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Old 09-13-2015, 04:55 PM   #29
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I use extra-coarse stainless steel wool (it doesn't rust) to plug holes where mice might enter, then cover it with a rubberized spray-on material. The SS wool is nasty sharp (wear gloves when working with it) and will cut up a determined mouse...I've found the blood on one occasion.

Additionally, I use a piece of the SS wool to make a cone-shaped guard for the power cord, securing it with a bunji-cord loop-and-ball gizmo. That has been successful in preventing incursions using the power cord as an entry path. The same will work for a water hose. Place the guard just below where the cord or hose enters the RV.
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So far, so good. Three days of traps set and nothing tripped inside. Been catching some outside, though.

Looks like I lucked out and the one got out before it did any serious damage, or nested.
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:31 PM   #31
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It's hiding under your bed just waiting for.............lol j/k
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:04 PM   #32
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Mouse in new trailer. How common? How to prevent?

Another tool in the battle is a black light. Helps you see where the little buggers are traveling. They dribble pee constantly, so it's sort of like connect-a-dot to track them with a black light. At least this trick will point you to the locations where the mice enter the RV.
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:46 PM   #33
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Great trick that I learned was to put moth balls in old nylons and drape them over your tires. I also use peppermint oil in a sensy pot and have plugged in those electronic traps. I store my coach in a pole barn and we live in the country.
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Mine is currently also in a pole barn next to the leftover big round hay bales. Probably why we have a mouse issue in the first place.

We live on a cow ranch, so we have plenty of rodents around.

I can't stand the smell of moth balls, but we do have a peppermint mixture in the trailer now. the wife has ordered some of the stuff that was mentioned in the second or third post here.

http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Rodent-R...dent+repellent

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Mine is currently also in a pole barn next to the leftover big round hay bales. Probably why we have a mouse issue in the first place.

We live on a cow ranch, so we have plenty of rodents around.

I can't stand the smell of moth balls, but we do have a peppermint mixture in the trailer now. the wife has ordered some of the stuff that was mentioned in the second or third post here.

Amazon.com: Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent (4 Pouch Box) Net Wt. 10 Ounce: Patio, Lawn & Garden

I don't see any night vision goggles or shotguns in that image........
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Be ruthless and relentless in addressing this.

You don't have a mouse. You have mice. They are probably passing out party flyers whilst you are inside typing out your post.

I don't wanna be all chicken little here, but mice will destroy your trailer. Turds, wiring chewed, insulation peed on, oh man.....

You need to go all kinds of off the reservation on this. I wish I knew to tell you how or what, but I would be taking apart every possible part and panel and going all out with every home made AND carcinogen causing remedy ever told, rumored, or hinted at. I had a neighbor have mice get into his van unit thingy and it had to be gutted.

Now, stop typing, grab yer shotgun, getcha some NVGs, and get out there!


Listen to this guy. I bought my motorhome knowing there were signs of mice but little did I know what was in store for me after I had time to actually sit down with it and try to get it ready to work with. This is a list of places and damage done by the mice over the 5 years they let it sit without really doing anything to protect it:

* opened the oven to find the entire oven was a giant mouse nest with the oven cavity full of fluff from a pillow they chewed up.

* under the couch was just full of mouse droppings and chewed up acorn shells, carpet totally ruined with mouse urine.

* furnace ducts full of mouse nesting material, urine and mouse droppings.

* Mouse nesting inside the furnace itself (where the air would move around the heat exchanger) causing corrosion and making the furnace unsafe to use both because of sanitation issues and because the acorns and fluff stored there would have surely caught fire.)

* foam insulation chewed up in places and the foam spread throughout the motorhome.

* some 12 volt wiring in the cab partially chewed on.

* areas under the cabinets in much the same state as under the couch. This includes places you can't see without removing the drawers.

* holding tank/electrical bay littered with mouse droppings.

* basement storage area, much the same.

* under the bed some mouse droppings but not as bad as most of the rest

* storage under dinette area One dead mouse and some droppings under one seat and the other seat totally clean.

* every drawer and some of the cabinet areas in the cab similarly dirty.


I had to wear a good respirator and vacuum and bleach the hell out of everything and I still need to lift out the oven to do a thorough cleaning of it and the furnace was a total loss which I'm going to hopefully have replaced along with all ducting and the bad carpet in that area sometime in the next month before winter sets in.

I'm lucky so far to not have hanta virus but I have no choice but to clean it the best I can and move on since I have no place else to live.

If any of the above sounds like something you really don't want to ever have to deal with I strongly suggest you listen to the forum member I just quoted.
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Listen to this guy. I bought my motorhome knowing there were signs of mice but little did I know what was in store for me after I had time to actually sit down with it and try to get it ready to work with. This is a list of places and damage done by the mice over the 5 years they let it sit without really doing anything to protect it:

* opened the oven to find the entire oven was a giant mouse nest with the oven cavity full of fluff from a pillow they chewed up.

* under the couch was just full of mouse droppings and chewed up acorn shells, carpet totally ruined with mouse urine.

* furnace ducts full of mouse nesting material, urine and mouse droppings.

* Mouse nesting inside the furnace itself (where the air would move around the heat exchanger) causing corrosion and making the furnace unsafe to use both because of sanitation issues and because the acorns and fluff stored there would have surely caught fire.)

* foam insulation chewed up in places and the foam spread throughout the motorhome.

* some 12 volt wiring in the cab partially chewed on.

* areas under the cabinets in much the same state as under the couch. This includes places you can't see without removing the drawers.

* holding tank/electrical bay littered with mouse droppings.

* basement storage area, much the same.

* under the bed some mouse droppings but not as bad as most of the rest

* storage under dinette area One dead mouse and some droppings under one seat and the other seat totally clean.

* every drawer and some of the cabinet areas in the cab similarly dirty.


I had to wear a good respirator and vacuum and bleach the hell out of everything and I still need to lift out the oven to do a thorough cleaning of it and the furnace was a total loss which I'm going to hopefully have replaced along with all ducting and the bad carpet in that area sometime in the next month before winter sets in.

I'm lucky so far to not have hanta virus but I have no choice but to clean it the best I can and move on since I have no place else to live.

If any of the above sounds like something you really don't want to ever have to deal with I strongly suggest you listen to the forum member I just quoted.
EEEEK!!! And no pun intended...

I have searched my entire trailer, and found nothing, but I did not look into the oven or under the couch ,but all other cubbies were clear.
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I would check the oven but also inside the furnace itself if possible. They had crawled into the heat registers and moved along the inside of the heat ducts to get inside the furnace cavity. they seem to like the most inaccessible places to hide and build their nests. It's embarrassing to post about it at all but I hope it saves someone from having an insane amount of damage done to their coach.
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Weschaub !! You are one brave soul to undertake a task like that. Is the oven even worth saving? Maybe you could look for a replacement at one of those RV salvage stores in northern Indiana.


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Bounce dry sheets to the job for me. Makes the camper smell good too.
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Weschaub !! You are one brave soul to undertake a task like that. Is the oven even worth saving? Maybe you could look for a replacement at one of those RV salvage stores in northern Indiana.


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I wouldn't call it brave, more like stupid. but I have no place else to go for a long list of reasons and was forced to do the best I can with what I've got.

I'm not sure the oven can be saved but I might give it a try. If I can find a nice clean replacement Wedgewood 4 burner oven/range I will likely just do a swap. In the mean time I only trust the range top.
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Last year my son built a new S&B. They got moved in and threw a house warming party. They were warming up the snacks and the oven start smoking, and then flames. After the fire was out, we investigated, there was a couple of cups of dog food stuffed in the insulation of the broiler connection. First use, it was stored in the garage during building.
Those critters can and will destroy anything.
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