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Old 09-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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Check your Ford V 10 for rats nest

We have just purchased a used Ford, E450, BigFoot, 2002, Class C, motor home with the Ford V 10 engine. It has the Banks Power Pack intake/ headers package and while I was servicing the K&N intake filter I looked down through the small opening at front of the engine intake manifold that’s sits above the engine “Y” area where there is a large space under the manafold and much to my dismay found a large rat/ desert pack rat nest. The motorhome came from Los Vegas and I purchased it in Northern Cali. That large straw filled nest has been in there for a questionable amount of time and it is a wonder that the engine heat driving up from Vegas did not start a fire.
I had to take off the back engine dog house cover and use an electric leaf blower and a stick to probe the nest from the front and back of the engine to blow all of that straw/poop out of there,….what a mess.
Take a look at yours as you might have a surprise.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! Thanks for the heads up; I know a lot of RVers have issues with assorted vermin from time to time.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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We bought a used Jayco Greyhawk and had to have considerable work done to replace wiring that had been chewed by rats
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Boy have I got stories to tell you about creatures in hidden places....

at a large telecomm firm and the techs are always- ALWAYS hoping for just wasps

you name it, I've been sent pics of it - from 20 rattlers in a ground cabinet in the southwest to moccasins in the marshes....
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