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Old 02-17-2017, 04:51 PM   #1
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Wascally Wabbits!!!! *&%$#

Hey all! I live in The California High Desert, and it seems the Jack rabbits up here like to knaw on my shore power cable to my Class A MH! They don't get deep enough to hit copper, so I am thinking they may like the smell/taste of the insulation on the power cord. Anyone else ran into this problem? And has anyone dealt with it with any success? Thanks in advance! And Happy Motorhoming!!! OLD SEABEE
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Hey all! I live in The California High Desert, and it seems the Jack rabbits up here like to knaw on my shore power cable to my Class A MH! They don't get deep enough to hit copper, so I am thinking they may like the smell/taste of the insulation on the power cord. Anyone else ran into this problem? And has anyone dealt with it with any success? Thanks in advance! And Happy Motorhoming!!! OLD SEABEE
For pets, some say to rub on Chile powder, but not sure how long that would last. I assume you have the cord plugged into shore power.

You could try some split loom cable cover...let them chew that first.

What you really need is the woven metal cover that you see on high pressure washing machine hoses.

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For pets, some say to rub on Chile powder, but not sure how long that would last. I assume you have the cord plugged into shore power.

You could try some split loom cable cover...let them chew that first.

What you really need is the woven metal cover that you see on high pressure washing machine hoses.

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You can get that fairly inexpensively at an auto parts house like Summit.
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You can get that fairly inexpensively at an auto parts house like Summit.
For under $20, sounds like it should be something most of us boondockers should carry!
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Probably pack rats and they are attracted to the soy used in the insulation!
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Split loom is a good suggestion and readily available, if you can get the woven metal covering (split) and close it up with tie wraps all will be good. The Wascals will be able to trim their teeth on the metal and your cord will be just fine!

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Coat your cable with ExLax, that should keep them busy for a while.
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I'm with Ray.

But I would mix a bit of lead with the exlax. Then they could be out there killing each other!
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Probably pack rats and they are attracted to the soy used in the insulation!

Having lived in So Cal High Desert they are definitely rabbits............herds of them

I planted TWO 500 Sq ft areas with grass..... put in sprinkler system, turned the soil, added manure/limestone, seeded it, mulched it, fought the birds over it and finally beautiful green grass was growing in my front yard.

Lasted 2 weeks....then the herds of rabbits got wind of it and all I was left with was 1000 sq ft of rabbit turds.

Definitely RABBITS.

Cover your power cord when out/exposed with tarps, plywood, rain gutter, split loom/metal wrap, piles of dirt....whatever it takes or you will end up with stripped insulation and possibly a couple of dead rabbits....but not enough of them to make it worth it.
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Probably pack rats and they are attracted to the soy used in the insulation!
Our electrician told us the same thing about the soy in the insulation.
We have several large Cummins powered generators located around our system and we have had regular Cotton tail rabbit damage to our generators, they like to get inside the compartment where it is heated and chew on the cables, once we get them all secured from rabbits than it's on to the mice battle, never ending process for us.
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Any home store or hardware store will sell a spray to repel deer or rabbits. I use it on some of the bushes the local rabbits seem to like. I'd start there.
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I'm told tobasco sauce won the cord will cause them to enjoy it less.

Someone up-thread said Chili peppers.. the main ingredent in .. You guessed it, Tobasco.
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Thanks!

Nice to find out I am not the only one having or have had this problem! I have pack rat problems as well, but they like my cars wiring, and the bite marks on my shore power cord are definetly Rabbit, or a big ass pack rat!! Thank you all kindly for your responses and suggestions!!! Now to get to work!! OLD SEABEE!!
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Not uncommon.
I've seen rodents in Beverly Hills climb into engine compartments of various cars and nest and feed on the wiring
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