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Old 02-12-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Question Unwanted guests in the trailor!

Dear Forum Members, I have a question involving airstreams and unwanted guests. Are airstream trailers any less susceptable to infestaion of mice and other critters due to their sealed undersides with aluminum sheeting? I have a friend who is interested in purchasing an airstream and parking it out on his land in Kansas where mice and other critters seem to get into everything. I personally have not found any evidence of rodents in my 1976 22' Argosy after having parked it for months in a nearby campground by a lake in Kansas. I also spent a lot of time under my coach after I bought it and redid a lot of the rivets so the underside was really closed up. Any thoughts or experiances from forum members would be appreciated. Sincerely Ray
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:31 PM   #2
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If you do a search on this subject you will find lots of threads to help you.
My personal two cent's says that mice will come into any trailer whether it be a Airstream or a SOB. If you put out things that will deter them you should not have a problem. The threads will give you an idea what works and what doesn't.
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Any hole or seam open even as much as a dime will allow those critters to get inside. If you are hooked up to electricity, I would consider those electronic pest things that are supposed to effect rodents, spiders, etc. but do not effect animals other than from the rodent family. You can plug holes with copper wool.
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I believe that Craig may be understating the issue a little. I believe they also come in by osmosis as well. They are VERY resourceful!


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Any hole or seam open even as much as a dime will allow those critters to get inside. If you are hooked up to electricity, I would consider those electronic pest things that are supposed to effect rodents, spiders, etc. but do not effect animals other than from the rodent family. You can plug holes with copper wool.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:34 PM   #5
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Tell your friend to build a metal building. Its more like what he needs. Leave the Airstreams to the adventurous. I found Copperhead snakes in the belly of mine. (that should make him sleep well.)
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Mice use transporters like on "Star Trek"

Both mice and cockroaches are so technologically advanced that they use transporter beams to move about ....
It got to be so tedious chewing....
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Any hole or seam open even as much as a dime will allow those critters to get inside. If you are hooked up to electricity, I would consider those electronic pest things that are supposed to effect rodents, spiders, etc. but do not effect animals other than from the rodent family. You can plug holes with copper wool.
Craig provided the best summary so far. Steel wool worked for me at an old apartment.

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We use a combination of steel wool and expanding foam to seal conduit here in the power company.

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Craig provided the best summary so far. Steel wool worked for me at an old apartment.

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Old 02-12-2006, 05:35 PM   #9
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Mice love Airstreams. They like my 76 Sovereign better than the 94 classic. I'm not sure why, they may just prefer vintage units.
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When I bought my '77 and went to clean it up, I discovered the skeletal remains of a rat (not a mouse) and the left behind snake skin of the fellow that'd had him for lunch. Belly pan looked like a new one too.

I found a mouse living in the headlight assembly of my Polaris ATV. He got through a crack that was not much over an 1/8" thick. I don't know how they do it!!
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A couple of these guys/gals can do wonders for mice/rat problems. If they can't get to them, they will tell you where they are at, so you can open doors, remove panels, etc. Plus, they love their job!
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Snakes go to where the mice are. Where you find one - the other will be. A friend found a snake in his holding tank. Kept hearing a strange noise and did a dump a a rest stop. No idea how it got inside. He had been camping in his camper for the 10 previous days.

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My wifes' answer to these sort of problems id "Moth Balls".

Use fine mesh onion bags place some moth balls in the bags and place them around the inside of trailer in the obvious openings where rodants will enter. Do not forget the electric cord other exterior panels. Then place some moth balls around the tires, and any other parts that touch the ground.

To clear the air, about a week before using remove all the bags and open some windows.

We use this method every winter. So far so good.
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Wink Snake dance at the boat dock...

A while back, while waiting to launch my boat at the ramp, I was watching a guy with an Airstream motorhome. He had backed his boat down with the cover still on it.
It appeared he had not run his boat in awhile....
He took off the cover and started rummaging around; moments later a large rattlesnake came over port while he went vertical over starboard....
The rattler made its' way across the ramp unmolested.
The guy was pretty rattled!
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