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Old 05-10-2024, 10:54 AM   #1
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Casita fresh water filter leaked - now what?

I have a 2005 Casita Spirit Deluxe and live in Oregon. While de-winterizing and testing everything before the first camping trip of the year, I found water one morning on the floor after having the water system pressurized overnight. The search for the source lead me to the fresh water filter behind the kick panel in the back. I cleaned everything up, replaced the filter and thought all was good.
The next day we drove 3 hours and when we arrived there was brownish water on the floor. It looked like it had run from the back forward. It had been raining as well. Needless to say we drove home the next morning to dry everything out. The carpet along the back and side where the water tank resides was wet. The other side, not bad at all. I removed the water tank to make sure that wasn't leaking and it seems OK but it was wet under the tank as well. I also noticed a drip from the rear table post under the Casita.
Now I don't know if there is another leak or there is water trapped in "the bathtub" under the flooring. If it's water trapped how do I get it out? Remove the table post mount? Has anyone removed the mount? If so, did water pour out? Lastly, what sealer should I use to reseal?

One more note, we are starting to feel a bit of softness in the floor near the refrigerator. Don't know if that is related or not.

Oh boy, what fun. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-10-2024, 12:13 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your weak flooring. Softness/sponginess/any "give" at all in the floor is a sure sign of water damage and wood rot. Unfortunately, the damage is done, and even drying it out thoroughly, (which is all but impossible in reality,) won't cure the already rotten wood. If it is bad, you're probably looking at replacing structural parts of the floor in those rotted areas. Not good news, for sure, but what's already rotted can't be resurrected from the dead.
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Old 05-15-2024, 11:11 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your weak flooring. Softness/sponginess/any "give" at all in the floor is a sure sign of water damage and wood rot. Unfortunately, the damage is done, and even drying it out thoroughly, (which is all but impossible in reality,) won't cure the already rotten wood. If it is bad, you're probably looking at replacing structural parts of the floor in those rotted areas. Not good news, for sure, but what's already rotted can't be resurrected from the dead.
Well another case also of don't throw good money after bad. If you dry it out thoroughly then you got some room to work. You're going to have to replace it. But now is the time to find all the leaks and get them fixed. If they leak again and wet up what you just dried that's yucky anyway and you're going to have to replace well you haven't lost anything. But if you fix it and get everything all nice and firm again and then get it all wet and spongy again well that makes for an even bigger mess the next time.

I'm going to find that a borescope is a really good tool to find all the leaks. I also find dry paper towels work really great. Once you figure out where you think there's a leak, make sure it's really dry then put a dry paper towel there and if the dry paper towel gets wet you found something you got to fix. If the dry paper towel stays dry you got somewhere else to look.

Also it's become spongy, that probably means it's more than something that happened over the winter it's probably been happening all along.
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Old 05-15-2024, 08:29 PM   #4
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Agree softness takes time and the bathtub design can mean the leak is elsewhere. Leak could be behind the fridge.

As you know, the Casita design acts like a bathtub and holds water in. I’d look in that general vicinity first, and research other Casita discussions.
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