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Old 06-21-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Question Use what to seal holes/cracks for bugs/mice prevention?

Hello,

I'm new to owning an Airstream as well as being on here.

I wanted to know what you all would recommend using on sealing up any external cracks and crevices and I also believe I saw a small hole on the rusted belly pan of the Argosy I recently bought.

I will be doing some driveway living for a year or so and wanted to plug up holes and cracks to prevent mice and bugs. I also plan to use some of the remedies I have read about on various threads for putting down mixes of things or whatever to keep out these critters.

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Old 06-21-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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Add birds, we recently had a problem with a house wren pecking out sound deading insulation, must be great stuff as she managed to raise 5 nestlings in unused wheel barrow, while pecking out hundreds of bits of foam and dense material.
Add bats, house I take care of had bats pulling out insulation to make room to nest.

Expanding foam, duct tape, mothballs, toilet deodorizer hangup.
mouse traps, rat traps, double sticky tape, chicken wire
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Dave. I had never thought of birds and bats!

I was def. already planning on hanging out some cloth bags of moth balls.

I had thought of that expanding hardening foam. However, I'm wondering if that's the thing to put on a vintage trailer. I would think one should choose something else. I might do that on a standard 'box rv'.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:51 PM   #4
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it's hopeless. you have to just keep after them.

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I stuff holes with bronze wool. Steel wool will rust. Mice can't chew through it.
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thanks guys n gals. some helpful info!
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Thanks Dave. I had never thought of birds and bats!

I was def. already planning on hanging out some cloth bags of moth balls.

I had thought of that expanding hardening foam. .
instead of cloth bags I found onion bags hanging are easy to see when empty.
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is it nieve to think that you can successfully seal your airstream against invasion... a seriously mouse phobic person would like to think so!
any thoughts?
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is it nieve to think that you can successfully seal your airstream against invasion... a seriously mouse phobic person would like to think so!
any thoughts?
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is it nieve to think that you can successfully seal your airstream against invasion... a seriously mouse phobic person would like to think so!
any thoughts?
You will find it much easier to get rid of the phobia, than to keep the mice out. Even if you finally achieve your goal, the mice that would have been inside will now be outside, waiting for you to leave the trailer.

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Some years ago, a fellow RV'er told us to put "Bounce" dryer cloths in all the cupboards to keep mice and such away. We do it every year. Never seen any evidence of mice, and in any case the bounce cloths smell nice - nicer than mothballs, and as a bonus, we would have static free mice.

This winter I also left a couple of mousetraps set. Again, not because we have any indication of mice, but so many people seem to have them that I thought it couldn't
hurt, (unless I get my finger caught).

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It took us 3 years but we finally found and plugged the mouse super-highway into our rig. We used expanding foam to seal the hole and have been mousefree for 6 months now
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