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Old 01-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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New Palomino Columbus

Though the RV show in Greensboro was a bust, I did find something I really liked. A new line of fivers by Palomino called Columbus. They're a high profile fiver, a level above their Sabre. The Beauflor floor covers the complete living & kitchen area, except for the slides. They all have 60"X30" showers (huge). King bed options. Microwave/convection ovens and still has a gas oven/range. Upgraded cherry cabinets. A bunch of bells & whistles. A real Queen size sleeper sofa. Nice looking interiors. Good fit & finish. According to the sticker on the door, the F320-RS wieghs in at 10,500#. DW wants to look at one. Uh oh....
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #2
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amxpress thanks for the info I was on palominos web site yesterday and didn't see anything about them. But after looking at one online, I think you should buy one!!!! HE HE .
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looked at some, just wish they offered a rear kitchen model.
the DW hates floorplans that require people to walk thru the kitchen to be able to sit down.
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Though the RV show in Greensboro was a bust, I did find something I really liked. A new line of fivers by Palomino called Columbus. They're a high profile fiver, a level above their Sabre. The Beauflor floor covers the complete living & kitchen area, except for the slides. They all have 60"X30" showers (huge). King bed options. Microwave/convection ovens and still has a gas oven/range. Upgraded cherry cabinets. A bunch of bells & whistles. A real Queen size sleeper sofa. Nice looking interiors. Good fit & finish. According to the sticker on the door, the F320-RS wieghs in at 10,500#. DW wants to look at one. Uh oh....
Yes the Greensboro show was lacking. I thought it was a poor showing for any Forest River product. Maybe next year it will be called the Camping World Show. Several dealers did not show.
We also liked the Columbus! Everything about it was nice!
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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There was a "pseudo" Boat & RV show in the Albany area this weekend as well, but really wasn't much of a show, as it was only one RV dealer, with the few lines that he carries (mostly Jayco, but also Rockwood). Saw only one unit that impressed us enough to be interested, a mid-size 5er (10,000 lb) by Keystone.

Since we really aren't in the market, no harm, no loss.... Looking forward to the much bigger Springfield (MA) RV Show on Presidents Day Weekend!
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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Was at the RV show here in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. They had the "Columbus" model, it was full everytime I went by, so I did not get to see it. The dealer said it had just come in.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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looked at some, just wish they offered a rear kitchen model.
the DW hates floorplans that require people to walk thru the kitchen to be able to sit down.
I know what you mean. That along with tons of counter space is why we like our rear kitchen Sabre.
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We saw the Columbus at the STL Show. Fell in love. Ordered the F320-RS. Now I sit patiently and wait!!! We went back the second day and still couldn't find something we didn't like. I climbed (literally) all over the rig. Up on kitchen cabinets, up on furniture, pulled bed out......... into the closet.... in the basement.. under the rig............ I love everything and the best thing............ everything I have in my current TT will work (color wise) in the Columbus!!!! We did put a second air and boat hit on it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:17 AM   #9
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F385bh

I was thinking about pulling the trigger on an Open Range 399BHS until I just saw the Palomino Columbus F385BH online. No real details on it yet, but I think the floorplan looks awesome. Does anyone know spec's on it? Weight? MSRP or Real Retail? I am excited I didnt get the OR with this option available now! Any experience with Columbus models other than this? Well built?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:47 PM   #10
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From what I have found out about on the 320RS:
Hitch weight: 2080#
Dry weight: 10,600#
GVWR: 14,300#
Exterior width: 100" (8'4")
Length: 37'2"
Height: 12' 10"
Sidewalls: R 9
Ceiling & Roof: R 28
It has a heated underbelly with astro foil wrap, two layers of fiberglass and heat pads under all tanks.
Aluminum welded frame vacuum bonded.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:03 PM   #11
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We saw the Columbus at the STL Show. Fell in love. Ordered the F320-RS. Now I sit patiently and wait!!! We went back the second day and still couldn't find something we didn't like. I climbed (literally) all over the rig. Up on kitchen cabinets, up on furniture, pulled bed out......... into the closet.... in the basement.. under the rig............ I love everything and the best thing............ everything I have in my current TT will work (color wise) in the Columbus!!!! We did put a second air and boat hit on it.
Got ours today! Tows like a dream got ever bell on this one even the washer and dryer.Towing with a pearl brown Laramie longhorn Ram.Didn't even know it was behind me.Took sometime to figure the 2AC system but everything is fine now.The Airride hitch was super really didn't even know it was behind me.Everyone was looking at us.Very advanced rig the system are the same as on an Airstream
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Cuttinchief.............. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jealous!!!!! We got the grey front cap (have forgotten to mention that before) ............. thinking about stomping my foot to see if it will make it get to the dealer any sooner!!!! This is our first 5th wheel. A bit nervous but it is just a new learning curve. Our dealer said they would take us both out so that we could drive it with someone in the truck with us!! We will stay on the lot for at least one night if not two!!!!! I can't wait......... VERY EXCITED for you!!!!
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Got ours today! Tows like a dream got ever bell on this one even the washer and dryer.Towing with a pearl brown Laramie longhorn Ram.Didn't even know it was behind me.Took sometime to figure the 2AC system but everything is fine now.The Airride hitch was super really didn't even know it was behind me.Everyone was looking at us.Very advanced rig the system are the same as on an Airstream
Can't wait to hit the racing season,Drinking a cold one and relaxing all over the country! Visiting all our family. Starts next month get ready here we come!
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Just looked at em on the website.......very nice.....
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #15
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Got ours today! Tows like a dream got ever bell on this one even the washer and dryer.Towing with a pearl brown Laramie longhorn Ram.Didn't even know it was behind me.Took sometime to figure the 2AC system but everything is fine now.The Airride hitch was super really didn't even know it was behind me.Everyone was looking at us.Very advanced rig the system are the same as on an Airstream
Congratulation! I also am so jealous. Can't wait till ours is in. How long from order date till delivery for you?
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:22 PM   #16
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We don't have a delivery date yet!!! I am hoping for March 8!!
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Way to go Cuttingchief, green with envy. We just finished with our adds, we added second ac unit, wood plank floor appearance, slide toppers, kitchen fantastic fan, trump matress and six way auto leveling. The show unit was allready pretty well decked out with bike rack both tv's fire place, theater seating etc. I asked the dealer about a time frame but he had no idea, said they sold 10 units at Houston show "wow". Glad to here how well it is towing for you. What are you using for tow vehicle? We are currently shopping for 1 ton dually. Oh! What was the trick with your two ac units?

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:52 PM   #18
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I just came across the Columbus today...we've been looking at new RV's for the past five or six years. Haven't found one until now that has everything we want in it. This new Columbus looks like "the one"! One question please...is the washer and dryer an all in one or separate. This will be the deciding factor. Thank you in advance!
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One question please...is the washer and dryer an all in one or separate. This will be the deciding factor.
The washer and dryer are located in one closet. They can either be stackable or a combination washer/dryer.
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I didn't order the washer/dryer.......
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