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Old 05-08-2016, 07:07 AM   #1
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Before I put the new floor in my trailer and it still sat outdoors, it was not uncommon to see chipmunks etc... climb the safety chains then go in the A-frame and from there into the the belly of the trailer to chew stuff up.
I decided to make some removable covers for the problem areas at the tongue.
The covers are aluminum and held in place with the crazy strong velcro pictured. It's only 1/16" thick too.
I ran the break away switch wiring through the back cover.
The back cover is pressed in then held in place with the riveted on tab velcroed to the frame.
It's not perfect but it will be tougher for the critters to get in.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:09 AM   #2
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Good idea, and nice job!

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Old 05-08-2016, 07:33 AM   #3
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Good Morning Dingo Girl. It's been a while. You made it through another winter, although not as bad as some Michigan winters can be.

Those open A-frame channels under the coupler has always been a nemesis of mine. Mouse front door to my Airstream. I should put a little welcome mat out. I made little 5 by 1 1/2 aluminum "end caps" for mine and pressed them into the open channels. It helped. This area is also where rain water enters the frame rails and settles into the belly pan area while towing in a rain storm. Water scoops! The infamous rear bumper storage compartment and body to C channel seal is also a great place for a mouse to sneak in the "back door", as will as rain water to get into the belly pan area. (I call it my Airstream basement, and yes, it gets wet at times.)

There are so many mouse entry points in an old Airstream. I try to get them closed up, but I still get a mouse or two in my traps inside the Airstream. I'll bet the bottom of your trailer is as tight as a boat hull.

Your solution to the open A-frame channels is elegant! Hand crafted to fit perfectly.

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Old 05-09-2016, 04:01 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the kind words.
I was going to make caps too but decided on this route. The only place I could have gotten at to cap off those channels was inside the trailer where the 7 way umbilical comes into the belly.
I did not want a rodent nesting in the A-frame in the 4 feet or so of "tube". Or should I call it HabiTrail?
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