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Old 06-11-2007, 05:56 AM   #1
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Adding screen to Refrigerator Access Panel

Has anyond added screen to the outside access panel to keep bugs and mice out? What about the roof vent? We leave our trailer in a wooded area year round. Any other suggestions of where to protect from mice getting in?

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Old 06-11-2007, 06:03 AM   #2
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Mice are devilishly clever. Of course you should try to close off obvious entry paths.

Rather than trying to close every hole I place a box of Decon under bottom draws, in places with no normal human access. Decon causes them to seek water and leave the RV.

In six years we have had no mice in our motor home, trully open construction when you consider the requirements of the engine compartment.

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Old 06-11-2007, 06:25 AM   #3
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Hi Chuck & Cathy,

Us, like Norm, use Decon. We use plastic tupper-ware type containers and have one in the camper, and each outside storage compartment. Using the containers allows us to reuse it by opening them up when the camper goes into storage (short term or long term over winter) and closing them when we go camping. In 10 years, weve never had a problem with mice.

During winter storage I put some steel wool (inside a Glade sandwich bag) and put them in any openings, such as furnace vent, low-point drain plugs, etc.). Mice wont chew through steel wool.

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Chuck and Cathy,

I haven't added any screen to that cover, but I have done it to a furnace exhaust. Where we stay, there are bee problems all summer long, so having those entry points blocked is a must. Since the furnace exhaust is hot, regular screen material won't work, so we had to use aluminum. It works well, though we don't have the screen on most of the time when the furnace runs a lot (bee's aren't out yet). Since there really isn't any heat from the refer exhaust, you don't have to have aluminum screen. We have yet to have any trouble with bees in the refer, but I wouldn't be surprised if we do soon, and then we'll add it. Some neighbors have already found large nests in the refer area, so I'm sure we will soon too. I can't say I know of any trouble with the top vent, though I haven't been up to check. There should be a screen over the opening (under the cover), but it's a large mesh and wouldn't prevent any bugs from entering, but it should prevent mice. If my memory is correct, the space between the screen is probably about 1/4".

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