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Old 10-06-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Dirt Dauber screens

I've installed screens on the water heater and furnace openings. The screens that I bought for the fridge don't fit properly and I will look for some that do. If I can't find any I'll do my own thing (thanks to 'gilldawg79').
What about the fridge vent on the roof? Do you pros screen that too?
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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I have not put on any of the screens yet, I guess I use mine enough to keep them out. I did discover a birds nest in the spare tire today though when I took off the cover to clean it. No idea how long it has been there (yikes!)
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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I bet you did what I did! I accidentally purchased the Atwood screens instead of the Norcold. I was not happy with myself lol....I ended up taking off several rows of the screens and adjusting them to make it fit. If I had to do it over again, I would have just thrown them out and purchased the right ones.

As far as the top vent - I am pretty sure that it already has a screen under the cover.

Crabby must just be lucky - I have those dirt daubers all over the place. They seem to like to make nests on the fresh water tank - not sure why - guess the light it reflects or something.
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Hmmm, you got me wondering. They're for a Domitic. Grrr.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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I've installed screens on the water heater and furnace openings. The screens that I bought for the fridge don't fit properly and I will look for some that do. If I can't find any I'll do my own thing (thanks to 'gilldawg79').
What about the fridge vent on the roof? Do you pros screen that too?
Fridge vent on roof has a built in screen. No need to apply additional screen unless you want to keep very small birds from making a nest on top of that screen. I have never had a bird visit my roof vent for lodging in 40+ years of RV ownership.

Regarding the RV vents, I use 1/4" mesh screen. Cut strips and silicone in place.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:18 PM   #6
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So far after owning campers since 1972 we have never been visited with mud daubers. We must be very lucky.
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My uncle tells a story about their furnace. Wouldn't light/stay lit. Dealer fussed w/ it for hours before discovering the daubers had built a mansion. Several hours of discovery/repair (read $$$) before all was right. He hadn't heard about the screens. Is now a believer.
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I am guessing a dirt dauber is an insect? I'm from the west coast and have never heard of them before. When I read about them before on other posts here, I thought it was a brand name for a type of screen. Sorry for my ignorance but could one of you tell me what they are and where they live? Thank in advance.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:54 AM   #9
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Mud Dauber nest, Mud Dauber:






The mud nests they build are what does the damage to RV`s as they clog things up. Not sure of their range but I know they are here in Va.!
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:31 AM   #10
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How many have read that you are supposed to remove the screens while using the RV?... I read that from an RV Tech's postings...
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