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Old 07-04-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question animals chewing wires

Has anyone had any experience with an animal chewing wiring on your motorhome.
I had a ground hog chew its way through my engine harness to the tune of $2,500.00 in damages. Got it fixed and now would like to find a way to prevent it from happening again. Any ideas?
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Has anyone had any experience with an animal chewing wiring on your motorhome.
I had a ground hog chew its way through my engine harness to the tune of $2,500.00 in damages. Got it fixed and now would like to find a way to prevent it from happening again. Any ideas?

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Had raccoons get in the basement and chewed through a few thousand dollars of wire and other items.

They came n around the propane tank as near as I can figure. From there they made their way into the large cable conduit and in to the basement compartments.

Installed hardware screens over all openings.

They haven't been back.
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Had raccoons get in the basement and chewed through a few thousand dollars of wire and other items.

They came n around the propane tank as near as I can figure. From there they made their way into the large cable conduit and in to the basement compartments.

Installed hardware screens over all openings.

They haven't been back.

Good idea! I need to check on that!
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:11 PM   #5
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I keep trapping , shooting and gassing them had one under the turbo of my super duty 2 days ago. Hogs already at some wiring and the insulation blanket .
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I use Critter Getter from Home Depot around the tires when ever I'm going to be parked for a long time where there are critters around. If you have pets, I'm not sure how they will react to that, so read the label.
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:10 PM   #7
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I had a groundhog chew the sound insulation in my coach and toad engine compartments. Nesting material I guess. My solution was to leave the campground as quickly as possible upon discovery of the damage (heard the groundhog while it was still in the toad engine compartment).
I starting using rope lights all around the coach to discourage pack rats while in the desert, and now I always deploy the lights at all rural campgrounds to hopefully discourage nocturnal rodents. No problems since.
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When I opened the hood of a Sprinter there was some critter snarling at me. Nothing would get it to leave. In desperation I took a broom handle and, with a mighty stroke, broke off the O2 sensor and killed the engine. Turns out the critter had also been gnawing the insulation in the wire harness. Replacing the sensor and wire harness was something like $800.

Maybe a year later I found the critters skull. I had wondered many times what happened to it.
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Had squirrels eat the wiring off gas tank in prior RV. Had to drop tank and rewire. Shielded new wire in a hardware cloth tube, also found huge nest covering entire top of Ford 460 in that same MH.
And the dang tree rats also got to the taillights in another RV. Covered the wiring with spray foam and used Fresh Cab rodent repellent with some success.

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I was in the Colorado mountains off grid and could hear a rodent under the dash near the engine, I took one of the headband LED lights went out and put it under the hood on strobe mode, they never came back, a short term solution.
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Had raccoons get in the basement and chewed through a few thousand dollars of wire and other items.

They came n around the propane tank as near as I can figure. From there they made their way into the large cable conduit and in to the basement compartments.

Installed hardware screens over all openings.

They haven't been back.
I agree with using hardware screens!
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Some years ago, I saw a TV program about porcupines eating tires. It was somewhere out west where hikers parked to go on hikes. They had to put guards around their tires to ward off the porcupines.
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On the news the other day, discussion was that global warming was causing increased animal attacks.
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Yeah, because a 0.2C temperature rise over a few decades will cause them to go nuts...

Riiiight!
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