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Old 07-25-2015, 10:11 PM   #1
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Challenger 35HT
State: Maryland
Posts: 64
THOR #1875
Injector Wires

Had an interesting day today, in the bad sense. The wife and I went out to the RV storage lot this morning to do some work on the coach. When we got there I fired it up and the check engine light came on, and the engine seemed to be running a little rough. The engine light stayed on, so I called Ford roadside assistance. Luckily they located a dealer about 15 miles away that could look at the coach. So I drove it out there. On the way the check engine light started flashing. So, I'm thinking this isn't good. The Ford representative had assured me on the phone that it would be alright to drive the coach that far, so I kept going. Got to the dealership and after about two hours they tell me that three of the injector wire assemblies need to be replaced because it looks like rodents had chewed through them. And guess what? Not covered by warranty. So $500 later, which was mostly labor, we are back running again.

Anyone else had a problem with rodents chewing up wiring? If so, what besides mothballs is good at keeping them out?

USMC (Ret)
Odenton, MD
2015 Thor Challenger 35HT
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:33 AM   #2
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Model: 2011 Four Winds 28Z
State: Michigan
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You might check your RV insurance, they might cover rodent damage.

When I store the RV, I use a product from Soma Therapy Inc called Mouse-Away. You can buy it direct from their website, or from Amazon.

Mouse-Away is a combination of Peppermint Oil and Spearmint Oil, and oh does it stink. Apparently mice don't like the smell so they stay away. It's far better than using mouse traps as you don't have a mess to clean up, and only the dumb mice get caught.

I have not had any issues in the two years I stored the RV with mouse damage. Basically you use a glass cup (don't use plastic as it will melt), put a mothball into the cup, then saturate the mothball with the oil. It lasts a couple of months.

I use it in the inside as well, and when I go into the RV in the winter time - the whole place stinks of Pepperment/Spearmint. But a week or two after I remove the oil and let the rig air out, the smell is gone.
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