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Old 01-30-2014, 06:03 AM   #1
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Columbus or Avalanche -quality

We are going to start our 1st yr of Snowbirding next winter and are looking to upgrade our 5er. Lots of great new rear living floorplans with the bigger residential showers coming out so our prospect list keeps growing. Silverback 33RL, Mountaineer 331RLT, Avalanche 343RS and even a new Durango model. All websites claim they have the best quality of course but my DW has her heart set on the Columbus 320RS and from perusing various forums the quality complaints seem to be less than some other models (although could be due to being a new product).
I called up the salesman who sold us our current Cougar as they also sell the Columbus and was surprised when he told me he couldn't recommend the Columbus as they have had lots of them coming back in for service work. I'm wondering if, given that the Columbus line has only been around for a few years, if the bugs have been worked out.
Now we are back to square one and leaning to the Avalanche (love the drop frame). Just wanted to throw this out there to get some feedback on the brands we are considering. My main concern is quality construction and durability for longer trips as they all look very pretty with functional floorplans.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:08 AM   #2
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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You should look at the Redwoods.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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We love that Columbus model also. My research shows issues are significantly reduced and that an overwhelming majority of owners love their units. If we bought a 5er today it would be the Columbus 320 RS. Love the theater seating, sofa bed, and moveable island....room for an air mattress in the kitchen. Suggest getting double paned windows and consider the larger fridge. Just saw some new Open Range units ...one iss same layout as the 320rls but has more space. Good luck!

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Old 01-31-2014, 03:18 PM   #5
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We fell in love with the Columbus 320RS shortly after purchasing our Cougar HC. I have followed their quality reviews on several forums & Facebook, for 2 yrs. I feel like a trader after owning 2 Cougars but today we ordered a 320.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:54 AM   #8
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I bought my avalanche 295rl last year and love it. We put about 2000 miles on it last year and about 8 camping trips with zero problems. I would recommend an avalanche.
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I really don't think you can go wrong with either. I really like my Avalanche but like tyhe Columbus's also.
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