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Old 08-30-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Critter prevention 345 LE

What holes in the MH readily admit critters? Haven't been in the MH in 6 weeks, discovered a ~10" long snake skin (really small diameter) near the accelerator pedal. Immediately after purchase, I found a partial skin in the minute gap under the dinette headed towards the bath.

Is there such a thing as a sure-fire means of keeping mice, spiders & snakes out?
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Old 08-30-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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Is there such a thing as a sure-fire means of keeping mice, spiders & snakes out?


Probably not IMO.
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:38 PM   #3
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Most get in around the shower drain area, and the holes under the toilet base, very sloppy sealing job right from the factory,seems like hole saws were not invented yet back in the 80ís when they built most of these, you will see that wherever plumbing goes through the floor whether itís a vent pipe or a drain pipe they cut a square or somewhat square hole through the floor and tried to patch it with 2 pieces of scrap aluminum with half circles that somewhat were supposed to overlap. I took care of all of my holes, completely.....no more mice. Regards, Bob
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:07 PM   #4
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Mice were getting in my 345 around the shower drain. I think they used a chain saw or broad axe at the factory. Like Bob said the plumbing drains seem to be the most frequent spot left open by the factory. I would check around gas and water lines as well.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:05 PM   #5
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What are folks using to seal up around pipes, etc.? I need to reseal some of mine.
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:55 AM   #6
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I cut some pieces of sheetmetal to surround the pipes or whatever and screwed them to the underside of the floor, Sealed with caulk or silicone you should be good to go.
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. . . should be good to go.


What about the other critters mentioned in the original post?
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Is there such a thing as a sure-fire means of keeping mice, spiders & snakes out?

The only adjustment which can eliminate these as issues in our minds, is to change the operating system of the bio-mass at the tops of our heads.



After doing the best preventative steps, turn inward for further corrective measures IMO.

Animals are a part of life, and we have willingly entered their natural world in our RV's and trailers.

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Old 08-31-2018, 06:25 AM   #8
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Multiple snake skins, yikes, they might help with mice control tho.

I see some time on your back in your near future.
A big sheet of cardboard and a flashlight are your friends.
Plumbers putty for the smaller openings you find like propane pipes, heater hoses etc.

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Old 08-31-2018, 07:17 AM   #9
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I've noticed a small gap under the gas/brake pedals, might take a look there

My shower/toilet were sealed well with expanding spray foam, I haven't had any issues
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What about the other critters mentioned in the original post?
The only adjustment which can eliminate these as issues in our minds, is to change the operating system of the bio-mass at the tops of our heads.

After doing the best preventative steps, turn inward for further corrective measures IMO.
Animals are a part of life, and we have willingly entered their natural world in our RV's and trailers.
Totally agree, just don't want to deal with better half discovering a slithering "monster".
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Understood!

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Old 08-31-2018, 10:17 AM   #12
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i use stainless scrub pads stuffed into gaps they can't eat it and water drains out a +.
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:41 AM   #13
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What holes in the MH readily admit critters? Haven't been in the MH in 6 weeks, discovered a ~10" long snake skin (really small diameter) near the accelerator pedal. Immediately after purchase, I found a partial skin in the minute gap under the dinette headed towards the bath.

Is there such a thing as a sure-fire means of keeping mice, spiders & snakes out?
Buy some Dove soap and cut it to two parts. That should help.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:12 PM   #14
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Have a look at this stuff. Cuts with scissors, won't rot or dry out, still allows some air movement and water drainage when installed, but critters will not eat it.

Particularly good for plugging the ends of the A-frame that are open to the environment, stuffing into plumbing openings, etc. Stays in place, but can be pulled out for repairs. Not cheap, but worth it...

https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-...2+X+10%27+ROLL

No, just a happy user of the stuff. Works on houses as well...

And here is a copper mesh version:

https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-...+Birds+Control
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Old 08-31-2018, 02:54 PM   #15
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Stuff steel wool into any gap you can find.
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Old 08-31-2018, 03:42 PM   #16
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Doesn't steel wool rust away, make a mess, and eventually disappear? Copper mesh idea in Post #14, and stainless pads in #12.
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Steel wool will rust and make a mess
Copper will too, but much slower

Regarding spiders, let me know if you find anything!

I've heard tales of some chemical back in the 50s that has since been outlawed decades ago, but my relatives in texas simply put a bottle of it in the outdoor shed, cap on mind you, and not a single bug ever ventured in.
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:28 PM   #18
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For spiders, CruizinDux Bob swears by dog flea collars cut up for his FC20's fridge and water heater mechanical spaces. Maybe get a few for the 345 and give it a try?

Have a good Labor Day weekend, all!

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Steel wool will rust and make a mess
Copper will too, but much slower

Regarding spiders, let me know if you find anything!

I've heard tales of some chemical back in the 50s that has since been outlawed decades ago, but my relatives in texas simply put a bottle of it in the outdoor shed, cap on mind you, and not a single bug ever ventured in.

DDT?? Of course, now that we are living in Texas, pretty much explains everything.
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DDT?? Of course, now that we are living in Texas, pretty much explains everything.
LOL, probably
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