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Old 11-21-2020, 11:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy Faucet Left On OVERNIGHT!

So we are RV newbies, after a decade of tenting. Our first trip out was in July in a sweet little pristine 2013 x17z. After our late October trip, SomeoneNotMeWhoShallRemainNameless of this household, opened both faucets bathroom/kitchen to run hot water,around 9-10pm.Then the bathroom faucet was forgotten. So it was running, all night long, until about 11 AM when the wet driveway was noticed and the open faucet remembered. And yes, it was hooked up to the hose, unlimited supply. At 1 pm when I saw it, inside all floor was wet, throw rugs heavily saturated since water had covered the entire floor and collected to puddled splashy depth (1/2-3/4inch?)under the dinette and toward the front- trailer must not have been perfectly level. The windows and canvas screens were heavily saturated in droplets that rained onto the mattresses in some places and horizontal surfaces collected what I assume is condensation and then dripped. Two hours after the faucet was shut, water was dripping from the exterior, as if it had just exited a car wash! The asphalt was wet a good 20 feet out to the sidewalk. I took photos of all of this soon as I saw it, two hours after water had been shut off.

So, we did jump in to dry it out, shopvac, ran dehumidifier and heater and fan for a few days until a repair center would see us, but there is a backlog and we are into the cold damp season here. Its been 3 weeks now.

Does anyone have an opinion on what kind of hope there is for this being successfully mitigated/repaired?
When we dropped it off, 2 weeks ago, it looked pretty normal inside. Some warping on bathroom cabinet door had started. The UNSEEN is my concern.
Is it possible that it "looks fine/is fine" and water has not infiltrated into subfloor/insulation etc?? Seems impossible and ridiculous but that opinion has been presented to us, because of how its constructed, the "layers are bonded" or something? But that makes it impervious to so much water for so long?? Sounds weird to me. Thoughts??

This whole scenario is nauseating and I am trying to understand it because while our insurance says "its covered, go get estimates" our first repair opinion is that it "looks fine". Hubs is overwhelmed to even think about it, but I feel it is necessary to be as informed as we can facing this and have spent hours reading. HELP!
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:18 AM   #2
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Don’t stop the dehumidifier and put a space heater in there at maybe 50 deg. to prevent the dehumidifier from freezing up. When it gets into the 40s ( believe it or not) the air intake grill will frost up and at that point your not removing any water that’s still in there.
I leave mine on all winter to prevent mildew on the canvas and I bring the 2 mattresses in the house.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:43 AM   #3
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Find someone to total it!
Swelling, mold and mildew will be right around the corner. IMO the only fix would be a total gut or just total it. Ah, don't forget premature rusting of things you can't see.
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:13 AM   #4
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In most cases with house flooding they remove the wood trim and drywall up to the point where it has soaked in. That is mainly because of what PaulB12 said. There is going to be swelling and mold in areas that you cannot get to with any equipment to dry it out. Sorry to say, that is probably totaled and if not the issue of mold in hidden locations is not good.
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:28 AM   #5
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Thank you. Its been 3 weeks now, been sitting at the dealer for 2 weeks. Eager to see how its looking and smelling in there. Uggghhhhh.
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That makes much more sense to me than 'it looks ok'. Thank you.
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We had that experience in our basement once, a minor flood, and yes it was a quick answer from our homeowners that anything wet needed to be cut out. But in a camper just dry it and "its ok"?? No way. Thank you for your validation.
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snip...... Sorry to say, that is probably totaled and if not the issue of mold in hidden locations is not good.
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Well that will teach me to not give info at 5:00 AM
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If this is like most RVs that have water damage, the cost of repair will exceed what the replacement cost. I have to agree to hope the repair place states as such.

Not much hope for that much water damage.

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Get more than one opinion....

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Old 11-22-2020, 04:56 PM   #13
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Find an inconspicuous spot along the floor and drill a hole big enough to see if there is mold in there.
If you find mold then you would have to gut the beast, not economically feasible.

If your adjuster won't work with you, ask for a different adjuster like I did to get someone a little more willing to listen, then keep going up.
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I so appreciate the attention and replies here to our situation from all of you. RogerR I especially appreciate the input on what to do now regarding dealing with the insurance, i feel like that is the thing we are needing most, being a little unsure/insecure of how that dance goes. I didn't know we could ask for a different adjuster and press the issue! All ears for any other advice, you guys have been great!
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Unless they have X-ray vision, whoever said it looks fine is not the repair shop you want to go to. As PaulB12 said, get multiple opinions. It may cost something to get an estimate, but if that estimate means it’s totaled, you are better off. Good luck — I know it is a terrible feeling, but we’ve all been there in some way.
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Thank you!! Reading all these comments to my hubs, hes very appreciative too ������
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My Whitehawk has been soaked from the I side out twice. Once from a waterline leak, that apparently leaked all night long. Water pooled across floor, bedding soaked, water running out slide. Incident #2. Returned to camper after an outing to find water running out rear slide out. 3 year old daughter went to bathroom before leaving earlier, pushed the plunger down in the bathroom sink, and left water running. Standing water across the floor again with drainage to the rear. After those experiences, we always leave the nose a little high since water seems to flow to the rear and out the rearmost slide once water pools deep enough.

Dried things out good both times and no issues to report from either incident. Granted your incident seems a little more severe.
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Welcome to the club. We flooded our fifth wheel several years ago and took it to the dealer a week after soaking it. The fix requires us to take it back to Jayco who pulled the cabinets and the sheet flooring. They dried the subfloor (time n airflow) then sealed it with something and layer new vinyl flooring. It was nicely tucked under the walls and cabinets and looked new. We’re were lucky that the water flowed over the vinyl from the bathroom to the slide on the opposite side and exited the camper which minimized the soaking. We paid full price which was about $3k. (2006)
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Thankfully this discussion is about fresh clean water and not a black tank overflow. That would add another dimension to damage.
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We used to have a 2018 Jay Feather 16RTB. On our last outing with it, one of the kids left the bathroom faucet on. The grey tank filled and began to overflow from the shower drain. About two hours later, I stepped out of the bunk into about an 1/2”-1” of water.

We quickly opened the grey dump valve and began soaking up as much water as possible with the towels that we had (must have been quite a show for the other campers at 12:30 AM).

When I noticed swelling wood, we traded her in on our (current) Greyhawk 29MV.
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