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Old 08-16-2018, 08:22 AM   #1
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Green as can be from Mi. U.P. Hello

Hello ….New as can be to a motor coach and having a RV..
My wife and I have purchased this motor coach as it is a handicapper and we hope it will fit our needs..
It is a Newmar All Star 4188 that is set up for my wifes wheel chair as she has MS and could not use the stairs to get into it..
We bought the unit from a dealer in MN used as is and so far have had to replace DC batteries and I had to send the coach downstate to have the lift worked on...GRRR
I have learned a lot so far but know from my other activity in forums I knew it was time to join a Newmar forum/forums..
One of the first thing I want to do is to change the inside lights to LED and to ask about keeping the red squirrels away while the coach is outside and not in storage...We have a lot of red squirrels around here and they have already munched off the foam under the coach...
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:39 PM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on the new coach. Lots of good folks here with good info to share.


We spent a few months in your neighborhood last summer.


Enjoy the adventure
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:48 PM   #5
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Welcome and you'll surely enjoy that Newmar. We sure did!

RE: keeping red squirrels away..... good luck. Some folks have problems with pack rats and mice. For pack rats they sometimes lay strings of Christmas while lights under the RV as they don't like light. I don't know about squirrels. Besides, you have snow there so the lights will be covered. How about a low electric fence?

I just did a Goggle for squirrel deterrants for vehicles and this came up. There are many more articles and also ads for various devices. Sorry, I don't know what works. However, for mice in the engine and generator compartments we got a mesh small item laundry bag and filled it with moth balls and hung it in the compartments. It worked for us. Put a note on your steering wheel to remind you to remove the bags before starting the engine.

https://blog.allstate.com/protect-yo...-on-car-wires/


You might want to start a new post with 'red squirrel problems' in your Subject line for more direct answers.
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Welcome to the site, we bought our coach out west it had a small flashing light under the hood I had no idea what it was for it is called Rid-A-Rat
It is for keeping mice/pack rats/ and other rodents out so far it has worked while we keep the coach in storage.
Do the google search thingy. Good Luck
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I have used two products to keep mice and squirrels out of our rig. They are similar. One is called "Fresh Cab", and the other is "Cab Fresh". I get them at our local Fleet Farm.

One is Balsam Oil in a little bag, and the other is Mint in a little bag. They aren't cheap but I get several. I throw some under the coach near the wheels and put three or four inside the coach.

So far they last the Winter and have kept the critters at bay and instead of smelling dead critters or poop, we smell fragrant oils.
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Hello ….New as can be to a motor coach and having a RV..

One of the first thing I want to do is to change the inside lights to LED ......
Thanks Jay and Teresa
Looks like you have a lot of great advice in regards to those pesky "U-Per" red squirrels...

Lights:

I used M4 LED Products (M4 Products) to change over my 2002 Dutch Star DP to LEDs. LEDs make a big difference......example - the 5 bulb "chandelier" over the dining table could bake a small cake with incandescent bulbs (Think Easy Bake Oven). With the LEDs - no heat. But - - they aren't as good looking as the regular incandescent bulbs. But the rest of the change out either went into the ceiling lights or the sconces on the wall. I even changed the docking lights and tail lights.......

Good luck and at one time - we were all "green"!! Welcome to the RV world - lots of great memories and friends to be made.....

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I have used two products to keep mice and squirrels out of our rig. They are similar. One is called "Fresh Cab", and the other is "Cab Fresh". I get them at our local Fleet Farm.

One is Balsam Oil in a little bag, and the other is Mint in a little bag. They aren't cheap but I get several. I throw some under the coach near the wheels and put three or four inside the coach.

So far they last the Winter and have kept the critters at bay and instead of smelling dead critters or poop, we smell fragrant oils.
Thanks ….Have heard of Cab Away ….Thanks
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You may want to look up “Rodent Defense” from EliminatorsChoice.com. You can spray it on anything (I think). So far so good since last fall.
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Fox urine. Get at sporting goods store. Rats and other critters can smell it but we can’t.
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I installed LED lights that flash under my RV to keep the rodents out. We are in the UP now Munising area where are you located ?
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