Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-05-2010, 06:17 PM   #21
NRL
Senior Member
 
NRL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 471
Send a message via Yahoo to NRL
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

The Dead Chipmunk - Extracted after complete disassembly of the closet area



Closet before I completely removed it


My Favorite Tool


Chipmunks love Veva/Paper Towels for some reason



Surgical Cut into the thin white plywood showing Thin Foam insulation


Some Chipmunk Chew evidence


Access holes where they were coming in from


Closet completely removed




Where they were hanging out, plus Anza Borrego Sand collecting in there


Area near thick floor plywood before I cut out a square out of it


What I found after I cut it out, more remains of chipmunk with maggots all in the drain bowl


The van water drain bowl I was talking about, all vaccumed up the debri, and maggots


Ford drain bowl at the back of van - driver side


More sad painful disassembly




They had access alone the whole inner wall


Cheapass Insulation



That's all for now. Hopefully I'll show you all the progress of the rebuild. It's going to be better for sure.
__________________

__________________
96 RB E-350 460v8 4x4 Custom RestoMod
Warn12kWinch,FFloater,LSlip,Pwtrx Locker 4.10 305x70x16 ToyoMTs,Eagle Alloys,Stove,4CF Ppane Fridge, Air CompTank,Supersprings, Bilstein Shocks,Deavers,CastIron Diff Case, Bullet Proof ReBuilt Transmission, Tubulator DeRale Trans Pan Cover, SSExhaust, KyoceraSolar, Tripplite UPS, 8D AGM, TivoHD, 24in HDLED
95 FJ80 ARB/Kaymar/Emu
2005 AMG CL65 691hp 875tq
NRL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2010, 07:18 PM   #22
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

I thought those factory drain holes had plugs in them to keep critters out.

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #23
NRL
Senior Member
 
NRL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 471
Send a message via Yahoo to NRL
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ford_6L_E350
I thought those factory drain holes had plugs in them to keep critters out.

Mike
Those drain holes still had the plugs in them, but they could have sealed off where the plywood floor they put in meets the side wall. The chipmunk must have loved that cavity since it was full of seeds.

They were coming in from where the bottom side metal van skin was cut up for the propane fridge or from where they cut for the propane tank near the fuel door..

Even though it was hack job getting it in there, I love that propane 4CF fridge, wish they did a better job sealing it off there too.
__________________
96 RB E-350 460v8 4x4 Custom RestoMod
Warn12kWinch,FFloater,LSlip,Pwtrx Locker 4.10 305x70x16 ToyoMTs,Eagle Alloys,Stove,4CF Ppane Fridge, Air CompTank,Supersprings, Bilstein Shocks,Deavers,CastIron Diff Case, Bullet Proof ReBuilt Transmission, Tubulator DeRale Trans Pan Cover, SSExhaust, KyoceraSolar, Tripplite UPS, 8D AGM, TivoHD, 24in HDLED
95 FJ80 ARB/Kaymar/Emu
2005 AMG CL65 691hp 875tq
NRL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2010, 02:50 AM   #24
NRL
Senior Member
 
NRL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 471
Send a message via Yahoo to NRL
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

Things are moving along.
Got the back area where the closet used to be all clean up, sealed up all the larger holes but left the smallest ones alone.
I found this interesting material at Lowes that is made by Frostking. It's a water heater or ac wrapper, basically foil with a pad that is sticky on one side. It's very similar to the dynamat material people put in their cars and sportsmobile for sound and noise control but way cheaper.

I was going to use the reflectix but that other material seemed to mold around corners, nook and cranny a bit better.

Plus layed down the Frostking material and some reflectix and sealing up the wallboard that parallels the aisle.

Then, I also got the windows back in that are screwed in by screws that go thru the wallboard around the window frame that pulls the windows in. Lot's of screws. 22 for the big window and 10 for the small, and misc other screws.. I sorta them and put them in a bin carrier so I could tell what each screw most likely was for.

It's alot better now with all entries blocked most by combo of foam filler, wire mesh, Frostking and reflectix.

Overall I have so far about 14hours into this whole disassembly, cleanup and revamp.

Tommorrow, I'll attempt to put back the closet back, after I patch up the floor plywood that I'll cut out.

Also cleaned up the side wallboard bottom half I had to cut off to get the reflectix in between the white wallboard. Also layed down the Frostking material and some reflectix and sealing up the wallboard that parallels the aisle.

I'll have pics soon.
__________________
96 RB E-350 460v8 4x4 Custom RestoMod
Warn12kWinch,FFloater,LSlip,Pwtrx Locker 4.10 305x70x16 ToyoMTs,Eagle Alloys,Stove,4CF Ppane Fridge, Air CompTank,Supersprings, Bilstein Shocks,Deavers,CastIron Diff Case, Bullet Proof ReBuilt Transmission, Tubulator DeRale Trans Pan Cover, SSExhaust, KyoceraSolar, Tripplite UPS, 8D AGM, TivoHD, 24in HDLED
95 FJ80 ARB/Kaymar/Emu
2005 AMG CL65 691hp 875tq
NRL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 09:21 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
yvrr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Newark, CA
Posts: 789
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

We just got back yesterday from the same general area. Although we camped at Convict Lake last Thursday (saw two other SMBs in the campground), we boondocked just off Owens River Road last Friday night. We've camped in this general area several times over the years (completely FS legal, dispersed camping) but you'll hear traffic noise if you are too close to Highway 395. This time, we took Owens River Road east pass Big Springs campground up and over the ridgeline and down to the old Alpers' Owens River Ranch. This is where the trees thin out. If you look at the Google Map link, you will see a road heading south from Owens River Road just opposite the ranch and what looks like a pond. We took this dirt road back into the woods...no bush wacking and very quiet.
__________________
Jack
'01 Ford EB50p Quigley 4WD
yvrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 09:48 AM   #26
NRL
Senior Member
 
NRL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 471
Send a message via Yahoo to NRL
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

Quote:
Originally Posted by yvrr
We just got back yesterday from the same general area. Although we camped at Convict Lake last Thursday (saw two other SMBs in the campground), we boondocked just off Owens River Road last Friday night. We've camped in this general area several times over the years (completely FS legal, dispersed camping) but you'll hear traffic noise if you are too close to Highway 395. This time, we took Owens River Road east pass Big Springs campground up and over the ridgeline and down to the old Alpers' Owens River Ranch. This is where the trees thin out. If you look at the Google Map link, you will see a road heading south from Owens River Road just opposite the ranch and what looks like a pond. We took this dirt road back into the woods...no bush wacking and very quiet.
Nice area. Especially for Dirt bikes. Ton's of trails. We tried to explore as many (snowmobile) trails on the bikes and that area still surprises us with new ones.
We even explored the Crooked Meadows area and that was endless..

Awesome in the summertime with the higher altitude, hope to go back there soon..
__________________
96 RB E-350 460v8 4x4 Custom RestoMod
Warn12kWinch,FFloater,LSlip,Pwtrx Locker 4.10 305x70x16 ToyoMTs,Eagle Alloys,Stove,4CF Ppane Fridge, Air CompTank,Supersprings, Bilstein Shocks,Deavers,CastIron Diff Case, Bullet Proof ReBuilt Transmission, Tubulator DeRale Trans Pan Cover, SSExhaust, KyoceraSolar, Tripplite UPS, 8D AGM, TivoHD, 24in HDLED
95 FJ80 ARB/Kaymar/Emu
2005 AMG CL65 691hp 875tq
NRL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 01:36 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
joey2cool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 378
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

Found a good mouse trap at http://www.victorpest.com for just under $4.00 at Home Depot. Easy to use, just put a bit of peanut butter in the bait location inside the trap. Put in the van Saturday night and Sunday morning I had the little critter all safe and sound for free release far away from anyone's home or van. Cleaned up the trap for re-use if there's next time - I'm working through finding and plugging holes in the van, but still don't know if I have that problem licked.
__________________
2010 Ford E250 5.4L V8 Gas 2WD
SMB Mod RB36 w/PH Prop Stove & Furn Frig 10G Wtr Elect
Silver Bullet
joey2cool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 06:50 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
Pntyrmvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: GTA, Ontario
Posts: 763
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

Hi;

I've had good luck jamming coarse steel wool in critter access points and then filling up the wool with spray foam in a can. They don't seem to like chewing on the steel.

Also batt insulation made by Roxul (metal fibres) is annoying to them as well. They will shred fiberglass in a minute, but leave Roxul alone.

Regards,

Gavin
__________________
"Talk is cheap. Whiskey costs money."
Pntyrmvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 07:49 PM   #29
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,387
Garage
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

I just hope you don't run into what I did. 15+ in one night...talk about a bad smell, and it lasted for months. I cleaned everything I could and it just took about 8 months for the smell to leave I'm a hunter, and don't kill to kill but them little critters will come back even if you take em a 1/4 mile away. It becomes a health issue. I did purchase (as posted before) an herb packet called Fresh Cab. We have used it in tractors but never really proved it worked. Some might not like the smell (namely the mice) but I don't mind it. It kind of smells like incense of a type. My next weapon isn't friendly to the mice.

I plan to stick some of that copper scratch pad in every crack or opening I can find.

[edit]
watch out with fine steel wool...it burns easily.
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 08:55 PM   #30
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 7,803
Re: Chipmunk, Field Mice Intrusion

I used Fresh Cab, maybe based on your advice, and while I can't say if it worked, I do like the smell.


Herb
__________________

__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

quigley

4x4Ken

Jnlola

jnlola
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.