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Old 01-22-2019, 08:32 PM   #21
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you may want to check to see where this is coming from...

As to the under belly cover material. It holds water! I got a bit of a bath when I first opened it up. Scared me! Think Black Water

could be a leak in the plumbing!
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:58 PM   #22
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Not sure. But it is not coming from the trailer it self. No plumbing leaks.


The material is totally intact. The only place for water entry is on the edges. Along the frame rails. Soooooooooo. The only way for water to enter is:


Rain water on the highway.

Me being indiscriminate with a garden hose.

Or condensation.



Hmmmmmmmmm.
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Not sure. But it is not coming from the trailer it self. No plumbing leaks.


The material is totally intact. The only place for water entry is on the edges. Along the frame rails. Soooooooooo. The only way for water to enter is:


Rain water on the highway.

Me being indiscriminate with a garden hose.

Or condensation.



Hmmmmmmmmm.

I would guess, no, no and no. The belly should be dry....
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I would guess, no, no and no. The belly should be dry....

The belly is dry. No plumbing leaks.



Read my description: "The water gets trapped in all those little holes and it goes all the way across the width of trailer. A surprising amount of water. At the rear of the trailer the material is humped under the big dump pipe. Creating a reservoir."
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This is where the water is collecting and coming out of when I dropped the under belly cover in the back.
Out of the little holes in the "corrugated" material.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:36 PM   #26
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Thanks ArmyVet....I was wondering about that last week as I lay underneath the trailer taping up the side edges of the underbelly material.
Guess this weekend I'll look at the fore and aft edges as well.....see which way the ridges are running. Tape is cheap...

BTW, there is a black Gorilla tape that is thick and very sticky and strong. That's what I'm using and sticking very well after a month so far....Found it at WalMart...but make sure you get the really thick stuff.
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Thanks ArmyVet....I was wondering about that last week as I lay underneath the trailer taping up the side edges of the underbelly material.
Guess this weekend I'll look at the fore and aft edges as well.....see which way the ridges are running. Tape is cheap...

BTW, there is a black Gorilla tape that is thick and very sticky and strong. That's what I'm using and sticking very well after a month so far....Found it at WalMart...but make sure you get the really thick stuff.

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I actually used the Gorilla tape on the leading edge of the trailer last year. The factory job allowed the wind at highway speed to catch the material and created a "sail effect" . Just have not checked it to see how it is standing up. Will check when we get another 70 degree day



I guess I will join you and do the rest of the trailer also Again as soon as we get a nicer day. We put out trip on hold for a couple of weeks.


Thanks for the info!

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Old 01-25-2019, 11:40 PM   #28
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tank heaters

While you have the belly cover off, consider adding tank heaters, if you don't already have them. I had to slice the belly cover to get to my tanks to add the heaters. Stitched them together with tie wraps, then foamed, then gorilla taped.
I found the 120VAC tank heaters VERY CHEAP on ebay and amazon. I have big batteries and inverter, so this works well for me. The 12V heaters seem to be expensive for some reason.
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While you have the belly cover off, consider adding tank heaters, if you don't already have them. I had to slice the belly cover to get to my tanks to add the heaters. Stitched them together with tie wraps, then foamed, then gorilla taped.
I found the 120VAC tank heaters VERY CHEAP on ebay and amazon. I have big batteries and inverter, so this works well for me. The 12V heaters seem to be expensive for some reason.

Good idea to do while you can. I only have about 4 feet off the rear. So not a lot I can do there. And I will depend on the under belly heat ducts that are there for now. We camped in 16 degree weather so far with no problems.


Im sure someday the whole cover will have to come off.......ughh


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Old 06-30-2020, 03:08 PM   #30
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Hi ArmyVeteran !

We have 2018 283BHSL with the same issues with the valve cables. Just wondering if your fix is holding up? We are debating whether to cut the underbelly and attempt or take it to the dealer. I can't find any plumbing diagrams, so I'm not sure where to cut. Thanks for any updates.

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