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Old 04-25-2017, 01:00 PM   #1
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So I am dewinterizing today

Day off from work, I get to bring home the camper (off site storage sucks) and dewinterize.

I am filling, flushing, removing pest deterrents, etc. We used 4 bags of mothballs, 2 dozen dryer sheets, 4 sticky rat traps and a cubed up bar of Irish spring in sections of panty hose. Its airing out now, but I could smell the moth balls from outside so my neighbors may have reaped the benefits as well, but Im happy to say, no bugs or critters took up residence. I decided to drain and blow out the water, then fill the drain pipes. Upon pressurization, it seems to have been a success as well. It was much easier in my opinion that sucking anti-freeze through out.
Since we unloaded all the cloth, paper, food products, much of my day is actually wearing a path back and forth to reload.

I don't know which helped the most, but its all pretty simple prep work, so I guess I will do the same again next winter. Does anyone reuse mothballs or just buy new? Hate to waste, but even worse is used up mothballs that are pretty cheap insurance.

I went out and scouted some areas for next month's trips. All the new places we wanted to try in the forest are closed till June 1. Apparently they don't want people in the area this summer due to elk calving season. Makes sense. So now I need to go scout new places.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:22 PM   #2
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Day off from work, I get to bring home the camper (off site storage sucks) and dewinterize.

I am filling, flushing, removing pest deterrents, etc. We used 4 bags of mothballs, 2 dozen dryer sheets, 4 sticky rat traps and a cubed up bar of Irish spring in sections of panty hose. Its airing out now, but I could smell the moth balls from outside so my neighbors may have reaped the benefits as well, but Im happy to say, no bugs or critters took up residence. I decided to drain and blow out the water, then fill the drain pipes. Upon pressurization, it seems to have been a success as well. It was much easier in my opinion that sucking anti-freeze through out.
Since we unloaded all the cloth, paper, food products, much of my day is actually wearing a path back and forth to reload.

I don't know which helped the most, but its all pretty simple prep work, so I guess I will do the same again next winter. Does anyone reuse mothballs or just buy new? Hate to waste, but even worse is used up mothballs that are pretty cheap insurance.

I went out and scouted some areas for next month's trips. All the new places we wanted to try in the forest are closed till June 1. Apparently they don't want people in the area this summer due to elk calving season. Makes sense. So now I need to go scout new places.

Place the old moth balls around your house base. They will keep snakes away....
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:44 PM   #3
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All good prep work in the fall to keep out the critters.

I have to ask, how did you get rid of the dryersheet stink? I did the same and all summer my cupboards stunk like the dryer sheets. It seemed to permeate the wood.

Also, I read the sticky traps are baited to draw critters, any truth in that?
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I think I could live with the dryer sheet smell much better than moth balls.
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We use dryer sheets. My wife purchases the unscented ones, but they seem to work.
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The indoor storage place i use sprinkles detergent around the tires of all the vehicles when they lock up for the winter..anyone know of this or if it works?
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Reuse of mothballs?? No idea.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:05 AM   #8
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What's dewinterizing ?!?

don't think it got cold enough in Texas this year to winterize - teehee!

besides, we were camping a lot!
(but I did blow out all the lines)
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All good prep work in the fall to keep out the critters.

I have to ask, how did you get rid of the dryersheet stink? I did the same and all summer my cupboards stunk like the dryer sheets. It seemed to permeate the wood.

Also, I read the sticky traps are baited to draw critters, any truth in that?
I actually didn't have any lingering odor. The mothball odor did linger but opened it up on during de-winterization and on first trip. All gone. I think it was Gain dryer sheets.

I haven't heard the rumor of baiting critters to the traps. I checked it every 2 months, didn't even get bugs stuck in the traps, so perhaps the rest of the deterrents worked for bugs.
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I think I could live with the dryer sheet smell much better than moth balls.

Yes, that was the prominent odor. But it went away after the first trip. We don't use the AC so leave it open during most days when camping. The mothball odor wasn't too bad, but 1) agree if it stuck it would be an issue 2) rather have a little odor than bug/infestation damage!

Ended up throwing the mothballs into the kids closets. Anything to keep unwanted visitors away.
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