Tips and Tricks

MICE!

The bane of RVers everywhere. If there is a way, they will find a path to get inside your rig. Mice are looking for 2 things.....shelter and food. Here's how to make it difficult for them to set up shop.

  • Seal up your RV. Inspect the underside of your rig for holes that lead into the floors. Electrical, plumbing and gas line entrances. Seal with expanding foam or plug with steel wool. 

  • Perform the same check inside. Look for small holes inside cupboards especially in the kitchen. Plug the holes.

  • Got mice? Chances are they are nesting nearby and are paying regular visits looking for food. The old two dollar Victory mousetrap, baited with peanut butter, works well if you don't mind disposing of the critters. Other traps are available that don't require you to handle the carcasses. Place traps inside cupboards along the back walls. One or two traps are really all you need. Check them often and re-bait with fresh peanut butter. Keep foodstuffs out of areas where you suspect the mice are visiting.

WATERLINE FREEZING.

Always happens when you least expect it. 

  • Heat taping and insulating your water supply line is essential to prevent freeze up. You need to cover every inch of your hose plus the water supply pedestal and tap with heat wrap. Follow instructions for heat wrap installation. The placement of the thermostat is crucial. Once you have your hose wrapped, insulate with foam tube wrap or foil-backed insulation tape. 

  • Check where your water lines run inside your RV. If those areas are not heated, your lines will eventually freeze over. You may need to open cupboards in order for interior heat to circulate around the lines.

  • Purchase a small electric heat gun (not a propane torch) to gently thaw out frozen lines. Determine if the freeze up is at the pedestal or in the water hose. Remove your hose from the tap. If water flows from the tap, then the problem is in the hose and lines. If no flow from the tap (pedestal) shut off the water and try heating the tap head, then try turning the water back on. 

  • Brass fittings and inline filters are prone to freezing.

  • Camco heated hoses are available, at RV dealers and hardware stores.

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