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Old 04-17-2015, 02:28 PM   #29
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Found one in my 1976 Sovereign mummified in the floor insulation. He must have crawled in from the front through the main frame rail. Needless to say, the entrance is sealed and the corpse disposed of.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:09 PM   #30
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There is a product available called Fresh Cab which we have used in our '75 AS as well in our '68 Camaro for several years with good results. I first saw an article about it if a classic car magazine. It is all natural and the aroma repels the rodents. It has a balsam fir aroma which the pests do not like,but I think it smells good when left in the trailer. It is available from Lehman's (lehmans.com) and probable other stores.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:07 PM   #31
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When a squirrel chewed up the wiring in my TV a few years ago, the insurance company (who paid for some of the damage) told me that they had a theory that the rodents may be attracted to soy products that are being used more frequently in wiring insulation. Not sure what we can do about that problem, but I do like the Fresh Cab suggestion, as well as bronze or aluminum wool in the tongue channels.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:29 AM   #32
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Mice memories

I have a pretty healthy fear of mice in my Airstream. I think it comes from an experience years ago…I was helping my mother clean out my grandma’s little motorhome in Northern Michigan, and reached into some low cabinet and put my hand into something soft and warm. It was also dark so I couldn’t see in there. Grabbed the flashlight. Oh my, a mother mouse with 5 or 6 little ones, all asleep. Yick – I had just had my hand on them! I ran out of the motorhome screaming like a first grader (no offense to first graders). I brought my mom back to show her where the mice were…and they were all gone – at least we hoped they were gone.

Fast forward 25 years, I am preparing to store my Airstream for the fall/winter. I put about 8 mousetraps in various places inside and outside the Airstream. My husband thought (thinks?) I am crazy…no need for any of that. I haven’t caught a mouse in the Airstream yet, but I still put them out each fall. Just in case.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:03 AM   #33
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I live in an area with lot's of mice and have found methods to keep them out of the house even though people around here say it's impossible to keep them out. Catch the mice in live traps with peanut butter, let them go outside and watch, they almost always go back to their access point. Seal it with steel wool or metal tape and set the traps back up. Eventually the mice will show you all the holes. I have had two Airstreams, an 04 and an 09. Both got mice and this method worked until one of the mice ate a hole in the water tank! I would like to know how a high end camper like Airstream can build campers that leave the factory with mouse holes. Airstream CEO, can you hear me? Why would you not replace your plant manager and find one who can do his job right?
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:42 AM   #34
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I live in an area with lot's of mice ... Airstream can build campers that leave the factory with mouse holes. Airstream CEO, can you hear me? Why would you not replace your plant manager and find one who can do his job right?
Why can't you control your own mice? (Is everything that occurs an Airstream QC fault?)
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:16 AM   #35
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Yes! Where is their pride? They should be ashamed. These mouse issues should never happen and Airstream could stop them with a small effort.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:37 PM   #36
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An alternative I have been using recently for a house (haven't yet tried it in a trailer) is an electronic repellent that plugs in and uses the wiring to create an ultrasonic (or some such) barrier. You can find a number of alternatives by searching on the internet for "electronic mouse repellent". You would need some charge to power it, but I don't think it takes much. I have found it to be effective for a house in the boonies where we previously had a serious mouse problem.
The"Ultrasonic Pest Repeller". I have 3. 1 in a house & 1 each in 2 RV's. Can be set to deter various pests, incld rodents, insects, spiders, possibly snakes & volume can be adjusted. Uses approx. 6 watts AC. About 15 A-H of 12VDC via an inverter per day, so PV solar power is reasonable.

I find them to be effective. You don't want to be there when repeller is ON.
I buy @ Harbor Freight approx $30 to $35 each.

You should seal up all openings in trailer with Great Stuff expanding foam to seal air intrusion, but it may not keep out a determined rat or mouse. Snakes may come in to eat the mice. Try to seal up entry sites with sheet metal, metal mesh, or steel wool then seal over that with foam or caulk. You don't want to do this but once.

I will always put a repeller in use when RV or house is NOT occupied. But it could quit, so do your best to seal the trailer. Sealing a trailer is much less trouble than finding a dead stinkin' rat somewhere hidden.
You are smart to be thinking about this NOW, when you have a chance to prevent a mouse problem.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:26 AM   #37
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I've got mouse issues and have inspected and stuffed holes under the trailer - still have them. The wheels will be off this weekend. I've got ANOTHER pound of aluminum wool coming and will inspect that area Saturday. I'm HOPING to find the hole!

By the way - I have the electronic repellers - they don't work. I had them in all winter along with 5 traps - caught 5 mice. I'm over it!
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:58 AM   #38
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I've got mouse issues and have inspected and stuffed holes under the trailer - still have them. The wheels will be off this weekend. I've got ANOTHER pound of aluminum wool coming and will inspect that area Saturday. I'm HOPING to find the hole!

By the way - I have the electronic repellers - they don't work. I had them in all winter along with 5 traps - caught 5 mice. I'm over it!
I'm commenting on what I quoted, above.
I don't agree with what is quoted above and felt I should respond, lest other Forum readers take the quote at face value and so miss out on what I think is one of the best devices to minimize pest/varmint problems in an unoccupied RV, garage, or house. The varmint repeller, I call it a squawker, does not product poisoned dead animals that are a health hazard and can pose a threat to other animals that could consume the dead poisoned animal carcass. The squawker does not produce dead animals killed by traps. Disposing of a trap's kill is not a good thing.

The varmint repellers, squawkers, are technical devices. They should be set up per the mfg's instructions. The squawker can't really be used when the RV, garage, house is occupied. The squawker should not be turned on when a pet is in the premises and can't escape from the premises. To do so would actually be cruelty.

To be effective, I've found that the squawker will have the volume loud and set to repel the kind of varmint giving one a problem. The squawker I use can be set for various rodents, insects, or spiders. It is not labeled to repel every kind of varmint all at the same time.

I have a second house and have had mouse problems when the squawker is not on or not there. NO mouse problems when the squawker is on.

Possible reasons the squawker didn't give the results expected:
Not turned on very much.
Trying to use it while the premises are occupied and so having the volume way down or on ultrasonic. These squawkers work best when loud. That means- not occupied premises.
Went off and left the trailer for several weeks but forgot to turn on the squawker when you left. (I did this for a house once and had mice move in)
Power outage so the squawker was inop.
Squawker not set up right for the kind of varmint and volume not set high enough.

If an RV is equipped with PVC system and an inverter, it is possible to run a squawker in an RV that does not have shore power 120VAC. The squawker I selected uses 5 watts. That is 120 watt hours per day or 0.12 KWH @ 120VAC. This amount of power + inverter losses will put a load of 11.5 amp hours @ 12VDC on the solar system. A 45 watt solar system should produce 19 amp hours per day and so, be able to power a squawker.

In summary, seal up the trailer to prevent entry. Use a squawker when you are not in the trailer. IF you think your trailer is presently occupied with a varmint...turn on the squawker, but please leave an escape path. If you haven't already sealed the trailer, then that is not a problem. The varmint will know the path to leave by...the same one it came in by !
I own 3 squawkers and am thinking of buying a 4th one. My tax paid money is hard to come by, so I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't think the squawker works.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:13 PM   #39
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Simple Solution to help :)

Buy Irish Spring Original Scent bar soap. Cut them into smaller shavings and place them in coffee filters in all the storage compartments. For whatever reason mice do not like the scent. Better yet, it will smell good and fresh. Im not sure how well the scent will carry in colder weather, but it is worth the effort!
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:34 AM   #40
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Yeesh, look at this:

Rodent-proof construction and exclusion methods

It's a scholarly article from the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management with all sorts of interesting suggestions - the wonders of the internet. Let's hope the rodents don't get WiFi.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #41
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Mice

I really don't like mice. I used some cut sections of flashing for a few large gaps around the wheel wells (where AS used a huge blob of sealant) secured with pop rivets then a bead of sealant. Then went around the underside seams with 2"foil tape up near the front on the back side of the tongue I used a small amount of expanding foam. I have camped in areas with a lot of mice and to this day 11 yrs of camping no mice. Knock on wood Best of luck Rand
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Thanks, Rand,
I'd love to see a photo or two of your solution, if possible. I'm having a bit of trouble visualizing the flashing and expanding foam applications.
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