Sunday Snapshot: The Kodiak Cub 175BH

When I first saw the Kodiak Cub 175BH by Dutchmen RV a few months ago, I immediately started making comparisons to my Shasta Oasis 18BH since it is essentially the same floor plan. What I found is that I wouldn’t mind a bit swapping out my Shasta for it.

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Kodiak has done a lot right with this. One, they left in the 3 cubic foot fridge below the counter instead of raiding the pantry space by putting in a 6 cubic foot fridge in an 18′ trailer. Storage is more important when you’re dealing with this size of a trailer. Next thing they did is that they didn’t go crazy with a double basin sink like some do, leaving you with no counter space. The single sink with flush mounted stove gives you a ton of prep space that frankly I believe to be the best of this floor plan.

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By the queen bed, they’ve given you a wardrobe AND  storage over the bed. Typically manufacturers with this floor plan give you one or the other, but not both. The interior is really clean with glass fronts on the overhead cabinets. There’s also a handy exterior door outside the bottom bunk which also serves as a “garage” when the bunk is flipped up for storing some larger items while in transit.

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Construction appears to be really well done here as well with a six sided aluminum cage with heated and enclosed underbelly with an optional off road package giving you some axle lift. For what it’s worth to some, Dutchmen doesn’t actually build these units. They’re put together by Keystone RV as the manufacturer and badged as Kodiaks, which are all part of the Thor Industries conglomerate. cub-2

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Some quick specs, the 175BH Cub weighs right at 3400 lbs, 21’5″ in length, and has some impressive tank capacities for a trailer of this size: 52 gallon fresh, 28 gallon black, and 39 gallon gray, with a black tank flush. Cargo capacity is right at 1200 lbs and hitch weight is 400 lbs. Depending on where you live, prices are in the mid-upper teens.

If I were looking at this floor plan today, I’d really have this one high on my list.  My 2 year old grandson, however, didn’t seem too impressed. He just had that “Here we go, another trailer” expression on his face, which, coincidentally is the same expression I usually get from my wife when I find a trailer I get a crush on. :-)

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To learn more about the Kodiak Cub and its two sibling models, the 175RD and the 185MB couples trailers, visit their website at Kodiak Cub floor plans.

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3 Responses to Sunday Snapshot: The Kodiak Cub 175BH

  1. Dean

    Sharp looking little trailer for young families or grandparents camping with the grandkids. Nice review.

    Thx,

    Dean

  2. Liz

    Great review! Nice looking trailer and good price point! I love the glass front cabinets. I would be tempted, except my husband and I live in our little 18′ trailer for 3 + months at a time. Getting ready to go full time actually. We couldn’t live without a full-size queen, we’re both tall, and a large refrigerator (we like to cook). I like a two bowl sink, but since I just added a REAL dishwasher, I could go down to one bowl. I have a pull out counter, and a rolling trolley, which add to the counterspace. I’ve totally redone my little trailer, if you’d like to see full tutorials for my mods, please drop by! http://www.WackyPup.com

  3. C. Condit

    I am really concerned about the use of glass in RV trailers. The bumping and jiggling and flexing is rough, and glass cupboard doors and onstoves seems really risky and vulnerable to breakage. I won’t buy glass filled trailers. Save weight in some other manner.

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