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my fifth wheel (Koala 30SS from Skyline)has a closed under belly prottected from the elemenets by sheets of black coroplast. Living in a forested area I share with all kind of rodents like squirrels, chipmunks and mice I have had my share of issues with them and existing existing vehicles.

Chewed wires on trailers, chipmunk nests in filter airbox, once in my Explorer and once in my wife`s Escape(ended up putting quarter inch screen on air intake.
Last and none the least, once I drove 15 miles to work, parked in the underground garage and got out of the vehicle just in time to see a big black squirrel bolting out from under the truck!

Anyway, my question is has anyone ever had any problem with rodents moving in the under belly of their trailer resulting in damage to the trailer or component? Thanks, Dan

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Have not had a problem in the underbelly of the fiver but a real problem with them in Washington D.C.


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If they can chew through the plastic underbelly and get in there (and I'm entirely sure they can!), they will have a big party in there, for sure.

One way to prevent the problem would be to replace the plastic underbelly with light gauge sheet metal, and seal it up real good around the edges and anywhere pipes or wires pass through access holes in it.


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CREATO wrote:

Have not had a problem in the underbelly of the fiver but a real problem with them in Washington D.C.


........ Now THAT was funny...........


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CREATO wrote:

Have not had a problem in the underbelly of the fiver but a real problem with them in Washington D.C.


........ Now THAT was funny...........



It was not funny but a correct statement.
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We live in an area much like yours, we have never bad a problem because we have outdoor cats.

There is a warm dry nesting box, right next to the RV, yes we did that on purpose.


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We store our trailer in a field surrounded by trees and have never had a problem with critters of any kind although we often see mice but not in the trailer.

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I have the enclosed thermal underbody of the plastic insulation on my new Jayco Jayflight 19RD. I had field mice in my TT already. I crawled under the trailer and looked at the factory installed undercover. They didn't need to chew holes. There were gaps large enough for a cat to crawl through. There were two main areas above the front stabilizer jacks where it would have been difficult to attach it to the under body so they didn't. I pre-fabbed some metal brackets for both sides under those jacks and sealed everything off. No more mice yet. If that doesn't work I will use some sheet metal under the TT. Maybe 16 or 18 ga so it isn't too heavy.


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I have the enclosed thermal underbody of the plastic insulation on my new Jayco Jayflight 19RD. I had field mice in my TT already. I crawled under the trailer and looked at the factory installed undercover. They didn't need to chew holes. There were gaps large enough for a cat to crawl through. There were two main areas above the front stabilizer jacks where it would have been difficult to attach it to the under body so they didn't. I pre-fabbed some metal brackets for both sides under those jacks and sealed everything off. No more mice yet. If that doesn't work I will use some sheet metal under the TT. Maybe 16 or 18 ga so it isn't too heavy.
You should be able to use much thinner than that, 20-24 gauge, if you screw it to the frame cross members in the middle of the sheets to keep them from bowing down. If you want to weld them in instead of screwing them in, then 16-18 gauge would be needed to not burn up the sheet trying to weld it. I would just screw it on though, in case future access is needed for repairs.

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I used that expanding foam insulation sold at Home Depot in the aerosal can to fill the gaps. Once dry you can trim it with a knife and it does not permanently stick to the underbelly material allowing for easy access.


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