The Worst Thing You Can Find as an RV Owner is that your roof leaked!
This was how our Spring season began. I went out to the RV on a nice warm day and was about to clean. What to my wandering eyes, to my surprise, the ceiling was sagging!
I got closer for a better look. Eww! It looked moldy in there. This is not good! So I went into the house to let my husband know so he could look.
It took me a minute and a lot of research online to figure out, oh yea we have insurance! I’ll call the insurance company and they will take care of this!
After the conversation with the agent, my heart sank. I was told it likely would not be covered! My thought was what (expletive) are we paying insurance for? Loopholes.
We were told it would be at least two weeks if not longer after the adjuster came out and looked before we had an answer. The adjuster/inspector was out pretty quickly, in a day or two at most.
So after I discovered the leak. I called our insurance company because “hey it’s fully insured”, they sent out a claims adjuster to look it over. Well, it was weeks before we ever heard back from the insurance company, although I did talk to my agent and she said leaks aren’t usually covered!
In the meantime, I kept telling my husband we should just go ahead and start fixing it because the insurance likely wouldn’t cover the repair. Well we waited and waited and I finally called and asked and sure enough, they said owner neglect, not covered!
I contacted our only repair facility in our area and the rubber material for the roof alone was going to be over 1000.00! So we decided to consult RV repair on youtube! If you need a good video on this click that link! We found tons of useful information there and started the demo process! Having a good young handyman for this part is great! lol
It wasn’t long and we were headed to Home Depot for supplies since we do not have any local RV supply store that had in-stock supplies. I can tell you Amazon was much cheaper than any store would have been anyway! Several weeks later we had everything put back together except the bathroom and our pantry closets!
The camper was a bunk model but since we no longer have kids joining us on trips we decided to make the bathroom bigger and not put the bunks back in! Due to illness and chilly weather, we haven’t made much progress on it in the last few weeks. Although our travel date was pushed back to fall 2022 more than likely so we have plenty of time!
Surprisingly, It didn’t take too long to get most of the back end rebuilt. We were well aware we were fighting the seasonal battle though. Summer was ending and we had to get it dried in before fall/winter. We go from Summer to Winter up north here pretty quick!
Once we had the back end rebuilt and dried in we started redoing the interior. We got the wiring and mechanicals all tucked in and installed where they needed to be. Then we started on replacing wall panels and installing the new flooring.
At this point, the weather was no longer on our side! Renovating is pretty much done now for the season. We will pick it up next Spring. At that time we will do the bathroom and pantry rebuilds. I’ll also redo the papering and painting that we decide on.
Maintain, prevention is key! Re-seal your roof every year unless you have a really nice roof system that has a really long warranty! Check out my next article below for products we used and more pictures!
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