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Old 11-21-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Blocking Vent Openings with Painters Tape??

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I finished winterizing my RV this morning and feel good that I was able to complete it all myself. (I hope that I did everything correctly... ) I placed Bounce fabric softener sheets throughout the interior and also placed peppermint oil soaked cotton balls in the cupboards and compartments for good measure... Hopefully that will deter the mousies...

Now I have heard that you should cover all exterior vent openings...ie...fridge, furnace, water heater, etc. with painter's tape to keep bugs and critters out. Has anyone done this? Should I worry that the painter's tape will remove any of the paint when it is removed in the Spring? Or should I just leave the vent openings alone? I never covered them in my old RV but I want to take very good care of this new Big Baby...

Thanks in advance for all of your opinions and advice.

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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I don't know of anyone that covers these openings with tape for the winter.
You don't have to worry about bugs in the winter in Massachusetts and the mice will fing a way in if they want to - the tape would just make a nice bedding for them :>)

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We've never covered the openings on any of the RV's we've owned. We already have the screens inside them to keep bugs/critters out though.

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Old 11-21-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use any kind of tape there - by the time is gets soaked, frozen, thawed, and sun-baked, it probably won't ever come completely off. At the very least it will leave adhesive clinging all over.
Painters (masking) tape is not intended for long term use - it is expected to be peeled off within 24-48 hours.
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I've never sealed anything on the roof. Think you need to promote air flow rather than seal it in. Agree, mice will go through blue tape real easy and it will leave residue, too.
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