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Old 10-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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We are getting settled in to our winter location, the volunteer campground at a National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Some of the old hands are warning us about "pack rats" which may climb into engine compartments and chew insulation to make nests. Various precautions have been suggested like leaving the engine compartment door open, stringing rope lights under the rig etc. We've also been advised to wrap wire wool around the water and sewer lines to prevent field mice from using them to get into storage compartments.

Question for the experts out there: how big a problem is this in reality, and what are the best remedies to prevent rodent intrusion in an occupied motor home in winter conditions?
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Pack rats (the rodent kind))

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping: packrats attack

some ideas there for you GOOD LUCK! Warm winter wishes.....
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Thanks! That confirms that rope lights under the rig is a viable solution. And now I know why all the official vehicles are parked with their hoods open at night.
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At "Farm Store" type establishments, you can get "bar bait" which comes in a large bar that breaks up into smaller pieces. Put some of this under your rig, particularly the engine compartment. They will eat it and wish they hadn't.

I would suggest using all of the various means with which to thwart the varmints. The damage they can do is very expensive.
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