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2oldman

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Posted: 03/22/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

InTheRockies wrote:


Anyone have experience with mice getting in via water heater? Not the tank itself, but where the water lines come in?
No, mine climb the shore cord to be greeted by a dollop of peanut butter for their last meal.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of people using string lighting on the ground around the perimeter of their RV. Apparently the rodents shy away from lights at night.


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Spray foam to keep rodents out may not be effective because they can knaw through it. Steel wool quickly rusts and needs to be replaced. I've had good luck using stainless steel scouring pads from the dollar store. You can tease the pad apart which will give you a long tube. Then wrap it around plumbing or wiring until it fills the hole. The hardest part is finding all the possible entry points and even harder sometimes to access tthem. As a back up I put some glue pads and poison bait out. So far this winter nothing has been trapped, no bait has been eaten, and no other evidence of mouse activity.

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These sound like all reasonable repairs for a mobile RV repair service. Shops are so backed up right now, your trailer could get stuck there a LONG time.

The shower leak is the hardest to tackle. When this happened on my weekend warrior, I also couldn’t find it, and there was no access. The mobile tech ended up adding a service panel to the inside of the enclosure, which I liked because it made future repairs possible.


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ADK Camper wrote:

Spray foam to keep rodents out may not be effective because they can knaw through it. Steel wool quickly rusts and needs to be replaced. I've had good luck using stainless steel scouring pads from the dollar store. You can tease the pad apart which will give you a long tube. Then wrap it around plumbing or wiring until it fills the hole. The hardest part is finding all the possible entry points and even harder sometimes to access tthem. As a back up I put some glue pads and poison bait out. So far this winter nothing has been trapped, no bait has been eaten, and no other evidence of mouse activity.


Never had them gnaw through the spray foam and we inspect bi-annually.


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Something to consider for those extended 6 week trips... you can find a lot of parts online and have them shipped to your current or next stop.

I almost did that last year when we were at Yellowstone and I had tow dolly strap that was starting to wear out in the wrong place. Didn't have an extra day in case they missed the delivery estimate.



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Lane hog: yes, that's something I could do when on longer trips for sure. As each issue with the RV crops up, I find I learn more about DIY and get more comfortable attempting things myself. Also might keep some more spare parts on hand for things that are prone to failure and/or in order to make rudimentary/temporary repairs to tide me over while on the road.


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A roll of Eternabond, some pan headed screws, and aluminum tape go a long way on making a field repair... [emoticon]

Two years ago, I replaced a water heater, something I'd probably have never attempted had there not been a YouTube video walking me thru every step.

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