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Old 09-08-2019, 01:58 AM   #1
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Raccoon problem

I had a raccoon get into the basement slide out and made a mess and not sure how they got in.. This is the second year they have made a mess and tore up some wired this year. The motor home is parked beside my where it has for several years with no problem. Any ideas on how they get in. I have a 2002 Monaco Windsor PKDD 40 foot diesel.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:02 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Charlie1022 View Post
I had a raccoon get into the basement slide out and made a mess and not sure how they got in.. This is the second year they have made a mess and tore up some wired this year. The motor home is parked beside my where it has for several years with no problem. Any ideas on how they get in. I have a 2002 Monaco Windsor PKDD 40 foot diesel.
Raccoons are to are too large get into an RV. My guess is your have mice. If they can get their head in they can get it. Nothing short of on you knees looking and sealing up openings will stop them.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:59 AM   #3
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Raccoons need a 4 inch diameter hole, so their entry point should be obvious. If they are going in and out a lot there will be an oily/dirty looking stain around the hole, or scratches from their claws. The opposite can be true too. An entry spot can look cleaner than the surrounding area. If you have a spot where there's loose rubber flaps they might be pushing their way through but it should still be obvious.

How do you know it was a raccoon? They are nocturnal so typically if they've found a cozy place, they'll sleep there during the day.

You'll need to do some crawling around with a good flashlight and you'll need to probe places you can't see with your fingers.

If its a compartment you can crawl into during the day, and close the door behind (with a helper outside) you sometimes you can see light. When you do your searching one common mistake is to underestimate where an animal can find entry. Check everything even if at first you don't think they can get in that way.
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I have seen squirrels make messes in attic spaces. They can get is some tight spaces also. Raccoons would need a pretty big hole. I would just seal everything I could find up. I agree, crawling in during the day and looking for light probably the easiest way to find any openings.
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Before you climb into a storage compartment and shut the door...make sure the racoon is gone!
I took a boat out of my woods and powerwashed it inside and out for about two hours...I looked under the deck and saw a bunch of eyes looking back at me...mother raccoon and her three pups with her. I skampered out of the boat real quick. In a few minutes of silence, saw mom herding the kids out of the boat back to the woods...

I must have hit them with 4200psi a zillion times without knowing they were under there...must have stung quite a bit. But I was glad they didn't chow down on my leg.

Long story short, the raccoons destroyed that boat interior. Chomped through 3/4" pressure treat marine ply to access under the deck. I ended up parting and totaling the boat. They are some pretty disgusting animals. The boat was gross inside.
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