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Old 06-17-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Pack Rats Can Mess Up Things

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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. . . .
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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
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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**
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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????

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Old 06-17-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #3
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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
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
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OMG it looks like a pile of french fries!
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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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...


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