3 Important Steps To Follow When Repairing A Flood Damaged RV

Posted on: 3 September 2017

Your RV is your home for those open road excursions and just like your real home, seeing it damaged by a flood can be one of the most disheartening things you can experience. Just like your home and just like a regular vehicle, most RVs can be repaired after a flood so they can once again be functional. However,  RV repair is a process that must be done carefully so that all remnants of moisture are removed. If not, you could end up with an abode for the road that is filled with mold and mildew. Here are three important steps to follow when you are repairing your flood damaged RV. 

Completely empty all of the belongings from the RV. 

Immediately after your RV has been flooded, you should go inside and take out as much as you possible can. You will need to: 

  • Remove all of your personal belongings, food, and dishes
  • Take out all cushions, curtains, mattresses, and other cloth items
  • Pull out any furniture inside that can easily be removed, such as bench seats and appliances

The more empty your RV is, the easier it will be to survey the damage and get rid of the moisture that is inside. 

Remove all floor coverings and any padding beneath. 

If you have solid-surface flooring in your RV, such as tile or linoleum, you may be able to get by without taking out the flooring. However, most RVs do have some carpeting and carpeting will have to be removed because it harbors moisture and so does the padding beneath.  Even with solid surface flooring, it is best to pull back a section and see if there is water hanging out underneath. If there is, the flooring should be completely removed so the underlying sub-floor can be properly dried. 

Open all receptacles and openings and allow the unit to dry. 

Air drying your RV will be a hugely important part of restoring it after a flood, and this can be pretty hard to achieve on your own because an RV has so many openings. Go inside the RV and open all cabinets, drawers, slide-outs and every other receptacle and opening that usually stays closed up. You can dry out as much water as you can with heavy cotton towels, but the RV should be left with everything open in a nice dry area for a while to allow the moisture inside to dry out and evaporate.