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Old 07-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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We are new to RV camping, and had an accident over the weekend. I am not sure if I should worry about it, not worry about it, or have somebody look at it.

We have a 2012 Coachman Freedom Express. One of our kids left the sink running, and we left the camper for an hour. It was not hooked up to sewer and when we came back the shower had filled up, overflowed into the camper, and water was running out of the bottom corners of the camper.

Will there be any permanent damage because of this? Where there be any mildew/wood rot of the flooring? Is there anything I can do to prevent any long-term damage to the camper?

Thanks for any help/advice!


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Old 07-05-2013, 12:20 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your accident.

It's hard to tell without seeing "the damage". May I suggest that you dry out all the effected areas asap - get/rent a dehumidifier if you can.

If you dry things out quick, my first worry would not be mildew or the like. It would be de-lamination of non-water proof plywood and veneered surfaces.

Main object - get the areas dry as quick as you can.

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Old 07-05-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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Yup, get it as dry as you as fast as you can. Then time will tell what, if any, remedial work may be needed.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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yes, use towels to wipe down all the wet areas. Leave the lower cabinet doors open. Check the outside storage bays too. I'm going to guess you are still at a campground, with that I would run the AC because that will help pull the moisture out of the RV. If you have any access panels like the ones that get to the water pump, open those up and wipe the water up. If you don't have a fan, either borrow one from a fellow camper, or buy one from Wally-World to help move the air around in the opened lower cabinets. If you catch it early, you shouldn't have to worry about mold. Your just going to have to worry if any water got into areas that you can't get to, like any insulation under the floor area.

Just keep the air moving about....for the next few days....
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I suggest you turn it into your insurance company as a claim. You may THINK it is not covered because of carelessness, but sounds covered to me. Take unit to dealer to document damages and if substantial, make a claim.
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