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Old 09-20-2018, 06:45 PM   #1
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squirrels getting in

I have a Columbus 381fl 2016. I have squirrels getting in to my underbelly on my coach getting to my storage compartments bringing walnuts with them the size of apples. I checked the whole under belly and top vents and found nothing. I did seal all holes for wiring and anywhere else last year. I cannot figure how they are getting in. I am ready to pull this whole underbelly off and see if there are any breaches from the outside of frame to the inside of underbelly. this underbelly is an 1/8 inch plastic. Forest river was a joke when I called them and my dealer is scratching their heads. I can see mice getting in to a camper but not squirrels. We have never had this with any class A or travel trailers in the past. Any help would be great.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have a Columbus 381fl 2016. I have squirrels getting in to my underbelly on my coach getting to my storage compartments bringing walnuts with them the size of apples. I checked the whole under belly and top vents and found nothing. I did seal all holes for wiring and anywhere else last year. I cannot figure how they are getting in. I am ready to pull this whole underbelly off and see if there are any breaches from the outside of frame to the inside of underbelly. this underbelly is an 1/8 inch plastic. Forest river was a joke when I called them and my dealer is scratching their heads. I can see mice getting in to a camper but not squirrels. We have never had this with any class A or travel trailers in the past. Any help would be great.
The first year we had our Travel Trailer the wind blew the little door off the stove vent and broke the tabs by which it is held on. It wasn't cold yet so I just left it off while a new one from Amazon was enroute. (We are full timers.) Before the door arrived, we had a whirling dervish inside our trailer. It would knock things off the walls and gnaw on anything. I finally trapped it, but we also had a Norway Rat. He was so fast we only saw a blur, but we googled rats, and the distinctive shape of its' scat told us what it was. We trapped it too, in a rat trap, and it was so big it was running through the camper with a large rat trap attached. It takes very little room for them to squeeze in!

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Old 09-22-2018, 08:12 PM   #3
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I checked all of these things including the roof and air units. Forest river makes a playground for rodents. I sealed up so many holes that mice or chippies could have got in. I went through 2 big cans. There is got to be somewhere else they are getting in from the underside between the frame and under belly that you can not see. I will probably have to pains taking the under belly off a little at a time till I can see the breach. I will never buy another camper from forest river again. 65,000 squirrel house.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:02 PM   #4
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You're kidding yourself if you think that Forest River is to fault for the rodents getting in. Those suckers will get into any RV if they are determined to do so. Motorhomes stand a better chance of keeping them out than any trailer does, MHs due to the elevated chassis and flooring provide a better barrier to them. Trailers of any type or quality are not going to be able to keep them out, the chloroplast is not designed or strong enough to detour a rodent that chews for a living. I live in NC and we are infested with millions of squirrels and they get into any and all RVs regardless of manufacturer.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:24 PM   #5
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I have been on this property since 1999. Had a class A and had chippies that chewed through a air intake. Also had a travel trailer and had some mice problems. Never had squirrels that were getting in. There is a breach between frame and underbelly somewhere. You have to see it to fix it. I don't think WI squirrels are any smarter than NC squirrels. Thanks for the input.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:19 PM   #6
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Have you tried lighting up the inside of the trailer or those compartments at night and seeing if you can see light coming out of that invisible hole? A very bright LED light might do it. Those critters are pretty crafty at chewing just the right size hole to get in and store their nuts.

Do you suppose they know something about this upcoming winter that we don't?
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:42 AM   #7
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that is one of the first things I did, from inside and outside of compartments, looking in and out. Taking it to the dealer next week. Without taking the underbelly off a little at a time I think I'm not going to get far. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:55 AM   #8
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So let me get this straight. YOU can't find any openings but it is some how Forest River fault for a squirrel in your camper. WOW!

I's sell right away. Why would you want to keep such a POS?

Personally, I have owned 3 different Forest River Products. In fact I live full time in one now and I have never had a squirrel problem. Never even heard of anyone having a squirrel problem but I am sure it is the manufacturers fault.

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Old 09-24-2018, 03:28 PM   #9
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If you knew how to read, you would have read [no openings that I could see] That doe's not mean they are not there.DUH
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:40 PM   #10
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You need to check around the front of your unit, they may well not be getting in through the underbelly. I have a level up system and there is a path, look closely, up the jack leg, thru the battery compartment and into the storage compartment. You need to look at the top of these compartments to find many of the paths.
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