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Old 03-22-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Dutchmen Kodiak Express 222ES?

Looking for any thoughts on the Dutchmen Kodiak Express 222ES. We are debating buying the 2015 version, but there isn't much out there in the way of reviews on these. Any comments or reviews would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Old 03-22-2015, 12:47 PM   #2
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We have the 2013 Aerolite 232 ES hybrid (26'). Also had the 2005 Aerolite hybrid. I was a little disappointed with Dutchman's warranty department on the latest tt. Would say we got a super price on the RV. Actually took ownership on March 2012 on our 2013 unit. (under $16.4 out the the door). We had to order the one we wanted because we didn't want the fake leather.

As far as Aerolite's or Kodiak's (same unit) the 52 gallon fresh water you will not find any hybrids with anything larger. The norm is 25 to 30. We bought ours because of the floorplan. The couch and kitchen are in the slide. This will be the 4th season in the is unit and about 150+ nights. The frameless windows are a nice touch.

So far our 2013 unit is holding up just fine. We did have a slide issue that I felt Dutchman steered around as not being a "build" issue any 5 year old would clearly see. We do 5-6 weeks vacations during the summer from 150 to 500 miles each way. So it does get road miles. Do plan a trip to Alaska next year. It all depends on how one treats their equipment, If one runs it hard and puts it away wet as the saying goes any RV unit will fall apart. Our 2005 Aerolite we used 380 nights with no real issues.

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Old 08-05-2015, 12:47 AM   #3
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You noticed there isn't much said about certain rigs? We did too. I think it is one of those no news is good news things. It's not necessarily because no one has anything good to say about any particular product. It's because life too short to complain when you can have fun instead. Being said this is what I have to say because it 'll be a while before the fun begins.

We just ordered a new 2016 Aerolite 282BDHS which should arrive about the end of Sept. It was a trip itself doing all the dickering between the rep and the manufacture. Actually we're glad the Dutchman Rep got in on the fray too. He helped chill some attitudes, mine especially. The choice to order a brand new out f the box rig came after an extensive search online and in the field. You have to actually look at the TT and kick the tires, we knew this one model would fit our bill. What's funny is we thought the dealer rep was an oomph because right after he said "there isn't any models for us to inspect", he turned around and tripped over one. Not impressive if you're ready to dump thousands on a second home concept. Nonetheless, everything turned out hunky dory and we order next year's unit because of three things: 1) It looks well built, no dangling, broken, loose or cheaply made parts. 2) The company just had their 20 year anniversary on the model and, like you said 3) They don't seem to reach into anyone's blogs with a lot of negative complaints. So no news is good news in this case.

We plan to do some heavy travel with it after we get our new Tundra in Feb 2016. Presently, our Tacoma with a tow package can and will do the job and it will also cough a little and sputter doing it. There's no need in ruining the longer life of a popular pickup that we can use if it has good trade in value. In the meantime, we'll be waiting for our new truck too living in our new baby enjoying the Sacramento Delta at a monthly rental site here or there, (we're not sure which one yet). And as I said, life too short to complain. Instead, enjoy you new rig after you do the homework on getting the right rig for you and yours first.

PS Like Superslif said, there isn't any more difference in a Kodiak or Aerolite than a GMC or a Chevy. All are Made In The USA.
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We almost got a Kodiak. I thought the quality was very good and we really liked the interiors.
Similarly, the Colemans (also Dutchmen) were very nice.
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