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Old 10-28-2021, 01:32 PM   #1
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Portable Grill in Basement - Critters?

Am I being paranoid, or would storing my portable grill in the pass through bay invite critters to explore, due to food residue/odor?
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I don't thank that is paranoid at all, and I don't leave the grill in the basement either. Same reason, don't want to tempt critters.
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Old 10-28-2021, 01:44 PM   #3
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I don't thank that is paranoid at all, and I don't leave the grill in the basement either. Same reason, don't want to tempt critters.
I agree. My wife thinks Iím paranoid. 😄
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I don't have trouble with "critters" in my home BBQ. Why would the RV BBQ be any different? Would like to hear what others have to say.
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Old 10-28-2021, 02:57 PM   #5
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I don't have trouble with "critters" in my home BBQ. Why would the RV BBQ be any different? Would like to hear what others have to say.
I agree with this. Iíve had my grill in the RV basement for many years without any problems. Donít plan to change now.
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If your rig is well sealed, storing a grill inside isn't any more attractive to critters than cooking and eating in your kitchen.
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I had a critter ( desert rat ) go into my basement; through the water bay and the aux water bay heat duct; and the only thing in the basement that resembles food is my beer fridge ...the little !@#$#@! paid dearly for that intrusion.
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We stored our grill in the basement for 16 yr. of constant full-timing travel. The only time we got mice was in Sept. in a Stanley, Idaho forest service campground which was surrounded by high grasses. Being Sept. mice are looking for a winter spot and the whole campground was dealing with them. I don't attribute them to having the grill. In fact, our grill was outside those days - being used. We moved on and no mice issues. Yes, you're being paranoid!
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I never considered storing it anyplace other than the basement. Depending on the time of day I use it, which is usually in the late afternoon, I leave it out, often overnight, to cool. Have never seen a single critter around the grill. So when I put it away in a locked basement, fully confident I won’t have any issues. Figure the same critter that could get in my locked basement could figure out how to get in the coach. So in the basement it goes. Best on whatever you decide.
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Always have my grill ,when not in use, in the basement.never any issues. I have gone around any place that wires , hoses etc pass through with steel wool and or spray foam long ago. My DW would never let me bring the grill or griddle inside! Don’t care how clean I get it.
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I should clarify that I have no issues keeping it there when we are on the road and or camping. It is when I store the Ventana at home that I am concerned.
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I should clarify that I have no issues keeping it there when we are on the road and or camping. It is when I store the Ventana at home that I am concerned.
Since 2006 we've left our Coleman double burner, (in a plastic container,) and our Weber in it's carry case. Still doing it in our 2015 Dutch Star. No Ant's, No Critters, All good. And I only clean out the top grill rack and dump the catch pan.)
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I use to keep a Weber in the storage bay of my 2014 DS. The only time I found a rat, was in that bay, nesting near the BBQ. I later added an electronic pest control with two different ranges. It's always plugged into an outlet in the 3/4 bay. Since installation, no more critters.

I took the BBQ out of our 2019 DS as we don't use it, but I would suggest that when it's at home, put your BBQ in a trash bag and seal the end of the bag.
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A rat will make ribbons out of any plastic bag if it wants in there!

Discovered last year, they can chew a hole thru drywall if something smells tasty on the other side!
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