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Old 09-29-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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When we push on the front outside wall,we can feel and hear water swishing around! How can we get this to drain out? Drill a hole somewhere?
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:46 PM   #2
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Year and model would be very helpful in answering your question.
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Curious as well. First I've heard of that one.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:53 PM   #4
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When we push on the front outside wall,we can feel and hear water swishing around! How can we get this to drain out? Drill a hole somewhere?
Feel free to upload a video of this never before heard of scenario.

Campers aren't submarines. If your wall was full of water, you would have water leaking out everywhere. Let's see it.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:17 PM   #5
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IT IS A 2010 226 jay feather sport.
I wanted to take a video of the wall. It was obvious there was water behind it. When we pressed on it, it moved around and you could hear the swishing of water.
But by the time I came home from work today, my husband had drilled a hole and drained it. He drilled it from inside the storage compartment. He peeled back the inside wall and drilled into the wood. He used a pail and tube to catch the water. There was more than 5 litres!!!
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Pictures

Here are pictures.
The first is the wall after the water has been drained.
The second shows the hole that was drilled.
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Water behind wall!!

I Hope you got a super deal on the rig cause you got some damage to repair after the source is found.
Delaying either will only make it worse.


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Dear god, I thought the original post was bogus, but you have pics to back it up! My apologies for doubting it.

Do you have a water line or something in that wall that burst? I can't figure out how this happens, but it's a catastrophic problem. Have you guys fully inspected your roof for any tears or points where water could get in? Lot's of rain lately where you're at or a lot of highway miles driving through it? This kind of problem would be my worst nightmare... well there is one involving zombies that is way off topic... but this pretty much ties it.
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Here are pictures.

The first is the wall after the water has been drained.

The second shows the hole that was drilled.


Hi RLinde,

I've been where you are. And it's not a great place.

Here's what needs to happen:

Start opening up the wall and the adjacent floor. This is a destructive process, but do not despair. Campers are not complicated.

Your first task is to demo the wall and floor until you have found dry wood. The problem with those early "superlite" trailers is the floor system is a manufactured composite by laminating Luan glued to styrofoam and glued to another sheet of Luan. The vinyl flooring and the waterproof membrane that was applied to the exterior (facing the pavement) act as water barriers. As you found out: water gets in, but not out of the floor.

Here's the kicker; most of those units of that style flooring have no floor joists. You need to build some joists to support the new floor and wall you are going to have to build.

It can be done, and at $95 per hour the dealer will likely charge several thousand dollars.

Technically the trailer is totaled. But a handy DIY person can certainly save it.

It just takes time and a back yard where you can put 'er up on blocks for a while.

You can do this. Good luck


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Dear god, I thought the original post was bogus, but you have pics to back it up! My apologies for doubting it.

Do you have a water line or something in that wall that burst? I can't figure out how this happens, but it's a catastrophic problem. Have you guys fully inspected your roof for any tears or points where water could get in? Lot's of rain lately where you're at or a lot of highway miles driving through it? This kind of problem would be my worst nightmare... well there is one involving zombies that is way off topic... but this pretty much ties it.
Agreed 100%...this is the stuff nightmares are made of. I went out and hugged my camper after reading this. Hopefully you are DIY types and dig in to fix it. It's just a big wooden box on wheels, time to get creative!
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