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Additions to Motorhome pages:-
1.Fitting New Automatic Water System Pump
2.Winterising the water pump.
3.Water Tank Level Meter-modification to electronic circuit

4.Basin Mixer Taps - tip & how to repair a dripping tap.
5.Extending Fresh Water Drain Tap to Outside

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Contents:

1.  Ants Problem and how we overcome it  2. Mosquitos and how we tackled the problem


PERSONAL EXPERIENCE - ANT PROBLEMS

Ants in the Motorhome

The Motorhome is portrayed in the magazines as a very sterile environment. So it came as quite a shock to find on camp sites you come part of the country side, which most people have no knowledge of.

While we were on site at San Remo, Italy, and preparing for bed, we were horrified and dismayed to find a stream of ants climbing Up the inside wall and across to the top food lockers. We now understood why most of the long stay Motorhomes had white powder around the wheels.

Late at night what do you do? My experience might help other Motorhome owners.

As a gardener I decided to react in a similar manner when my apple trees a attacked. Ants usually follow a path. First,  every thing touching the ground must be isolated.  where are they coming from. I discovered they where entering through a floor vent, as it was dark I was unable to find the ant stream from the out side, so an over night temporary cure had to be arranged. Luckily I had some engine grease in my tool box, this was liberally spread on the vent opening and walls of the vent. This stopped them coming in. Secondly, What about the ants already in the van? Using a paper kitchen roll, then spreading it with grease, made it easy to mop up all the ants we could see. An hour later this was done again as the returning ants were mingling around the greased vent entry.

Next morning a thorough check was made and I found the ant stream was still active outside the van, but not passing the floor vent. The ant stream was using the Awning securing cord as a bridge, crossing the awning tunnel to the Motorhome roof, and down the Motorhome wall corner, then under the floor to the vent.

It was obvious that anything attached to the van had to be isolated from the ground. The drive away awning tunnel had to be tied back. The awning was then used as a tent. This isolated any access to the Motorhome.

The only other access for ants from the ground is now the wheels, service pipes and electric hookup. The service pipe from the grey water tank was removed and any servicing was done by hand and water containers.

Enquiring at the Camp site Reception, they were well aware of the problem, and were very helpful. they came up with a spray bottle, with the instructions not to be used inside the Motorhome.

The liquid was sprayed over and around the Motorhome wheels, also around the base of the awning and the four corners plus the roof area. My wife made up some rags which were soaked in this solution and tied to the awning support cords.

The electric hookup was treated the same way.

From then on we had no more problems. During the remainder of our stay we did not attach the awning to the van.

Due to the language problem, The made up solution supplied by the camp site was not identified, but it was milky white in colour. It was probably a solution which could be purchased from garden centres. It was very effective against the ants as we never saw any around our Motorhome for the following 10 days we were there.

Now we are home a visit to the garden centre,  advice was obtained, and a spray bottle with the solution carried with us for the next time.

At a camp site near Marinha Grande, Portugal 2003, we again experienced the same problem. Ants streaming up the wall and crossing to the food lockers.

Our spray bottle had run out! I was able to obtain from a small local "Supermecado" a plastic puff container with white powder, and following my own advice above,  gave us good results immediately.

We had no more problems on that site. On each occasion we were able to identify the entry stream, which seems to be the pattern with ants. The stream had located our food locker at the top of the interior!  Traces of sugar could be seen on the floor of the locker!

An Anti-Ant puff plastic bottle is now a pemanent fixture in the Motorhome!


Mosquitos

Travelling in the summer months can be misery for a lot of us, from a "Sanitised" environment. As a person from the country side I was never bothered. Then went to live in the town for the rest of my life. I am now bothered. The whine in the ear at night is a nightmare.

The solution; For night exposure outside the Motorhome, we take with us "Jungle" strength spray and bottled liquid repellant, which you wipe on exposed parts after 17:00 hrs. These can be obtained from "Boots" the chemist.

The lighted perfumed candle is quite effective inside and outside. I have seen the Continentals with myriads of the candles around the Motorhome area.

We have purchased one of the Blue lamp solutions which attracts all flying insects. That too is effective.

If you shower in the Camp site facilities, shower before 16:00 or they will attack you in the shower! After dark wear loose clothes to cover all parts, [ Loose clothes to ensure they can't penetrate to the skin ] Then cover your face, neck and hands  with the repellant.

In Italy they now have the "Tiger" mosquito, it's body has black and yellow rings. These have got the authorities very worried, They have warned the populace not to have flower boxes which might hold water as they can breed in the minutest bits of water.

Check the Fridge vents. It's here that there is easy access for them. They can't get into the Motorhome if the sealing behind the fridge to stop draughts has been well done by the coachbuilder. Sadly this is an on going problem in the older Motorhome, and you will need to carry out remedial work. [See my previous pages for a solution]  This cannot be permanent as at some time the fridge will require maintenance work and removal will be required from the interior of the Motorhome. I have stuffed cushion foam around the fridge on all sides. At the bottom of the fridge, nearest the vents, the fridge is usually on supports, make sure this is also stuffed with the cushion foam or any suitable non inflammable material. During the life of the sealant check it for scorch marks as the fridge will get very hot in service at the back.

 At every gas tap you will find a vent in the floor. This vent is usually situated in side the lockers. Make sure the lockers can be closed tight. In our Motorhome there is a vent at the back which feeds into the bed locker and not near any gas valve. I have stuffed this with the cushion foam!

Check the Convector gas heater, if fitted, below this there is always a large cut out aperture. here again is access for the blighters.

For day time use, the mosquito net is useful to ensure the flies don't get in. This is fitted over the caravan door, this has a weights on all the down pieces. [See page 24]

Lastly check all areas of the van below and above for holes and rectify. Remebering that gas vents must be kept clear.

All the above should ensure a peaceful nights sleep.

Advice received from Allen and Chris, who we met in Le Boucanet camp site, South of Montpelior.[May 2004] Spray the interior, seams and walls, with Mosquito repellant, in the evening. Then go for a walk. Then you will have no problems at night.

For an indepth description of biting insects have a look at this Australian site: 
http://medent.usyd.edu.au/fact/bitmidge.htm#natural


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