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Old 09-15-2019, 09:53 AM   #1
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2018 Keystone Springdale 311RE Arctic Package

I'm currently looking at used camper. I haven't purchased a new camper in years so this is a big decision of course. The trailer comes with the "arctic package." Upon crawling underneath they're 2 closed openings. They are hard plastic but look too nice to be done at home. They look factory or dealership. They are toward the rear of the trailer I would say maybe 1'x1' square. They are bolted in with 5 bolts, one in the middle and one at each corner. I was wondering they these are access panels? If they are what are they for? If not, does someone have experience with these? Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:12 AM   #2
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The bottom covering is called COROPLAST (corrugated plastic) and is a part of the "arctic package"... The panels that are screwed to the COROPLAST are installed at the factory to "mark the location" of the slide motors that may require access for repairs or maintenance. Usually the underlying COROPLAST is not cut, so if you remove that "patch" you'll see a "blank canvas" under them.

If, in the future, you need to access the slide motor, you'll need to remove the "patch" and use a razor knife to cut a "slightly smaller access hole" in the COROPLAST. When cutting that hole, allow at least 3" on all sides of where the patch overlays the COROPLAST and cut the hole on three sides, forming a flap on the FORWARD edge of the hole. That way, you can "fold the hole closed" and tape it in place, reinstall the patch with the 4 screws and have a "double layer, usually leak-proof access port.

As for the "arctic package" understand that it's not much more than the COROPLAST, a sheet of bubble wrap and a 2" heat duct (from the furnace) into the underbelly. You still have R-7 walls, R-15 floors, R-20 ceilings and all those leaking R-1 windows, so don't believe for an instant that the "arctic package" will provide any "cold weather camping capacity"... it'll only make things less likely to be damaged from freezing down to about 25F or so. You'll still find that you will need thermals and sweats on cold nights and forget sitting comfortably in the recliner in front of that big picture window when the wind's howling outside..... Ain't gonna happen......
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response! We are noticing the roof has some extra caulking on the back and front edge and around the vents and skylights. The roof is a light gray so they stand out. Is the extra caulking for the arctic package is well? It looks well done and from the factory to dealership. Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:47 AM   #4
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It's probably not from the factory. ALL Keystone products require a quarterly roof check with resealing as required. I'd guess that the previous owner either was "overly protective" and applied more than necessary sealant or the dealership did it. Chances are the OEM sealant was Alpha Systmes or DICOR dove gray and when the "gobbed on sealant" was applied to the roof, whoever did the job didn't have dove gray available, so they used white. Probably they were thinking, "Nobody will notice it on the roof".... Well, you did. Does the sealant mean there's an underlying problem? Maybe/maybe not. All you can do at this point is inspect it carefully, paying close attention to the inside of the trailer in those areas. If you see any signs of water damage/water stains, inspect critically, if you don't see any damage, then watch it closely for future issues. I wouldn't refuse a good deal on the trailer because of white sealant, but I would make sure that it's not covering up something that's important.
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