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Old 08-10-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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question about critters

My husband and I are having this debate about long-term storage. We can't park our camper at our house because we live on a steep hill and the overhanging rear on the camper prevents turning up our hill. So it lives at a friend's place across town, in a mostly gravel (some grass) spot about 20 ft. from the house.

Because there is no garage, we were concerned about mice. We originally looked at an AS that had dead mice under the bed matresses and our unit did have freeze-dried mice that died in the converter unit (electricity + sharp teeth = dead mice). To try to discourage mice from setting up camp when it's parked, every time we break down after camping, I put all soft furnishings that aren't going home for washing in those vacuum-sealed bags, which I then put in overhead compartments.

This has worked quite well, but it takes me an hour just to break down or set up.

SOOOOOO -- will the new 25' Safari we just ordered be better sealed since it's new or is it susceptible to invaders also? In others words, can I leave the pillows on the bed and not deal with critters or ziplock bags?

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p.s. I posted this in another section of the forums but thought I'd ask a wider audience.....
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:54 PM   #2
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Pam,
I park my Airstream in a barn all winter and have never had a mouse problem. I have every little hole sealed with vulkem, rigid foam and steelwool. I plug the holes with steelwool and then vulkem or foam them closed. Mice can't chew through steel wool. I crawled all under my trailer and looked at anyplace a mouse could enter and sealed them off.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:56 PM   #3
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Hi Pam,
We live in the middle of 5 wooded acres where critters of all kinds abound. We've had our Bambi parked on our gravel driveway (when we're not camping) for over two years, and haven't had any critters, including mice, to date. I believe it's important to not let any grass, weeds or other plants to grow up around the AS, which would provide a means of access. The only time anything got inside our Bambi was when I was attending a convention in Miami, and had the trailer parked in a lot near the hotel for a few days. Apparently a palm frond had fallen and rested on the rear bumper and the ground, providing a bridge for ants. We caught it in the early stages, and a can of Raid and a vacuum took care of it. I also occasionally spray around the tires and tongue jack with a systemic insecticide in the spring and summer.
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Scope the neighbors yards out to see if they 'feed' the birds... Mice will gladly commute 75-150 feet with their cheeks full of seed if they think they have the nicest Airstream, err, nest area on the block. We've had the lawnboy muffler stuffed with seeds several years in a row, nests in vehicle air cleaners, etc. but no mice in Airstream (yet)... If the neighbors do feed the birds it might be time to make a mouse condo on the property line disguised as a firewood stack, brick pile, compost bin, etc. to decoy them away from trailer during the winter...
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Do a search for mice, there are a couple of threads with more information and suggestions than you can shake a stick at. A couple of the suggestions may even work...
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:46 AM   #6
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As others have said, I climbed under ours and plugged any holes larger than a 1/4" with Vulkem.

Others have suggested plugging the front of the frame so I got a large piece of black aluminum screening and mashed it into a ball and stuffed it down each of the 2 openings on the front of the frame by the jack. I used about 2 sq ft per opening to make sure nothing could get by.

I also put a small loose piece in the furnace exhaust so nothing could get in there.
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Steel wool will discourage critters but I would consider brass wool. Steel wool rusts. Brass wool will not react as as fast with moisture in the air
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Steel wool will discourage critters but I would consider brass wool. Steel wool rusts. Brass wool will not react as as fast with moisture in the air
Is brass wool available at a home center? supermarket?
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brass wool vs. fiberglas

In addition to the brass wool (and yes, a source for that would be great), could you use roll fiberglass and scrunch it up like brass/steel wool? And how much brass wool goes in each hole?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Dave and I now have our first project when the new camper arrives -- and I get to keep the pillows and towels out!!

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Old 08-13-2007, 10:54 AM   #10
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Aluminum wool/screen is best.
Keeps galvanic corrosion from occurring.

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fiberglass is not a good idea. It holds water. this will create corrision.
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Cool Hole Plugs

What about using stainless steel pot scrubbers from the grocery store?
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stainless steel + aluminum = galvanic corrosion > bigger hole & bigger problem

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galvanic corrosion

So, I'm guessing brass wool would cause the same problem as Steel wool. Where do I find aluminum wool? Home Desperate and Lowe's don't carry it....Maybe a plumbing supply store?

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