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Old 08-02-2021, 09:28 AM   #1
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Expect the unexpected

So I pull into the concrete pad at my campsite after a four hour, uneventful journey. Get out to unhook the toad and notice oil drips under the air filter bay on rear passenger side. Thought it was from the previous camper as my oil filter is on the other side. Look under the compartment door and see a small run of oil!

I opened the bay door and see an oil stream coming from around the yellow dipstick port, and the dipstick is still fully inserter and locked. I try to remove the dipstick and the entire plastic port comes away out of the bay panel! Turns out, the guide tube for the dipstick had pulled out of the yellow port and that was the source of the original drip as most of the oil was on the backside of the panel. Reinserted the tube and cleaned it all up. Oil level still good.

Here’s my suspicion. I have an occasional varmit visiting me in the storage lot. He leaves “deposits” on the batteries, on the air cleaner housing in the engine area, and a few other places. From the looks, I suspect a possum. I’m guessing on the last visit, he climbed on the dipstick tube and the weight pulled it out of the yellow port. Then, while driving, oil splashed up the tube and out the gap. Nothing was obvious from the outside, looking from the bay door.

You just never know.
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Wife 'discovered', and we've loaded up on and distributed bars of Irish Spring to repel such pests. My primary concern in the RV and my other vehicles of wiring 'chews', as happened to my buddy's new Ford Explorer. It happened in his garage in a pristine, busy neighborhood.

So far, no issues in the remote-stored RV, the Jeep or other cars that have Spring deployments.
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Old 08-02-2021, 04:11 PM   #3
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You obviously haven’t seen this photo that was posted on the forum. Irish Spring will only provide evidence of their presence. They appear to love it and will, occasionally, invite friends over to enjoy the feast. Word is also out that they make pillows and mattresses out of dryer sheets. Audible annoyance devices are equally useless.

Sticky traps, snap traps, poison or a herd of feral cats are somewhat successful options. Some folks have fashioned 12” high metal flashing to surround the tires. Tire are believed to be a port of entry along with the power cable, unless a collar of some sort is used to fill the opening.

A great deal of wire insulation is now soy based. Tasty yes, but it does lead to elevated estrogen levels in mice. This explains the pillow and mattress making and in some cases it even leads to quilting.
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We left our 4runner in Flagstaff 3rd week of May.
Got back last Friday night (RV limped home with blown Turbo->CAC hose).
Went to collect truck on Saturday. It turned over fine. It was trying to start.
After the third try, I opened the hood.
The squirrel jumped out and ran away when I did that.
I picked up the 4runner from the shop earlier today.
$350 and she runs great again.

He recommended a system that flashes a light under the hood. It connects directly to the battery and mounts on the hood. He says the light will scare the rodents away.

Not sure I buy the flashing light idea.

When I was younger, and backpacked a lot, we used to put moth balls on the tires and axles to keep the rodents out of our vehicles at trail heads. I've fallen out of that practice mostly because those things smell terrible. I think they might even cause cancer, but I think most of modern life does.
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