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Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby SailingTD » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:18 pm

This will be my first winter with our Little Guy 5 wide (2005). I am in Colorado so we will have snow. I have a PahaQue cover for it. Before I put the cover on it, what recommendations for prepping either the outside or the inside for winter? I don't have a water tank and the battery is in the garage. Thanks
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby NevadaBlue » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:44 pm

I will be watching for suggestions.

I hate to think about winterizing anything. We get periods of nice weather (like 40s at night) in February sometimes. My trailer isn’t finished, but I hope to use it at least some during winter.
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby Squigie » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:51 pm

My basic rules for travel/camp trailers and RVs:
(For Idaho/Utah/Wyoming climatic conditions with prolonged periods of below freezing temps, and lows of up to -40 F possible.)

Wash and clean thoroughly.
Lube moving parts (hinges, locks, etc.).
Cover any exterior points of entry, if stored outside. (Heater exhaust, fan vents, etc.)
Double check to remove all food and traces of food.
Remove all freezables.
Pump the water system full of antifreeze, if so equipped.
Close 'er up, lock 'er up, wrap 'er up, and put 'er to bed.

If possible/desirable, put the frame or axle on blocks, so the tires don't flat-spot or get pinched if there's a slow leak.
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby GPW » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:04 am

We learned to put in a couple small ANT traps ( poison) as we have ants here that LOVE trailers … :frightened:
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby dmb90260 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:30 am

Trailer site said to toss in some Irish Spring bar soap, unwrapped I assume. It annoys rodents etc and they leave or do not enter.
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby TimC » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:26 am

Seriously... I put an occasional chunk of cat poop under the TD on the ground. Haven't had mouse problems for four winters. Ant traps are probably a good idea even though I doubt ants will be on the move once the temps drop.

If there's room, put two or three (or more) pool noodles under the cover to provide ventilation space. Covers leak, and if they don't leak they are probably too air tight and block ventilation. Just like your home, ventilation is critical to keeping mold and mildew at bay.

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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby tony.latham » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:13 pm

Irish Spring and mice???



:?

One consideration: Do something with your pigtail. I cover mine with a sandwich bag and tape it upside down to the jack.

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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby Tom&Shelly » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:57 pm

tony.latham wrote:Irish Spring and mice???



:?

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This is very disappointing! I just bought some Irish Spring a week ago, intending to cut the bars up on my band saw and stick them around the basement. (I was sitting at the workbench, soldering, one evening when a couple of mice used the plastic water pipe above me as a trail!) I may put it out anyway. At least we'll have cleaner, better smelling mice.

This stuff seems to work in our Jeep:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016P3HJA4/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The mice liked to nest between the battery and fuse box. Chewed on the wires and did a few hundred dollars in damage. As long as we replace the mint every few months, we haven't had problems. Since somebody got into my glove box and chewed up some napkins, I've kept one in there too, and now the Jeep has a faint mint smell! They are much more expensive than Irish Spring though.

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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby tony.latham » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:36 pm

This is very disappointing!


I know.

In my previous house, I had a mouse problem in my shop and plumbing closet. I solved it with a mixture of Quaker Oats and plaster (Durham's Rock Putty). Dry, no water. No mice.

:frightened:

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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby gudmund » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:14 pm

I have read and also been told - "Dryer Lint" sheets deter mice/rat's from 'visiting'.... can't really say they work?? but after a rat got up inside my PU's air-filter - chewing it up a few years ago, I did put a couple under the hood and never had any more problems.... and yes after a good engine warm-up, I was getting a nice 'Snuggle Orange Rush' smell with a ...."Sunkissed Breeze scent".... when I opened the hood - just as the box of dryer lint sheets said I would.................... :FNP was also told this was suppose to stop them from chewing on the wiring also .............
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby slowcowboy » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:40 pm

This what i do in central wyoming.basicly zippo...i haven't camped with my battery in 3 years useing only flashlights...most thing I do is buy a new 20 buck car cover from really world every year and strap it down with lots of bungges and lots of extra baler twine...wind on my car cover is the biggest issue from October to May...water styem don't have one other than 6 inches of drain hose from a sink that i no longer use.. I took out my fresh water tank no I just grab milk jugs full of drinking water...every spring I vacuum out the dust and dirt......but that's it for me. i don't keep food in my tear...so really nothing to winterize...slowcowboy..block the wheels up maybee..or put wheel covers over them if I remmber..
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby slowcowboy » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:44 pm

Mice ??i got 20 barn cats and make fresh new cats every 5 months no problemo.not with hungry mothers feeding baby's who go on a daily routine patrol of the place and 4 roaming toms keeping a eye 4 or 5 times a day on there lion pride with 5 to 6 daily routes around the farm..slow..
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby Squigie » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:53 pm

I forgot about the batteries.
I currently only have one, but multiples used to get handled the same way.

My batteries go in the garage for the winter, initially get charged on a deep cycle charger, and then get hooked up to a solar trickle charger in the window.
The garage gets pretty danged cold, but it usually stays above 10 F, even in the deepest freezes.
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby PKCSPT » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:03 am

I pull anythng that shouldn't freeze, battery comes in the house. I then add additional blankets a longer extension cord in case the snow means I have to park a few feet further from the electric (I am not that hardy, I like to warn it up before bed) and get ready to go winter camping. I keep my tear in the garage so I don't cover it.
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Re: Before I put the cover on for the winter...

Postby Tom&Shelly » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:32 pm

So, back to the sub-thread about what repels mice and rats: We had good luck with the mint against the mice up here. Well, a pack rat decided to build a nest in the Taco, and took one of the full Victor mint drop holders to keep in the nest.

I tried some used cat litter and a sliver of Irish Spring. The rat is okay with the cat litter, but either ate or discarded the soap.

He (or she) is building the nest on a flat spot. Maybe a ball of barbed wire will annoy?

The oatmeal and plaster of paris is beginning to sound good. We're sort of bothered by rodents' suffering, but not nearly as much as I'll be bothered if my wallet suffers due to chewed wires!

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