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Old 09-18-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Flood Damage / Please Help!

I haven't been on the Forum for some time. I know, shame on me. Now that I have a problem, look where I have turned.

Here's the deal. My trailer was caught in a flash flood from a creek two nights ago. The water reached a level of at least one inch above the floor inside the trailer. I was shocked. Nothing but muddy water in my beautiful Airstream.

I can see the belly pan under the rear is sagging down from the weight of the soaked insulation. Battery compartments went under, and I know the water made contact between the floor and all of the cabinets. I fear the cabinets will end up swelling in the future. I have an insurance adjuster coming on Monday, but he isn't likely to know much about Airstreams.

Are there any good repair facilities near Atlanta that could provide a honest assessment of what level of damage there is, and is likely to be, from this water.
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I'm not familiar with Atlanta Airstream dealers, but I would wager the insurance company will total the trailer. At least, I've heard of trailers with less damage being totaled.
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Insurance adjust or not I would open up the belly pan ASAP and let that water, captured in the insulation start to get out. Odds are if it was only a few days ago you should be able to get ahead of it.

If there is a rug it is going to be under everything, cabinets, bed, couch and kitchen. if you have a wet vac start using it and get the water off the top of the floor.
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Hi, HowieE is right; You need to remove as much water as soon as possible to lesson the possible damage. Drop the belly pan, remove the soaked insulation, and vacuum all of the carpets and floor.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:33 AM   #6
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There is an Airtream dealer in Atlanta but I've yet to hear anyone speak of them in a positive way. You might send a PM to one of the Atlanta folks for advice on where to take the trailer. Most of them hang out on the Falluminum rally site this time of year.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...gia-51514.html

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Old 09-19-2009, 04:51 PM   #7
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I have added some photos to my profile for those who want to see the condition that I found the trailer in.

I am still waiting for a good reference of an Atlanta, GA area dealer that might be able to look at the trailer.
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See post #7 in this thread for GA service recommendations. Also give Airstream in Jackson Center a call, they could give you valuable assistance even from afar.

So sad to see those pictures and hear of the damage.
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I have added some photos to my profile for those who want to see the condition that I found the trailer in.

I am still waiting for a good reference of an Atlanta, GA area dealer that might be able to look at the trailer.
I looked at the photos.......BUMMER!
I would get in there with a wet/dry shop vac first and set up lots of fans to get it drying out. Newer model Airstreams have more accessable belly pans (I think) so it would be best to remove all the wet insulation you can and also blast those areas with a fan. You might get lucky and not have to replace interior parts and better yet, not have to deal with insurance companies.
Also open all the vents and windows to speed drying.
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The pics are sickening.
I am not sure what the Ins. Co. will do.
Maybe it can be saved.

I agree with other replies, drop the under belly and remove the wet insulation. You do not want mold to take over. Air the inside out also.
Then wait for the adjuster.
I just thought, there's water in the walls at floor level.
Dang...

NC has a great dealer, Out of Doors Mart. they might be off some assistance.
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I just looked up your unit on NADA.com, this value looks low in my opinion.

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I just looked up your unit on NADA.com, this value looks low in my opinion.

2004 AIRSTREAM INTERNATIONAL SERIES M-25 CCD

Base Price low retail $15,490 average retail $18,660 TOTAL PRICE $15,490 $18,660 Suggested List: $47,243
Nada is really a joke. Its a wonder than any of us can get loans on these units when used values are so low. Your going to have to fight the insurance company to either fix the unit or appraise it high enough so you can get a similar replacement.

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Old 09-19-2009, 07:37 PM   #13
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Looking at the water mark on the outside of the trailer there may be 1 to 2 ins. of water in the walls. I would remove the vinyl strip on the outside banana strip and drill some 1/8 in. holes close to the bottom of the groove the vinyl was in. If water flows out I would continue this all the way around the trailer and make the holes bigger. You can seal the holes later before replacing the vinyl.
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Had a similar situation this spring in Southern Georgia with a '07 25 foot Classic. No standing water on the interior but the carpet and padding was soaked. An airstream dealer in Gainesville, FL gutted the interior and removed all the carpet and linoleum and then dryed it out with the A/C and fans for several days. This was all done within 4 days of the flooding and after the drying out period everything seemed fine. Put the cabinets back in with new flooring and charged progressive around $9,000. However your flooding seems to be more significant than mine. Good luck
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