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Old 05-05-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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covering exterior trailer vents

We have left our 26' Fleetwood trailer on our property in John Day Oregon for the summer. We are there about every other weekend.
In our manual it suggests that when you're gone a week or more that you "cover exterior vents (water heater, furnace, air conditioner shroud, range hood, refer) to prevent insects and small animals from getting in."
Our ? is do any of you do this and what do you use ???
(ie why re-invent the wheel)...
No problems yet but at 3900 feet the insects and critters are scarce so far this spring!
Thank you in advance, Richard

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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I'd still do it. Lot cheaper than having to pull a furnace.
The furnace would be first, followed by WH, then refr, then AC shroud for me.

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Mud Dabber Wasps love to build nests in those places that's why they recommend closing them off. You can get after market screens to go over the openings that will keep the wasps out but, still allow the device to function.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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Maybe the insects and critters have not yet found your trailer.
Rodent and insect Prevention is the thing to do. Use Decon for rodent control, mothballs, Put Bay leaves in food as ants hate them. etc. Parking tires on wood squares and covering side walls will increase their lifespan. Rodents eat insulation off of wiring and make nests out of canvas, insects make nests in water heaters and vents. You can even get fine wire mesh for heater vents from camping supply stores. Other full timers like myself and weekend warriors take these precautions regularly to avoid costly future problems.
Covering the roof and vents will give protection from the elements - UV rays, bird poo, etc. BUT if you're using your trailer twice a month, I would not bother covering it.
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Do you happen to know a source for fine wire mesh for the heater vents, etc? After-market cos or from camping supply stores or ____? Thanks, RTB
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:28 AM   #6
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One of the first things I did on our 5er and Texas Wasp LOVE places like that !

Lot's of places... campingworld, any rv store, amazon
just know the make and model of your appliances:
Amazon.com: rv furnace screens

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