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Old 04-20-2016, 02:22 PM   #1
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Enclosed undercarriage..awesome or nightmare?

I'm ordering a new Outback travel trailer that has an enclosed undercarriage. I am wondering if this is more trouble than its worth. My fear is that critters will find a nice home in there and it will be a nightmare to get them out. Also I'm guessing servicing anything under there is a major job.

How well are they sealed?

Does it keep critters out?

Is there generally any access built in for service?

I had to order it basically site unseen because no one remotely close stocked the floor-plan I wanted.

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Old 04-20-2016, 03:11 PM   #2
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They're definitely not "sealed." A determined critter could get in. No built-in access, but if you know where something is, for example, the black tank valve seal, you can cut an access flap and seal it back up with tape. I think there's a special tape that can be ordered. It's not terribly expensive to purchase an entire sheet of the plastic. I believe it's called Coroplast.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:38 PM   #3
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It's only a problem if you need to remove it. My trailer has a heat duct to blow warm air down there when the furnace runs to help prevent the sewage tanks from freezing. Wouldn't work at all if the belly wasn't covered.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:36 PM   #4
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You will probably have more problems with an exposed underbelly than with the enclosed one...critters will still get in if you have a problem with them in the area, or possibly where you may camp. Constant battle, just keep every opening you can find sealed.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:23 PM   #5
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Ordered my Jayco TT with it. Delivered last week. They sealed around the sewer drain pipes with expandable foam.


The material is attached with screws and washers to the cross members and the side frame rails. Looks like it could be dropped down in the areas you need access to if needed.


If in the drain area, new foam would need to be applied. It was worth it to me to pay extra for it, and as I see it, the positives outnumber the negatives.


We'll see if my opinion changes over the following years.
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Our Keystone Sprinter has enclosed underbelly and I went around with black Gorilla tape and sealed a few gaps at the ends and made sure all wiring and pipe entry points were sealed. It is also secured to the frame with self tapping screws and is pretty easy to drop for service. However, I'm going to install JT Strongarm stabilizers on it and the cross member supports are hidden so I will have to locate and mark them on the sheet. I think it keeps a lot of weather and road crap from getting in many a nook and cranny. And the heated tank thing is nice!!
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Just be aware Little Critters especially mice can chew their way through anything. And bugs of any kind ants or anything can find anybody is that crack or hole to get through and will. I have seen it happen. Just keep an eye out for them.
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I really wanted an enclosed underbelly, when we purchased our first new TT, mainly for the thermal value, but a great deal was there on our Grey Wolf 26RL and had everything other than that, so wife convinced me , how many times are we going to take the TT to sub freezing areas for any length of time !

So she won, and we love it. I know it's not a high end unit , but if we head north, there are always tank heaters !!!

Everytime i can, and always when we move the TT , i spray high strength insecticide all around where the TT lives. Even when camping , part of the set up procedure is spraying around all ground contact points. So far, no bug problems !!!
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I had a lot of issues with mice on my current TT when it was stored for the winter. That's why I'm concerned. the little buggers get in everywhere. I found that poison worked the best and securing everything that they might want to chew.

The squirrels last year were more of a challenge they took up residence behind my fridge. Ate a hole through the roof vent (wire mesh) and the plastic outside side panel. Had to pull the whole fridge out to get them out of there....
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Hardware cloth, maybe 1/8 or 3/16 spacing. If your local rodents like mice and squirrels can chew through it, you either need to go to war against them, or you need to move. Now.
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Maybe i must say, living in southern Ga ( i'm a Yankee ) no problem with rodents , but ants, those dam things are everywhere, would love to have a rat, could kill it with one shot. Those ants never surrender, Spray Spray Spray, kept them out of camper so far !!!
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Maybe i must say, living in southern Ga ( i'm a Yankee ) no problem with rodents , but ants, those dam things are everywhere, would love to have a rat, could kill it with one shot. Those ants never surrender, Spray Spray Spray, kept them out of camper so far !!!
Be careful what you wish for....Ants aren't as destructive as rodents nor do they cause the camper to smell like urine.
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RideandSlide,

Bone meal works somewhat good on ants. Non poisonous. Now, where I put it down, if I could only keep the dog out of it! She eats it!
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