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Old 03-15-2019, 08:36 PM   #1
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Cracks /Splits On Interior Door Panel

I own a 2018 Kodiak 201QB Ultralite Travel Trailer. The entry door has a white textured plastic panel. We took a 200 mile trip and when we arrived it had 9 horizontal cracks mostly centered on both sides of the window frame, but some are closer to the bottom of the door. Please see the two attached pictures. The only thing different about this trip was a 37 degree night before departing in the morning. We live in AZ , so the trailer is normally warm when we start. Our dealer tells us it is out or warranty and the ONLY repair available is a complete replacement of the entire door at a cost of $980.00. I am going to try to convince Dutchmen that they should replace the door at no cost because it was an unusual failure. Perhaps there was not enough flexibility in the panel fit when the door was manufactured and the cold made the plastic brittle and it shattered ?
The concern is that a new door may do the same. I would be willing to heat the inside of the camper before departing on a cold morning if I knew the cold was the problem.
Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any recommendations on convincing Dutchmen to cover this defect?
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:05 PM   #2
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I doubt it is temperature related. Our trailer has traveled through extremes from -10C to +25C in a matter of hours due to changes of elevation while traveling. Since the backing is a foam product I would guess flexing or twisting is the issue. Prior to replacing I would look into that possibility or the new door will do the same thing.
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Never seen that before on a newer trailer. Something must have caused it to bind pretty bad to cause the cracks, or they have a bad batch of FRP.

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Old 03-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #4
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I’ve got that exact same travel trailer, I’ve had no issues it’s the door.
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