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Old 10-09-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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I see beautiful pictures of campers boondocking in settings, seemingly mostly out west, that show almost a desert-like setting with a few scrub bushes around, no neighbors as far as one can see. My question: Do you have a problem with unwanted visitors, such as scorpions, snakes, two-legged threats, etc? Maybr a second question: What is there to do in such a setting?

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I see beautiful pictures of campers boondocking in settings, seemingly mostly out west, that show almost a desert-like setting with a few scrub bushes around, no neighbors as far as one can see. My question: Do you have a problem with unwanted visitors, such as scorpions, snakes, two-legged threats, etc? Maybr a second question: What is there to do in such a setting?
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No problems with scorpions, snakes during the winter months,
Never a problem with two-legged varmits in 14 winters.

We drive our toad to where something is happening if/when the solitude and quiet gets to be to much, (which is seldom).

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Old 10-10-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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The only trouble we've had is with mice. We now carry mousetraps and peanut butter for bait.
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...if that were our MH, those critters better eat fast! We love our PB&Js


Does anybody just toss handfuls of moth balls into the basement and leave them there all the time?
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Nope...no problems with anything. It's perfect.
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...if that were our MH, those critters better eat fast! We love our PB&Js


Does anybody just toss handfuls of moth balls into the basement and leave them there all the time?
After I read the article below, I quit using moth balls and started using Fresh Cab (just got a new box today). I still think shoving steel wool into every nook and cranny works better than anything else, trying to keep the critters out. Never did get used to my coach smelling like my Grandma's closet, either. Sounds like the moth balls may be safe, as long as nobody is staying in the coach, and you air it out before using (seems like it used to take weeks, maybe not). Not gonna happen if you are boondocking. . .

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After I read the article below, I quit using moth balls and started using Fresh Cab (just got a new box today). I still think shoving steel wool into every nook and cranny works better than anything else, trying to keep the critters out. Never did get used to my coach smelling like my Grandma's closet, either. Sounds like the moth balls may be safe, as long as nobody is staying in the coach, and you air it out before using (seems like it used to take weeks, maybe not). Not gonna happen if you are boondocking. . .

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Are you using steel wool, or brass/bronze wool? Wouldn't steel wool rust out quickly?
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[QUOTE=bamaboy473;2264825]Are you using steel wool, or brass/bronze wool? Wouldn't steel wool rust out quickly?

I have been using steel wool for over 5 years with good success, no rusting so far. The friend that told me about it does mix/cover it with a caulking compound, but I did not want to make it into a big mess. I am including a link that discusses your point with the copper stuff, maybe I will try that if I ever notice any rusting. I am amazed at the tiny space the little critters can squeeze thru, some say as little space as it takes to slip a dime thru!

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Well, this thread sure hit home with us The admiral's Lexus threw a code and the Check Engine light came on along with the Traction Control light.

Trip to dealer to handle it under warranty. She got a call and was told that the electrical glitches were from a critter that was dining on wiring. Lucky for us, he was able to repair the harness and remove the beginnings of a nest.

Mouse? Rat? Squirrel? Since her car stays in the garage, and there aren't any droppings around the garage, and there are several tom-cats in the neighborhood, I'm mystified.

Mouse traps set, moth balls bought. Pellet guns loaded. Now to just try to confront the phantom boarder
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