Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-17-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
tee3411's Avatar
1977 25' Caravanner
Lake Havasu City , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 14
Pack Rats Can Mess Up Things

Hello All
Tee here and here's the first problem. Just got this 1977 Airstream Caravanner 25ft, rear bath.. The trailer hasn't been used and has been parked in the desert outside of Phoenix, Az for over 10 years. The only occupants were some Pack Rats and other critters. AND they love to eat ANYTHING and to POOP. . . .
Click image for larger version

Name:	wires1.jpg
Views:	157
Size:	279.9 KB
ID:	161251 Click image for larger version

Name:	wires2.jpg
Views:	164
Size:	298.6 KB
ID:	161252 Click image for larger version

Name:	light cover.jpg
Views:	114
Size:	325.6 KB
ID:	161253
They ate the main wiring between the wall and even in one of the light fixtures. None of the 12vdc circuits worked... AFTER a few repairs the Power Panel and all lights and circuits are working
Click image for larger version

Name:	wires redone.jpg
Views:	108
Size:	329.3 KB
ID:	161231
My next problem to tackle is that the Pack Rats lived in the Belly Pan area and no telling what is in that area** Dead Or Alive**
Click image for larger version

Name:	stuff 003.jpg
Views:	259
Size:	480.6 KB
ID:	161250
This is the crap that was under the refrigerator (PackRat bed)
So now I must remove the belly pan or the floor to CLEAN all the STUFF in the pan out...
My ??? is what will be easier and has any one had this Problem????

tee3411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
2 Rivet Member
Surprise's Avatar
1984 31' Airstream310
Surprise , Arizona
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 63
Images: 2
I recently bought a 1984 310 Classic motorhome. It had been sitting for about 12 years in the CaveCreek AZ area. So far I've replaced all vacuum hoses, spark plug wires, distributor wire and alternator wire. All were destroyed by an unknown varment! Lets see.... another nest was on top of the gas tank and I had to replace main gas line hose, return line hose, fuel sending wire, generator gas line hose, 1 airbag tube. Another nest is still on top of the waste tank, but everything is still working with that system and I'm afraid to touch it! haha! Thankfully nothing got inside the MH. So add all that with the basic dry-rotting from the dry heat and you can guess what I've been doing with my spare time! If it's made of rubber, it's shot!
Here's a pic of part of an egg still left on the air cleaner! Quail maybe???
Enjoy your clean-up!
Danny in Surprise AZ.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	AS-4.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	320.2 KB
ID:	161279  

Surprise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
tee3411's Avatar
1977 25' Caravanner
Lake Havasu City , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 14
I've lived here in Lake Havasu for 20 years and alway had some car parked around and more than once I've opened the hood to find that same nest of crap They are persistent LOL
tee3411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
ddstech's Avatar
1958 22' Flying Cloud
Folsom , California
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 467
Images: 4
My 1958 fc sat in a orchard for 30 years. The smell was so bad you couldn't stay in there for more than a few min at a time. I had to take the shell off, replace the plywood floor, paint the frame, and power wash and and scrub all the aluminum walls both sides before the smell was finally gone.

Good luck to you.
ddstech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
LiLNomad's Avatar
2007 25' International CCD FB
Northridge , California
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 368
Images: 3
OMG it looks like a pile of french fries!
LiLNomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
Rivet Master
Wabbiteer's Avatar
1973 27' Overlander
1972 29' Ambassador
St. Paul , Minnesota
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,886
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 2
I can relate but there is just something you should be thankful for... your incontinent little darlings never brought home Rattus norvegicus or the Norway/Wharf Rat, the most successful mammal on the planet after humans.

I'm guessing they entered my Overlander through the frame at the hitch and made a rat-shack out of the entire area fore of the FW tank.

Watch the wheel well areas, make sure the add-in sheet metal baffles are tight in the back of the bumper trunk and the hitch A-frame tubes are blocked off...


Wabbiteer is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.