Access to Wiring Channels Above Windshield and Along Roof Edges
As signature says, 2008 HR Admiral. Monaco Monarch and Safari Simba are "sister" coaches- similar design, different badges. I suspect other Monaco/HR/Safari models of the same vintage are built similarly.
I'm looking for ways to access the wiring channels above the windshield (athwartships) and along the roof edges (fore and aft, both sides). I wish I could say it's because I want to install some whiz-bang new thing, but that's not the reason.
We had a single mouse that (until he vacated the premises last week) had taken up residence in those channels along the upper corners of the roof. You could hear it running to and fro overhead around 3:00 in the morning. I have cleaned up what I could find (compartment above the driver seat), but my nose suspects the mouse had a nest in those channels that I cannot find or remove. Plus, I want to track down the possible points of entry. There are no signs of staining on the headliner or walls.
I have already removed the driver-side A-pillar covers and did not see nest or transit evidence there. I have not removed the passenger-side A-pillar covers. (Note: Removing the cover involved loosening the window frame, which brought along its own problems. That's one reason I'm reluctant to dig into the passenger-side pillar cover.)
There seems to be no way to get to the above-windshield wiring channel from below. The rigid headliner goes right up to the rear of the windshield. The wiring to the A/V cabinet and TV run through small holes in the aft edge of the channel. It appears there are no ways to access the fore and aft channels, either. Access to the forward corners is possible, but very congested- I can barely get my hand through.
I have not seen construction photos of these coaches. I speculate that the construction process allows access to these spaces until the front and rear caps are installed.
In any case, if any of you similar-generation Monaco/HR/Safari owners know of any way of getting access to those spaces, please respond. If I can't get to the pathways to inspect and clean them out, it not only means a lingering odor but an attractant for more mice, later.
I'm pretty sure I'm up to speed on mouse intrusion prevention/repellent/capture/cleanup (thank you, iRV2 users!), so there's little need to post here about that unless it's something specific about finding and cleaning up mouse nests in almost-inaccessible places.
Thanks in advance, folks.
2008 Holiday Rambler Admiral 30PDD (Ford F-53 chassis)
2009 Honda Fit Sport