Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hatch Fixed!!!!

Today I picked up my T@B from the dealer after having the hatch replaced because it was leaking.

Clam Shell T@Bs will allow water inside the hatch, but they have drain holes, a seal, and a drain channel to allow water to leave the hatch instantly and not pool inside the hatch, or get inside the kitchen.

My original hatch was not allowing water to drain appropriately and water was staying inside the hatch and the inside hatch skin was delaminating. Water would only drain out of the hatch when the lid was raised and it drained out of the latch holes.

Dutchman provided a 2008 Production Line Hatch to my dealer and it solved the problem. There are several differences in this hatch over my previous hatch that is improved design. There is a different inside skin material and there is some chrome trim on the inside. They have also installed a thicker gasket on the hatch so that it does not sit totally inside the drain channel and now the drain holes have more room for water to drain out.

Here is a blowup of how my old hatch sat in the drain channel.

Here is how the new hatch sits in the channel.

Here are some pictures of the interior trim, thicker seal, and drain hole.

Thanks for looking!! I hope this helps someone with hatch problems!!!


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