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Old 11-26-2020, 09:42 AM   #15
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I would not buy anything ( especially an RV or boat ) that the seller didn't care enough about to make it presentable. If it was cleaned up and the signs you saw were quickly present then it is a serious infestation.
As has already been said it would have to be really bargain basement for me to show any interest at all and even then maybe not. ( oh ya, wife would have been out of that thing in a heartbeat, in the car & waiting to leave )

Keep in mind many RV's are put up for sale due to unexpected health issues, etc. So many otherwise well maintained RV's may show up on the market without the level of cleaning and prep that might otherwise be expected from their level of maintenance and upkeep.
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Old 12-06-2020, 07:24 PM   #16
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Most people who have mice don't know it.

I am currently cleaning my RV I bought a couple weeks ago. Lot's of mice "signs". Having dealt with rodent problems at my home out in the country for many years it is not a big deal for me. Focus on the droppings first and be safe with masks and gloves (Ya never know). Then start vacuuming. I just take the drawers outside and wash them. Bug bombs are good to make sure there aren't any current resident rodents. Keep your food in containers so they can't smell what's in them. Mice don't usually chew wires. If you have signs of that it could be rats or rats with furry tails (squirrels). Chewed wires are a whole different issue.

So to answer your question----yes.
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Old 12-06-2020, 07:40 PM   #17
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I would not be too worried about mice in a RV. Just throw a cat w/litter box in there for a week and the problem will disappear. You could also set a pail mouse trap inside to catch multi mice fast. I would half fill the pail with water or used oil in the winter to drown the mice (oil would not freeze).

At a min, I would check the RV out really close to verify everything works, including checking the air flow through the duct work. Mouse droppings would also make a good negotiating point to lower the price.
We lived in the country and mice would always invade our house and shop during the fall months before the onset of winter.
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Old 12-06-2020, 07:49 PM   #18
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We just bought our 2007 monaco knowing there were at least some signs of mice.
We found one dead mouse and the owner/motorhome was on a farm. The owner did his best to elimate the mice or kill them.
Only time will tell if there are intermittent problems. I've looked under the MH and in the walls/nooks that Ican get to and there doesn't seem to be wire damage.
Everything seems to work. We did pay about 25k less than the average for the same Rig.
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Actually, when I was shopping for my first class A I discovered I was more repulsed by the number of RVs that has signs of people in them. I'm not joking. I saw a lot of filthy and messy RVs for sale.

It's really hard to judge the extent of the infestation unless you do a thorough inspection. I'd be willing to bet most used RVs have seen at least some mice activity.

FYI: If you do get one that has droppings, don't vacuum up the little turds. Some species of mice - Deer mice, White Footed Mouse - are known carriers of Hantavirus and they excrete the virus in their waste. Always wet clean mouse droppings and urine. A mixture of bleach water works. Here's a link to the CDC site for rodent clean-up.

Yes this true but I just reached this and the virus is only active for a short time.
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