Sometimes when you’re out in the great outdoors, you’ll experience the not-so-nice side of mother nature. The fact of the matter is, there are wild animals in the great outdoors. And, well, if they smell the ribs your BBQing, or they want to get under the warmth of your truck, they might be attracted to your campsite. Just like traditional campers will make sure they put all of their food up in bear bags, RV campers should take a few extra precautions to keep critters away from their rig.
Pack it all up.
After a long night around the campfire, the last thing you want to do is pack away all of your food and drinks, but trust us, it’s a necessary step to keep unnecessary visitors of the furry variety away. If you forget to pack up the s’more or hot dog materials, you’ll have some four legged guests stop by your campground in a hurry. This is especially true if you are camping at a somewhat popular campsite, where animals like raccoons might be conditioned to come eat up scraps at nightfall.
So, the biggest part of this tip, is taking simple measures to clean up after making food, and dispose of any leftovers properly. Remember, bears and raccoons can get into garbage cans pretty easily, so it’s best to dispose of your garbage at the campground dumpster area.
Close everything up tight.
It’s always a great idea to make sure you close up your RV tight whether you’re in for the night, or the RV’s in storage for the winter. One of the biggest things you should do if you’re putting your RV in storage is to take a final inspection of your rig before you call it good for the season to make sure there are no gaps in seals where squirrels or mice could burrow in and make their new home. Make sure pipe fittings have insulation foam around them, and open up all of your storage compartments to make sure you have cleaned them out thoroughly.
If you’re worried about attracting critters overnight, the best thing you can do is be cautious with your food. Obviously, our furry friends snouts will lead them to you if you leave food out. So, the best thing you can do is wash all of your cooking dishes well, and clean up any extra scraps by throwing them in the fire or taking them to the campground dumpsters. If you’re dry camping in an area with bears, it’s especially important to follow these steps, and maybe take it a step further by preparing your food at least 200 feet away from where you’re setting up for the night. That way, you don’t have to worry as much about leaving a trail of scent!
Do maintenance before you roll out.
If you have furry critters trying to break their way into your home away from home, the signs will be apparent. Sure signs are pieces of wildlife inside your RV (like acorns or pinecones), and nesting materials packed away in small spaces. You should also check your cabinets for droppings, and check linens for signs of chewing. If you see any of these signs, you need to double check that you have sealed all of the possible openings outside of your RV. After you are as air-tight as it gets, you can always combat mice and squirrels with glue traps around the outer walls of the RV. Glue traps are a good alternative to poison, especially if you have pets or children around!
So, while you’re experiencing mother nature, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to experience the nuances that come along with it as long as you take a few simple steps.