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Sjm9911

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Posted: 07/23/20 07:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ejraste wrote:

Ok so what it seems like Is that I shouldn’t go out of my way and turn down any good deals just because it doesn’t have the enclosed underbelly.

Yup! Mine has an enclosed bottem. Good for keeping stuff out. But i havent removed it yet, i have no clue where my tanks are, what goes where, etc. If i need to work on it , it will be a pita. As for the rest, i agree no such thing as a 4 season camper. If its cold stuff will freeze. Unless your down south!


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I wouldn't agree that it keeps mice out...The underbelly isn't typically sealed up well enough. Mice can get thru really tiny holes.


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Its a great thing for the manufacturer to keep the shortcomings out of sight such as crushed ducts, wiring that is stretched too tight and looks like a rats nest or ran on top of joists with subfloor over top of it, missed or improperly installed insulation, etc. When I had to pull the coroplast down to reinforce the frame at the leveler attachment points on our Grand Design, we found all sorts of **** workmanship along with enough hardware to stock a small store, enough wiring and plumbing scrap to fill a bucket, and enough sawdust to line a couple of hamster cages, and two empty Coca Cola cans.

Keep mice out? Good luck with that, better buy a case of blow foam and tape and get to work.

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Posted: 07/23/20 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^^^^"shortcomings"^^^^ lololol I like it!

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I'll reiterate on previous post regarding mice.

I live in the mountains where mice are prevalent and had a serious issue with them overtaking our previous trailer until I finally won that war.

Our current trailer with enclosed underbelly made for quick work finding where foam needed to be sprayed.

We also leave trailer completely stocked with food year around with both slides out.....not a single mouse.

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Hi,

I've had both enclosed and open. I, by far, preferred the enclosed belly. The floors were always comfortable.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

I've had both enclosed and open. I, by far, preferred the enclosed belly. The floors were always comfortable.


What he said!


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My 2010 Dutchmen has an enclosed belly but it is simply a plastic heavy tarp type material.

It is of standard construction and will usually be good for a couple of days at 28 degrees. It would do more if we ran the furnace but we get by with a space heater.


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We have an enclosed underbelly on our trailer, and it has made it tough to get at and replace things like the converter and water pump. But we have been surprised with temps in the teens at night (way below the forecast low) when camping at higher elevations in February and March and it was nice to have everything protected. And there were days of towing in 28-30° for a few hours before it warmed up. For me it's worth a few extra hours of work every year or two.

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MSchu wrote:

We have an enclosed underbelly on our trailer, and it has made it tough to get at and replace things like the converter and water pump. But we have been surprised with temps in the teens at night (way below the forecast low) when camping at higher elevations in February and March and it was nice to have everything protected. And there were days of towing in 28-30° for a few hours before it warmed up. For me it's worth a few extra hours of work every year or two.


Was under the impression that water pumps could be readily accessible from inside of trailer.....not ?

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