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Old 02-23-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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1999 Coachmen Lep - Flooded!

We returned to our campsite (we left the rig there) after a month away. Found floor of the rig saturated. Ceilings fine, upper cabinets fine. Mold everywhere.

Prior to leaving, we disconnected hose from outside water faucet but left the other end attached to the rig. Drained all tanks, sewer, etc.

When we returned, we found the hose reattached to the faucet (and it has always had a strong leak which we asked to have fixed many times). We suspect that a maintenance person did that to keep the faucet drip from saturating the ground.

QUESTION: can the leaking faucet back up through the hose and into the rig enough to create that much water damage? PS turned on the water to the rig and no noticeable leaks from waterlines.

If you are familiar with Coachmen's unique "Valve System" or "Gate" - we had it turned to the Winterize configuration.

ANY HELP is appreciated, we cannot figure out what happened. Thanks

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Old 02-24-2015, 05:56 PM   #2
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Was the gray tank left open while you were gone? If the leak was bad enough or there was enough water leaking down the drains, I wonder if the back up came through that way. What a shame, I hope it can clean up ok. Good luck

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Old 02-24-2015, 07:27 PM   #3
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The answer is yes, a small leak can saturate a rug and completely ruin a floor. We had a small leak in a gray Quest pipe in the bath of a mobile home I owned. It was a vacation house and we had left for a couple of weeks, the water was supposed to be off but the main shutoff gate valve leaked a bit when it was closed. It completely soaked the carpet in the bedroom next door and ruined the entire floor of the bedroom and the entry hall next door. We were lucky it did not spread to the living room.

Note the Winterize configuration still lets fresh water from the inlet thru the system, it bypasses the water heater so you don't fill it with antifreeze.

Do you have the Gray Quest pipe in your coach? If so, it very likely sprung a leak around one of the fittings, Quest is notorious about doing that.

Our S&B also had Quest, we had a "Qualifying Leak" back when the class action settlement was still in force so was able to get a replumb. Fortunately it only ruined the ceiling the water heater was above, we caught it in time.

Good luck getting your disaster cleaned up, I remember how down it made me feel, seeing all the damage a tiny leak caused. It took months to get the mobile home fixed and we never felt the same about it, sold it a year later.
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:39 AM   #4
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Update to ridiculous situation

Thank you for your kind replies. I will look up Quest.
Currently, the insurance company will not open the claim since the adjuster couldn't find anything wrong other than lack of maintenance. In this case, the roof seams were due for a re-seal. Although he never used a moisture meter and didn't turn any water on to check the pipes for leakage due to liability. I would think if the roof was the culprit during our rains in January, I would have evidence of buckling, or swelling or staining on the ceiling and side walls. Everything above the floor is dry with no signs of leakage.

My only option now is to have it tested at an RV dealership and hope they can find an acceptable condition which would be covered.

This has broken my heart - I loved that motorhome.
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