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Old 03-20-2019, 02:12 PM   #1
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Pin Box & Critters

I'm sure this has probably been discussed somewhere on the forum, but I don't see it.

Just curious what others do to keep bird nest, etc. out of the pin box in the off season. What are others doing to keep critters from building a nest in the pin box when stored?

Appreciate your thoughts and ideas.
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Rattlesnake works!

Or you could close the hole with a styrofoam block, cut to fit.
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I keep the power cord and safety breakaway stored in the pin box area, so far it's worked out well.
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A cheap beach ball shoved into the pin box and then inflated closes it up perfectly.....even with the umbilical cord and breakaway cable in the cavity.
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I'm sure this has probably been discussed somewhere on the forum, but I don't see it.

Just curious what others do to keep bird nest, etc. out of the pin box in the off season. What are others doing to keep critters from building a nest in the pin box when stored?

Appreciate your thoughts and ideas.
I dont store it...I know I know that isn't helpful
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When we had a 5-r, I bungee'd an 8 gallon trash bag around the pin box. I'd put it on when we put the RV to bed in Nov. Only had to keep putting it back on (between trips) until about mid-Summer. After that, the nesting season was over & no more bird issues....until the next year.

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After finding a bird nest in ours, I started to stick bubble wrap in the pin box. No more birds.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:34 AM   #9
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Well what I did to keep critters out was this. When we built our new house I also built a 30' x 50' by 14' high ceiling Pole Barn with a six inch concrete floor and full 100 amp electrical service along with 14' roll-up and 7' standard garage doors. One half was fully insulated and heated for shop purposes, with the other half for what ever RV I had at the time to reside in when not in use. So far it has housed two motorhomes, two trailers and two fifth wheels.

BUT to my surprise when one day i was on the heated side and what did I spy but a little critter making it's way across the floor. It is amazing what size hole a mouse can fit through.

I would like to add that units kept outside should also be checked underneath for the smallest openings. They do have a critter repellent foam called Pest Block that I have used to try and keeps critters at bay when out and about camping.

My 2 cents worth..............
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On the last 5er I made up a cover with magnets on the corners to hold it in place. I did the same with this one but somhow it disappeared and I need to make another. Thin luan plywood and 4 rare earth magnets from eBay along with a few miutes assembly time is all it takes. I added a knob from my odds and ends box as well
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I dont store it...I know I know that isn't helpful
Agreed. Not helpful!

However, I can appreciate a little bragging about not having to store your unit (am I a little jealous? Yep!).

Those of us in sticks and bricks are looking forward to getting back out there now that spring is officially here on the calendar. Now if spring weather would just show up in Ohio, that would be great!
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Thanks for the replies. All good ideas.
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Google Hitch Vest pin box cover. I use it and it works well.
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WOW good ideas, I like the one with the beach ball. can't keep the bubble wrap, the grandkids, daughter, and wife like popping the bubbles.
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