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Karen and I met friends at a local restaurant that happened to be down the street from a Liberty Missouri RV dealership. We are hoping to find a couple floor plans we like which is step three out of seven in our search for the nearly perfect home. So we drifted over to the dealership and spent time looking at Palomino’s Columbus fifth wheels. Palomino has been around since the late 1960’s and is now owned by Forest River. On a side note, I had figured the last step in purchasing our rig would be buying the truck. I’m now leaning towards getting the truck first knowing the trailers we are considering are under 20,000 pounds in gross weight and by then we should have a couple trailers in mind that we would buy. I’ll explain this decision in a future blog post related to transitioning from a stick and brick home to a trailer. My seven steps to selecting a trailer are:. Fifth wheel vs Motor Home. Then decide on floor plan and basic needs (such as 4 season rig) of a “full time” unit. Then decide what manufacturers build the floor plan or close to it. Then decide which of several manufacturers appear to have best quality for price. Reduce selection to one manufacturer and buy new or used depending on budget. Select a truck capable of pulling the rig with a safety margin. I’ll get to my notes about the Columbus shortly. In the rating system I’m using it comes in at 167 points out of a possible 260 which makes the Columbus, for our wants and needs, one of the lowest rated. Last Christmas I bought a family member one of those gifts that you want to keep for yourself. Well, after nearly eight months thinking about it and at least a few incidents needing one, I bought a portable jump starter power pack for myself. What took so long to decide is the notion Karen and I are limiting what we buy knowing we will be disposing of our stuff and hitting the road in a few years. I also try and avoid buying camping gadgets thinking we will need them later. A friend at work bought a similar power pack more than a year ago and highly recommended getting one. He has jump-started several cars and never recharged it. This included a diesel engine. I checked the specs on his power pack and went a couple sizes larger in terms of battery capacity and cold cranking amps. Two weeks after the purchase Karen’s car would not start. I threw the power pack in the back seat after showing her how to use it. No more having to fetch an extra vehicle to jump start the car. No more having to worry about getting close enough to jump start a car. I bought the power pack at Amazon because Walmart had a limited selection. Options: Thirteen available floor plans in the Columbus. No advertised 8,000 pound axle options, G/H rated tires, disc brakes or better pin and suspensions. A lot of what other brands come standard with are options which may be nice if one wanted to keep the price down. The number of floor plans will improve my score for this category. Service: Not advertised in their brochure as being for full time use nor even extended stay. I’ve been getting mixed opinions about customer service by Forest River. Here are a few interesting comments on their brochure: “Forest River dealerships are independently owned so priority service and scheduling is at their discretion and is often provided to customers that purchased their unit at that dealership. ” “Purchasing locally allows customers to establish meaningful relationships with a dealer. ” “Scheduling timely warranty repairs and adjustments through a local dealership provides far greater flexibility and convenience to the customer. ” I don’t know if they are pushing for buying locally to help the dealership or warning if you take the trailer to a dealership where you did not purchase it then don’t expect prompt service. Forest River has a very active owner’s group forum. Did not see an option for a gas/electric but a photo showed one. Karen wants a hand-held Dyson. The appliances are typical at this price point. They use La-Z-Boy in the living room which is new for this year. Electrical: Has separate stereo controls in basement for outside speakers which is nice.
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