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Old 08-18-2014, 09:52 AM   #15
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I am a big fan of using a wet and dry shop vac. Remove the filter and suck up all you can. Air is forced into the surface as the vacuum sucks up the moisture. It will get it pretty dry. It will help remove the organic spores that cause mold. You can spray down with a disinfectant and then suck it back up. Kill it, clean it and remove it to promote no further damage. One area to watch for is anything mounted to the floor that keeps moisture trapped under it. Things like the water tank. You need to get these things unbolted and propped up so they dry underneath.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:46 AM   #16
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Thank you all, lots of bad words were spoken LOL, and after a few glasses of wine I am feeling somewhat better. It was parked at a friend place indoors for the winter, but when I tried to pick it up and the plug came off i left it in the driveway all locked up. My friends husband was going to move it to their backyard and I told her " just toss the keys in the kitchen sink and leave it unlocked so I can pick it up". I guess they left it outside (which is fine in summer) but the door didn't latch properly when she closed it. That's what I am assuming anyway. She doesn't even know, I haven't told her yet. She'll be really upset. Might call the insurance people tomorrow, but not feeling particularly hopeful on that front. oh well, hubby and I usually camp in the fall, but I guess we'll be revamping the Dolphin instead. Time to look up all of those cool mods I have seen in various posts.
Thank you all for the kind words of support, it truly helps.
A friend of ours left his refrigerator full of food and running on propane (80 Deg weather). The propane ran out ,the food spoiled ,maggots were everywhere and the smell was atrocious . Insurance covered the cost of a new refrigerator ,new carpeting ,new underlayment and the cleaning & deodorizing of the trailer. Don't give up on insurance , you may come out with new instead of repaired
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:27 PM   #17
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I would not worry about wet Romex wire. The "hot" wires inside are individually insulated and I would not be concerned about the bare ground (grounding in current electric-speak) wire getting a little wet with fresh water. Salt water might be another issue but not what we are talking about here. Get the ends and any connections dried out well though.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:02 PM   #18
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I went back to the trailer tonight. It seems to be drying out but it looks like all the wood touching the floor will have to go. I sprayed with Concrobium, set a fan in place on high and put a dry-z-air in. Haven't heard back from the insurance yet. I will try to post a few pictures.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:25 PM   #19
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Don't know what your insurance is but I would think they would cover it. That is what insurance is for: accidents.
Latch was accidentally not closed all the way and all of that is the resulting damage.

Let us know, please.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:29 AM   #20
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I'm still trying to figure out how there could be that much water damage from a door that was left ajar.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #21
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I guess the door wasn't quite latched during some really bad rains storms that we had in July. That's all I can think of. We did a pile of cleaning last year that involved hosing it down and it did not leak. It was stored indoors all winter. I am guessing the water ran in around the door and sat for about a month allowing it to wick up the wood parts. Cushions were dry so I don't think it was a window frame. I have started posting pictures to an album, I will finish tomorrow. Not sure how you get to my albums, but it's there.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:25 AM   #22
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Well, I finished uploading the pictures. Still no news from the insurance company, so i will drop by their office this afternoon. This is the link for the album of the flood pictures.
Fiberglass RV - SeansmomSandy's Album: The great flood of 2014

On a happier note, I stopped by the Restore today and scored 40sq feet of Alure click floating vinyl flooring in a nice light oak for $40. It's going to look real nice in what will be our nice brigh trailer once we are done.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:28 AM   #23
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Sandy, sorry to hear and see the damage. Heart breaking for sure!

I am also having trouble understanding how that much water could accumulate inside the trailer due to a door incorrectly latched. Was the trailer parked with the tongue way up?
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:58 AM   #24
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Hi Carol,
Not quite sure. I am just guessing about the door becasue I know it does not always close completely unless you give it a push. It is supposed to rain hard here today and tomorrow and we will try to identify any leaks. I am not sure how it was parked, probably was with the tongue up. I left it in the driveway and they moved it to the back yard. There is water damage in the front cubby closest to the door and farthest from the door, but the two center ones not so much. The back is the worst. The flooring came up easily in the back and across the front, but seems still stuck well in the center area. The little "gullies" all around the outside under the edge of the Ensolite were full across the back, under the back benches, beside the wheel wells and across the door, but the rest were dry.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:50 AM   #25
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Wow that is a devastating amount of damage, no wonder the thread has title heartbroken.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:18 PM   #26
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Spoke to insurance and they are sending an adjuster to look at it and decide if we are covered. So frustrating, you pay and pay, but when you need them they waffle and give you grief. Either way we will be rebuilding, so do I start another thread somewhere else with all my questions? Or just a rebuild thread in this section?
Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:02 PM   #27
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Sandy, Any luck with the insurance adjuster yet? I've always heard that before you buy an insurance policy from the smiling salesman you should ask to meet the adjuster. The salesman's job is to get as much money as they can from you, and then the adjuster's job is to make sure they hang onto as much of your money as the law will allow. One company, two employees with totally different missions. Oh, and did it rain again? And if so, any evidence of leaks? Next time you get a heavy rain, it would be interesting to sit inside to look for leaks with the door latched closed, and then crack the door open to see how much comes in the door in such a way that it can't find its own way back out the open door.

In a somewhat related story - We once had a 1984 Dodge K-Car station wagon (real lemon, but that's a whole other story), and every time it rained, the spare tire well in the back filled with rainwater - a LOT of it! Tailgate seals were all good. No leaks around the roof rack mounts. I paid the local Chrysler shop for several hours of trying to find out how all that rainwater was getting into the car to no avail. Total mystery to them, too. Then one day, the drivers-side taillight blew out. I pulled the taillight assembly off to replace the bulb, and there it was! When the guy at the factory installed the taillight assembly, he didn't notice that one of the electrical wires made a loop outside the hole in the body wall instead of going down into the hole. The loop got pinched between the rubber seal of the taillight assembly and the body wall of the car. The loop not only kept the rubber seal from sealing, but the wire formed a perfect little funnel for all of the water draining down the rear rain channel of the car right into the taillight hole in the body. So not only was there an unsealed hole, rain water coming down that back channel was being funneled straight down into that hole. Once inside the body channels, gravity took it to the lowest spot which was the spare tire well. Who'da thunk it?! I could write a book about all the problems that car had. Anyway, the lesson learned is to never assume that even factory seals are truly sealed. It's always worth checking everything just to be sure. Best of luck....
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #28
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Well, Dodge didn't fix the leak issue with the Neon. We had a dozen Neon company cars and they all leaked ( mostly filling the rear foot wells ). One source was the tail light.
Not at all good, considering that we'd have up to $30,000 in camera gear and computers in the trunk.
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