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Old 08-16-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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"stud" spacing

Our 2018 Kodiak Ultra lite has the "Bear Cage Construction" made from aluminum. Yeah I know, maybe Teddy Bear Construction haha


I am trying to figure out the stud spacing. I have tried 2 stud finders and the results are misleading. I asked Dutchman Customer Service. They said 16 inches on center. Which is of course the house standard. I kind of find that hard to believe, knowing the RV industries penchant for short cutting corners, ahem.


Anyway. anyone know for sure?
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16" on center is only good for interior walls and roof rafters. There is minimal aluminum structure in the sidewall. Best way to mark out wall studs is early in the morning when the dew sets on the sidewall.
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16" on center is only good for interior walls and roof rafters. There is minimal aluminum structure in the sidewall. Best way to mark out wall studs is early in the morning when the dew sets on the sidewall.

Thanks for the reply. I saw a drawing once of the "bear cage" construction. I cant find it at the moment ughh. Not to say that is definitely what I have, but supposedly.


The exterior walls, roof and floor looked like a fairly substantial structure. And all tied together.



Do you have a recent Ulra Lite that bears out your description? Not saying your wrong Just trying to get the right info.



According to the "specs" and according to Customer service, I get different answers too..........ughh


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16" on center is only good for interior walls and roof rafters. There is minimal aluminum structure in the sidewall. Best way to mark out wall studs is early in the morning when the dew sets on the sidewall.
That is the definitive answer...

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Except I have this. Not saying which is right or wrong. But room for doubt either way. Check item 3 in both drawings.
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For what it's worth the stud spacing in the garage per the photo is 24" oc. Could be different forward of the garage but I would be surprised if it's 16" up there.
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Except I have this. Not saying which is right or wrong. But room for doubt either way. Check item 3 in both drawings.
Sooooooo
Ayup its got a frame... the question was where

FWIW I mapped mine out a while back on my Coachmen Concord, the sidewalls vary from 12" to 24" depending on what is around them.

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Ayup its got a frame... the question was where

FWIW I mapped mine out a while back on my Coachmen Concord, the sidewalls vary from 12" to 24" depending on what is around them.

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What did you use? I tried 2 different stud finders. Very inconsistent for some reason.
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What did you use? I tried 2 different stud finders. Very inconsistent for some reason.
Best way to mark out wall studs is early in the morning when the dew sets on the sidewall.

Took a couple of pictures then used the door and window to reference the size, sketched up a sidewall profile.

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Aaron, you're a genius. Lol
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Being retired and not an early riser. Morning dew is an alien concept to me. :-)

But I will endeavor to try that.

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