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Old 05-21-2022, 12:33 AM   #1
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What can I cut an access hole in my underbelly with? I have a leak in there.
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Old 05-21-2022, 03:19 PM   #2
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Box cutter

Usually, a box cutter is good for cutting the corrugated plastic belly covers. The replaceable blade is extremely sharp and can be adjusted for depth (you don't want to cut wires and pipes).

Cut three sides of a rectangle. Leave the side to the front intact. It will act as a hing.

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Old 05-21-2022, 09:43 PM   #3
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Why not not just drop the entire piece of coroplast?

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Old 05-22-2022, 12:47 PM   #4
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After you get your hole cut, there is a special coroplast tape. Cut the hole so the cut portion is downwind from the hinge part.
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Old 05-23-2022, 03:26 PM   #5
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For putting back together gorilla tape might work.
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Old 05-23-2022, 03:39 PM   #6
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I also concur with just dropping the coroplast while maintaining it whole, avoid cutting it up.
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Old 05-23-2022, 04:28 PM   #7
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Alternatives

I would definitely avoid dropping the whole belly cover on my Kodiak Cub 21 ft trailer. It requires removing and replacing hundreds of self drilling and tapping screws into the steel frame. If yours has not been removed previously then you may have to pull nails out of the frame to start with and drill and tap all new holes.

I had a tiny leak. I drilled a 1/4 inch hole in the cover and let the water out. The leak stopped soon after. Definitely the easiest.

On the other hand, if you are willing to make it a big project, drop the whole cover. Dutchmen runs wires and pipes helter-skelter through the under belly. Tie them in bundles and protect them from sharp edges for longer service life.

Insulate the hot water pipes for more hot water at taps. I also insulated and sealed holes and cracks to protect the pipes from freezing.
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Old 05-25-2022, 08:59 PM   #8
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I drop mine as needed. Not the whole cover just what I need. It’s not as big deal.
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