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Old 04-12-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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How do I eliminate the musty mouse smell??

I recently bought a '72 Sovereign that has been sitting untouched since 1978. Obviously mice have got into every crevice imaginable. I am almost done removing all of the interior; walls, cabinets ect and have already removed the carpet, cushions and curtains. It still has the musty mouse smell to the camper when it's closed up. I am hoping I don't have to remove the interior skins to re-insulate.
Will I have to re-insulate and remove the belly pan and re-insulate that? The mice are long gone but I don't want to finish the trailer to still find that the smell exists.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:27 PM   #2
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At the point you are at, it is almost simple to pull the skins and evaluate the condition of the insulation and replace as needed.

The only way to get rid of the smell is to clean everywhere the mice have been.


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Old 04-12-2015, 02:29 PM   #3
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Did you find any insulation as nesting material when you gutted the trailer. If not they probably did not get into the walls as there are few points of entry. I would study the floor and try and locate the "bathroom areas". You might try washing those areas with a bleach solution and vacuuming the solution up with a wet vac.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:29 PM   #4
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I would be money that you have had mouse nests in your walls & in the belly pan. They're all pretty easy to remove, once you have the interior out. Then you can replace the insulation with new, nice smelling insulation that isn't perfect material for mouse nests! (like Prodex or Refletix) If you're not planning on removing all of your interior, you should at least do the belly pan. Most that I've seen (including my own) were loaded with mouse evidence.
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I GUARANTEE that you have the remains of past mouse infestations in between the inner and outer skins of the trailer PLUS in the underbelly cavity.

Also, I bet the floor is soaked in mouse urine in numerous places.

I helped to disassemble a early 70's Airstream last fall and the insulation in both of those areas was totally soaked in mouse urine and mouse crap. All the insulation had to be removed, the inside aggressively power washed and aired out for several months. Also, the entire floor was removed and replaced.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:22 PM   #6
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I just removed the interior skins of my '73 Overlander. Here's a couple of pics of what I found.Click image for larger version

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Guaranteed you have mice excrement in there.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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Ok, yea. I want to do this once and do it right. I just can't believe that it is in 3 huge pieces of aluminum that run the full length of the trailer. I'm afraid of bending them. Looks like full gut in store. Hoping to have this camp ready by mid June!


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Old 04-12-2015, 04:53 PM   #8
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And DO wear a VERY VERY GOOD face mask. A full hazmat suit might not be excessive either. If the mice came from the south west you could have a trailer full of Hanta Virus.

You don't want to get that stuff in your lungs.

You might want to bug bomb the inside before you start. Wash with a bleach solution and water, then rinse and wipe down. You might also try going to a pet store and getting something to clean pet urine out of carpet - that should also kill the last of the smell.

Removing inner skins - I don't renovate, but there are many threads here. Most people seem to roll the long sheets of aluminum into big circles probably 24" diameter. As long as you can get the roll out of the door, it's all good. Just drill out the rivets carefully from one end to the other and roll as you go. I've heard people say they could do the side pieces alone but the overhead piece which comes out first requires one or two helpers.... something called "gravity" I think?

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Old 04-12-2015, 05:17 PM   #10
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Keep looking, that mouse smell is coming from somewhere.

Besides, you will want to check and probably redo the wiring because mice love to chew on the wire insulation. You are 95% of the way there, don't skimp on this step.
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Looks pretty good so far, try higher up where it gets compressed down.
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Also washing the walls REALLY good 2-3 times, and priming and painting the floor will help. If you reuse the cabinets, the inside can also be primed and painted.

About camping in June, we took our 69 out on many trips when it was mostly an aluminum tent with AC.
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:58 PM   #14
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I drilled some of the rivets on every wall and pulled them back. Only found evidence of mice in the rear bath. The rest of the trailer looks just like the pic like new insulation.
All of the electric in the trailer works perfect.
Tomorrow I'll be checking the belly pan, I expect to find that to be more of a mess. I will be thoroughly scrubbing the entire camper inside top to bottom and repainting almost everything. Including the plywood witch I will be bleaching, let dry and sealing with exterior grade polyurethane. I'm just excited to be at the point where I can start to build back up and begin doing the fun stuff and seeing the trailer come back to life piece by piece.


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