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Old 05-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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25ft Airstream flooded

we have a 1992 Excella 25 that got about 3 or 4 inches of water in it during a major rail storm. We opened it up put 3 fans blowing and added a dehumidifier to pull out the water. Does anyone have any experience with water in a trailer or have any suggestions
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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You also most likely have water in the belly. Was it submerged? If so you'll need to remove the belly and strip all the insulation, as will never dry all sealed up. Check the frame boxes as well, you wont want water hiding in low spots.
Sounds like you have a big mess! These need yo be dried from between the skins out since the fiberglass holds the water forever....
Then there is the issue of mold.
You might see if your insurance will pay fir one of those mold abatemant companies to have a say...
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:35 PM   #3
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Get under it and remove the belly pan? All the underfloor insulation was submerged.

Have any electronics that got wet inspected or replace them.

Fridge and furnace will need inspection.

Check for trapped water under all fixed cabinets
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:08 PM   #4
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Most important thing to check— BRAKES!

Second most important thing— WHEEL BEARINGS!

While you're worried about flooding inside, don't forget what flooding can do outside. Take it from someone who lives in the street flooding capital of North America.
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:15 PM   #5
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There is really no easy fix. You have at the easiest, a complete restoration project in your driveway! You cannot just dry it out. The damage is done. Now the choice is to take it apart and rebuild it, or sell it as a total loss and look for a replacement .

The subfloor is osb in that trailer. It is swollen and will not return to pre flood condition.
Take your insurance and build the trailer of your dreams. For the amount you are likely to get, you'll have to do the labor yourself.
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:19 PM   #6
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In addition to removing the belly pan and insulation all floor covering needs to be removed (carpet, vinyl, etc).
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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Curious. Was it flooded up to 3 or 4 inches over the floor or did it leak and fill up? I agree that you need to drop the belly pan, at least in places. And to take up the floor coverings asap. From there it is just a matter of drying it out and then inspecting for damage. Our 1988 has the MDF floor. It might stand one good wetting and drying out if it is dried immediately. The bottom edges of the cabinets are probably going to swell up and come apart also. Heat and fans is about all you can do after you have mopped up all the liquid water you can and have drained or removed the insulation from the bottom.
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:23 PM   #8
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Thanks to all --- will take off the belly pan and remove the insulation ---- have checked out the hot water , frig, furnace ,a/c, water pump, and all are in working order. Still have the fan on and the dehumidifier going. Will check out the brakes and bearings before traveling.
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