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Old 05-31-2017, 12:29 AM   #1
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I just painted the Argosy and got mice inside our trailer. I thought they came in from the plastic that was draped over the wheels and such during paint.

I got rid of them from trapping, no more trace of mice for two weeks. As soon as I plug the power in.....Mice. Our 76 Argosy 26 has an 30 amp cord from the interior to the bumper. I believe they are walking the cord and getting into the bumper.

What to do? Place a cone deal on the cord? Cut a hole somewhere and install a 30 amp inlet and cover.....where the connection will be a vertical surface?

Help! Any tips or ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Get a cat, and put him in the trailer from time to time. The mice will smell the cat, and stay away. Unless the cat is lazy, and the mice are stupid (or suicidal), of course...
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I have a '74 Argosy 26'.
I dropped the belly pan on the trunk section and plugged all of the holes in the floor. No more mousen problems. The cone on the cord is not a bad idea.
Also check the A frame. Mice can enter the channel. Once inside the belly pan they have access.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:01 PM   #4
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Get a cat, and put him in the trailer from time to time. The mice will smell the cat, and stay away. Unless the cat is lazy, and the mice are stupid (or suicidal), of course...
Thanks, but I don't like the smell of cats either. Sometimes cats get in the garage and spray.....yuck!

Honestly, my wife and daughter said the same thing.....let's get a cat. Personally I'm a dog guy.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:20 PM   #5
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I have a '74 Argosy 26'.
I dropped the belly pan on the trunk section and plugged all of the holes in the floor. No more mousen problems. The cone on the cord is not a bad idea.
Also check the A frame. Mice can enter the channel. Once inside the belly pan they have access.
Thanks for the reply. Yes, checked the A frame, belly pan, wheel wells, and everywhere else I can imagine a mouse crawling up to get inside.

My conclusion was that hanging the cord out of the storage area with the cover ajar allows them access. Once in there, I can see many ways to get in to the belly pan. I thought of closing all those gaps with an aluminum angle, caulking and screws. Dropping the pan would make it easier to do.

I was just looking for a different/easier way to keep them out. Like this attached pic, in an area where mice can't climb in.
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:10 AM   #6
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I'm sorry I used the wrong term, "Umbilical"

I'm still a newbie. I used the incorrect term. I'm talking about the 30 amp cord that is in the rear storage compartment, at least in my Argosy. I pull the cord out for 110v power but the storage cover rests on the cord ajar....mice.

It's been a few days, baited glue traps everywhere. No mice inside but trapping them outside on the ground. I no longer keep the cord plugged in if I'm not there.

Again sorry for the confusion.
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I have a '74 Argosy 26'.
I dropped the belly pan on the trunk section and plugged all of the holes in the floor. No more mousen problems. The cone on the cord is not a bad idea.
Also check the A frame. Mice can enter the channel. Once inside the belly pan they have access.
You always give sound advice. No cord connected but had one mouse trapped. So, I looked again more closely. Yes, there is a place in the A frame where you think they would connect just past the jack. I will wait and see. It's been a week and no sign of them with traps and bait inside.

Thanks again.
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