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Old 04-16-2015, 09:36 PM   #1
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Is the body seal sufficient to keep mice out?

We are ordering our first Airstream and it will be stored in an open area, not garaged.

Is the Airstream body sealed enough to prevent entry by small rodents, such as mice?

If not, is it relatively easy to seal access areas under the trailer?

How do you folks deal with mice if the trailer isn't tightly sealed enough to prevent their entry?
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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The newer Airstreams are sealed well, gobs of goop in some places, but we have never had a mouse. More importantly, we clean the galley well after use, and never store the Airstream with food inside.

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Old 04-16-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Hey D,
Don't leave any food in the trailer and put a mousetrap by each wheel. I put bounce dryer sheets inside, I don't think they do much but the trailer smells good.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:50 PM   #4
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Cheryl... that's good to know.

In the past I have experienced mice entering an RV. No food to draw them, just the safety and security of lots of small nooks and crannies, like drawers. Haven't had big issues with this, but I hope to not have ANY issues in this regard.

In our area of the desert, I've heard stories of pack rats eating wiring of vehicles (cars, trucks, motorhomes, etc) and causing MANY thousands of dollars of damage to wiring harnesses. Of course with a trailer, there is little, if any, exposed wiring as there is with a car or motorized RV.
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All a mouse needs is a 1/4" gap and they are in .
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All a mouse needs is a 1/4" gap and they are in .
Have you have them in your Airstream?
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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.
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I found evidence of them being there. Our Airstream sat in a field for 5 years before we bought it.

As I striped out the interior I found they came in through the belly pan and entered the bathroom under the tub via the hole for the drain.
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I found evidence of them being there. Our Airstream sat in a field for 5 years before we bought it.

As I striped out the interior I found they came in through the belly pan and entered the bathroom under the tub via the hole for the drain.
I'm sure with 5 years time, left alone in a field... mice would definitely find some way to get into an Airstream. It would seem, though, that with a well foam-sealed underbody and a trailer that is frequently checked on, one could keep them out relatively well.
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Yes, pack rats. While dry camping south of Tucson about eight years ago they crawled up into our VW Poptop Camper engine compartment and ate some insulation off the wires. Everything still working, we taped them up until we returned home.

Never has a mouse in those four VW Campers either, cleaned the little galley and removed food whenever we returned home.
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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.
That sounds like a good way to do it...no need for poison or traps. I don't like the traps because birds can be injured by them. And the poisons can harm animals that might ingest the poisoned mice. Always something, isn't there.
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Yes, pack rats. While dry camping south of Tucson about eight years ago they crawled up into our VW Poptop Camper engine compartment and ate some insulation off the wires. Everything still working, I taped them up until we returned home.

Never has a mouse in those four VW Campers either, cleaned the little galley and removed food whenever we returned home.
That takes me back to my first RVing days... when I was in my early 20's (early 1970's) I had one of those deep/bright yellow Westfalia VW pop-top campers. Had a lot of fun with that. Then in the early '80s I had one of the more updated Westfalia Camper models... they sure were fun back in the day - when I was young. No where near enough comfort and convenience for us these days, though. We're old now.

Packrats.... yikes... I hope to NEVER have to deal with them. But they are around the desert area where we live.
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Older Airstreams were and are notorious for mice getting in. Most common entry area was the gaps around the drain and vent pipes which went through the plywood floor. The holes were cut much larger than the pipes, and no sealant was placed around them.

I will say that so far my 2014 FC 20 has been mouse free, which I am grateful for. Maybe Airstream finally learned to seal the floor pipe hole gaps.
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DHart, I agree with you on the traps and poisons. Another disadvantage of those options is having dead critters around in nooks and crannies where you may not find them. BTW, one other trick I have learned from life in the outback: if you do find holes, use steel wool to plug them. The rodents can't stand the feel of it on their teeth, but will chew through practically anything else.
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