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Old 08-24-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Last weekend we took our 'new' 1989 29ft Excella out for our 3rd trip. Didn't go too far, just down to Mt. Rainier (from Seattle). Got set up, pleasant evening in front of the camp fire, few beers and then went to bed. At around 2am I woke up to the sound of a rustling noise that sounded like it was coming from inside the trailer, I turned on the light and looked over towards the kitchen (sleeping on the couch right now, as in the process of changing out the twins for a queen), and staring back at me was a little mouse running around on a plastic carrier bag. I think he was as shocked as we were, and quickly ran back towards the couch and disappeared, during the rest of the night we could hear him scuttling about under our couch and then just before dawn it all went quiet. Needless to say we didn't get much sleep.
In the morning I unbolted the couch and pulled it out to find a manufactured 11/2" hole in the floor with some wires passing through from the outside, with nothing blocking the rest of the hole, perfect entrance for a mouse. He had left some 'evidence' that he'd been hanging out for the night, but no signs he'd been there any longer, or that he was still there. I blocked the hole up with stones, and duct tape as a temporary fix which seemed to do the job, as on our second night we could hear something trying to get in under the trailer. The next morning I checked the hole, and sure enough, he had tried to get in but couldn't 'cos of the blockage.
It looked like this was delivered from the factory like this, with a big open hole from the outside perfect for a small rodent to get in, the hole is directly at the front of the spare tire from underneath, and partially under the univolt from inside. The last thing my AS wants is for our uninvited guest to take up residence, and in our case it looks like he was just a passing visitor, but if you have had a similar problem, then check out that hole and get it blocked up.

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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I was under the impression that Airstream installs these mice at the factory.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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Those little buggers can scale the pig tail or the safety chains and crawl down the open end of the frame behind the coupler. Its like a mouse free-way and then they have or can make access where ever there is a hole for wires or any kind of lines. I hear drier sheets work well in keepin the little buggers out,I guess they dont like the smell. You can fill the open ends of the frame with Steel Wool ,that lets the air in but keeps them little buggers out.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for reminding me to seal a couple holes I have after removing some old gas lines I no longer need.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:34 PM   #5
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I have absolutely no doubt there's a guy at the end of the assembly line tossing a half dozen mice in every unit as it rolls out the door.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:50 PM   #6
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SOB the carpenters cut a 5X5 inch hole in floor for sewer pipe to go down to black tank, made it easy for the plumbers with 3 inch round pipe, no insulation or attempt to seal hole, couldn't see from below as view was blocked by tank, however 4 feet forward with a mirror you could see it was totally empty space. Was able to seal and stop all the road dust we were getting. Luckily no critters found the entrance.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:09 PM   #7
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Must be the season of the 89 Excella

Streamer Dan thanks for the heads up about the mouse entrance. I am going from here in Raleigh NC to the Tampa Bay Forida area this weekend to pick up our "new 1989 29' Excella". Looks like I will have to address these areas asap.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:42 PM   #8
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Ii wouldn't use steel wool - it will rust with any moisture ... but I'm told that bronze wool will likewise thwart them if stuffed / glued into place, and won't rust. I'd bet that the hardware store nearest you will carry some pot scrubbing pads made of bronze wire - or perhaps made of stainless steel.

Just checked ... Chore Boy sells copper and / or stainless steel pot scrubbers (not bronze as I'd thought). See if the critters can eat their way through that!
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:52 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the good advice, seems like the pot scrubbers are a good way to go. Is there any other holes that anyone knows about that I should be looking out for?
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:00 PM   #10
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Dan,
I did a post I think last year about mud wasps/paper wasps, Etc relative to the Excella; I have used stainless steel wool, nee pot scrubbers and of course this works well for the mice too. I used good old aluminium vulkum to secure same in the front battery compartment battery vent holes, and in the other small openings that I did not want to seal completely. No mice for 3 years, and no wasps, but every year I find spider web nests in the water heater that need to be cleaned before we start using the unit.

Still, I keep bated traps when traveling and bait in the hidden inside areas, JIC.

Winter storage seems to be the worst time.
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Robert, My cat worked well when he could get to them.
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That's Arzu, the Birthday kitty, and it looks like he found a little buddy! LOL
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Streamer Dan,
The thread I referenced was actually this year, titled rats-and mice-and bees-oh-my-. Go to:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...tml#post821787.
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