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turbojimmy

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Posted: 02/09/19 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've tried just about everything to keep mice out of my RV. Cab Fresh works, but I've fallen behind in replenishing it. So I just put poison out, which seems to be effective in driving them out. But the poison attracts them in, then they go out and die. I've found 2 on the ground outside the RV.

Anywho, the inside situation is what it is.

I've also got issues outside. I think there are squirrels living, or at least hosting parties, between the gas tank and the floor. I went out there the other day and a herd of them scattered from underneath. It was then I realized that the air suspension wasn't working. The pump runs and runs but doesn't build any pressure. I hooked a compressor up to the manual fill and couldn't air it up. I can't hear, however, where the air is going but the line runs over the top of the gas tank and into the air valves above the axle. I think the squirrels chewed them up. I can't get to them because all the air leaked out and the back end is sitting on the ground. When the weather gets warmer I'm going to have to carefully pull it out onto the blacktop so I can jack it up. It's on a pretty good slope right now and I can't get a jack safely positioned under it.

Today I started it for the first time in months. The starter has been sketchy and I haven't had time to fix it. I turned the engine a bit by hand and the starter finally engaged. Once it started to heat up there was smoke pouring out from the engine compartment. I shut it down and took the cover off. There was so much smoke (steam, it turns out) I couldn't see anything. I let it cool down and saw what I thought was antifreeze filling the valleys on the left side of the intake manifold. It was boiling from the heat of the cast-in exhaust crossover. I put my finger in the liquid and sniffed it. It was greenish and sort of smelled like antifreeze. So I figured I'd start it back up and let it boil off. Then it occurred to me that antifreeze shouldn't be boiling like that. I looked again and noticed that the liquid was in places it couldn't possibly get if it were an intake manifold leak. I think it was critter pee! It's only 20 degrees out today so I guess it was frozen. After running for 15 minutes and after all the liquid boiled off, I let it cool down for about 30 minutes. I went back out and everything is bone dry. I started it again and let it run. No leaks. It had to be pee - I've never seen so many mouse droppings in one place, but there was no nest. I don't know what to think.

I never had this problem at my old house where I had it parked on a paved spot. I plan to pave a spot for it in the Spring so hopefully that will help. In the meantime I have to figure out how to move it with no air in the bags, or find a way to safely jack it up in the dirt where it sits.


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If squirrels didn't have bushy tails, people would call them rats. I pay no mind to folks who say "but their so cute" I had them do so much damage to one of my rigs it took me weeks to repair. They chewed entirely through the main wiring harness on my E 350 based Jayco. That harness is as big around as your wrist and a couple hundred wires. After you splice all those, you won't have any love left for those tree rats. There are a number of ways to get rid of them. Search youtube. Here's one and there are many others.


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T18skyguy wrote:

If squirrels didn't have bushy tails, people would call them rats. I pay no mind to folks who say "but their so cute" I had them do so much damage to one of my rigs it took me weeks to repair. They chewed entirely through the main wiring harness on my E 350 based Jayco. That harness is as big around as your wrist and a couple hundred wires. After you splice all those, you won't have any love left for those tree rats. There are a number of ways to get rid of them. Search youtube. Here's one and there are many others.


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

They haven't chewed any wires yet. Just hoses. They chewed through my extend-a-stay tank hose a few weeks ago. I don't have any evidence that they chewed through the air lines yet, but there can't really be any other logical explanation other than a line popping off (which has never happened before - they're all compression fittings and very tight).

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Our Family friend and protector Dakota deceased no over a year, kept the squirrels in check.
He grabbed them head first or rear first and clamped don in the middle.
I wish he had't bothered the Chipmunks though.
Pretty much anything in the yard was fair game. The last squirrel he got coming out from under the truck. So if you have a farm dog of any of several breeds, or mongrel he might solve your problem. Keep him a softer bed and food, He'll get it before the critters get a chance, under the RV or Dog House near it.
Dakota his last few years stayed in our home with us. Wish I had brought him in earlier. When he was out which he preferred until that one cold spell no critters go to chew on anything.,

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I don't have a squirrel problem, but the squirrel pole was interesting.

I do have to say though that the best part of the video was I got to spend a good 30 minutes being amused by many of the comments.


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Lol - the best part of that video was indeed the comments.

A dog is out of the question. I'm not home enough to properly care for one. But thanks for the suggestion!

I watched some videos from a guy that has an '87 P30-chassis motorhome with the same Jet Ride air suspension I have. He has very detailed videos of removing the system and replacing the bags. My main objective is to air it up enough to move it to where I can safely work on it and diagnose the issue.

After watching the video, I realized that each side has a valve for draining moisture. Each bag has a solenoid that has it isolated from whatever happened between the tank and valves (presumed to be critter damage). I tried to remove the left side valve first because it was easier to get at. It snapped off in the housing. So now I have a bigger mess. It needed replaced anyway, but now I need to drill what's left of it out and re-tap it. THEN I can put a Schrader valve on there and air it up manually.

Friggin squirrels

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You said that you're not home enough to look after a dog. What about a cat. Our neighbor has a farm cat. Between that and another neighborhood cat, our squirrel population is kept in check.

I suggested a cat since they require less maintenance than a dog.


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trailerbikecamper wrote:

You said that you're not home enough to look after a dog. What about a cat. Our neighbor has a farm cat. Between that and another neighborhood cat, our squirrel population is kept in check.

I suggested a cat since they require less maintenance than a dog.


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Bought my last trailer in 2011, first spring after I discovered mice had been in my trailer over the winter... [emoticon]

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That spring I inspected under the floor deck and this is what I found

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and this...

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There were a few other openings but I sealed them all up that spring and never had a problem again. [emoticon] since owning rv's I have always used mouth balls & bounce sheets, honestly I really dont think they do much but I will continue to use them.

We have also had problems with both Red & Gray squirrels. 2 summers ago they have chewed a hole in my old shed doors and got into my lawn tractor engine and other important things. They did some damage, I ended up replacing the doors. I also for about 2 weeks straight used a "Have a Heart trap" where i was removing 1 per day but they kept coming... Cut down my Black Walnut tree last summer and this helped somewhat, If I continue to have problems I will look into the Squirrel pole idea! [emoticon]

One other thing of note and as mentioned, before ALL of this we had a indoor/outdoor cat that hunted everything! ... never had any problems with rodents, don't underestimate a good Cat!

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Take out the food and close up the openings.
Then set a trap line.
Game over.

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