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Old 10-18-2009, 03:03 PM   #197
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Hi, Neil. You might have something there. I thought about a bucket of water with some food floating in the middle to catch the free loader. After I know the coast is clear, I want to make sure they don't have a way to get back in.
Neil got lucky....I think the little guy was just thirsty (before rains).

Combine peanut butter, oats, and chopped walnuts (any nuts will do...walnuts are the cheapest) for bait, and use a snap trap. For back-up, maybe use one of those sticky traps. I keep expecting PETA to start picketing whoever makes those sticky traps....

If you are not finding any "evidence" of mice, I wouldn't continue very long. It could be they weren't hitch-hiking....maybe just lookin' for a free meal!

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Old 10-18-2009, 03:34 PM   #198
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Speaking of access for mice. This weekend I put a GFI plug in the bathroom as it had just a standard plug and also ran wiring for an additional plug streetside in the bedroom for a TV soon to be mounted in there. I decided to run another cable outlet too.. So needless to say I had things torn up.. While crawling around everywhere I came across 4 more large holes drilled into the flooring. Some under the water heater and in that area.. The cable wire up through the floor in the bedroom and one more near the wheel well. If you look through you can see daylight. Now I know they figure the belly pan is in place so what could happen.. lol

Alot can happen. It doesnt take houdini to get into that belly pan thats for sure. I did my best to seal off those holes a bit better.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:31 PM   #199
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I don't know about your trailer Vin, but on ours the 120 v. breaker in the converter assembly for the bathroom has the GFCI feature and that means every receptacle on that branch circuit is protected.

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I don't know about your trailer Vin, but on ours the 120 v. breaker in the converter assembly for the bathroom has the GFCI feature and that means every receptacle on that branch circuit is protected.

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Hi Gene,

This 2001 doesnt have and GFI plugs anywhere. I checked high and low.

It looks like Airstream just runs romax through the trailer and strips and clips on these electrical plugs in place. In theory the wiring is not passing through the plug but rather the plug just hangs on to the wiring. I though it would be best to wire in a GFI plug so I dont look like this
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:51 PM   #201
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'slide, please posts photos when you do plug in like that. I forgot to mention that each successive receptacle in the branch circuit will be protected by the GFCI breaker.

Sometime between 2001 and 2008, Airstream added the GFCI breaker.

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Old 10-18-2009, 07:16 PM   #202
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Maybe he had a concussion from bouncing along the highway and then died of old age.

Look for the mummy next year.

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I installed new axels in May. Maybe the smooth ride caused him to sleep walk into the 'pool'.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:51 PM   #203
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Mickey Mouse queen bed.

Hi this morning it was in the 60's and overcast; An oportunity to wash my Safari. I must have gone around my trailer four times before I got all the dirt that I missed or wouldn't wash off. Now for Mickey Mouse. I can't find him. All the traps are untouched, even the little pieces of cheese puffs are still on the sticky traps. Nothing for him to drink either. I found two more little droppings today so I still think he was a very little mouse and by himself. My wife noticed when I have the storage compartment light on, the queen bed glowed. I found no evidence in the storage compartment, but for future protection from varments and weather I decided to seal off the bed. This is an area that, I feel Airstream let me down. I think a relatively new Airstream should be mouse proof, But we know now for a fact that it isn't.

(1.) A few years back, I noticed between the bed and the night stand, I could see my water heater's styrofoam. I closed that off with 1"X2" Oak.

(2.) Hard to see in this picture, but at the head of the bed on each side of the aluminum strip, there was room to stick your fingers in. I closed them off with plastic channeling.

(3.) Where the bed meets the wall [should] and the convolute for the tail lights run, Airstream left about a 2" freeway into my storage compartment.

(4.) From the inside of the above bed corner, Airstream used a precission chain saw to cut this board.

(5.) Inside of bed with home made filler board installed. I made a small round hole in the corner to fit tightly around the wire loom.

(6.) This shows the outside view of the permament freeway closure.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:32 PM   #204
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You mentioned the high cost of the heated water hose earlier in this thread. One thing you can do is to go to the big box hardware store (which ever is closest) and buy the water line heater that you install on your house's plumbing to keep it from freezing. Wrap the heater tape along the length of the water hose, including over the hose bib, and then add some water pipe insulation, again including the hose bib, and plug it in at the electrical post in one of the 20 amp outlets. This should cost below $50 and be as effective.
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If you go the heat tape route, two things to remember: (1) don't wrap it over itself—it burns it out, and (2), the stuff they were selling 20 years ago doesn't last more than a few years; maybe it's improved.

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Bob, Lately I haven't been spending much time on the Forums, it seems that the older I get, the busier life seems to be. I started reading at the beginning of your travel-adventure and spend almost two hours reading the whole thing and boy was it fun! Thanks for sharing it with me.

Who does most of the Driving while your towing? JB
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Bob, Lately I haven't been spending much time on the Forums, it seems that the older I get, the busier life seems to be. I started reading at the beginning of your travel-adventure and spend almost two hours reading the whole thing and boy was it fun! Thanks for sharing it with me.

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Hi, John. Glad you enjoyed our trip or trips. I do all the driving while towing and my wife handles the directions. She handled the Garmin, Woodalls, and AAA paper maps. I take care of the mechanic's of the trailer and all outside work and my wife handles all of the inside work.
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Hi, John. Glad you enjoyed our trip or trips. I do all the driving while towing and my wife handles the directions. She handled the Garmin, Woodalls, and AAA paper maps. I take care of the mechanic's of the trailer and all outside work and my wife handles all of the inside work.
Sounds like you are a great team! Hopefully the hubby and I will be a fine tuned team after a bit more experience. Thanks for sharing,
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Sounds like you are a great team! Hopefully the hubby and I will be a fine tuned team after a bit more experience. Thanks for sharing,
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Hi, we're a team at home too; What ever it is, or needs to be done, we just do it.
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Anniversary coming soon.

Hi, our anniversary is coming very soon and we are getting out of town. We had several ideas on places to go and what to do. This sort-of makes this another random trip. Our final decision is Las Vegas, Nevada. We have been there several times on one nighters, in hotels, but this time it will be for four nights and in our Airstream Safari. We don't drink or gamble, but there are lots of other things of enjoyment to see and do there. Hopefully I will be able to document our trip and post some pictures.
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