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Old 09-03-2010, 08:52 AM   #1
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Giant rat attacks slide gasket

I recently replaced the gasket on our bedroom slide and was very happy to find, as hoped, it solved the pesky leak I'd been fighting for months - at least I thought it had. After an overnight shower I went out to find the leak was back!

Since this wasn't the first time it had rained since replacing the seal, I was more than a little "perturbed" by the leak and started investigating. The slide was out overnight and I could see no problems with the gasket on either side. Then I got out my ladder and took a look at the top:

I could see giant rat (OK, raccoon) footprints on top of the slide and roof. Anyone have any similar experience with a raccoon shredding a slide seal? Other than keeping the slide closed, any suggestions on how to prevent this from happening again?


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Old 09-03-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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Does dirty rats………What a mess. We have good luck using mothballs under and around the rig to discourage small critters, mice, chipmunks etc. I’d throw a handful on the roof of that slide too, might do the trick.

What did you use to Lubricate that seal, cod liver oil? Sorry bout that, thought you might need a little joke about now.

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What did you use to Lubricate that seal, cod liver oil?
No, I used bacon grease. Doesn't everybody?

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No, I used bacon grease. Doesn't everybody?
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There is little that can be done to eliminate raccoons from destroying things, short of making caps out of them. I use traps to catch them here at the farm. They are IMO the most destructive animal we humans must contend with, they will destroy most everything. I have seen abandoned houses that are a total loss from raccoons moving in and tearing up everything.
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Remember that Moth Balls are poisonous for humans and animals. You can search the internet and find out about Moth Balls. When used for the purpose of killing moths, a sealed container is supposed to be used. This prevents the fumes from poisoning people and animals.
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We use a mixture of vasiline and cyanne pepper to stop our horses from chewing on the boards in the barn. I don't know what the vasiline would do to the seal but I bet the pepper would stop the chewing. I also dumped some pepper in a trash bag I have hanging in the carport because one or more of our dogs was tearing into it No more.


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