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2.2
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3.8
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2.1

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Bill Middleton

Ontario

Reviewed on 2017-09-05

RV reviewed2017 Dutchmen Kodiak 283BHSL

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2.4
Quite possibly the biggest mistake I've ever made. Hot water heater didn't work first time out, trim items falling off in several places, and now my foot is falling through the floor beside the bed. All considered "not manufacturer defect" by Keystone of course. The dealer even told me they don't enter claims for half the things they fix because the company simply won't pay. How is a sinking floor in a unit that has been used four weekends not a defect? The door sill moves up and down, there are creases in the vinyl that are going to tear very soon, and a half inch drop from one end of a 2' level to the other - "normal condition" says the manufacturer. Looked at 17 other trailers, not one of them has this problem. Three RV dealers have looked at it, including where I bought it, and all agree this is not normal. My guess is that an employee screwed up the floor, installed a patch and hoped nobody would ever notice. Sadly my warranty ends in October, so I'm sure they're hoping I'll just go away. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! I didn't pay $30k for a piece of crap.
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Greg LeTourneau

Virginia

Reviewed on 2022-06-22

RV reviewed2021 Dutchmen Kodiak 27SBH

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3.4
We bought this new in June of 2021 so it only has about 5 camping trips worth of use and about 2500 miles total. The 27SBH is very light for its size - weighing in about 5400# unloaded with a 580# tongue weight. It tows very easily with a half-ton truck; we use an F150 PowerBoost with a Curt TruTrack hitch and between the truck's anti-sway and the hitch's built-in anti-sway it's pretty drama free. The layout is good for a small family with the bunkhouse in the rear and the bedroom up front. With the slide open, it has a nice open feel to it and the pantry/entertainment center is in a good spot. Some thoughts on the various systems: 1. The air conditioning is adequate via the ducted vents, but you will absolutely want to install a soft starter to avoid tripping circuit breakers. 2. The bathroom is pretty standard but the tub pan feels like it is missing some supports and I suspect it will eventually crack. The toilet works fine but feels pretty flimsy - when you flush the pedal the entire toilet flexes a bit. There really should be a medicine cabinet not just a mirror. This trailer is light on storage compartments, presumably to cut down on weight. But it could really use one. The AC and heat registers in the bathroom itself are great - it keeps the bathroom very comfortable. Finally, I'm not sure if this is by design or just poor workmanship but the shower hot and cold valves don't turn the same way - one turns clockwise to turn on and the other turns counterclockwise. Go figure... 3. The pantry/entertainment center is pretty nice and a good space-saving design. But, it's heavy - especially if you mount, say, a 50" HDTV over the mantle like we did. The door has a pretty big single hinge but I wonder how it will hold up over time due to the weight of the door and road shocks. Also, the shelves in the pantry really should have been fasted tp the walls. They just float and shift when the trailer is being towed. 4. The electric fireplace is pretty to look at but it is the lowest-price piece of crap and ours has never worked right from day one. The problem we have is that once the fireplace reaches the setpoint temperature and shuts off, it will never come back on again no matter how cold it gets. You have to turn the thermostat up a few degrees from the previous setpoint to get it started again, and once it reaches that setpoint it stops and again, no matter how cold it gets it won't restart. Tried to get that fixed at Camping World and provided detailed instructions to replicate it, but apparently they can't read and interpreted the problem as "won't heat up" and said they couldn't replicate it (but Camping World's service is another issue...). There's another problem with this fireplace that seems to affect owners of other trailers like Grand Design, in that when the A/C stops running the fireplace makes a loud beep and a light flashes. This is because of the device that automatically cuts power to the fireplace when the A/C is running, and the fireplace is designed to beep and flash whenever it's plugged in. As you can imagine, that's not a nice "feature" to deal with at night. 5. If you buy one of these, take a close look at the placement of the thermal fuse for the Dometic water heater. The combo electric-gas heater actually works very well, but if the wire with the thermal fuse is hanging too close to the burner it'll melt. Just order a few of them on Amazon and replace as needed... 6. The LED lighting throughout is nice and bright - I really like it. But the design for the covers is just, well, stupid. They twist on with a compression fit between the light frame and the ceiling, so as you travel they end up working themselves loose and falling off. It's just really cheap. 7. The big slide is cable operated and has been (knock on wood) bulletproof so far. 8. Overall fit and finish is really subpar. There doesn't seem to be any pride in workmanship by the employees at the Indiana factory that puts/slaps these together. One side of our dinette booth was coming apart because nobody bothered to attach a key piece of it. This past trip I discovered water leaking underneath the kitchen sink, and when I pulled the panel inside the storage cabinet adjacent to the sink I was happy to see the pex-to-faucet connections in easy reach but unhappy to see the hot water line was not even hand tight. Really, couldn't there have been an inspection that checked the plumbing connections? And while the decor looks nice the material is flimsy. Really cheap. Under the jackknife sofa it's just a lauan pane with no framing around it, And it's not sanded on the edges so you will get a splinter if you're not careful.
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4.0
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Katy Bradley

Texas

Reviewed on 2021-10-26

RV reviewed2021 Dutchmen Kodiak 261RBLS

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5.0
Love this RV, layout is great and lots of storage. Fireplace keeps the RV warm in the winter. We did add a second AC because we deal with Texas heat. Really enjoy and could live in it if I had to. Pulls easy behind my Ford F-150 truck.
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Joe toth

Florida

Reviewed on 2021-09-28

RV reviewed2014 Dutchmen Kodiak 263RLSL

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2.8
It's a piece of junk dont buy a dutchmen of any kind they slap them together..they state to fall apart after the factory warranty goes out.i have had take the front trim off and install dicor sealtight tape front and back. Plus when I took them off nothing was fit right. A real show maker job...they could not build a dog house with a blue print. Lots of money you put out for pure junk....beware. dont buy any thing from dutchmen....
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4.0
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4.0
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Terry hughes

Tennessee

Reviewed on 2021-09-21

RV reviewed2017 Dutchmen Kodiak 291RESL

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4.8
The service department at the Murfreesboro location were awesome when we took our RV to them. Jimmy and Eion in the service department were the best. They were so helpful and patient with us and our many questions. We will sure be back.
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Heather Strong

Texas

Reviewed on 2021-08-30

RV reviewed2021 Dutchmen Kodiak 296BHSL

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2.8
Had this RV for two months and was able to get dealership to classify as a lemon. DO NOT BUY this RV - cheap, cheap quality. Flooring comes up, trim pops off, leaks in bathroom and kitchen, cabinets fell apart, pantry door rubs the floor, pocket doors wouldn't close, bunk bed plywood broke with a 60lb child on it. Don't make this mistake. Stay away!
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5.0
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Karen

Virginia

Reviewed on 2021-07-26

RV reviewed2012 Dutchmen Kodiak 242RESL

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1.6
Was a lemon. Had trouble as soon as I drove it off the lot. Shower leaked, flooring came up. Drove on one trip and the CARDBOARD bottom came off and drug down the road. The electrical from slide out came loose and wrapped around tire another trip. Whole front in warped and cause the roof to leak which ruined the inside overhead cabinets (Still haven’t got that fixed). Taking it to the dealership was a joke - they did fix the electrical from slide out, but they would keep it for weeks and weeks, say it was fixed and never was. I quit trying after several trips - 3 hours away. I’m still making payments on it and can’t get rid of it due to leakage and warped front end. It was absolutely a piece of junk. Don’t buy one unless it’s a shelter for Goats.
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1.0
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3.0
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2.0
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Harry D

Ontario

Reviewed on 2021-07-07

RV reviewed2014 Dutchmen Kodiak 300BHSL

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2.8
Nothing but problems from day one. All o our first trip ...The one door would open while driving, even locked. The jacks were gone when we arrived at our first stop!! The slide out stopped working and manual option. The window leaked. Beautiful looking trailer but poor quality. Traded it in after just 2 years. Waste of money!
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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ppetro

California

Reviewed on 2021-01-20

RV reviewed2020 Dutchmen Kodiak 289BHSL

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5.0
Love this Travel Trailer! Great layout, not too heavy or big to tow. Our Kids love this trailer. Lighting is good, USB outlets helpful. Bath in a good size and lots of storage options. Would buy again.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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johnnie

Oklahoma

Reviewed on 2020-11-16

RV reviewed2021 Dutchmen Kodiak 3321BHSL

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2.2
paid cash for 2021 kodiak was total unsatisfied with quality nails sticking thru trim boards out door kitchen door bent would not lock ,under belly was not screwed on took it to Bob hurley tulsa took them month an still did not fix what i pointed put the stuff they did fix was very bad qaulity of work employee was watching tv an eating in my camper VERY BAD PLACE TO BUY A CAMPER SERVICE IS HORRIBLE THEY WILL NOT RETURN PHONE CALLS NEW CAMPER VERY POOR QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP
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3.0
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