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free radical

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Posted: 02/09/19 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Id suggest to Spray Rust check oil Undercoating on all UNDERSIDE..it stays wet for long time so no criters will like to crawl over it..

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Posted: 02/09/19 10:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When they get in the engine bay, they need room to sit and chew. I filled the space below the wiring harness and other area's with cheap footballs from Walmart. You can deflate them to fit in just about any problem area. The squirrels even chewed all the insulation off the battery cables, so I put a deflated football on top of the battery too.


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Posted: 02/09/19 11:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I like the squirrel pole idea, but there are way too many squirrels. I'd never even put a dent in the population.


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Thanks all for the replies.

There are a couple of feral cats on the property - I see them on my security cameras almost daily. We have some fox, too. If not for them I'd bet things would be a lot worse.

I do need to seal up the outside openings. There are only a couple that are big enough for a critter to get through - the biggest being where the power cord goes in. I've been meaning to do something with it for a while - I'm pretty sure that's where the mice are getting in. I know that's where the ants get in, but that's a whole 'nother rant.

Deflated footballs sounds like a good if-you-can't-beat-em-join-em plan. Give them something to chew on. I'd just have to remember it. Also spraying a lubricant to deter them sounds like it has promise. I'd like to think if I go out there and start it up more regularly they'd not hang out there. But, counting the RV, I have 7 vehicles. Except for the motorhome, none sit for more than a week. I have more cars than drivers but I make a point not to let them sit. Even so, every single car has busted open acorns and droppings on top of the intake manifold. It's crazy. So far no chewed wires, though.


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Posted: 02/10/19 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They won't chew the footballs. They need more resistance to wear down those front teeth. The footballs just get in their way. With your electrical cord, make sure it drops straight down so it's harder for them to get a grip. Then around that opening where the cord goes in, pack it with bronze wool. It's like steel wool but won't rust. They won't touch it they don't like metal in their mouths.

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So here's the results of the squirrel infestation. They were indeed nesting in between the top of the gas tank and the floor. They chewed up the air pump wiring harness (9 conductor cable), the air supply line for the Jet Ride system, the air supply line for my air horns and air pressure gauge, the gas line for the engine, generator and a vent line. I had to tear up the floors and reopen an access hole I had cut into the floor 5 years ago. Believe it or not, it's much easier than dropping the tank.

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That stinks, but hey you got nice new floor!
3 words.
Get a cat!


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Grit dog wrote:

That stinks, but hey you got nice new floor!
3 words.
Get a cat!


Thanks! That's the nice new floor I had to tear up to get at the access hole and now have to re-install [emoticon] I have to admit that it does come up easy - gotta love snap-together laminate flooring.

What kills me is that there's a decent-sized feral cat population around here as well as foxes that live on my property. The squirrels have them outnumbered like 100 to 1, though.

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Posted: 05/06/19 07:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow Jim, you critter problem put mine to shame. I am glad your on the right track getting this resolved. Hope you can come up with something to keep them from coming back.

When your all done, you can get back to more important things... Camping!! [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/07/19 12:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it was me, I'd dose everything I want to keep intact with castor oil. Rodents hate the stuff and a single application typically lasts two years.


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