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Old 02-12-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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Mice like Airstreams too!

Looking for some advice here. I am fixing up a '75 tradewind that was a mouse hotel for the past few years.

While I have cleaned it well, there is a strong smell coming from behind the front cabinets that are over the front window. I suspect that this was their fortress of mouseness until I came along.

Anyone have experience removing and then replacing this piece? I looks like I will need to remove the entire front side end cap.

I need moral support to either go for it or just live with it!

Any other mouse hiding places you have found?

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Old 02-12-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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I need moral support to either go for it or just live with it!
Matt, consider this some moral support to go for it! I wouldn't want to live with the nasties that mice have left behind in the walls of the trailer - not only is the smell bad, but there could be health implications as well.

BTW, the phrase "fortress of mouseness" cracks me up.

Good luck!
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Mel is right, there are some serious health issues that have been associated with mouse dropping. When cleaning, moisten the area to avoid breathing the dust, and use a particle or HEP mask. I don't think I would leave it though if the problem is as significant as you suggest. Check out the site below for info on hantavirus.
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fortress of mouseness

I smell your pain. I'm in the process of restoring a 53" Flying Cloud. I found a weak spot in the flooring. Once I ripped the one piece up I found a whole mess of mice turds. Well that just opened a whole can of worms. I ended up taking out the entire inside shell. That darn little kitter made my trailer his home. In the walls, floors behide the cabinets every where. Now that I replace all the insallation, my Flying Cloud smells brand new. So after that said, I say GO FOR IT. Remember its only Rivets, right.
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Old 02-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #5
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Welcome Matt-

Yes, mice love Airstreams! AS are filled with everything a mouse could want. If you do have a serious infestation we are here for moral support but you aren't going to like my suggestion; if this were my trailer, I would be removing all the interior then the inside skin. There are several reason for this action and all are due to a clean and healty AS. I will bet you a $1.00 the insulation is destroyed, mice entombed in it along with waste. A big under taking but it will also reveal other areas of concern including elevator bolts, floor seems to walls etc. You can find tons of info on this using the search function here on the forum. Good luck and please post some photos.
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:30 PM   #6
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Does anyone have any advice how to avoid letting an AS become a "fortress of mouseness" during storage? I am told that the place we may store our trailer sometime may have a mouse problem.
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I use sticky traps with a bit of peanut butter in the center to lure the little buggers in.

Works great, just buy a name brand - some of the others aren't sticky enough. I've had them leave their paw prints in them.
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:20 PM   #8
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Ok, im going to go for it. It will probably happen Wednesday night. I'll post some pictures of my progress to this thread.

Glad i could make some of you smile

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I know it sounds like a major undertaking, and it is, but you will be very happy you did it> Good luck and post pictures of your progress!
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:26 PM   #10
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Does anyone have any advice how to avoid letting an AS become a "fortress of mouseness" during storage? I am told that the place we may store our trailer sometime may have a mouse problem.
Pecos Pete
Personally, I don't like luring mice 'into' anything. i would rather keep them out. The very first thing you need to do is to think like a mouse and take a very, very close look at your AS. If there is any spot froom the outside that you can stick your pinky into, it is an invitation to a mouse. Check the whell wells, rear bumper storage, around the folding steps, where your pigtail enters your AS, the frame work. Every where! Then place mothballs in little cloth bags around the floor for the winter. Good luck!
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But since they're already in....

Try the traps.

Take any other measures you need to to keep others out, as was rightly pointed out.
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MICE hate Peppermint sprays.... I use this in my basement at home to keep the lil buggers out.
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Thumbs up sonic counter measures

This fall my trade wind got infested literally overnight. I traped a couple, but that wasnt getting the job done. I bought a couple of those decon sonic devices and plugged them in. Within 3 days the Trade Wind was mouse free; I keep them plugged in and have had no further problems. I cant prove that they have prevented a secondary infestation, bu I strongly suspect this to be the case.
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What was that.... I couldn't hear you....some type of interference...........
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:54 PM   #15
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your belly pan may look something like this;



this was taken this past weekend. lots 'o mouse droppings and even a mouse carcass.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:25 PM   #16
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When I first purchased my project there were a couple of mouse turds and a partially chewed bar of soap in the bathroom. The PO had seen these and placed traps but nothing was in them. A few months later I moved the AS to another county and into a machine shed. I placed traps at that as well. One mouse caught. I follwed with sticky traps and good ol Victors + the trick of throwing sheets of bounce all over the place.

I don't know if the bounce did anything (maybe an old wives tail??..but some of them old wives were pretty smart about some things??). The bounce did make the place smell nice. The end story---not a mouse in two years, no odors --thee were none before. PO kept the trailer very clean. I never leave food in it. I do leave sticky type tunnel traps in all of the time.

The collector car parked right next to me has a pile of mouse turds on the front seat. I am not sure what I am doing that he is not but I still do not see or smell any mouse sign. Now if I can get rid of my first infestation of mice in my house in 18 years I will be very happy (so far between dogs and sticky traps I have 6 since last fall. Haven't seen one in over a month but I think they are just regrouping to improve tactics .
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Has anyone figured out how the mice get into a trailer to begin with?

Seems the only points of ground contact are the tires, front jack and electical/water hook up lines.

Do they climb the tires and ingress through holes in the wheel wells or climb the power cord like rats onto a ship? Ships have big discs on the mooring lines to stop rats. Jumping mice??
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I have a fear of mice, eeek!
I'm subscribing to this thread, and sure am glad I came across it.

FYI: Mice can fit through holes the size of a nickel. They got very flexible bones, they can even get through cracks under doors.
Now I don't have much experience with a/s mice, I can't say much. But what I can say is I have worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years.
A big habit of mine, as well as the other people I work with, is to take the trash out to the dumpster right away. In the wintertime like this, it's not unusual to find the little buggers throwing a party under or around garbage containers.
Try to make sure you keep all food out of thier reach also. At home, I put things in tupperware containers (flour, sugar, pasta, open boxes of cereal). Sounds silly, but every little precaution helps.
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With a name like Lilmouse, I assume you know what you're talking about!
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yeah, i'm a little person. i keep a step ladder in my a/s so i can get into the overhead compartments and turn on the overhead lights.
but i do lurk on and off the forums I visit like a quietlilmouse.

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