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Old 06-10-2015, 10:35 PM   #1
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screen off any insect entry points

When I picked up my Shamrock 183, I bought from the dealer a third-party screen for the furnace outside port as I know that insects would want to get in there and build nests. However, the refrigerator and the hot water heater also had louvered panels providing an entry point for insects. I had some screen fabric laying around. I cut the screen to fit the inside of the panels and affixed the screen to the inside using silicon caulk, leaving no way for insects to get past the screen.

I have not done anything to the furnace and refrigerator vents on the roof. Are these screened off internally or should I use something to screen these vents off?

I just this morning saw a wasp land and crawl up the opening of the outside awning supports. I suppose I will unfurl the awning next time I camp and find a nest up there...
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:58 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:06 PM   #3
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I've screened everything too or thought I had. Don't know about the roof...interesting to see what other folks say.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:10 PM   #4
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roof vents are out of sight... I'm not sure they should be out of mind... I have not had a probelm with anything getting in YET, that I know of... but the insects sure are busy here and I'm not sure if I have yet gotten out all of the stink bugs that came in last fall, from who knows where they got in?
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:21 PM   #5
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I have not done anything to the furnace and refrigerator vents on the roof. Are these screened off internally or should I use something to screen these vents off?

I just this morning saw a wasp land and crawl up the opening of the outside awning supports. I suppose I will unfurl the awning next time I camp and find a nest up there...
If there is a opening they WILL get in!

We have screened everything! Refer vents, furnace, HWH, propane vents, bumper endcaps (like Wiscampsin mentioned). Camco sells screens for all of these and can be inexpensively had on Amazon.com

I even went the extra mile and pulled our two A/C covers off the roof (yep, they have vents too!) and protected them from the inside with screendoor screen (Secured with aluminum tape).

Fully protected!!

*cough* until I went out to hook up after 3 weeks of inactivity this spring and found a (thankfully unoccupied) birds nest in the opening underneath our kingpin hitch!

Proof positive that if there is a opening, nook or cranny they WILL get in and nest!

(NB: I fashioned a piece of foam rubber and covered it in duct tape. It now plugs the opening underneath our hitch when not hooked to the truck - yep, even at the CG! )
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Mud wasps can get into the plumbing vents. Bought my 2006 340 TS last December and found mud wasp nests everywhere. About 20 fist size nests under the hood including in the air cleaner. Both plumbing vents were near fully blocked. Pulled out what I could get by hand then cleaned out the rest with a hose. Then flushed the holding tanks to get the mud out.
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