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I seem to remember a thread on precautions for rabbits eating a raft but could not find it when I searched the forums...

Over the weekend I unrolled and pumped up my almost brand new, one time used, RMR raft and to my dismay found a small chew hole in the floor. I patched it on the spot and had a great float from Big Bend to Salida, but now need to deal with storage again.

There was only a very small hole so the rodent didn't develop a taste for my PVC but I obviously can't let this happen again. I am thinking of making a plywood platform/base to hang from garage ceiling rafters. This could also slide in, to create an elevated storage shelf in my truck cap, but the important thing is protecting from vermin while in storage.

Should I build an entire plywood box to hang/ store the raft in? I am worried that if the raft is just hanging on a platform a mouse could somehow crawl down the rope from the ceiling rafter.

Also, I have never seen a mouse or scat in my garage, so I am not dealing with a major infestation. Although my garage is in a row of 6 individual but attached garage bays and I don't know what the neighbors are up to.

Any advice or insight to safe storage solutions will be appreciated.
 

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I hang mine on a rafter suspended platform, as you suggest. I have had no rodent problems in a garage that definitely has mice and squirrels at ground level. I also wrap mine in a heavy oiled canvas tarp which may help.

I installed some well placed eye bolts in the rafters and use a block and tackle to lift the rubber into place.

Mice suck, I've had them eat ski boots, leather gloves and automobile wiring harnesses. Some say that an old tube sock filled with used kitty litter will keep them away.
 

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Moth balls

I have used moth balls to prevent mice damage in different situations...they don't seem to like the smell which suggests they are smarter than we think:rolleyes:
 

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Nothing on mice I do know that a fellow who showed up late and drunk for a Middle Fork trip spent half the night rigging with the doors open and stereo on in his brand new Yukon. Blackadar picked it up and took it to Salmon. After a week there the car was destroyed inside. A squirrel had found it's way into the rig and spent the week in there eating wiring before dying in the late June heat. Nothing worked. They finally got it hot wired somehow enough to drive. Nothing electrical inside worked. Power seats and windows, AC and fans, nothing on the dash at all, lights were shot. I think the brake lights somehow still worked and that was it.

Insurance company totaled it if I remember right.

But that's all I have. You just reminded me of the damage one determined rodent can cause. Good luck with your storage.
 

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I had a family of mice living in my down sleeping bag during a time my bag was in my garage...I was so freaking pissed! Also I have a co-worker that had mice eating his wiring in his 2010 Toyota Tundra which his insurance paid for TWICE!!! He put capsin wiring wrap in his truck so far so good. Mice don't like to eat hot stuff.

I would buy the biggest plastic container and see if the RMR will fit in it or maybe a large garbage can might work too.
 

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Bgarnick's suggestion is the one I would give too. They stay clear of mothballs for some reason. Get a bag for it and throw a few in. That must have been a discouraging sight - glad you had a good trip after getting it fixed though.
 

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Thanks for all the input! I am going to suspend it on a platform and mothball it.

I don't think I have ever seen a plastic box big enough to fit the RMR unless I learn to roll it better, but I am going to keep that in mind.

Kengore: What do you mean by heavily oiled canvas? I like the canvas wrap idea but what kind of oil do you use/ how isn't that a greasy mess to deal with whenever you want to move it?

Also: to be extra careful with preventing rodents from crawling down the suspension ropes I am going to put upside down (small size) parking cones on the ropes to catch anything that tries to work its way down. Like the dish that prevents squirrels from getting to a bird feeder.
 

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I would buy the biggest plastic container and see if the RMR will fit in it or maybe a large garbage can might work too.
not a bad idea.. I store my big PVC above ground pool in one of those large curbside pickup garbage cans. A Raft would fit just fine in there. I duct tape the lid shut (but only because I store it outside) but that would be extra security from the mice.
 

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You could find empty and clean 55gal barrels with a removable lid for around $20.
Like I said before- maybe I still need to learn to roll my 14' RMR better, but I doubt I could even get it in a 55 gallon barrel. But if I could, boy that would be sweet. Imagine just rolling the raft around in a barrel instead of heaving around a giant pile of folded rubber. I am also going to look into the giant trashcan idea, preferably one with wheels for the same reason.

As far as all of this "poverty boat" talk goes, I would consider Maravias Hysides and Aires to be the poverty boats... if I bought one of those I would be impoverished!
 

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Schutzie had a nasty rodent problem one winter in Portland. By that time he had moved to the dark side and owned a 20' SeaRay, which it turned out, a family of rodents thought would be a great winter home.

Schutzie did not think that.

They ignored his spring traps but ate his upholstery.
They ignored his bait traps but ate his carpet
They ignored his sticky traps but ate his wiring

A neighbor who grew up on a farm in Nebraska suggested bars of Irish Spring bar soap placed in a few spots inside the boat.

I was desperate

But it worked. Apparently mice, at least in Portland, prefer Zest. The entire family packed up and moved out within a day.
 

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Anyone have a photo of the damage? We have a great big hole through the tube and I can't tell if it's mice or puncture.
 

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I don't because I patched over the hole. I could tell it was a mouse because of the tiny teeth grooves. (plus the scat around the garage was a clue) Think about what it would look like if you took a big toothy bite of cheese, and then look for that on a micro scale around the edges of your raft hole. Hopefully that helps.

As a follow up: i cleaned the crap out of my garage. Literally and figuratively. I found a few bags of chips, unopened, with a lot of mouse poop around them. Too bad they couldn't get through and decided to chew on my raft instead.

I also have the raft hanging on two big prussik loops and dispersed an 8 pack of Irish Spring soap around the garage per Shutzie's advice. Since then I have been mouse free. Thanks for all the advice everyone and good luck to those still being chewed on!
 

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Thanks for the info. No teeth marks. We don't have mice in our shed but I loaned my boat to someone who stored it for a while in a place that I know to be chalk full of mice. I just can't tell if it was mice or a puncture. Either way I don't float for a while until I get 'er patched up!
 

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To get rid of mice or mouses or whatever may be around anywhere in your house or garage try this:

Option 1
Peppermint Oil (pure as you can get) put on cotton balls and put in to baby food jars poke holes in the top an set around the areas you want to keep them out of.

Option 2
Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Castile liquid soap
water
mix to your desired consistanccey, mix and put in to a spray bottle and spray everywhere you want to keep those little creatures out of.

Those little creatures do not like the smell of peppermint. I have used it for years all over in my house, garage, shed, pantry and no little rotten creatures buggin. I am thinking that you could wash your boat with the soap and it would help keep them away from your boats.
 

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I've heard mothballs work well too. Had a friend with an infestation in his Scout II, a few mothballs got rid of them.
 
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