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Posted: 12/09/18 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PonyGrrl wrote:

I've already called the insurance company, and my repair guy says it's totalled.

What possible explanation is there for HOW 2 people could, in 4 days, overflow a black tank? I'm reeling from the prospect that our camper is trash & would be less concerned about meeting w/adjuster if I had some type of credible story about how such an outcome could occur.

Was your insurance company okay with you renting your RV? Did you need a commercial policy?

As you now know, many people are hogs. Especially if they rent something. It's not their property so they don't take care of it.. Even family. At least they brought it back and it didn't have to be towed back from hundreds of miles away.
Keep us updated and let us know if it is totaled.

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There's really nothing to figure out. They didn't care what they were doing and filled it until it wouldn't take anymore. No mistery at all.

A while back someone posted about a similar occurance where a toilet had overflowed into the rig. The ins. company totalled it because there's no economical way to clean it and ensure toxic mold wont grow.

IF you told your ins. co. you were renting it out and paid the appropriate fee's, it should be covered. If you didn't, they probably wont pay (and rightly so).


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Was there a child along that may have left the sink running?

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Just another reason to never rent out your rig.

In today’s society? Are you kidding?

If you have to do that to make money from a 15 year old rig, you shouldn’t own one.

Brutal, but honest. Just sayin. Hope you had Insurance on it for rentals!


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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Was there a child along that may have left the sink running?


OR, they knew it was going to be below freezing outside, so they decided to keep a water tap running overnight so the shore water line would not freeze.

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Nutinelse2do wrote:

If you have to do that to make money from a 15 year old rig, you shouldn’t own one.


Thanks for your valuable input on my finances. I'm betting you are over 65 & my taxes pay for your medical coverage. So it's important to me to earn enough, even in really tough years, to make sure you can see a doctor when something happens. Brutal, but honest.

(There is no reason to be obnoxious & rude to strangers. Ever. Except if they ask for it.)

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In reply to the questions:

Yes, I used a sharing site with a long, good reputation to rent it out & of course they require insurance for exactly this type of problem.

There were 2 apparently responsible adults in this group; I picked them up at the airport, and they assured me that they knew how to use the toilet.

I suspect that, rather than simply turning off the pump and opening the valves up for the night, they decided to 'protect my plumbing' by dripping the faucets. And thus good intentions went awry.

I'll follow up once I hear from the adjuster, but I strongly suspect that it is going to be totalled.

Someone should definitely salvage & rebuild, but that's not in my 2019 plans so...good opportunity to get meticulously maintained vehicle in need of new interior, I'll let you know more when I do.

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PonyGrrl wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

But it's your RV so you should know if bathroom sink drains to black tank or not


...is that info potentially available online? Because I don't know.

Additional fact that makes this the likely solution: The stopper to the sink had been removed from the drain & was laying on the counter when I got the keys back. I've never done that & never seen it done, but I wonder if they noticed the problem there.

Holy ****. (You saw what I did there...)

I'm gonna go ahead & award the prize of 1 free night of the next RV we offer for rent. You won! Sad to say, it's not happening in your lifetime or mine...but thank you.



How long have you owned this RV??

One only needs to turn water on at faucet with dump valve open to figure out which waste tank sink/showers drain to
Or a few drops of food color in sink/shower drains.

Might want to peruse that owners manual closer and investigate any other issues you are not aware of.


Is it time for your medication or mine?


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I hope you kept the "renters" deposit!

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PonyGrrl wrote:

Now the floor in the bathroom plus the 2 panels in front of the bathroom door are garbage--if you stand on that area, your feet sink 1cm into the substance that was formerly subfloor. Like, I left prints in the linoleum just now.


How long was the floor left wet? One overflowing toilet, one time doesn't cause the floor to be rotted enough to allow you to leave foot prints. It takes a good amount of time with continually wet wood to do that kind of damage.

No RV we have ever owned had the bathroom sink drain into the black tank. However, they are out there. My wife's sister owns a 2005 Chateau Sport that does that. The dealer told them it was part of the "winter package". Very annoying for a family of 6.

Good luck!

-Michael


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