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Old 07-20-2019, 07:24 PM   #1
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Flooded my RV

I get the dumb a$$ award this week. I have a Greyhawk C, and the incoming water tank fill piping goes through an on-board water filter mounted in the bath cabinet under the bath sink. I didn't 'winterize' that this year. When filling the water tank today, water began pouring out of the rig on the underside of various places.

Once I got the water off and most of the water swept out of the interior, I found that the cartridge holding the filter had split at the top and fell off inside the cabinet. So incoming water was just going down and out and everywhere else inside.

Hopefully I won't start having mold issues. It's pretty warm here and I'm letting the coach dry out. Fortunately my RV parts dealer had a replacement cartridge that just screws onto the current mount. that's the only positive part of the story!

Don't do what I did! Winterize the filter!
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:07 PM   #2
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Sorry that happened to you but tell me “ did you blow out the lines” before you winterized?
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:37 PM   #3
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Unfortunately no.
In our climate, we generally don't have freezing weather for many days, but of course we did this past Feb. You in B'hamsterville tend to get colder.
The bottom line is I should pay more attention to doing a better job of winterizing.
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What I missed and never thought about was the drain line for the fresh water tank. It’s just a soft clear plastic tube that sags and water settles in that sag and freezes over our short winter and split the drain valve. Went to sanitize the FWT 1st of season and I sanitized my driveway.
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Once you get is thoroughly aired out, try a dehumidifier. and close it up. Ours removes 2-3 gallons of moisture daily when we are parked at home.
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As a thought you might want to call one of those places that do cleanups after fires or floods. They may have the equipment to totally dry out the unit before any damage is done.
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As a thought you might want to call one of those places that do cleanups after fires or floods. They may have the equipment to totally dry out the unit before any damage is done.
^ ^ ^ ^ X2 They also sell bulk desiccant that you can use. The disposable paint roller liners work great with that stuff... use it in the lower storage cabinets too (below the motor home floor)
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You need to take it over to tri cities or down to Bend Oregon for a month or so. Humidity here in central Oregon is only 12% or so during the day. That guarantees a complete dry out of your unit.
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I worked at a place that flooded with 3 inches of water overnight. I watched how Serve-Pro does it. First they vacuum up as much water as possible. Then they bring in multiple fans to keep the air moving so it picks up the moisture. They told me it takes 48 hours for mold to start so if you can get it dried out before then no mold. You want to ventilate as much as possible. Turn on your ceiling vent fan if you have one or open some windows. That moisture has to get out.
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