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Old 01-07-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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Dirt Dauber solutions?

Now is the time for me to work on trying to protect against the unbelievable dirt dauber problem we have around here. Does anyone have a good preventative and screen design? The daubers did solve a spider problem but became more of a problem on their own. I need an ecological balance here.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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They sell them at Campers World. Never could figure out why the Suburban did not supply them on the units as original equipment. Everybody knows there always was a problem.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:18 AM   #3
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As dwightdi suggested, most any place that sells camping and trailer supplies including your Airstream dealer, Camping World, and other SOB dealerships sell a screen that fits over the air intake and exhaust outlets of the surban heater. They work wonderful, but that is not the only place a dirt dauber can deal you missery. Most all Airstreams also have a couple of drains draining the refrigerator and the air conditioner. These are also favorite targets for daubers to stop up. Go to your paint supply store or hardware and purchase airless paint sprayer filters. These filters are just little plastic screens that are sort of shaped like a heat lamp. They fit the hoses with hardly any alteration. You might have to ream out the end just a little for the hose to fit properly, but they just slip on and prevent the dauber from plying its trade. Just a little prevention prevents an awful lot of aggravation.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:20 AM   #4
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The heavy screen from Camping World does the trick.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:44 AM   #5
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They sell them at Campers World. Never could figure out why the Suburban did not supply them on the units as original equipment. Everybody knows there always was a problem.
According to Suburban, the use of any screens on the air intake or outlet will void your warranty, cause a gas explosion, give you hives, and kill your dog.

I think they look cool, too!
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The screens work great and don't look bad, either. However, they are proud of them. As to the fridge/Aircondo drains...Airstream finally realized the possiblilty of a clog and all new ones now come with the little 'screen' already inplace on the drain lines.
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Imagine that. Airstream finally figured out that the fridge and air conditioner drain lines needed screens to protect them from the dirt daubers. I'm glad to hear that. Total cost added to the cost of unit production couldn't exceed $1.00, but sure will add to the functionality of having a more problem free experience with ownership. Sometimes its the little things that make the difference.
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