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Old 01-18-2006, 01:01 PM   #1
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AARRRGGGG.... just have to vent....

Went to run my slide out... no 12 volts... hmmm I think... blown fuse.... nope they all checked out ok... broke wire at the switch... naw too easy to fix.... has to be something harder... so time to pull the belly pans.... First thing I notice is a gap.... uh-oh.... then I look to the backing plates of my breaks... why are my wires white?... I look closer, turns out the sheething has been chewed away.... nothing rubbing... starting to get a little concerned... 3 hrs later have all the Belly pans off... got rained on by rat crap... cleared out a nest re-stuffed chewed insulation.... replaced about 40 ' of wire.... seems he/she would get boared with one section ... then move to another... had my wife make me some moth ball holders out of tooling... (that fish net stuff you put rice in for weddings) hung it up in about a dozen different places.... whew.... just need to scream.... and vent .... Thanks...
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AARRRGGGG.... just have to vent....

Went to run my slide out... no 12 volts... hmmm I think... blown fuse.... nope they all checked out ok... broke wire at the switch... naw too easy to fix.... has to be something harder... so time to pull the belly pans.... First thing I notice is a gap.... uh-oh.... then I look to the backing plates of my breaks... why are my wires white?... I look closer, turns out the sheething has been chewed away.... nothing rubbing... starting to get a little concerned... 3 hrs later have all the Belly pans off... got rained on by rat crap... cleared out a nest re-stuffed chewed insulation.... replaced about 40 ' of wire.... seems he/she would get boared with one section ... then move to another... had my wife make me some moth ball holders out of tooling... (that fish net stuff you put rice in for weddings) hung it up in about a dozen different places.... whew.... just need to scream.... and vent .... Thanks...
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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Don't just look at protecting the 5'er from them. They had to come from somewhere. The barn/shed/parking area probably is holding more of them.
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:23 PM   #4
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Does the mothballs really keep them away?

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Old 01-18-2006, 06:32 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MO _ Jack:
Does the mothballs really keep them away?

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Old 01-19-2006, 04:16 AM   #6
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Rodents can and will eat insulation off of vehicle wiring also, and can cause a lot of damage. Heat from a block heater can attract them.
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Old 01-19-2006, 06:21 AM   #7
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Glad you caught and fixed this now.
Imagine these wires touching and causing things to fry in both vehicles leaving you stranded on the side of the road on a trip!

The temperature will be above freezing again this weekend, so I will crawl under our TT to inspect our trailer now that you have me worried!!

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Old 01-19-2006, 03:11 PM   #8
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and its not the first time for this unit.... when it was new to me, While traveling From Seattle to Ar. about half way (in Missouri) lost all 12 volts.... turned out a rodent prior to this one chewed through tbrake wires on the frame... they shorted casuing the Breakaway switch to melt , and busting the Relay for the system. had no refer for about 12hrs, in the heat of summer... yuk...
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I'd offer them something else to munch on, several packets of rat poision placed in the enclosed spaces of your RV.
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I'd offer them something else to munch on, several packets of rat poision placed in the enclosed spaces of your RV. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Done this in other units...Stuff makes the rodents supper thirsty... enough to chew through plastic plumbing lines... then once they pass.... oh the smell ....
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Just in case the mothballs don't keep them out of the barn, put Coke or Dr.Pepper out in bottle caps, renew each day. The sugar will attract them, but they cannot burp and the carbonation will kill them. Of course that is hopefully out in the field, and not in the barn!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">cannot burp and the carbonation will kill them </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I think this is an old wives tale. Your probably just going to attratck more of them and/or other pests.
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Got to be an old wives tale (or urban legend). The carbonation would evaporate rather quickly in the open container.

Ever try to drink flat coke?

What would probably happen is you would attract all the thirsty rats from the trailer next door that was using the rat poison.
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There is a poison that I think makes mice/rats bleed internally. However, it works----lack of oxygen makes them want to get out to air, so they go outside. However, if they don't make it outside, their bodies dry up and they do not have an odor.

It is green pellets, don't know the name but ask any local feedstore and they can tell you and sell to you. Works SO good, we've never found one that died inside.

We live in the country and in winters, mice tend to move into garages/workshops etc. We have had them eat spark plug wires in half and about 6" will be missing. Love to chew up wires to our water well, as well!
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