I own a 2011 Starcraft Autumn Ridge travel trailer. The one with two slide outs. Last weekend and went to my property to perform some work. When I went inside the trailer to turn the furnace on nothing happen. So I went thru all the fuses and they were all fine. Then I noticed something have chewed thru the furnace wooden cover.
I unscrew it and found every single wire on the furnace chewed on
I was able to fix the furnace but now the problem is how did that critter got inside the trailer. So I found couple holes in the underneath of slide out. Basically there is a black tarp right under the floor of the trailer. The tarp is between beam and the edge of the trailer wall. About 10" wide.
When the slide out is open there is no access to it for the critters. But once I close the slide out there is a bent metal at the edge of the slide out that if I close it it slides right underneath that tarp and this way the critters can climb on wheel and jump on that piece of bent metal skirt and just chew thru the tarp and get inside the trailer.
Not my exact trailer but this is the bent I'm talking about
My question is can I install some kind of steel plates there to stop the critters from chewing thru that tarp? Or can I leave the slide outs open for winter so they can't have access there?
Once I'm back to my trailer I will take some pictures of the entrance holes and location