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Old 04-11-2016, 02:53 AM   #1
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Question for Joshua Flood Damage 2014 Sunseeker 3010DS

My Sunseeker was in a flood while parked in storage and had 2 1/2 feet of water. There is a water line 2/3 up the first step. Everything in the outside bays had water along with the generator, propane tanks, and the electrical box located on the left by the first step on the inside of the coach. Everything Underneath was damaged along with my automatic levelers. There is a huge amount of rust and my dealer says because of the way the walls come down and attaches to the outside bays they cannot get to every place to remove the rust without removing the upper part of the coach so they want to total it. My insurance company, Progressive, is looking for ways to repair it so they do not have to total it. Also my dealer says there is mold on the walls behind the bays plus the rust as it also sat in the water. Do you think this can be repaired completely?

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Old 04-11-2016, 04:13 AM   #2
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I would say no. There is plywood floor and laminate walls, all of which are affected by water intrusion. Failure may not be immediate but is likely.

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Old 04-11-2016, 05:48 AM   #3
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:02 AM   #4
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It sounds like it was in water for a long enough time to cause a significant amount of damage.
I used to buy salvage vehicles and rebuild them but I'd always stay away from flood vehicles because you never know what damage the water has done.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:06 AM   #5
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I cannot believe that they would try and fix it! Flood vehicles are never right even if you fix the visible stuff the inside and especially the electric/electronic side is never right.

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Old 04-11-2016, 09:18 AM   #6
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Walk away from it.
If Progressive does not total it, tell them that they will be called on EVERY problem that pops up in the future as long as you own it.
Did it intrude into the cab? Over the rocker panels?
If so- there will be cab/chassis wiring issues potentially also.
Were your batteries disconnected? (chassis and box)
If there was 12 volt running- chances of every module being damaged are good.
The potential issues are long.
Mold- sure
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:31 AM   #7
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Yea I agree. The problem (some) may be fixed now but long term is another story. I would not only be concerned with wiring issues but mold that could possibly be a health risk. Put it to them that way and they will probably total it out. I wouldn't want to take the chances. Good luck and let us know the outcome.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:40 AM   #8
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When I was in the marina bussiness we delt with quite a few "sinkers". The rust that you are seeing is not just from being in the watr,it is a result of the electrolytic action between th pos batt terminals an ground. Everything that in anyway is connected to the ground terminal will "plate off(like reverse electroplate)" to anything that is connected to the hot side.The water is the electrolyte.The more "active" the metal,such as zink hardware,aluminum,the quicker the destructive process. It will continue untill the batterys are totaly dead or the unit is removed from the water.Anything with an electrical connection will be junk.

Depending on the length of time it was submerged,any steel could suffer what is known as :nitrogen embritlement" from the electrolytic pricess.Bearings,springs,even the frame if it sat long enough.A friend of mine back in toledo owns a metal pickeling shop where they clean rusty metal with a process similar to what happened here. They use a sacrifical anode attached to the steel at key points to reduce the embritlement process.
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I am impressed this has not morphed into the Progressive sucks, they really put a screwing to me, my insurance is better than yours thread by now. It has been over 6 hours too.

That's SOP for any insurance company on a flood damage claim, especially for something only a few years old with a high replacement value.

They tend to look at motorized RV's more as they look at cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles and do not take into account the "wood factor". If it was a trailer they would total it without even looking. Now they have to go through all the procedures or some bean counter up the corporate ladder would be handing someone their A## in a hand-basket.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:09 AM   #10
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"Repaired" flood damaged vehicles are a nightmare waiting to happen... Even if all the visible damage is repaired you won't know what unseen damage wasn't repaired. When you start having problems with the electrical system, mold, de-laminating floors, or whatever in a couple of years good luck getting the insurance company to cover it...

Don't forget the water also contaminated your chassis. The axle, transmission, front suspension, brakes, wiring and frame were also soaking in the flood gunk. Everything is suspect in those areas as well. Ask your Chevy or Ford dealer what they think as well as the RV dealership.

I'd be telling Progressive to come pick up their RV...

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