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Old 04-15-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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I'm a newbie to RV'ing and looking to purchase our first travel trailer. We are looking at used ones and found something that would fit our needs. The only problem is that there was a water leak that left some damage to one of the interior walls. The trailer is a 1999 Trail Lite, which has the lightweight fiberglass/aluminum walls with the foam panel type insulation. Although the dealer said the leak has been repaired and should be water tight, I am concerned about the possibility of mold growing inside the wall. The interior wall material, which looks like some type of vinyl material, has bubbled up a little bit. Should I be concerned with this as far as mold growth and future deterioration of the structure itself even though the leak has been repaired? I'd hate to buy this unit then find out that I have to replace a portion of the wall. I've been told that most units will develop leaks at some point and need to be kept on top of. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:19 AM   #2
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I'm a newbie to RV'ing and looking to purchase our first travel trailer. We are looking at used ones and found something that would fit our needs. The only problem is that there was a water leak that left some damage to one of the interior walls. The trailer is a 1999 Trail Lite, which has the lightweight fiberglass/aluminum walls with the foam panel type insulation. Although the dealer said the leak has been repaired and should be water tight, I am concerned about the possibility of mold growing inside the wall. The interior wall material, which looks like some type of vinyl material, has bubbled up a little bit. Should I be concerned with this as far as mold growth and future deterioration of the structure itself even though the leak has been repaired? I'd hate to buy this unit then find out that I have to replace a portion of the wall. I've been told that most units will develop leaks at some point and need to be kept on top of. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 04-15-2005, 03:41 PM   #3
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Welcome to the group. The problem with any RV leak is just how much damage has been done wher you can not see it. I'd check the lower wall in that area for any softness as well as the floor. It could be very minor and just some surface discoloration or it could be more.

If you are relly serious about the RV, spend a hundred or two and have a qualified independent RV technician check out the whole RV. You might have the dealer write a specific water leak warranty intot he contract for say 3 or 6 months.

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Welcome Al P, glad you found us to ask your questions. <span class="ev_code_RED">IF</span> the water leak has been fixed, you should be ok. Where is (was) the leak? Around windows? On the wall without windows? Around the door? Is it around the roof? Check all compartments on the outside and make sure there is no water leakage in them. Check the wood to see if water marked. Let us know and we can answer better. Good luck
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Al P,
Be patient, shop around. Someone else got rid of it so they would not to worry about all the problems to could develop down the road, delimitation, screws pulling out or someone becoming ill from hidden mold.
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I would simply have the dealer write in the contract that if mold developes in the next 6 months that they will repair the unit at no charge. Make sure you are not paying full retail for this unit. I would not be scared of this, but I would make sure I got a real good deal before I would take it. There are to many mint units out there to choose from!!! Make him throw in things like, power jack, good sewer hose with all the fittings, a slunky to keep the hose off the ground, an awning matt, max airrs on all roof vents etc. These are all things you will need and might as well get them for free or as much as you can. I would take the NADA and take at least 1500-2K for the damage. I hope this helps.
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If you can get a good deal and $$ off to cover the leak .? then you can think of ways to avoid mold or dry rot. Air , heat , Light or a combination of them will work if you can get it in behind the wall ,How could be drill hole top and at floor level blow air in to bottom let air out top or vacuum air out top let air in bottom or use a skill saw to slit wall open pry back to let air in and use sun lamp to kill any mold spray mist with bleach then dry .do these things over a week and all should be ok you state frame is aluminum make sure floor under side is not wet or dry rot will start if not open to the air from below in a flow of air like from a fan as water will cling to the over hang and take a long time to evaporate with no air flow. after all water is gone and every thing is dry patch ,cover . place picture , furniture , wall paper , other hiders. Sikipper entry level over fifty years..
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......some molds will only make your nose and eyes run and some will kill your old butt real quick!....check it out before money changes hands.....you want all your money back if it is one of the dangerous molds.....have someone who does this for a living look at the type of mold and do the test....your wife or kids could have a real bad/quick reaction to mold....have afreind who can't stay in their new house because of the mold-they have been sick for 5 YEARS!.....geofkaye
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Thanks for the replies. I actually did not purchase the TT with the water damage, but found another one. I couldn't pass this one up...a 1999 Starcraft Starlite that was a dealer demo. Since I'm the first title holder, I get the manufacturer's warranty for the trailer and appliances. I'm glad I waited.
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