We live in our RV.
Drove to our resort camping spot over Memorial Day weekend. Set up camp and had a great, long weekend. Decided to try a load of laundry on Sunday. Ran a small load and it didn't dry very well. Ran it for about 2 hours total. Steamed up the bath area pretty good. Took the damp load
and some more to the laundry facilities to finish it off and do some more.
Well, Saturday, June 2nd, late afternoon I noticed that there were small "mushrooms" growing at the edge of the carpet at the front corner of the washer/dryer closet. Pulled the corner of the carpet up and the OSB is soaking wet! Since the washer/dryer is in a closet, on a platform I can't see under the washer. The sink cabinet next to it contains the water heater, which also sit on a platform I cannot see under. I checked as well as I could for wet wood/leaking pipes in the area but none were found.
Off come the cabinet doors. Pull all the towels/wash rags/linens out of the cabinet above so I can get to the valves. Take a look in the access and all is dry. Check the hoses and everything is dry. Turn off the valves, unhook the supply hoses, get the drain hose out and wiggle the electric plug out. Start wiggling and inching the washer/dryer out of its zero-clearance spot. Finally got it out and onto the hallway floor. Got a hand truck and rolled it into the living room (thank goodness for the slide). Still no water. Out come the interior side panels and finally the platform.
The carpet runs under the cabinet and is still covered in plastic. There are black streaks running under the plactic on top of the blue carpet. Cut the plastic loose at one edge and peeled it back. The carpet is damp to the touch and molded on top. Cut one corner of the carpet and peel it back from the OSB. The padding underneath is SOAKED and dripping water. The OSB is dark brown and spongey to the touch. I cut the carpet all the way around the inside of the cabinet and pulled it out. The OSB is worthless. I can put my finger all the way through to the styrofoam insulation under it. Go figure, no drain hole anywhere.
Got a putty knife and a trash can and scraped all of it out that I could. Went partially under the sink area and hit semi-dry OSB. Got all the crap I could out and sat a fan blowing in the cabinet to dry things out. Had to dig out a small corner of OSB out in the corner by the sink. The carpet
is propped up and drying.
Waited until Sunday morning to move forward. Did some on-line searching and found a service manual to download, Read up on how it works. Dug some more soaked OSB out and reset the fan. Wife and I muscled the washer/dryer out the door and into the garage. Took the back and top off and started checking it out.
Can't see anything glaringly wrong. No signs of water standing or steaks. Base is dry. The main drive wheel and the back of the drum have small rubber shavings on them - looks like the belt might have rubbed some. Don't see any broken or loose hoses. Got a splitter and hooked the hoses up to I have cold water going to the hot and cold connections. Ran a cord over and plugged it in.
Set it for a war/cold cycle and 40 minutes dry time. No clothes or soap. Started it up. Water in. Innner drum turning and water sloshing. No signs of leaking anywhere. Drain hose it aimed out onto the driveway.
So I sit and watch it run for a while. It pukes out the wash water and refills for the rinse cycle. Still looking for issues. Wiggeling all the hoses and feeling for water. Grab onto a rubber hose running down the back side of the drum and the end is loose. Follow it back up to the distribution
box and it is the condensing line for the ventless drying system. Can't see where it belongs, but the molded-in grommet on the end is split and half hanging off. There is some chafing on the hose, but no holes or splits.
Realizing what is going to happen next, I put the end of the hose into an
empty trash can. It pukes out the rinse water and goes into dry mode. Blower fan comes on, elements heat up and the drum turns. A small stream of cold water comes out of the hose and into the trash can.
So the condensate line for the ventless system is hanging loose at the back of the washer/dryer. When we used the dryer it pumped out water onto the floor. I let it run through a 40 minute dry cycle and it puked out about 1 1/2 quarts of water. That means we pumped out over a gallon of water the other weekend. Finally found the hole it belongs in half way up the drum on the right side.
Contacted Spledide and that hose in no longer available - period. Their advice was to silicone it back in place.
I did some checing and measuring and a 1/4"NPT fitting might screw into it. Went to the hardware store and found a nylon elbow with 1/4" npt on one end and 3/8" barb fitting on the other. Fits the hose perfectly. Back home and tried to screw it in. The drum is stainless steel and the hole has a pressed steel grommet in it - can't get a bite. Used a die to re-cut the
threads on the nylon fiitng to a smaller size. Still won't go in.
Ended up cutting off the split grommet half on the hose. Used a razor blade to cut out 3 reinforcing ribs and make a groove on the solid side. Wiggled it onto the hole in the drum and siliconed around the connection.
Guess Splendide wins.
Ran it through a dry cycle and not a drop of water leaked out. Guess I got it fixed. Back and top on and screws in place. Slid it to the side and left it for now.
Now in the process of replacing the wood. I have some "Rot Doctor" CPES that dries and out the wood and stops any rotting. Going to get it in where I can't get to replace the wood. When the new floor goes down I am putting an lip around the area and coating it with fiberglass to create a
"pan" to catch any future leaks. Also a small drain pipe down to daylight, which will fall just behind the rear tires.
Added a piece steel bracing between the frame and the underside of the floor at the damaged area to help support it and keep the floor level when I am finished. Helps to have metal scraps and a welder.
Man, there is always something!