So we took our Columbus 295RL out this weekend for the first time. Even though our ideal situation would have been to do it in warmer weather, I decided it would be a good test to see how everything holds up in fairly cold weather (We have been ranging from low 20's to mid 30's the past couple of weeks).
I'm happy to say that the trip went very well. Towing was great (I'm still getting used to 11-12k versus my old 6500 TT) and I am totally hooked on 5th wheel towing versus a TT. The Auto Level system in my mind was soooooo worth the money and makes life so much easier and less frustrating when setting up the trailer.
My wife and I usually have our own routines down for when it comes to setting up the RV. She gets everything setup on the inside and I do everything on the outside. We were totally out of sorts on this trip since it only took maybe about 15 min to set everything up on the inside and outside. We were used to it taking a min of 30-40 min with our old TT (everything was manual on leveling). We got the heat turned on and also turned on the Electric Fireplace and the RV warmed up in no time. Once I actually read the directions on programming the thermostat things were great.
The floorplan works out awesome for us and the amenities are much like being in a real house that we totally felt like we were in our own home. My wife actually had trouble opening the fridge because she forgot we were not at home and she spaced the fact the fridge has a safety latch. We both started cracking up both realized that we are definitely confident that we made the right choice with the trailer.
The bed was very comfortable (We have the serta trumph series) and we are used to sleeping on a tempurpedic. The bedroom was very accommodating for all of our clothes and extra items. Plenty of storage, which meant I kept telling my wife that she doesn't have to fill it all up
The central vac system was awesome. We were able to sweep up all the dirt and dog hair (we have 2 labs with us) and didn't have to use a dust pan or sweep it out of the door.
Again WE LOVE OUR COLUMBUS
Problems I ran in to:
(Most are very small and easy to fix)
A few things that I ran into trouble with was the sliding bedroom privacy door. When we arrive the door had detached from the roller guide. It had stripped the screws out of the door. I noticed the screws were fairly small in diameter and the threads are very shallow. I repaired the door, but it stripped out again on the way home. Also the buttons that hold the door in place while travel did not seem to hold the door. I plan on replacing the factory screws with some wood glue and more coarse screws to support the weight of the door. I also plan on trying to figure out a more secure way of securing the door with something like what the closet doors use to pin it to the floor.
I also encountered the problems with the surround sound not being setup correctly. I will be ordering the fiber optic audio cable and following the directions for the TV and the Samsung Receiver to get that fixed.
I also experienced a problem with the TV signal going in and out when my wife turned on the bathroom fan. I read another thread before going out on our trip that commented about check all coax connections and I found the TV coaxial cable end was not crimped. The cable simply slid out of the connector. I will end up replacing that cable with a higher quality coaxial cable.
I had to trim about 1 to 2 inches off the fender flares over the tires. My buddy noticed that it was rubbing a lot on the tire when backing over the curb to put it down the side of my house. I simply did this as a precaution so it won't rip the fender flare off or take a big chunk out of it in case during travel I hit some bumps or something that would catch.
Everything I listed I don't believe is anything major and totally does not phase me especially since I know how to do anything from small to major fixes. The list was just for information and others to look for in case they run into the same problem.