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la nomade 01-07-2016 08:39 AM

water patches under floor
2008 SAFARI SPORT ....i had serious leaks in the fall,some from the fan,then some from the ac,and some seepage under the fridge coming from the vents...all fixed except the vents i covered for now...the floor got a lot of water on it which i moped its winter in N.Y.& freezing..when i walk in the floor in spots,i hear crunching,like ice..must be water trapped under the floor...will it ever evaporate when comes spring or if i go south this winter???or do i have to drill holes which i later would plug????anxiously waiting for solution and or advice...M.V.

CRH 01-07-2016 09:02 AM

What kind of flooring?

la nomade 01-07-2016 09:35 AM

i guess its fake bamboo....plastic???

KJRitchie 01-07-2016 09:49 AM

If there is water in between the vinyl and plywood subfloor the water will soak into the wood. It would be difficult for the wood to dry out and mold would form.

If it were my trailer I'd pull up the vinyl, check the subfloor for any damage, let everything dry out, verify there are no more leaks, and then lay down a new vinyl floor. It shouldn't cost that much to have someone lay a floor in your small trailer.


la nomade 01-07-2016 10:28 AM

that is exactly what i am hoping to avoid doing...drilling holes and let it breathe then patch them up with plugs would be my first choice....if it could work??????

KJRitchie 01-07-2016 10:36 AM

It could work but I'm not sure you could get all the subfloor dried out adequately. Then you would have to fill in the patches. The floor is only tacked down at the edges near the shell if its like my 2008 Classic 25fb. It would be difficult to patch and after a hot summer, cold winter the expansion/contraction of the vinyl would open up the patches.

My vinyl floor is buckling is several spots after moving from the mild climate of Texas to the colder climate of Missouri. I'm going to have my vinyl floor replaced, hopefully within the next several months. I'm going with a luxury vinyl plank floor that locks together.


la nomade 01-07-2016 10:58 AM

i am afraid you are floor is not buckling at all.. its such a shame to have to pick it up,i have till spring to think about it..thanks..M.V.

ezairstream 01-07-2016 01:24 PM

Vacation for a few months in Yuma Arizona and forget about it.


dannydimitt 01-07-2016 01:44 PM

Our 2005 Safari uses OSB instead of plywood for the flooring . Water causes OSB to fall apart . Would hate it if you were to walk in there next spring and fall through the floor :-(

la nomade 01-07-2016 02:54 PM

oh dear...between Arizona and falling through the floor...very difficult choice!!!! so easy to go in to denial mode and go to Arizona....:)

silvereagle2 01-07-2016 04:34 PM

Go to Lowe's and get a couple of plastic containers of Damprid . It will draw the moisture out of the trailer and possibly from under the floor . You just open them up ( I set them in a bucket ) and they last three months or so . It might help with your problem .

JCWDCW 01-07-2016 07:08 PM

You cannot get all the moisture out from under the floor by drilling holes without essentially destroying the look of the floor. Moisture moves so slowly that the Mold will develop faster than the migration of the water from the plywood to the vent holes.. The plywood under the floor (or the flake board) is not Marine grade and so cannot withstand being soaked in water.

Tim A. 01-07-2016 07:38 PM

Even if it would be marine grade plywood, remaining wet or subjected to repeated wetting and drying will cause damage to at least the wood layers in the plywood. Cycles of freezing and thawing will also damage wet wood since the water in the wood expands when it freezes.

The recommendations to remove the flooring material may well be correct. I would also suggest drilling 1/8" holes in the low spots of the belly pan to promote drainage. Surprisingly enough, ponded water can remain in those places for months and will hinder drying of your plywood floor.


sgschwend 01-07-2016 08:25 PM

How about an electric dehumidifier? The method used in boats is to wrap the boat so that outside humidity can not enter, then plug the machine in and let the drain tube exit the trailer.

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