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Old 09-21-2017, 02:35 PM   #1
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AC Cover for 2017 21'

Picked up our new 2017 21' Escape the beginning of June and after three great months of camping in Canada and the northern US finally got home. After having to deal with birds nesting in the AC on our previous trailer one of the items I wanted to get right away was a cover for the Dometic Penguin II AC (shroud dimensions 29W x 11.25H x 39L).

After searching the forums without finding a good answer I ordered an ADCO 3016 which was supposed to fit, Well, it was close but not good enough to keep birds out since it measures 25W x 11H x 39L and was small in all dimensions. After talking to ADCO, who couldn't explain why this cover was listed as fitting a Penguin II, the best suggestion they could offer was an ADCO 3023 (29W x 14H x 43.75L). Big enough, but maybe too big.

So after a lot of searching and calling some RV accessories retailers I settled on a Classic Accessories 77440 Model 5 (29W x 12.5H x 42.5L) from Amazon which fits very nicely.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 09-21-2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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I am not aware of a single Escape owner who has posted here that birds built a nest inside the a/c shroud. If so we may here from them. Perhaps it is not that prevalent.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:49 PM   #3
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I had a wasp's nest in an air conditioner shroud. It would depend heavily on local conditions and how long (and when) the trailer sites there.
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We had birds build a nest in the stove vent. The cover had broken off.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:41 PM   #5
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I am not aware of a single Escape owner who has posted here that birds built a nest inside the a/c shroud. If so we may here from them. Perhaps it is not that prevalent.
Well actually I did find one when I was searching the threads for information on AC covers. It may not be very common since there are not so many Escapes in the southern US. It seems like those Carolina Wrens can get a nest built and ready to go in about 30 minutes.
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:33 AM   #6
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The AC in our 2012 Escape 19 had a large Starling nest our first spring here in Idaho. The birds could easily get in through the lower grill. The nest was a mess to clean up! I installed hardware cloth with cable ties closing off the grill openings to cure the issue. The next spring, Starlings spent at least a week trying to find a way in but finally gave up.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:27 AM   #7
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We keep a plastic owl on top of the camper when in storage. Not so much to keep birds from building a nest in the AC shroud, but to reduce their bird crap. Works well for us. I would think it would also keep them from nesting.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:34 AM   #8
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We keep a plastic owl on top of the camper when in storage. Not so much to keep birds from building a nest in the AC shroud, but to reduce their bird crap. Works well for us. I would think it would also keep them from nesting.
When I park the trailer in our front driveway the pond scoggins that the neighbor feeds sit on top and crap all over it.
So far I have trained them to take off when I come outside as they know I will hose them down.
Nothing bothers it when I leave it in back so that's where it normally is.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:45 AM   #9
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We keep a plastic owl on top of the camper when in storage. Not so much to keep birds from building a nest in the AC shroud, but to reduce their bird crap. Works well for us. I would think it would also keep them from nesting.

Protection by Owl - I like it! You could say it's Natural protection, but since it's a plastic owl, maybe not. In any case, this is a great idea.
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