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Old 04-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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Just another pin box idea

While changing out the pin box bolts the other day, I reached up in the trail air and started to pull out pine straw, then some leaves and other debris. No way all that stuff just fell in there as it was WAY up in there. I figure it was a bird or something. So, decided to make a removable plate to close up the hole. This is only used while we're set up for long periods, which is all the time now. I made this out of a piece of ducting sheet metal I had laying around, and a thin cutting board. Since we're not at my shop, I had to use a scraper, hammer and silicone tube to shape the metal. The piece just slides up in the box and is secured with Velcro, so it's easy to remove.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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Looks really good!
I store my toilet rinse wand up there in the pinbox. Couldn't find anywhere else I wanted it to be.

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Old 04-11-2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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I had wrens hatch babies in my pin box two years in a row. Bought a big rubber snake and coiled it up in there. No birds next spring.
Traded the fiver in last year. Oops. Hope the new owner has a strong heart.

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Old 04-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, that rubber snake will be better than any cardio test!

I like both ideas, I had to evict a house wren just a week ago, fortunately no babies or signs of occupancy. I grabbed a bit of chicken wire, cut to fit and tossed it into the bed of the truck when I pulled it last weekend. Get this, the bloody thing blew out going down the road! A piece of wire mesh with 1" holes.
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I've been using moth balls on my TrailAir... no sign of any critters.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:06 AM   #6
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what a co-inkee-dink

When we started to hitch up last week DH dragged at least a 2 gallon bucket of moss, shredded baling twine, straw, leaves, etc. out of the pin box.

The chicken wire is a great idea. Make it just too big enough for the pressure to hold it in place.

Another bird had been trying to build a nest underneath the passenger side slide topper. Three times I'd taken a water hose to it, washed it all out, only to find she'd been very busy the next day.

We laughed that both of them were trying to figure out WHERE their nesting spots went! when we left for five days.

Stinkers! We have bird boxes all over the back yard. Use 'em!
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I suppose it is an ideal place to build, if I were a bird, and liked to travel. I love the snake idea. That's just funny thinking of a new owner finding that thing later on. I've left stuff around like that as a prank, forgot about it and scared myself before.
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Traded the fiver in last year. Oops. Hope the new owner has a strong heart.
That's laugh out loud funny!
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