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Old 09-15-2008, 06:32 AM   #1
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Is there a simple way to screen off places where wasps, field mice or squirrels can get in and set up camp? We just bought our first rv and during the walk-through we were told squirrels will nest in the rooftop A/C, etc.

How big a problem is this really?
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Is there a simple way to screen off places where wasps, field mice or squirrels can get in and set up camp? We just bought our first rv and during the walk-through we were told squirrels will nest in the rooftop A/C, etc.

How big a problem is this really?
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:15 AM   #3
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It's a VERY big problem.

At the end of May, I had to spend $1000 getting my generator fixed because a mouse had chewed through some of the wires and seals. Mice have chewed on my Tyvex winter cover and burrowed into my engine air filter.

I now store the motor home with moth balls at stategic locations like the engine compartment, on the roof of the motorhome under the cover, in the plumbing and electrical compartments, etc.

They sell covers for your furnace exhaust ports but most of the other spots are hidden. Just poke around and fill with steel wool, bubble wrap or expandable foam. Be careful of any locations that can get hot from the furnace or engine exhaust.
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It can be a problem, and more or less likely depending on where your rig is parked when not in use. In a barn, on a farm, tall grass, etc adds greatly to the possibility of critters, especially rodents. Some owners would say that using a rig cover encourages critters to take up residence...

As indicated, you can buy screens for the furnace exhaust areas and also for the water heater. Look underneath and plug any obvious access holes. Don't leave power cord or hose running down to the ground where critters can use it as a bridge, etc. Don't leave anything in the rig (food, etc) when it is not in use that might attract critters.

We use mothballs in the refrigerator and WH compartments, but still got a spider web in the WH burner tube last year. Some people hang an owl on the top of the ladder to discourage rooftop pests. I check the rig frequently, looking into the engine compartment and similar areas for nests, etc.
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Thank you both. I'm an absolute novice and I've got a million questions. Studying the assorted manuals now.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:10 PM   #6
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Put a sheet of Bounce or some other fabric softener in all of your outside storage areas, including any small spaces you think wildlife cannot get into. Have had no mice since we started doing that.
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