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Old 06-19-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Trailer Wide Open Around Landing Gear Strut

I was out doing some stuff on the camper the other day and noticed something that has me concerned. I had the door to the Level-up System open and noticed that there is an opening around the front left strut that comes into the front storage compartment. Now it has probably been that way from the start and this is the first time I noticed it and became concerned. It's obvious that critters could get into the front storage area. I'm thinking mice, squirrel-sized critters, or maybe snakes. Could they then get into the camper? I looked around in the compartment and didn't notice any openings but now I'm wondering. Is this opening around the strut common? Anyone ever have any critter problems caused by this?
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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Had our 34 RLSA a little less than a month and noticed the same thing. In previous 5th., wheels under the propane tanks which has to have ventilation, there was a opening. I always put a open container of moth balls there to keep the wasp out but the large opening you are talking about could allow a a large animal in. Interested to see what others are doing with this space.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #3
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On our 38FL there is metal all the way around the cylinder - there is probably only 1/4" or so space around that you can "see" into the storage compartment.

Still probably enough room for a bee, but because of the angles and such, not likely a small animal could get in to the area where the small space is there.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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1/4" gaps on both sides. Used foam backer rod and silicone adhesive over the top to seal it tight. A friend of mine said that if boats were made like trailers, they would all sink.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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Exclamation Sheet Metal

We had a mouse come up that same landing gear strut in our Silverback 35QB4, get into the garage and chew through our BARBQ bag! Had never had a rodent issue in four years at the exact same location with our previous trailers. This was one week after we brought the new fifth wheel to the location!

Immediately took it to our local dealer, they installed a piece of sheet metal by riveting it in place and then used spray foam, then a coating of rubber spray over that. It is bomb (and rodent) proof now, and have never had a rodent issue again.

If you are handy with the tools, you could do it yourself in a couple of hours max. We had the dealer do it and it cost us a couple hundred bucks, but we have peace of mind that rodents are kept out by the fix.

I highly recommend that you do the same...that strut is a rodent highway, and it is only a matter of time!

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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Picture of the landing gear opening!

Here are a couple of pictures of the opening around the drivers side landing gear. The opening is actually larger than I first thought. Certainly an animal the size of a cat, opossum, raccoon, or birds, could easily make a home in the front of our Cedar Creek basement. Any suggestions on what others are doing about this would be appreciated.




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Old 06-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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Yuck - outside of ours is the same. Inside is not.
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I really don't know what they (Cedar Creek) was thinking when they designed this. I think we have all dealt with bird nest in the pin box but this is bad. Leaving it up the the purchaser of a new unit to deal with sealing up openings like this??????
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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I posted on this very subject last year on 11-21-2012, I guess it is a problem with more units than the silverback?? I don't think Forest River is to concerned with this problem as I spoke (phone) with an engineer at the factory about this issue last year. I happen to know a person ( Oakman) who is going to Goshen in August and will be bringing this issue up with Forest River, I guess we will all see what forest river intends to do about it??
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I would try some spray foam. Kinda lay some tape over the area, the coat the other side with foam. Once the foam hardens up there will be no need for the tape. Great Stuff has a foam designed for pest blocking. Great Stuff

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