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Mike and Terry Ann

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Posted: 09/24/20 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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We had pack rat move into our truck during our last extended camping trip. I cleared out the nest, which had a small rodent mummy the rat was keeping for some reason, and opened the hood for a couple of days. The good thing about an open hood is it's a great place to hang a hummingbird feeder.


Anyway, we drove into Laramie to dump and restock and my wife wanted me to look between the sidewall and the camper to see if there was any water(we had an intermittent leak) and I saw the rat. So I started taking off the turnbuckles and my wife started the jacks. This threw me off because it's not my usual routine so I jumped into high gear to get the turnbuckles off before she got too far with the jacks.

I missed a turnbuckle and the camper only came up part of the way. I panicked and went to open the turnbuckle but my wife stopped me before I got hurt and I lowered the camper back down undid the turnbuckle and then raised the camper again.

I pulled forward about halfway to take a look and the rat was passed out in the truck bed. Screwing up the turnbuckle actually worked in my favor because the rat got a little crushed when I lowered the camper. He surely would have found another spot to hide under the bed once I removed the camper. I used a turnbuckle to sweep him out of the bed and he woke up, but he was pretty badly injured and couldn't move quickly. I finally got him on the pavement and my wife attempted to put him in a bag and take him elsewhere.

All the while a truck with a couple of people were watching this hearing my wife scream a couple of times when the rat moved toward her. It must have been quite entertaining because they didn't leave until it was all over.

Now I always open the hood when camping in pack rat country and I will make sure I have moth balls between the camper and the truck.


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guys right, fresh cab is pricy so I make up a bunch of little packs using old panty hose. put them every where. and peppermint oil. P.S some auto wiring was made with soy oil thats why they chew the wires.

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That's what works for me.

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Hard working jack russels!
We had 2 jacks that tore the wiring out from underneath
my F-350, they were really proud--$800.

Years later, a new ram we now keep it away from dogs with hood propped open 12"all day and low watt bulb underneath engine at night.
That was after $2000 wiring damage, luckily ins. helped.

Also sprayed "bitter apple" on all connections. This is used as deterrant for puppy chewing and it'll stay on surfaces for weeks.
No problems since, been 6 months.

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My wife's Audi got chewed up couple/few years ago. Had dealer install an ultrasonic box. Zero issues since. Good, as it's always on and always with you. No forgetting to turn something on/off or being SOL if you forget it/ can't plug in when camping.


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An old sock with a bunch of mothballs in it is supposed to keep them out.

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I second the posion blocks. Set them in the hard rat or mouse traps if you have other animals. Freash cab / moth balls / irish spring people say work also.


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rhagfo wrote:

Janss wrote:

We've tried several things to deter rodents. The only thing that has worked consistently and completely is putting a shop light under the hood. I plug it in with an extension cord over to my carport and a dusk to dawn timer. When we are on an RV road trip, we leave one car in the carport. I do the same thing for it, but I just lay the shop light on the ground under the engine.


I took this one step further, I installed a strip of cut to length LED lights around the inside of the engine compartment. The plug is on the right side of the bumper, and plug in ever time I get out of the truck.


Well I didn't have access to photos when I posted this, a drop light is a bit of a pain as you need to remove anytime you drive the truck. This is a permanent install with plug on drivers side of bumper.

Light shining under hood.

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With hood open!

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