Gutted!!

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  1. Rob

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    Just been out to check on van and noticed distortion on bathroom wall?? On further investigation all the back wall of van seems spongy.
    Really gutted to see this and now need advice as to what we need to do next?
    I fitted the cover onto the MH last Wednesday so its covered. Also got a fan heater on the go inside.

    We were planning on our first proper trip in the MH in February but at the minute just worried as to what to do next? I suspect this has been a problem from before we bought the van and further indication that we should have sought some better advice from people in the know. ie some one with a damp meter.

    Any advice would be great

    Cheers in advance
    Rob
     
  2. Charlie - Minton

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    Could you put a dehumidifier in the mh to draw some of damp out ?
     
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    We probably need a bit more information..

    How long have you had it? Did you buy it from a dealer?

    Being a bathroom wall it is quite possible the moisture is from the inside and possibly even condensation but what's the construction? Are there obvious places that could be leaking? Have you found a leak?

    How long has it been parked up and was it left dry and empty before you covered it?
    What sort of cover is it? Some reduce condensation but some will only help prevent it if the van was warm and dry when it was covered

    There will be a remedy and it will be possible to repair the damage but depending on the above and more questions it may be a long job or a simple one.
     
  5. New Dawn

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    So sorry to hear of your problem Rob. Certain you will get the right advice on Here.
     
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    not sure how long ago you bought it, if from a dealer maybe they will sort it if private did you pay any part of it via creditcard? What is the age/model of motorhome
     
  7. scammellmanswife

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    Oh dear Rob really feel for you. You must be absolutely devastated. Have you not had the van long then. Surely if its that bad the previous owners must have had some indication that things were not as they should be. You don't say how old the van is or if it was a private sale or dealer. Maybe someone with some legal knowledge will be along soon with some advice. Good luck
     
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    We need a lot more info as to how long have you had it , have you been out in it , is there a window or any other way of water ingress preferably photos , sounds bad as you describe it but might not be the end of the world(y)
     
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    I know this considered boring, but when ones looking at all these impressive looking shiny boxes on wheels...but anyone buying a van that does not get a professional damp check and weighs the bloody thing to see if it's a practical proposition, need their heads examining!

    Also one thing having a proper meter, quite another having the skills to use it, being able to identify ares of concern and make a judgement. So what if a survey costs a few pounds..better loose a few quid then buy a lemon!
     
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    Mmmmm, your all heart aren't you.
     
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    No evidence it is a lemon yet might be condensation or a leaking shower or any of a number of things
     
  12. chaser

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    Also might as well save your money on the fan heater, if the damp is behind the wall panel it isn't going to make one iota of difference
     
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    My post was a generalisation not aimed at OP at all. You see it at shows all the time, people impressed by cheap flash, taken at face value, never asking about what's under the skin. The UK motorhome industry plays on nievity....and it really don't have to try hard at all!
     
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  14. Terry

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    Hi Rob if the wall is spongy then I suspect you have a bad damp problem that may well have been present when you recently bought the van -it could well be the reason why it got sold - if it's bad then the only sure way is to take apart and renew any damp/wet timber -hope it's not but the way you describe it :xdoh:More info and pics if poss
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    The van is a Carioca CI on a fiat Ducato base
    Its 2004 reg
    We have had the van for about3 months and have only had one night away in it.
    It was a private purchase and i viewed it a couple of times and also took it for test drive. All seemed ok and there were no signs of leakage anywhere or smell of damp. There is a bathroom window which seems ok. Looking on the roof there does look as though there has been some sealer put on around the trim but does look ok .
    Unfortunately judgemental we are not all as bright as you obviously are and i was not aware at the time of damp meters or professionals offering the service. Do me a favour and dont bother replying to the thread if you have nothing constructive to say! I feel bad enough as it is without reading smug comments when im asking for a bit of help.
    Cheers everybody else for the advice so far
    Rob
     
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    Firstly. sorry to hear about your problem,

    Secondly. I would seek professional help, ie, a dealer with a good reputation near to you.

    The sooner its investigated then you know what you're up against.

    Hopefully not too serious

    but in my opinion time is of the essence.




    Regards

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    Well said Rob and good luck, there is a mass of information on here and some very helpful people.
    We now know the year and model so pictures next when you feel up to it.
     
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    Hi Rob I don't think you will have any comeback seeing it's a private purchase --that's not much help but saves you getting hopes up - pics is the way forward now because without seeing it,it is hard to judge the best way forward --is it spongy high up or low down ?low could mean damp coming up from below -high indicates a leak high up --you say bathroom wall it could be from using the shower and the boards not water proof --I know you have only used it once so I fear the seller knew about it -cleaned it all up and got rid but at the same time they could just as easy not known anything
    terry
     
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    Having had this worry myself, I would say that there's no need to panic. The 'van's not going to suddenly fall to bits. Even if the readings are showing damp ingress, then it's not a difficult process to work out what needs to be done to put it right. Of course, if you don't have the time or the skills yourself, it's still likely to be cost-effective to get it sorted. There are several websites showing how to do every stage of the remedial work.

    Best wishes. Roy
     
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    From what I do know from when caravan users is you really need to stop any more ingress so if I were you I would dig out the repair you can see and do it again. Inside I fear the lining may need to come out so that you can see what needs doing behind it. Sorry to hear of your problem it's a bummer.
     
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