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Old 12-26-2019, 09:19 AM   #1
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Holes gaps in belly pan (mouse prevention)

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I've tried filling the holes and gaps in my bully pan with various metal based products (copper scrubbers etc) only to find the beginning signs of "corrosion" a few weeks later.

I've been reading about aluminum tape and feel most comfortable using that. Is there a difference between aluminum duct tape and aluminum foil tape?

I've read here in the forums folks using aluminum "duct" tape.

Would someone be so kind as to give me some clarity and a recommendation.

Thanks.
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Old 12-26-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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I believe they are one and the same. To be on the safe side, though, I would use (and have used) aluminum foil tape which is aluminum foil with adhesive on the side. I have found it very durable and I do not think the mice will want to chew on it. I have also successfully used the heavy-duty gorilla tape to seal gaps on the bottom of my trailer. If you are spanning a big gap, I would use gorilla tape covered with aluminum foil tape.
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I believe they are one and the same. To be on the safe side, though, I would use (and have used) aluminum foil tape which is aluminum foil with adhesive on the side. I have found it very durable and I do not think the mice will want to chew on it. I have also successfully used the heavy-duty gorilla tape to seal gaps on the bottom of my trailer. If you are spanning a big gap, I would use gorilla tape covered with aluminum foil tape.
Thanks Dave. Most spots run between rivets (between 2, sometimes 3) but I have one larger spot on the rear curb side that is several rivets.

I'll get the foil tape and gorilla tape for big spots.

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I have also used Pest Block foam to good effect, depending on the size of the hole.
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I have also used Pest Block foam to good effect, depending on the size of the hole.
Thanks. I just got done with round one. I've covered all my spots with gorilla tape and aluminum tape. Another airstreamer told me about smartpond to use on my connections, so I do have a can of that to use when it warms up. I will keep pest block in mind for the future though. Thanks again
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So, diverting the thread a bit, can I assume you own a vizsla? We own a six year old female who loves to go glamping with us.
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Welcome to the forum! FYI the new-ish search function in the blue box above [desktop version of the site, not the App] works great.

"mice belly pan holes" reveals many earlier helpful posts:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mice...=airforums.com

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Welcome to the forum! FYI the new-ish search function in the blue box above [desktop version of the site, not the App] works great.

"mice belly pan holes" reveals many earlier helpful posts:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mice...=airforums.com

Good luck,

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Thanks Peter. Never thought to use the desktop version. I'll keep the link saved for future reference. Admittedly, I only searched aluminum tape not nice as I've tried a few other recommendations for prevention. Thanks agsin.
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So, diverting the thread a bit, can I assume you own a vizsla? We own a six year old female who loves to go glamping with us.
Divert Away!!! Yes. He is my beloved 12 y/o Vizsla. Now that I have the Airstream he refuses to sleep in the tent. Click image for larger version

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You have got to love them, as they give you no choice. He is a good looking guy. Here is our little princess surviving the heat last summer.
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You have got to love them, as they give you no choice. He is a good looking guy. Here is our little princess surviving the heat last summer.
Oooooo....she mad. Vizslas don't like heat. Haha. She's so pretty. I love her.
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So, youve given me an opportunity to show off my new nephew ...this is Gus! Got to meet him over the holiday, I think my brother said hes 5 months old? Click image for larger version

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Cute guy!! I love their wrinkly faces when they are puppies.
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OMG!!! I need to check my temperature, I think I'm getting puppy fever. What a cutie. Starting to think I should start a thread specifically for Vizslas haha. Thanks for sharing.

Also...what Dave said!
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Alum tape forsure - also when camping we use solar power light under the trailer - mice do like light.....
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Where there wasn't contact with water, there was no reaction, but it had only been 2 weeks...thankfully.
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Alum tape forsure - also when camping we use solar power light under the trailer - mice do like light.....
Completed round one yesterday. Gonna get back under there tomorrow make, sure I've covered everything. I'm really liking this aluminum foil tape. So glad I found out about it.
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I've tried filling the holes and gaps in my bully pan with various metal based products (copper scrubbers etc) only to find the beginning signs of "corrosion" a few weeks later.

I've been reading about aluminum tape and feel most comfortable using that. Is there a difference between aluminum duct tape and aluminum foil tape?

I've read here in the forums folks using aluminum "duct" tape.

Would someone be so kind as to give me some clarity and a recommendation.

Thanks.
Do you have a mouse problem yet?? I have never had a mouse problem in CA nor in TX with my bellypan...not saying it won't happen, but if your worried, any calk/filler for metal should work fine...i personally, can't understand the issue...maybe lucky after 4 AS's; 14 years? Don't use steel wool on aluminum...ever!
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I do not have a problem yet, but I subscribe to prevention is the best medicine. When I did get under the trailer, I did find either holes that were the size of 2 thumbs, or the belly Pan rivets had created a bit of a gap and easy enough for something to crawl into. I do have some expanding foam, but I've never used it before so I wanna practice before I apply it anywhere. The trailer does have to go in to the dealer this summer and I'm going to have them get under there in tidy things up a bit.
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Do you have a mouse problem yet?? I have never had a mouse problem in CA nor in TX with my bellypan...not saying it won't happen, but if your worried, any calk/filler for metal should work fine...i personally, can't understand the issue...maybe lucky after 4 AS's; 14 years? Don't use steel wool on aluminum...ever!
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