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Old 01-25-2018, 11:00 AM   #1
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Sealing off slide out holes

We have a 2016 2861 DS. I was wondering if any of you have found a way to seal off any holes when your slides are out. We have sweeper seals, but there are still areas that are vulnerable to access for critters. Soon we’ll be parking our MH on our daughter’s RV pad, but she has chickens that have drawn mice and ugh, rats! We certainly don’t want any unwanted guests while there! Please let us know if any of you have found a solution for this problem.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:30 AM   #2
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If you have access concerns when your slides are out....the only thing to use would be sponge foam inserts. Just stuff them in wherever needed, but remember to remove them before retracting the slides. I would suggest this only when parked for extended periods of time.....kind of a nuisance for overnight stays.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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If you have access concerns when your slides are out....the only thing to use would be sponge foam inserts. Just stuff them in wherever needed, but remember to remove them before retracting the slides. I would suggest this only when parked for extended periods of time.....kind of a nuisance for overnight stays.
Yes, we were thinking of using the foam inserts because we will be parked for extended periods at her home. They have even offered for us to store it there, but that really makes me nervous. We do use Fresh Cab since this RV had a history of mice before we purchased it. Haven’t seen any evidence of mice since. I have also heard of using steel wool to fill any gaps, but what a hassle.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:00 PM   #4
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Rodents in an R/V (or a home for that matter) are a part of life.
You can strategize, prepare and do what you can but there are no guarantees.

We've been camping for 50+ years. Some years we see no signs of mice, chipmunks or insect intrusion. Other years, just the opposite.

We have used every pest control method known to exist. Sometimes they work, other times they build nests out of dryer sheets and Fresh Cab pouches.

All you can do is block as many access points as possible and keep the items (food) that draw critters into the rig, sealed as best as possible.

Seems you are stressing over this. I hope it doesn't interfere with the joy of staying at your daughters.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:09 PM   #5
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Thanks. Well, it is kind of stressful when I think of critters getting in and eating away at our $70,000 investment! We’ve been RVing since 1992, and we never had a critter problem. So when it was discovered that this RV had them from a previous owner, I really freaked out! I believe the main difference for us in not having a rodent problem was that none of our class C RVs had slide outs. This slide definitely has vulnerable places and since we will be taking it to an area that has known rodent activity, I just wanted to know what we could do to bring peace ✌️ of mind to a potential problem.
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I've used brass wool to fill those types of holes. The problem with foam rubber is that those pesky critters like mice, if they are determined, will chew thru the foam. The brass wool can not be chewed away as it will cut their mouths. Make sure you get brass wool or even copper wool and NOT STEEL wool. Steel wool will rust and make a mess. This is a boaters trick that I used for years while sailing on the great lakes and have used it in my RV successfully.
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If it's any comfort, I've never had issues with mice getting in through the slide. They always come in through a hole I can't find under the refrigerator. I have a Solera -- little smaller than your Forester. I understand they can enter through very small holes.

Fill any holes you see. Set traps where you can. The most "successful" trap location in mine has been in the space under the cabinet and drawer by the sink.

I have put a trap outside on top my rear dual wheels and have had no entry when I've done so (but it might be just a coincidence). Good luck!
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This is nothing! Just wait till you see a snake on the bumper and then disappear underneath. that will give you the willies.
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:35 PM   #9
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This is nothing! Just wait till you see a snake on the bumper and then disappear underneath. that will give you the willies.
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In our padt 2017 Concord there was Slide long gap on both sides when extended. Cold air poured out! Didnt keep it long enough to figure out a fix.
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In our RV we have a electric ultrasound rodent repellent. Seem's funny, but that thjng really works. No problem with rodents. Got that at a hardware store many years ago.
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We used construction gap filler foam to fill holes made for utilities into and out of our motorhome, and we also used it to seal the hollow frame construction channels in the Ford E450 chassis and frame construction between the "house" and the "450". So far, so good. No new "hitch hikers" or "non-rent paying" tenants.
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We used construction gap filler foam to fill holes made for utilities into and out of our motorhome, and we also used it to seal the hollow frame construction channels in the Ford E450 chassis and frame construction between the "house" and the "450". So far, so good. No new "hitch hikers" or "non-rent paying" tenants.
Thanks! I’m not sure you can use that to seal slide openings though. Or were you able to use it around your slides without it interfering with its operation?
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In our RV we have a electric ultrasound rodent repellent. Seem's funny, but that thjng really works. No problem with rodents. Got that at a hardware store many years ago.
We tried ultrasonic. Drove our dogs nuts.
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Rain water can get in too

We haven't had a problem with critters but have with water after spending time on Grand Island last spring. I now keep a roll of duct tape handy to close out the gaps.
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