said before get the bed room ac auto level and an air ride hitch makes a huge difference
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:12 AM   #4
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denandra2 & iceblaze580,

Thank you both for the suggestions.

High on our list of options are the auto level, JT Strongarms, Reese 5th Airborne pin box & flooring (not carpet) in the entire living area. The additional air in the bedroom is still a question on this small (34.5) of an RV.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:24 AM   #5
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The wife and I also have a 320rs and love it...very trouble free. JT's are a must for any RV and auto leveling systems are a BIG plus..., I would also suggest the Mor-ryde pin box to eliminate "chucking".
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:33 AM   #6
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The second A/C unit is a good idea (better to have it) plus it does add value when you sell.

If you are still against it then how about a Maxxair or Fantastic vent fans for better air flow.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:03 AM   #7
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Don and Elaine,

I believe with the Mor-ryde I'll still need a slider hitch. With the Reese I will not need a slider with my short bed pickup.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:07 AM   #8
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If we do not add a second a/c the Fantastic Fan will be used. Still not real sure about the second a/c because I really do not care for conditioned air that much. Prefer to drive with my window down over using a/c in truck, and really dislike sleeping with the a/c on.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:14 AM   #9
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Second AC is critical if you camp in very hot weather. First rig did not have it and took forever to cool down after being on the road. We don't use it at night. Negotiate hard and then have them add a second A/C to clench the deal. If I had to choose I would take the second A/C over any of the other options.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:15 AM   #10
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denandra & Elaine & Don,

The one concern with your model is the moving island. We've been in RV's that have that moving island and the floors show a good deal of wear. We've also read and heard stories of those islands coming loose from their straps and causing considerable damage while in transport.


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