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Two weeks to go....
I'm paranoid about varmints getting into my engine compartment.

I plan to set traps.  What has anyone found works at keeping rodents out?

Thank you,
Steve
Ive had mice get in under the hood when a vehicle sets much. Theyve filled the air cleaner with bird seed or dog food now and then. Pack rats are evil little beggars, and I terminate them with extreme prejudice at first opportunity. They can be quite destructive of wiring, and can make the rig stink to high heaven in short order. Vile creatures.

I recommend not annoying the black and white striped catlike animals that one may find in camp or out of town, just a calm discussion and politely ask them to move along. You wouldnt like them if they get scared or annoyed.

Dogs often will keep unwanted critters away, but you need to train them not to get close to the above mentioned black and white striped catlike creatures.
(09-08-2020, 01:55 PM)Steveb. Wrote: [ -> ]Two weeks to go....
I'm paranoid about varmints getting into my engine compartment.

I plan to set traps.  What has anyone found works at keeping rodents out?

Thank you,
Steve

Traps work when one has gotten in, but do little to deter them from getting in in the first place.

The received wisdom is to light the underside of your van at night. This can be done by placing solar lights near each wheel well. I've also seen people placing a light string perimeter around their vehicle. 

Another thing you will see is people keeping their hoods open.

If a little critter wants to set up house, the idea is that they will leave if they think there's too much light.

Does it work? Dunno, but I do it.
(09-08-2020, 01:55 PM)Steveb. Wrote: [ -> ]Two weeks to go....
I'm paranoid about varmints getting into my engine compartment.

I plan to set traps.  What has anyone found works at keeping rodents out?

Check out this thread on the subject:


https://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/sho...?tid=40742
One of the RVs that was staying wherebI have been camping this epweek has a large LED lit cross in front of his radiator, string lights underneath and along the sides that stay on all night. Plus hevset up a marine Corps flag in front and an American flag at the rear. Keeping out 2 and 4 legged unwanted visitors asvwell as evil spirits. Has all the bases covered except for an arial attack. Tongue
Slow2day - I have heard that lights in the engine compartment scare the varmints away. I have no experience with them. I’ve had experience with porcupines chewing brake lines in our campground. Lights seem to work with them. Harbor freight has some cheap motion sensor lights that work on AAA batteries they have magnetic mounts on them I would think a couple of them under the hood might work to scare off critters. It’s worth a try they’re not expensive.
They do get used to motion detectors pretty quickly though.

Personally I like feeding them projectiles.
I deal with pack rats and field mice constantly. They can do some crazy damage to a vehicle overnight. Three things to help stop them. Pop the hood, use led light strips, and set a few rat traps around the engine bay. Over the past 11 years I have had my vehicles disabled by pack rats 6 times. If I am not strict about using these measures they always get me in the SW here.
dang tripper. you have some bad luck with them critters. I know I need another camp dog. I have been looking but 95% of all dogs now a days seem to be chihuahuas or pit bull or a mix of them. highdesertranger
(09-16-2020, 02:13 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: [ -> ]...chihuahuas or pit bull or a mix of them.  highdesertranger
The pit bull chihuahua sounds lethal. 
-crofter
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