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Old 03-12-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Water damage in 2010 wildwood 17EXL

Just thought I'd ask for opinions. I bought my HTT new from RV Wholesalers. Never had a problem with it but a few uneven places in the floor where there was some 'give' to the 'linoleum'. I inspected the roof yearly but everything seemed to be fine. Never any leaks at all.

Day before yesterday I opened it up for the yearly Spring cleaning and as I stepped inside the 'linoleum' cracked and ripped and underneath the chipboard is completely soaked!!! This is directly in front of the door. Not rotting yet but I need to do something! I am just sick! I still have 3 more years to pay on it!

Is it even worth calling FR about? Or am I on my own here?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:04 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Sorry to say but with a 2010 camper, you're on your own. You need to fully investigate the cause of the leak that must be somewhere around the door...cracked caulking and open gap, etc. If you've caught it early enough and the sub-floor is still solid once dry, you only need to replace the lino. Many replace it with laminate flooring.

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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Very sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, as Dave said, you are on your own as the longest for the Forest River warranty is two years (one year plus the one year extension). Right now, FR is delivering 2014 units.

This is assuming the leak was not from a faulty roof. The roof has a ten year warranty.

So, you now have to do three things: Discover where the water is coming from, fix the leak and then fix the floor. You can do this yourself if you are handy. You can also consider a trusted service department to help you locate the leak, stop it and fix the floor. Calling FR can help you in that they can find a good service place for you if you don't already have one.

Good luck and please keep us informed.
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I will also add that RVW is supposed to have a network of dealers who will work with their clients so you can call them if you need a service center.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:33 PM   #5
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Thanks. That's what I thought

I will have to get up on the roof and tape/ seal all the seams again and go from there.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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When you get your estimate, if you get one, consider checking your insurance policy. There is a possibility they will cover water damage. We had a scrape with a tree that damaged our roof without our realizing it. It was covered in full except the deductible. It won't hurt to check.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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Bad news

The insurance adjuster came out yesterday morning. His preliminary thoughts are my trailer's totaled. The leak started in the upper corner (who know when) ran through the wall, and the floor sponged it up. The entire floor is "gone" -- his words not mine.

The inside of the trailer is pristine. The outside is also. It still looks brand new -- except for the ripped linoleum. I am just sick about this. The only 'good' thing is I owe less than $5K on it so I'm not upside down on the loan.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:01 PM   #8
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Are they covering it? Even if they cover it and it is in excellent condition otherwise, I would suggest calling someone who works on rv's privately. You and I both know that dealers charge for every penny they can think of! The reason I'm thinking this is that one unfortunate icy morning I managed to crunch the front and back of my car ~ totalling it ~ but, here's the kicker ~ I was able to purchase it back after the ins for $700. A guy up the road told us he could fix it for $1500 so we figured he couldn't hurt it and we gave it to him. When he was done, it was perfect and paid for. There may be a silver lining..... Plan B might be to start thinking about your next trailer..... I'm sorry this happened to you
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #9
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Yes, I'd wondered about that

But I *think* it would then have a 'salvage' title in Texas, which means no insurance company would insure it. I THINK.

I did think about trying to buy it back and parting it out. ALL the appliances are in MINT condition, all the benches, cushions, beds, water heater, tanks, etc. I didn't know if it would be worth my time/trouble though.
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bummer ~ I dunno It might be time to let it go.....
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