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Old 10-07-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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How do rats get into trailer?

RE: 2006 Safari SE, front bedroom

This morning I had to go face to face with a pack rat that had his hind end clamped to an untethered rat trap that I had placed in the storage compartment underneath the bed. It wasn't easy to finish him off!

Anyway, my question is: how might a smart rat get inside my trailer model? To the best of my knowledge, the undercarriage has never been damaged. Also, I don't think the rat ran inside while we were loading or doing anything because our last camping trip was last spring. The trailer has been parked in the driveway of our mountain home since May.

I will add that our plastic A/C shroud was heavily damaged by hail the middle of August. It sat there cracked, with various pieces missing for about two weeks until I got a replacement. My wife was wondering if a rat could have somehow gotten in through the top of the trailer.

I don't see any openings on the bottom of the trailer. Other than age, it looks like a new trailer there. I thought Airstream went to a lot of trouble to stop rodent entry.

Any ideas on how that rat got in? He was a full sized pack rat. Plus, my wife is now telling me she saw some mouse droppings.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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Oh, you are talking about the fuzzy ones with the tails
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Unfortunately there are many holes in most Airstreams as they come from the factory. Possible entry points are the front frame tongue, the back bumper compartment and areas around the wheel wells, or the steps. Once inside the belly pan, the access up through the floor is from holes cut by the factory for vent pipes and drain lines which are much bigger than the pipes themselves, as well as areas around the toilet on many models. I have had somewhere in the range of 15 Airstreams and Argosys and have not ever had one that was mouse proof. I had a pack rat in the battery compartment area of my 310 motorhome. They are nasty critters.

It takes time to find all the entry points and quite frankly, you may never get them all. My Argosy, which I have had now for about 14 years, still occasionally has a mouse in it. I think they come in from the toilet area on the rig, but would have to do a lot of deconstruction to see for sure.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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WE have had 3 different travel trailers spanning the last 18 years. They have all been kept in places with substantial rodent populations. We have never had any sign whatsoever of mouse or rat entry. I am certain this is because we have always had one or more cats traveling with us. I believe their scent remains in the trailer for a long time. Try borrowing some cat bedding from someone with a cat. Maybe even better get some used litter. I will mail you some if you can't get it locally.

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Scoff if you wish, however our trailer remains a rodent free zone. Not necessarily insect free however.

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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Oh, you are talking about the fuzzy ones with the tails
In fact I believe it is the fuzzy ones with fuzzy tails. There are just darling little things. They look so cuddly.

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Old 10-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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RE: 2006 Safari SE, front bedroom

This morning I had to go face to face with a pack rat that had his hind end clamped to an untethered rat trap that I had placed in the storage compartment underneath the bed. It wasn't easy to finish him off!

Anyway, my question is: how might a smart rat get inside my trailer model? To the best of my knowledge, the undercarriage has never been damaged. Also, I don't think the rat ran inside while we were loading or doing anything because our last camping trip was last spring. The trailer has been parked in the driveway of our mountain home since May.

I will add that our plastic A/C shroud was heavily damaged by hail the middle of August. It sat there cracked, with various pieces missing for about two weeks until I got a replacement. My wife was wondering if a rat could have somehow gotten in through the top of the trailer.

I don't see any openings on the bottom of the trailer. Other than age, it looks like a new trailer there. I thought Airstream went to a lot of trouble to stop rodent entry.

Any ideas on how that rat got in? He was a full sized pack rat. Plus, my wife is now telling me she saw some mouse droppings.


To answer your first question: ANY WAY THEY CAN AND WAYS YOU NEVER THOUGHT OF! We live in the country and this is a battle in our house at certain times of the year. What I do in the Airstream is put out poison, take all bedding, towels or anything like that and store in a plastic tote in the trailer I like to add dryer sheets to the tote so everything smells nice when we get ready to go). Remove any paper products(nesting material), Open all cabinets and bins. They want to live in dark places. Leave no food in the trailer. Check often for signs of an invasion
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #7
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I live in an old old house and have serious mouse problems spring and fall. I have given up on poison since the rodent always dies behind the wall and rots slowly over a period of weeks which smells disgusting. Rat and mouse traps are the way to go so you can dispose of the body directly. Rats and mice can squeeze through exceptionally small holes....you will not be able to find them all.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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I also live on a river and have lots of mice over the past few years in our house and in our trailer. To deal with the problem, I purchased a number of rodent repellent devices from our local Ace Hardward that you plug into an electrical socket. These devices make a noise that repel rodents apparently and, believe it or not, I haven't seen a mouse in our house or our trailer since I began using them. Good luck with your rodent problem. This worked for us.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #9
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A few years ago I bought an Overlander that was sitting up in the Manzano Mountains for a few years. The pack rats had made it their castle. The midden was knee high and higher in places. It filled up a dump truck. What made it particularly interesting was great amount of choya cactus needles.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:04 PM   #10
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If they can get their head through a hole the rest of the critter will fit through.

Tractor supply sells a product called Cab Fresh that has worked for me "so far".

It is sold as a mouse repellent you might want to check it out on the Internet I tried just about everything including dryer sheets. I had mice pull insulation out of the walls to make a nest before I found Cab Fresh I would catch 2 a week starting in the fall until hot weather.
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In an old trailer I had on a farm I thought I had a small rat problem. I bought some special sticky paper to catch them. Set them along several walls. Looked a few days later to see if I caught any, and was amazed with what I saw. I caught over a dozen! I spent a weekend looking for any holes they used, I was suprised at how many tiny holes I found.
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Mebbe he got in when he were little, then gruesome.
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I'm using one of those electric ultra-sonic repellers. I've also just received a pound of Aluminum Wool which I plan on stuffing into any hole I can see or feel. The first will be the A frame by the hitch.

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I'm using one of those electric ultra-sonic repellers. I've also just received a pound of Aluminum Wool which I plan on stuffing into any hole I can see or feel. The first will be the A frame by the hitch.

I hate meeces to pieces!
My 91 had several entre holes in the frame when it was new.
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