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Old 11-07-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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Should I worry about rodents getting into our 2017 FC? If so, what are some recommended preventive measures?



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Old 11-07-2016, 03:12 PM   #2
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Depends on where you live. I have sealed up all the exterior holes I could find using HVAC Aluminum tape. So far so good.
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Since bottom is fully covered with a sheet of metal, I don't know how they would get in, much easier with other brands.
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:35 PM   #5
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apparently a mouse can get through a hole the size of a pencil eraser . . . sounds hard to believe but that's what I've read . . . and I had an entire city of mice living in between my walls with no obvious way to get in except very small holes . . .
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Since bottom is fully covered with a sheet of metal, I don't know how they would get in, much easier with other brands.
Mice can squeeze through the smallest of openings. Even the slightest gap in the belly skin can afford them access to your rig. The A-Frame (tongue) tubes are a vermin highway if not sealed.
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It's been years, but had a mouse get into our trailer while it was hunting camp. The mouse apparently squeezed through a spot on the underbelly that was hanging less than a quarter inch. The metal almost completely severed one of his hind legs. That little guy traveled over almost every inch inside our trailer before succumbing to the massive blood loss and died right beside the kitchen sink. The clean up was no fun.
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It sounds like Hvac aluminum tape is the best bet. What areas underneath are best to seek out other than the A frame penetrations?



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[QUOTE=cstevecook;1873810]Should I worry about rodents getting into our 2017 FC? If so, what are some recommended preventive measures?
Yes. Plan on it, be proactive on Mouse Deterrents. Take your choice between Snakes, Total submersion, High Tension Power current, Cryogenics, Vacuum Chamber, Mice killing ants, Killer Bees, Cannibal Mice, Cyanide, Crazy Cousin Earl, Loud tape of Blondie, Moth Balls, Yellow One Bite packets, Bounce sheets.

I find the One Bite to be very effective but not so good if you have dogs and cats. Moth Balls can be effective. Not too sure about Bounce Sheets, some folks say they work. The bottom of your machine will have a hole somewhere, that you can't find but Mrs Mouse knows where it is.
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It sounds like Hvac aluminum tape is the best bet. What areas underneath are best to seek out other than the A frame penetrations?



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The foil tape will help close gaps. To seal holes though I use stainless steel wool.

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The foil tape will help close gaps. To seal holes though I use stainless steel wool.

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Look for any gaps in the belly skin and seal even the slightest gap where penetrations occur.
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:56 PM   #12
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While I don't have a lot of experience dispatching rodents, I do notice there is an advertisement for a Kimber 9mm semi auto pistol to the right of the threads. Coincidence?

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Caffeinated needs to back off on the Java!;-)



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The "A" frame along with wheel wells are easy entry points. The shore power cable if it has inside storage and is connected permanently to the coach.
If you have ever seen a ship moored at a dock. You will notice a disk shaped device on all mooring lines. This is to prevent mice and rats running up the line and onto the ship.
I have such a disk on the shore power cable of my 2 travel trailers.
Keep the weeds down and the underbelly free of debris.
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Airstreams are mice luxury hotels. They love'em. I acted like Daniel Boone the fur trapper and set up a snap trap line in my trailer every winter. I think my record was 8 mice.

Certainly seal up the A frame channels under the coupler up front. The rear bumper storage compartment is a "welcome here" access point for the little critters. I also had access points at the propane lines, wheel wells, and belly pan seams. Even the folding entry step "slots" are good entry holes that I couldn't figure out how to seal up.

Here is a mouse carcass I found in my freshwater tank pan. This guy died from old age. Probably lived down there for a long time. I hope he enjoyed our camping trips. That bad smell wasn't the dog after all. Sorry doggie.

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Thanks for the advice. In addition to removing all food, bedding etc. I found several small openings in all the places mentioned except the step area. I used stainless steel wool to fill gaps and then taped openings and seams with foil tape.



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