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By Kevin Livingston
May 25, 2016
Filed under Gear, Tech Tips

 

Sewer Sock prevents pesky pests from finding their way inside openings used for hoses, power cords and coax cables

Most owners will do everything in their power to keep their motorhomes looking nice and protected from the environment. One of the more aggravating situations SewerSock-Aboutthat seems to mystify owners is discovering that the interior of the motorhome has been infiltrated by unwanted pests. There’s nothing more disconcerting than opening a drawer to pull out a utensil and finding mouse droppings. Yet, too many owners have to endure this problem when parking or storing their motorhomes in locations commonly patrolled by rodents and other unwanted pests, and finding a solution can be difficult.

The question is, “How do these pests find their way into the motorhome that is essentially sealed from the elements?” The attraction to food and other delicacies, like wire insulation that’s made from soy, give rodents an uncontrollable desire to find any pathway inside a motorhome. Aside from their natural ability to climb up nearly everything, most of these critters can squeeze into very small cracks and holes, especially the worst offender of them all — mice. Openings for the sewer hose, water hose and power cord are easy targets for rodents. They can easily climb up a sewer hose, for example, and make their way inside the motorhome through a number of places in the cargo bays. To do battle against pests, you could resort to poisons and traps, but we all know there can be negative side effects if you have pets and/or prefer not to handle expired carcasses.

Two larger sizes designed for the sewer hose will accommodate most of the access panels/plugs used in the bottom of utility bays.

Two larger sizes designed for the sewer hose will accommodate most of the access panels/plugs used in the bottom of utility bays.

Hook-and-loop strap snugs the screen mesh around the sewer hose to prevent pests from gaining access to the compartment.

Hook-and-loop strap snugs the screen mesh around the sewer hose to prevent pests from gaining access to the compartment.

Nylon-reinforced rubber ring seals the opening used to feed the sewer hose through the bottom of the utility bay for connection to the dump valve.

Nylon-reinforced rubber ring seals the opening used to feed the sewer hose through the bottom of the utility bay for connection to the dump valve.

The better way is simply to prevent entry. This is exactly what the Sewer Sock by My Smart Manufacturing was invented for. The Sewer Sock is a specifically designed cover and sealing device that uses a closeable steel mesh screen with a hook-and-loop strap at one end connected to a heavy-duty flexible, but stout, nylon-reinforced rubber ring at the other. The Sewer Sock is mostly intended for enclosed utility bays that typically utilize a low-level panel to allow for access to the hoses and electrical cord. However, with one of the four offered sizes and a little creativity, the use of the Sewer Sock on a side-access panel is certainly doable.

To use and install the Sewer Sock, simply push the end with the rubber ring through the hole in the utility bay from the outside. When in place, the sewer hose is threaded through the Sewer Sock and connected to the valve. The hook-and-loop strap is then used to seal the end of the Sewer Sock around the hose. When all is said and done, you should see a portion of the Sewer Sock with the hose inside hanging under the floor of the utility bay. The rubber ring seals any potential openings in the access hole and the screen prevents rodents from sneaking in between the hose and Sewer Sock. There’s not much science here, just a foolproof way to eliminate potential openings for rodents. Similar procedures can be used to seal the openings for the water hose and power cord, if they are in a different area.

Sewer Socks can accommodate various size openings, to include those for cable coax to larger screw-in “plugs,” and they are really not very expensive, especially when amortized against the damage, mess and disease potential resulting from rodents that end up making themselves at home inside a motorhome. All four sizes sell for $24.99.

My Smart Manufacturing
423-327-0052 |
www.sewersock.net


 

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