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Old 09-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Found a snake

So I've been busy plugging up holes to keep mice out, and so far it's been two weeks straight and no mice. However, this evening I found a small snake in the trailer under a loose piece of carpet inside a floor cabinet in the rear. It didn't look big enough to eat mice, so I don't think that's the reason I've been without them for two weeks : ). However, with everything I've sealed up, I can't imagine how it got in. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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I don't have any ideas, but don't tell Lawchick!
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Maybe it's been there all along?
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Omg I would have to sell the trailer, thanks for yet another thing to worry about! Especially since there is a snake in our barn less than 20 feet away. I am terrified of the"s" word.
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Snakes, Snake pits, and Airstreams

"Can a snake get in?", askes LawChick?

Boondocker responded, "yes, they can, and do. They come in most nights following mice and tend to get up in the covers attracted to heat."

Read the 9 page thread, "Can a snake get in?"!
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:19 AM   #6
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Anyone have any suggestions?
I see you're in Kentucky....call the Turtleman
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:45 AM   #7
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What model & year is your Airstream? I only know the vulnerable snake holes in Excellas!
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:08 AM   #8
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So I've been busy plugging up holes to keep mice out, and so far it's been two weeks straight and no mice. However, this evening I found a small snake in the trailer under a loose piece of carpet inside a floor cabinet in the rear. It didn't look big enough to eat mice, so I don't think that's the reason I've been without them for two weeks : ). However, with everything I've sealed up, I can't imagine how it got in. Anyone have any suggestions?
LawChick knows how snakes get into Excellas...

"So many ways! [They] Go in the tongue- following the mice..."


Yes, the open rail ends that most of us have in the front of our trailers (the tongue).

See the Airforums' thread, "Have you looked under your tongue?".

Wait, wait there's more... additional ways!
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:36 AM   #9
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Snakes? Don't even get me started. Most of you know my history with them.
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Having been bitten by a rattlesnake while I was still in high school, lo these many decades ago, I hope never to find a snake in my Airstream— unless it's frying in my skillet after visiting the annual Mangum, OK rattlesnake derby. Don't believe the folks who say it tastes like chicken. It cooks like chicken, but tastes more like alligator.
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Having been bitten by a rattlesnake while I was still in high school, lo these many decades ago, I hope never to find a snake in my Airstream— unless it's frying in my skillet after visiting the annual Mangum, OK rattlesnake derby. Don't believe the folks who say it tastes like chicken. It cooks like chicken, but tastes more like alligator.
but I hear gator tastes like chicken...lol
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:22 AM   #12
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Ok, seriously, I'm starting to worry. I will be setting up on 50 acres about an hour west of Austin TX in a month, for about 5 months in my 27' International (2011). I never even thought to worry about rattle snakes greeting me in the morning. How worried should I be. I read about snake fences, should I seriously investigate constructing one?
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Thanks for the tips for my 79 Sovereign. Sounds like stainless scrubbers in the tongue are the way to go, as opposed to aluminum mesh in order to prevent corrosion.

How about those steps though? Any thoughts there?
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Sounds like stainless scrubbers in the tongue are the way to go, as opposed to aluminum mesh in order to prevent corrosion.
Actually, it won't matter whether you use stainless or aluminum mesh. Your trailer tongue is galvanized, which is a zinc coating. Zinc is an anode for carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, so whichever material you use, from the standpoint of galvanic corrosion all that will happen is that you might accelerate the loss of the zinc coating.

You can compensate for that by first applying a coat or two of brush-on cold galvanizing (goes on like paint) where you intend to put in the scrubbers or mesh, so that you lose the brush-on coating first before you lose the hot-dipped original galvanizing on the trailer tongue.
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