Coleman Columbia owners club.

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  1. MaddMary

    MaddMary New Member

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    Hello. I’ve recently taken ownership of my parents 1985/86 Coleman Columbia Tent Trailer. My husband and I have begun renovating it, starting with the roof (there’s some water damage). I’m curious if anyone knows where to get the roof corner caps for this model of pop-up.
     
  2. Fuzzy Bear

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    Yes, the plug is only for the interior lights (at least on mine). My Columbia is a bit older than yours so may be different. I believe the original premise of the plug was to be able to plug it into the tow vehicle to power the lights (not necessarily a good idea to draw down the TV's power). I don't have a picture of the battery setup since my pup is stored away right now since we are unable to use it at the present time. On mine the wiring is very basic from the factory and I had to improvise to get power to the lights etc. What I did was attach a 12V cigarette lighter plug that I got from an auto parts store to the battery box wired into the battery to plug the power cord into.

    When I mentioned the independent line, I ran a + & - wire under the trailer from the battery box and up into the storage area under the dinette seat and mounted a fuse block same as in a regular car to run wires to some of the other 12V systems that I mentioned. .
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    The power center on mine (most others have a power converter that converts 110V to 12V) is only 110V so I needed to find a way to power my 12V systems.
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    As for the fridge, mine does not have one and never did, so I am less sure of the mechanics of powering that. I do believe if you want to run it on 12V while towing then you would need more than the 4way connector to the tow vehicle since you would need a dedicated power line to hook into (hopefully others with more knowledge can chime in on this). The 4 way connector only powers the driving lights on the pop up (running, brake and turn signals).

    Hope this helps a little and that others with the same year as yours will step in to clear up what you are looking to do.
    Good luck
     
  3. LRyan66

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    Thanks, again! Yes, I believe there is supposed to be a 12v plug at the tongue, to connect to a similar plug in the TV, to be able to charge the fridge in transit. I can't seem to find one, and not sure if this year should have one.

    EDIT: Found it! The wires were shoved inside a small gap in the coupler.
     
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    Would you mind sharing some photos of your battery box? I finally found the 12v wires shoved deep under the coupler.
     
  5. Fuzzy Bear

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    I'll pull the battery box out this weekend and get some pics. I have it stored in the garage on the battery tender and will have to move some stuff to get to it to take the pictures.
     
  6. Fuzzy Bear

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    Not sure if this is the right one for your year camper but found these on colemanpopupparts.com
    https://colemanpopupparts.com/products/roof-corner-cap-4-pack
     
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    I really appreciate it!!
     
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    New to the Columbia pop up club via Pittsburgh
    check out our rig before and after
     

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    Replaced my stabilizer jacks today! Tomorrow, replacing the door seals, which are cracked and brittle. Had to buy a rivet gun, and learn how to use it!
     
  10. LRyan66

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    Removed the canvas on our 1988 Coleman Columbia, cleaned and lubed the rails, etc. And noticed that, under the canvas rails, the wood on the interior ceiling is damp and shredding in places. There's absolutely no water damage to the floor (checked under the trailer, as well) or the beds, so I don't think there is an actual leak. Everything inside the trailer, below the canvas rails, is bone dry and in excellent condition. But clearly, moisture is getting into the roof.

    I looked at some roof repair/rebuild threads on this forum. Unfortunately, most of what I found had photos that were no longer available, and reading about it is completely confusing without photos.

    My question is, does this sound like something that needs attention immediately, given that there is no water damage anywhere else? Can I get away with this for a year or two? And does anyone know if there is a good thread, with current photos, I could look at, in the event I want to tackle a rebuild further down the line? I am moderately handy, but only recently so and still learning.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  11. Fuzzy Bear

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    LRyan66 here are the pics of the setup on my battery box for hooking up the 12V line from the trailer. On my Columbia the tongue is too small to mount the battery box and the LP tank so we carry the battery box in TV until we reach the campsite. Once there I put it on the tongue and do the hookups. I have the plug for the 12V as shown in the pics, and a plug in setup for the wires going to the fuse block I mentioned in my earlier posts, as well as a hookup for a small solar panel.

    Batt Box 1.jpg Batt Box 2.jpg Batt Box 3.jpg Batt Box 4.jpg
     

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    Thanks for posting these. What's the cigarette lighter outlet for?
     
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    The cord that comes from my pup to power the interior lights uses a cigarette lighter plug. I mounted the outlet to plug this into the battery. As I mentioned, my Columbia is a few years older than yours so things might be different on yours. The picture below shows the cord coming out of the canvas that plugs into the cord to power the interior light. As you can see, it ends in a 12V cigarette lighter style plug which I run to the battery box and plug into the outlet I installed in there.

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  14. shaff01

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    I had a new Columbia back in 1988 and looking through this thread really brings back some memories. Unfortunately life changed and it sat in the back yard unused for years and turned into a condo for mice. My wife at the time had absolutely no interest in camping so I gutted it and turned it into a flatbed trailer. that flatbed has come in handy many time but I still look back at gutting that trailer with sadness.

    Fast forward several years and I picked up a 1981 Coleman Niagara in 2009. It's basically a stripped down Columbia. No electric, no galley, and only a single bed on one end. I did a little work on it that summer to fix some leaks but like the best laid plans of mice and men this camper also got parks and had a few mouse and carpenter ant visits. every summer "do something with the camper" has been on my to do list

    Finally this year I retired and with Covid putting a halt to so many big plans I finally got serious. I moved the camper to the driveway, fixed the roof leaks a second time and did a pretty complete remodel- new canvas, new flooring, added electric inside and out, and lots of other things.

    here is a link to a blog my wife did about the remodel

    https://loudbobandtexasbev.com/2020/09/05/renovation-vintage-pop-up-camper/
     
  15. samh

    samh Campin'

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    This is an excellent remodel of that great little trailer!
     
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    Howdy y'all. I posted about this in the general forum, before I found this group. I was recently given my families childhood pop up. All in all, it's in pretty great shape, though there roof damage on the side panels. I'm not sure if I'll need to replace the whole roof, or just repair the sides. Before I do that though, I want to just take it out for a test run. It needs new tires, and I'd like to go bigger. How big is the biggest tire size any of y'all have gone up to? Thanks in Advance!
     
  17. Mike Whitney

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    So, after looking for an entire year and having no luck (every time I contacted people it had been sold). I finally found a Coleman Columbia for sale. Not sure of its age yet, (long story for another time) and after waiting for over 5 months to get it registered due to NYS issues, it had its maiden voyage last October. First thing I did as remove the sink and stove, not going to be cooking or cleaning inside. That was October of last year… Moving forward to this spring, I have replaced the flooring with vinyl plank and am getting ready to pint the interior! It’s a ruff little gem, needs bed rail work, and other little issues but overall, I am in love!
    Ordered Bed Rail Hardware Kit, Bed Seals 7 Foot, Shock Cord Kit and stepper light! Going shopping for paint tomorrow! As per others ideas, going to have the local Amish make me a new awning bag Bag is shot but awning is like new! pop.jpg DogCamp.jpg
     
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    samh Campin'

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    Right on, Mike!
     
  19. Roqon

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    Hopefully you already took care of it.
    Late to the party but here is a shot from when I did mine. Along with the front, rear & side panels, I had to make a new radiused top piece to replace the rotted one that the awning rail screwed into. Thank God for electric hand planes. Be careful to not damage the aluminum when removing the rotted wood from it.

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