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Old 08-19-2018, 01:00 AM   #1
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Check your tanks when you can!

2014 V3305: Some Dutchment moron during assembly, put two screws into the frame directly under the fresh water tank. Of course it took almost 2 years of a 1 year warranty for the weight of the tank going down the road a rub a hole in the tank where those screws were incorrectly located.
It took me 2 seasons to finally get around to repairing their shoddy workmanship and quality control because of a medical issue I had.

The first 3 pics show the hole and the 2 incorrectly installed screws...both on the driver side. The last 2 pics show properly installed screws and aluminum braces installed to secure the tank on passenger side.

If you're ever under there check yours out. I'm sure mine wasn't the only one done that way.
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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2014 V3305: Some Dutchment moron during assembly, put two screws into the frame directly under the fresh water tank. Of course it took almost 2 years of a 1 year warranty for the weight of the tank going down the road a rub a hole in the tank where those screws were incorrectly located.
It took me 2 seasons to finally get around to repairing their shoddy workmanship and quality control because of a medical issue I had.

The first 3 pics show the hole and the 2 incorrectly installed screws...both on the driver side. The last 2 pics show properly installed screws and aluminum braces installed to secure the tank on passenger side.

If you're ever under there check yours out. I'm sure mine wasn't the only one done that way.

Being a newbie, that does not bode well for the future of our 2018 Kodiak...ughhh


Sorry about your issue. I wish I could check but our underbelly is sealed. Sooooo fingers crossed.


Good Luck and have fun!
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks.
Yes, mine too was covered by a coroplast underbelly. I cut a 3 sided box with uncut side facing front of RV (to reduce possible wind issues catching it) to gain access. Once repaired, I'll use a few zip ties then seal with scrim shield repair tape (expensive tape, but worth it).

I'll post repair photos.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:15 PM   #4
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Tape is on sale... I think I should get some. The other tape I have (EternaBond) requires pressure to make it adhere. They are going to work in the bottom of my RV next week so I should probably have some on hand in case ... added to toolbox!

https://www.rvautoparts.com/022-BP41...MaAkVIEALw_wcB
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:21 PM   #5
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Thanks.
Yes, mine too was covered by a coroplast underbelly. I cut a 3 sided box with uncut side facing front of RV (to reduce possible wind issues catching it) to gain access. Once repaired, I'll use a few zip ties then seal with scrim shield repair tape (expensive tape, but worth it).

I'll post repair photos.



Thanks for that update and info.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:34 PM   #6
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I hope that tape works out for you.
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I hope that tape works out for you.
me too, supposed to be made for it. Do you have another recommendation?
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No, just the tape in my photo.
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:09 PM   #9
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Being a newbie, that does not bode well for the future of our 2018 Kodiak...ughhh


Sorry about your issue. I wish I could check but our underbelly is sealed. Sooooo fingers crossed.


Good Luck and have fun!
Hello I have a 2017 Dutchman Kodiak 201QB and essentially the fresh water tank almost fell out, stopped by the axel. The factory blamed me saying I filled the tank too much. It was lousy workmanship. The flimsy tank supports, just like the previous pics show are not what the tank manufactures recommend and the fact the supports did not even fit tightly between the frame and they tried to let the screw body make up the difference, just plain lousy work. I actually pulled most of the coroplast back to inspect all tank supports, they were all equally as bad so I reinforced them all. I also found that the so called heated belly was not heated, the duct which is attached to the floor did not go through, it was on top of the grey water tank and could not work and the only way to tell is with the coroplast remove. I relocated it and replaced the coroplast. I would recommend you look at all tank supports and repair/reinforce as necessary. it is a lot of work though but you sure don't want trouble on a trip.
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Hello I have a 2017 Dutchman Kodiak 201QB and essentially the fresh water tank almost fell out, stopped by the axel. The factory blamed me saying I filled the tank too much. .

WOW! That would be hilarious if not for the fact that they were just trying to get out of honoring a warranty.



How do you overfill a water tank? How do they expect you to know? By the worthless 4 lite indicator?


That is a big shame! I dread the time we need warranty work. And it may be coming


Good luck!.
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