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Old 12-29-2017, 07:38 AM   #1
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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.
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Just a thought, maybe a camera like shown in this link would help you inspect impossible to reach areas.

https://www.harborfreight.com/digita...era-61839.html
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Thanks for the suggestion!
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Re "possible points of entry" see my post 5-20-2009 Hole in floor on Monarch.

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Thanks! I just reviewed the thread. Will look at that area on our coach.
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I don’t know how similar Admirals and Camelots are, but I can see my wiring bundle enter the roof chase after removing right side A pillar cover. The bundle runs the length of the coach and drops down to floor along the outer wall of the closet. And, toward the front of closet. There is a wood covering to dress it up and hide the wires.

There are openings everywhere to allow critters roam where they wish.
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ultra sonic leak detector

The long cable on this scope and the price makes it a steal.

Put a mark on the scope so you know when starting which end is up.

If you really are desperate you may need to remove the cabinets.
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The link didn't work for me. Could you check and post it again? Thanks.
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ultra sonic leak detector

The long cable on this scope and the price makes it a steal.

Put a mark on the scope so you know when starting which end is up.

If you really are desperate you may need to remove the cabinets.
If at first you don't succeed.

https://www.amazon.com/ELEGIANT-Tele...6-4c18a8348879
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