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Old 03-14-2019, 01:47 AM   #1
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Kodiak 255BHSL

Hi all, I am new to the TT world and have all but settled on the Kodiak 255BHSL as my familyís first trailer. I am curious if there are any owners here who could provide some general feedback on quality, single bunks, general enjoyment, etc? This has been an exhaustive processes and hope that it is almost over, Iím ready for some family fun

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Old 03-14-2019, 10:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and the RV world! There are several pre delivery check lists on this forum. Search for them or someone will post a link. Do the most you can to get issues resolved BEFORE you take delivery.

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Old 03-14-2019, 08:11 PM   #3
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Welcome!


You are considering the one we probably should have bought
We have the 2018 243 BHSL. Missing the couch. We thought the "dinette" would suffice as the seating area. WRONG!



For my wife and I and Stella the Rottie it is doable. If you are taking kids along. Well, I do not know............


Our biggest issue was the 1500 BTU AC failed in less than a year. Fixed under warranty. Build quality is fair to good. Depending on what you are talking about. The woodwork is subpar. Roof adhesives are cracking already badly. I am in midst of resealing now. UGHHH


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Missing the couch. We thought the "dinette" would suffice as the seating area. WRONG!
It's really easy to rip out the dinette and add a couch, we were to save the table base, so we can still use it for prep space and eating. Best RV decision I've ever made, zero regrets.
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I very much appreciate the information. Also appreciate the comment concerning the couch. My wife and I considered layouts with the u-shaped dinette only, thinking we could perhaps get by. After spending some time in them with the kids, I determined that the couch would be pretty necessary. I thank you for that confirmation!
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:23 AM   #6
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Hi. 2018 255BHSL owner checking in. We were looking at the same campers but ended up with the 255. We have a toddler and some extra nephews who go with us from time to time. We picked the 255 for the couch, bigger entry and extra storage under the rear bunk. We love the couch and the dinette. It was our best decision to give up the bigger dinette for the couch.

I noticed when getting into the 243 the kitchen was closer to the door and it felt more cramped when getting in. We never had an outdoor kitchen and we felt the small one would be more work than it's worth.

Build quality. We started by shopping Salem Cruise lites and the Kodiak is worlds above that line. I'm super picky and overall I'm pleased with the build. Wood working is put together well with no obvious issues. Storage bins are sealed tight and look good. I've only been on the roof once but it looked good. We store it indoors over the winter but it does sit out during the summer.

If I had to do it again I'd buy the 255 again. I think the only thing I want different is the rear grill and I might add one this summer.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:06 AM   #7
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Hi all, I am new to the TT world and have all but settled on the Kodiak 255BHSL as my familyís first trailer. I am curious if there are any owners here who could provide some general feedback on quality, single bunks, general enjoyment, etc? This has been an exhaustive processes and hope that it is almost over, Iím ready for some family fun

Thanks,
Johnathon
We bought a new 2018 255BHSL a few months ago. Our first travel trailer too. Love it, and learned a lot about it during our first season. I have much to say about what I do and don’t like about it. May have to post tomorrow.
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Here are some of the PDI's:
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File Type: pdf PredeliveryChecklistForTrailer2.4.pdf (150.2 KB, 4 views)
File Type: pdf PDI_V113_2.pdf (92.8 KB, 4 views)
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:55 PM   #9
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Hi all, I am new to the TT world and have all but settled on the Kodiak 255BHSL as my family’s first trailer. I am curious if there are any owners here who could provide some general feedback on quality, single bunks, general enjoyment, etc? This has been an exhaustive processes and hope that it is almost over, I’m ready for some family fun

Thanks,
Johnathon
Ok, so here is my list. It is only of the things that concerned or bugged us. EVERYTHING else about this trailer we LOVE (if you want me to end on a positive note and list many of the features we love, I can do that if you request). This was our first RV as well, and we had NO IDEA what to expect. That said, I have learned a lot about trailers in the past 8 months and it has not all been pleasant. I did a ton of research before our purchase and am HAPPY with our purchase and the unit has all of the basics we wanted, but there is much you can only learn by owning/using one. I naively thought trailers would be like a new Lexus (I was wrong). Relatively speaking, we didn't pay all that much for our rig, so I have been using this first purchase as a great learning experience.

My list of things I didn't like, expect, or appreciate about the 255BHSL (in no particular order):

(1) Heating system. Please note that this particular model (30' long total, with a 26' box length) does NOT have ducted heating. It is a 19,000 BTU direct discharge heater only. Some may argue it is undersized for the trailer length, but our main concern was how to get heat to the master bedroom that completely closes with sliding doors. We have made it work, but just be aware. It is by design, for some reason.

(2) Tire clearance. This rig has extremely low clearance between the top of the tire and the bottom of the trailer. Only about 2 inches. When being transported from Indiana, they must have hit a bump and the tire rubbed against the trailer bottom, removing the cheap tarp-like material and exposing wood. Not a huge deal, but on any future trailer we may purchase, I would appreciate more clearance.

(3) Bunks. The upper bunk is only useful for a smaller child. Since the bunks are singles, it is just too small for someone to crawl up the crappy ladder into that small space. Great for little kids. Not so much for teenagers or adults. We end up not using that upper bunk too often.

(4) Trim. Because it is a lightweight trailer, much of the wood and trim are thin and cheaply made. Some delamination on the slideout trim and staples were clearly visible from the beginning. A heavier/nicer rig would have a little nicer furnishing.

(5) Laminate floor. Our laminate floor has been bubbling/waving up. The dealer told us it is a free-floating foor by design, but we had waves showing up after only 6 weeks of use. They are a little unsightly and if they get worse, would be a trip hazard. Just stupid how short of a time things like this last. I may ask the dealer to address before our 1-year warranty is up (anyonne have any words of wisdom on securing flooring?).

(6) Powered TV antenna. I wish it was connected to 12 volt DC power. It is not.

(7) Light switches. All of them are individual. I wish some of them were tied to a single master switch. When we want all lights on, we just have to go through and turn them ALL on/off. Perhaps this is more normal than I think.

(8) Bathroom access. You cannot gain entry into the bathroom without the slide out. Again, probably typical for trailers like ours, but we didn't see that one coming.

(9) Underbelly insulation. Despite the "all seasons" marketing rating, there is no insulation. The underbelly is "covered" and a heating duct sends quickly-lost heat to the underbelly when the furnace is operating, but there is no insulation whatsoever. Not sure if this is typical or not.

(10) No roof ladder. Not a huge deal, but I would appreciate a connected ladder. The manual says the lack of a ladder indicates a non-walkable roof, but this is not always the case. You need to call Dutchmen to confirm with your VIN. Ours is an Alpha Superflex TPO rubber roof, and is considered walkable (although I'm not sure I believe it).

(11) Couch. The couch is not the most comfortable. It is fine, but somewhat cheaply made to be lighter, I think.

(12) Dinette area. We decided we DIDN'T like the wrap-around seating, but I like that it has the option. We removed the bench and use it as a booth (4 people usually at a time). We like that better. However, to make a bed, you have to put the bench back in and drop the table. HOWEVER, the table top does is not level with the bench, so there is a 1-2 inch drop in the middle of the bed. Stupid. Should be all level in my mind. It can be fixed (which we have done), but just sayin'.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:55 PM   #10
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It's really easy to rip out the dinette and add a couch, we were to save the table base, so we can still use it for prep space and eating. Best RV decision I've ever made, zero regrets.



We are seriously considering that. Just trying to find the appropriate sofa or chairs.


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