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Sunk My Truck Yesterday!!!!...HELP

well yesterday me and my dad went out to the river bar to test out my locker (worked great by the way and i was able to go more places than my dads TJ on 33's) but any way we were crossing the river to get out the fast way and not go back around 5 miles to get out the other way...anyway my dad went and in the middle the water was about 3-3.5 feet deep and it was only for a bout 5 feet that it was that deep...the rest was only about 2 feet. any way he goes and makes it, i go and when i hit the deep stop i started slowing down a lot and was revving out 1 in lo range so i shifted to second and apparently when i pushed the clutch in since my trannny was completely under water the water rushed in and my clutch wouldn't grab...so i was sitting in the middle of the river with water about halfway up my doors and my tires completely under water and my truck wont move.....well my front tires were right at the end on the deep spot so my dad drove the front of his jeep up to the front of my truck...i crawled out the window and got on my hood and hooked his winch up to my tow hook....got back in and by that time there was about 3 inches of water in my cab....he pulled me out and once my tranny was out of the water i was able to walk right out...any way get all the way out of the river and park with the nose down hill and get most of the water out....my sub was sitting in like 3 inches in the back of the cab but it still works luckily....so ya got the water out using 2 sweatshirts and like a whole roll of paper towels ( after most flowed out when i opened the door) so now my question....i havent lifted up any of the vinyl flooring (luckily i have vinyl) yet so i am not positive that it is wet down there...but im sure it is....so do u guys think that if i put a big dehumidifier in there and shut the doors for a couple of days it would pull the water out of the insulation under the flooring? or am i going to half to pull eveything out? thanks
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Just pull it out. It isn't that bad, just pull the seats out then the vinyl floor. That insulation gets nasty when wet.
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I would pull it all out as soon as possible and clean all you wiring connections so it doesn't corrode. dry out the jute under the vinyl floor so it doesn't get musty and moldy.
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I would pull it out or it would take forever to dry. I did that once and after pulling the vinyl up there was still puddles underneath it. I just laid the vinyl out in the sun for a weekend and it dried up. It's really easy to take out and put back in.
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no pics??? lol
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ya no pics...i was too busy worrying about getting my truck out to be taking pics....lol
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damn, intense situation. like everyone else said though, i would just pull it all out. it might take longer but pulling it all out and cleaning it out good would be a far better way to clean it than leaving it to the dehumidifier.
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im with every one else, just pull it...better safe then sorry.
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well pulled it all out and im glad i did....i literally had puddles under it...well i vacuumed out as much of the water as i could.....and i put the dehumidifier in anyway....ill leave in in over night just to get it really dry (it is a big industrial one...about as big as a mini fridge)...and i powerwashed the floor and the insulation under hte floor and got a bunch of nasty brown water out of it so now i just have to wait for it all to dry....
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i already got abut a water bottle full of water from the dehumidifier.....its dry as hell in there...lol....well see how much more i get over night...
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ya no pics...i was too busy worrying about getting my truck out to be taking pics....lol
There's ALWAYS time for pictures, trust me
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There's ALWAYS time for pictures, trust me
lol. good point.
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well i took one from on my hood down showing my tire completely under water but for some reason it didnt save on my phone...
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well i took one from on my hood down showing my tire completely under water but for some reason it didnt save on my phone...
That sir is called a FAIL
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haha ya..lol

anyway i have been thinking about putting some kind of sound deadener on my floor while i have the vinyl out....i was reading that stuff like dynamat is kinda a waste of money on the floor and using like closed cell foam and mass loaded vinyl is way better but im not sure..what do u guys know about that stuff?
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well Im glad the locker works good!!!
sucks about the drownding, I have been there....lol
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lol...ya i heard....well finally put every thing back in and its drier than it was before.....took WAY to long to dry tho......i hate not having my truck. riding my bike to work in the morning here sucks.....its like 50 degrees and foggy as a ******....lol
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Ah, I miss the days of the old MB's and CJ2A's - they had drain holes at the joint between the floor pan and the body 'side' panels - and no floor mats. 'Drip/Dry', so to speak!
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My old '89 full size Bronco was like that.. just pop open the drain plugs - grab a house, and water the interior down - let it dry out, put the plugs back in.. and your done!
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No too bad as stated.
I took out my Rubber Floor to replace for carpet and it was easy as stated before.
Sometimes it sticks too so when taking it out make sure you peel it out but if really wet the main thing is to get it out and let it dry.

A water-proof Cab would be nice, ay !

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ya know all of you to say to pull out but its harder than u think lol
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thats what she said.
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So i was in some mud today that smelled like garbage and was wondering how to get the smell from the outside the truck? any tricks other than air it out ?
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ya know all of you to say to pull out but its harder than u think lol
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thats what she said.
HAHA. INDEED
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