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Old 08-30-2017, 06:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy Flood advice needed

As result of the flooding her in Texas, our Challenger motorhome experienced about 30 inches of water for about 24 hours. The water line was about 1/3 to 1/2 up the storage compartments and inside the rig to the first step. We have drained and cleaned what we could and opened all the doors, inculding to the rig to let it air dry. I have not attempted to use any electrical systems or start the engine. Called Thor, Camping World, our local mobile motorhome mechanic and the insurance company.

Looking for any additional advice or actions to take!

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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Run fans and keep that air circulating.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:42 PM   #3
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I agree...
You'll also want to take a much closer look at:
Wheel bearings
Differential lubrication
Driveshaft, suspension and steering components
Perhaps even the starter.

Good luck! I hope that you catch all of the potential problems, before they actually exist!
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:04 PM   #4
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Talk to your insurance company. Most will total it with that much damage. I don't think you will like the results of keeping it.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
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When You get every thing dry, find something to apply that will abate any mold/mildew/dry rot issues.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:07 PM   #6
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When You get every thing dry, find something to apply that will abate any mold/mildew/dry rot issues.
We've found that plain old Bleach seems to do an admirable job of keeping mold from taking up residence.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:20 PM   #7
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With the driveline under water, and an unknown electrical soaking, I hate to say it, but I do not believe its salvable, and if it was, I would look for endless problems down the road. If it were mine, I would not resist the insurance company if they say its a total. Believe me, insurance companies have had lots of experience with flooded vehicles and they are well aware of potential electrical and mechanical problems that can show up, sometimes years after the event.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:25 PM   #8
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Being in the insurance business for 40 years: I can see where the potential for a total loss may exist...
But how many critical systems weren't under water? That may be the deciding factor.
Clean it up, dry it out, and get some fresh grease in all the right places.
You may just be okay...
That's what we're hoping!
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:31 PM   #9
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Call your insurance company and let them determine the next step, that's what insurance is for. Since the water was not inside your coach above floor level it's hard to say what steps the insurance company will take.

Best wishes to you and your family through the terrible ordeal of the storm!!!
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:18 PM   #10
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30"? First step? The lowest systems would be the house batteries/Electrical supply and the leveler's hydraulic pump. Any of those that went underwater will need to be replaced. Your drivetrain should be good to go unless the rear differential vent went under, then it would need to be drained/flushed and refilled. Other than those items you should be good to go: what kills flooded vehicles is drowning electrical systems in the engine and dashboard, then they are total losses.
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:01 AM   #11
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Contact the insurance company and let them handle the situation.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:22 AM   #12
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Your best bet is your insurance company "totals" the coach. Based on where your water level was, lots of electronics were exposed to water damage. Even if all known is replaced, something not replaced could fail later as a result of water penetration and then insurance may not cover. Plus if your title is reclassified, resale could put you at a huge disadvantage $$$.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:31 AM   #13
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Don't forget propane system also. Water and or debri in regulator could be really bad if it got that high.


We were lucky to have stayed dry when many buildings in our area have 4 feet or more of water in them. Except for being without power now for third day everything else for us has only been relatively a minor inconvenience. I really feel for everyone who has had any flood damage. Good luck.
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:18 PM   #14
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Just wondering... Have you heard back from your insurance adjuster yet?
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:55 PM   #15
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Just wondering... Have you heard back from your insurance adjuster yet?
I have spoken to insurance company a couple of times. Hoping the adjuster can come out later today or tomorrow. Trying to be patient and understanding as many people in area are far worse off.
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Old 08-31-2017, 04:33 PM   #16
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Of course: you are 100% correct.
But it's good to hear that they're on the case!
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:09 PM   #17
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I would also add some de-humIdifying containers to the bays and interior of the MH. Do a good job of reducing moisture content. Walmart or CW.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:54 AM   #18
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Update

Tow truck driver would not attempt to remove the motorhome from the enclosed storage unit. He said it would damage the motorhome. Called mobile RV machanic. He checked all fluids, exhaust and air intakes and gave the go ahead to start the engine. Fired right up and was able to drive to CW. Expect to have the inspection complete tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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