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Old 02-27-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Enclose Front Propane Compartment

I have a new 2013 Windjammer 2809W. The propane tanks are in a compartment up front with latch doors on each side. The bottom of the compartment is open to the ground below. This is likely a safety design.

Have any of you enclosed that open floor with a mesh or material of some sort? What did you use? How/where did you attach it? I realize it must need to breathe. It took about a day for a couple wrens to decide their nest would be perfect on top of a propane cylinder in the compartment.

I need to seal it well to stop the birds and bugs.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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seems like some plastic type widow/door screen should work fine...lets air in.. without the critters
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I have a new 2013 Windjammer 2809W. The propane tanks are in a compartment up front with latch doors on each side. The bottom of the compartment is open to the ground below. This is likely a safety design.

Have any of you enclosed that open floor with a mesh or material of some sort? What did you use? How/where did you attach it? I realize it must need to breathe. It took about a day for a couple wrens to decide their nest would be perfect on top of a propane cylinder in the compartment.

I need to seal it well to stop the birds and bugs.

My Silverback FW propane compartment is partially open on the bottom, but otherwise the two tanks are in an enclosed compartment. I haven't had any problems yet with either birds or rock damage.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #4
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expanded metal can be welded to the frame.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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I wonder if itty bitty chicken wire would be nice and sturdy!
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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I wonder if itty bitty chicken wire would be nice and sturdy!
I installed JCJ Mud Dauber Screens on my water heater, furnace and refrigerator vents. I also had these on my last trailer after the mud and paper nests caused problems in the appliances.
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expanded metal can be welded to the frame.
I saw some decorative expanded metal at Home Depot. And, I saw some galvanized expanded metal used to hold wall plaster (this may be too big to stop our dirt daubers, country hornets and yellow jackets).

If you open an exposed compartment one time with a big nest of yellow jackets in it, you get paranoid about making sure they're closed up. The dirt daubers and birds are more nuisance and weekly maintenance problems.

The peculiar shape and edges along the bottom of the propane closet offer me some engineering challenges.
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I installed JCJ Mud Dauber Screens on my water heater, furnace and refrigerator vents. I also had these on my last trailer after the mud and paper nests caused problems in the appliances.
We actually purchased these at the store part of our dealer as we were doing the PDI, and had them install it! They work perfectly!
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I would install a cat .
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I would try a temporary fix to discourage birds. Maybe cram some nylon netting or just about anything down there. I think this could be a one-time problem.
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