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    How do you prevent stowaways?

    When we've winterized our camper Mindy has always used dryer sheets and cotton balls with peppermint oil to keep out mice. It seemed to work fine on our other camper. First trip with the new camper and we already picked up a stowaway. This one won't crawl up our power cord again.

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    What are you using to keep these guys out?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Steel wool works really well to keep them out.
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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    For some of the larger holes, taping a piece of mesh screen over it and then covering it with expanding foam works. But, for that cord storage port, there isn't much you can put in there to block it. Maybe stuffing some peppermint oil soaked cotton balls in an old nylon sock and sticking it in the opening while the cord is in use might work.
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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Bronze wool is better - no rust. Used for wood finishing on boats.
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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

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    Getting to know our camper better tonight and looking for places to run wires, came accross the stowaway's nest. He had come up the power cord and built this nest out of moss and a plastic bag. There isn't any moss by our house so wondering if there is some by where it was parked at the dealer for the winter. The bag was under the sink when Mindy noticed it was tore up so thinking there must be some holes in the floor that need sealing. Saw it on the forum before but does anyone know who sells the black foam to seal the holes or know something that works better? It is funny, our dealer put some little bags of stuff to keep the mice out and one of the bags was chewed into by the mouse. Don't think we'll be buying that brand again. Put in some dryer sheets, peppermint oil on cotton balls and getting some bronze wool tomorrow.
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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

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    anyone know who sells the black foam to seal the holes or know something that works better?
    Amazon, ebay etc HD, lowes. Get the stuff for outdoor ponds, has some UV inhibit in it. Good for the exterior areas, landing gear etc.

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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Cliff, you can get it at Menards. It's in the outdoor section where they have stuff for ponds.

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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Thanks, just happen to going faucet shopping at Menards and Home Depot tonight. I'll pick some up.
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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Quote Originally Posted by CliffP View Post
    When we've winterized our camper Mindy has always used dryer sheets and cotton balls with peppermint oil to keep out mice. It seemed to work fine on our other camper. First trip with the new camper and we already picked up a stowaway. This one won't crawl up our power cord again.

    2012-04-15 10.38.47.jpg 2012-04-15 10.39.11.jpg 2012-04-15 17.26.49.jpg

    What are you using to keep these guys out?

    Thanks in advance,

    Cliff and Mindy
    Cliff,

    I had a similar issue with my SOB - I replaced the entire power cord setup with the removable power cord setup to remove the access that the mice and Wasps were using to get into my rig. I had a very large wasp nest right behind the cord access one year - that was my breaking point!

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    Re: How do you prevent stowaways?

    Quote Originally Posted by recumbent615 View Post
    Cliff,

    I had a similar issue with my SOB - I replaced the entire power cord setup with the removable power cord setup to remove the access that the mice and Wasps were using to get into my rig. I had a very large wasp nest right behind the cord access one year - that was my breaking point!

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    Kevin,

    A wasp nest there would be terrible! Did the kit cover the whole hole or did you have to make some kind of plate to go behind it?
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