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Old 08-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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I Flooded My Trailer ... Need Advice Please

Hi all,
My first night in my new trailer and I was running the water in the bathroom to get air out of the line. I forgot about it, went to the store, the sink stopper twisted ... and boom I came back to Niagra falls with an inch of water over 1/2 of the RV. I cleaned it up and got underneath, the left side of the RVs underside weather barrier was full of water. I punched holes in and drained it. I just got to my military base and was planning to stay in this for a couple of months. The inside is dried out but I am concerned about the floor and everything under it. Any advice would help ... this is a 2011 30 ft travel trailer Wilderness backpack edition.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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Dehumidifier! Get one !
ttrost65 "aka duck man"flooded his trailer this spring... he can help maybe.


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Old 08-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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I assume that everything is open, meaning doors, windows, vents. Use fans to get as much circulation as possible v
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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It was raining yesterday ... so outside still a bit humid. A-C on full blast and has dried the inside. I looked at the underside, slit open the liner, the wood above (decking) looks pretty dry ... looks like the water pooled onto the liner. Not sure yet about between the vinyl and the wood floor. Waterhas not tracked up the wall. Is there insulation on the bottom? Is there two layers of wood with insulation in between? Thanks
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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Dehumidifier, Charcoal briquettes in open storage tub for "musty smell" control, 50 pound bag of rice in open storage tub (dehumidifies).

Keep a SHARP eye out for delamination and soft spots in flooring.

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As an experienced camper swimmer, I've had no ill effects from my mishap. Although most of my water ran down under the slide into the belly. I ran fans to move air and dry what little carpet was affected. I don't think it ever really reach the wood substrate as the slide floor wood was dry. My camper also had a bit of a tilt toward the doors so it pretty much ran out and never really sat for very long. Beware though, from here on out you will be prone to finding ducks in and around your camper!
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:44 AM   #7
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As an experienced camper swimmer, I've had no ill effects from my mishap. Although most of my water ran down under the slide into the belly. I ran fans to move air and dry what little carpet was affected. I don't think it ever really reach the wood substrate as the slide floor wood was dry. My camper also had a bit of a tilt toward the doors so it pretty much ran out and never really sat for very long. Beware though, from here on out you will be prone to finding ducks in and around your camper!
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:18 AM   #8
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Something similar happened to mine, hot water tank bypass valve started leaking. While a dehumidifier might work for the inside you need to worry about the water in the underbelly. When I opened mine up the insulation had soaked up the water like a sponge. I cut the underbelly membrane on 3 sides to make a flap to pull down and removed all the insulation. It still took 5 weeks for the wood to completely dry according to my moisture meter, a good thing to own. I then replaced insulation with new fiberglass, pulled the flaps up and stapled with stainless steal staples. Then I taped the seams with underbelly tape (Flex-Mend).
You may also try contacting your insurance co. Your policy may cover such an event. A friends daughter left the shower drip a week while they gone and filled camper with water. Insurance totaled the camper.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:19 PM   #9
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I just found this thread. I arrived at my camp today to find my 31ft wildwood smelling extremely musty inside. Only sign of leak was the hose behind the toilet had busted fom the toilet. I had turned the water off last time we left. I fixed the toilet and turned on water. No water coming out of any faucets or toilet. I crawled under trailer because I noticed some water dripping. I found the liner under the trailer was sagging due to being full of water in 2 places. I went inside and traced the plumbing from the outside connector throughout the trailer and found no leaks. It appears the leak is under the floor in the blue plastic tubing somewhere from where it goes under the wood flooring to where it comes back up on the other side of trailer. There is nothing wet inside the trailer but definitely a nasty musty smell. I can't find anywhere that references how to repair a break under the floor but above the liner under the trailer. I did find the insulation under there to be soaked. Can I cut the liner open and will I see the tubing if I remove the insulation? Any help anyone can give would be GREATLY appreciated!

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it's unusual to find plumbing under floor, but who knows. you need to get under there and cut open the under belly membrane. cut along center of joist so you have some thing to restaple to, you may have to install a few pieces of new wood as nailers. insulation is like a sponge I had to pull all mine out cause it lies up against the floor and gets moldy a causes rot long before it dries. all wet insulation should come out. as far as fixing leak, once located a piece of pex and a couple of shark bite fittings should do the trick. once wood is dry put in new insulation and rehang underbelly membrane. tape all cut seams with flex-mend underbelly tape.
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