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Old 10-20-2018, 03:08 PM   #1
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Battery storage mouse holes?

Our new fifth wheel has two 4x4 (ish) wide open holes under where the batteries are located. The dealership said this is a method of venting. I say it is a method to have small visitors. I want to cover these with metal screens.

Any other ideas, or reasons not to?
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:26 PM   #2
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Our new fifth wheel has two 4x4 (ish) wide open holes under where the batteries are located. The dealership said this is a method of venting. I say it is a method to have small visitors. I want to cover these with metal screens.

Any other ideas, or reasons not to?


Any kind of screen/grate would work.
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:34 PM   #3
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Our new fifth wheel has two 4x4 (ish) wide open holes under where the batteries are located. The dealership said this is a method of venting. I say it is a method to have small visitors. I want to cover these with metal screens.

Any other ideas, or reasons not to?
Cut plywood to fit under the batteries. Use hole saw and put about 3 or 4 holes at side where batteries arent. Cover under holes with screen.

Put a vent in door opening and compartment Click image for larger version

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Old 10-20-2018, 04:43 PM   #4
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cut plywood to fit under the batteries. Use hole saw and put about 3 or 4 holes at side where batteries arent. Cover under holes with screen.

Put a vent in door opening and compartment Attachment 44988will vent...........


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Old 10-20-2018, 06:40 PM   #5
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I had the dealer add that to the door before I drove off the lot.
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Old 10-20-2018, 06:41 PM   #6
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Cut plywood to fit under the batteries. Use hole saw and put about 3 or 4 holes at side where batteries arent. Cover under holes with screen.

Put a vent in door opening and compartment Attachment 44988will vent...........
I like this idea. I might use plastic battery trays under the batteries also.
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:10 PM   #7
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I ordered some white Polypropylene Pegboard from Home Depot - 22" X 18" - 2 pcs for $23 - only available online. I cut it to fit under the batteries and also under the propane tanks - keeps critters and wasps/bees out of those areas. Here's the link: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Triton-D...-018/204774898
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:50 AM   #8
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I ordered some white Polypropylene Pegboard from Home Depot - 22" X 18" - 2 pcs for $23 - only available online. I cut it to fit under the batteries and also under the propane tanks - keeps critters and wasps/bees out of those areas. Here's the link: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Triton-D...-018/204774898
This looks like a great solution! I had not even looked at the propane compartment, yet.

I was wondering if this is only an issue on certain models, or if most people just don't do anything about it? There are not many responses; leading me to believe I may be overthinking this.
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Not sure but I would assume most models have a somewhat familiar design for these compartments. I was mainly worried about wasps and bees building nests in those compartments and I get stung when opening the compartment doors and/or working with the batteries or propane tanks. This peg board has small 3/16" holes so should keep most of them out, at least I hope so. I've had this on a Jayco 310W Toy Hauler now for almost 2 years and no problems yet, so it appears to be working for the intended purpose. The only compartment that is still open is the one that has the generator, but haven't had any problems in it to date - guess it's too noisy and hot. LOL
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:25 AM   #10
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I used 1 sheet of 24 x 36 perforated alum from Lowes. Had enough to put under both propane tanks and under batteries. I boxed in the remaining openings around the propane tanks using the plastic sign board (same material that the under side of the trailer is covered with) you can also pick up real cheap.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/M-D-24-in-x...rim/1000243337
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