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Old 04-22-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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Water Damage...trailer flooded.


I have a 2016 28 RBS Cougar XLite...

The area where it is stored for the winter had a major flooding in February, the river nearby went up quite a bit....The river went up right to the bottom of door, so water and mud got in.

Insurance will not pay for anything...there is clause on my insurance policy that says the trailer must be a 100meters away from any river...

So today with the weather finally getting better I started cleaning up everything...

Took the plastic liner down from the bottom of trailer...what a pain..
Will leave it out so trailer has a chance to breathe and dry.

Took all the heating duct work down...there was still water on the heating pipes.
Bought the duct pipes and will the installing this week.

Cleaned and tidy all the eletrical wires that were all over the place.
I guess because the plastic liner the manufacturer just left wires all over the place.

Now I am looking for suggestion on how to proceed.
Should I take the vinyl floor out or just about the carpet on the bedroom.
Anything else you guys might think please let me know.
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:36 PM   #2
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Wow, what a mess! Sorry to hear about your loss. As far as the wiring underneath, what you saw is normal for just about every RV.

Linoleum is laid as a single sheet before walls and fixtures are installed so if your replacing, be ready to do a lot of cutting and trimming. Carpet isnít nearly as bad to replace. If you suspect damage to the subfloor, then you almost have to remove the covering and inspect. Your looking at quite a task, my hats off to you. If you need any more advise please post, Iím sure there will be plenty of members willing to help you.

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Old 04-22-2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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Man, I feel for you. 100 meters, in my US think is approx. 300 feet. Were you that close to a river that could rise? If that's the case, I'm afraid the insurance company has you by the "smilies.

I want to offer encouraging thoughts but it sounds like most things in the trailer are ruined/submerged. Trying to deal with the rebuild of a trailer devastated like that is difficult. Did we not read the insurance policy?

I wouldn't attempt any repairs until everything is dry and the damage can be assessed.
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