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Old 09-26-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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Covering the TT for the season, my experience

We came back from our trip to Michigan and cleaned our TT real good both inside and out. Because of our busy schedule the rest of the year we will not be using the TT until we head to Florida in early January. I park it outside on a gravel pad at a friends farm. I don't put it in the barn because of critters. I decided to go ahead and cover it and try to keep it clean and out of the sun. This is the first time I used the cover. The cover went on very easy and fit good. I worried about mice getting under the cover to find a home. This will be my third year parking here and have never had mice in it. I went to check on it the other day and found that the mice have crawled up the inside of the cover to get on the roof. I found the start of a mouse nest on the top side of the screen in the vent over our bed. They chewed off a couple of the straps from the cover to help build their nest. The vent was closed so I don't know how they got to where they were. I took the trim down to get to the screen to remove it along with the nest. I found the lid to the vent to be loose and somehow they were able to lift it to get under it. I put it all back together and put d-con around the trailer. Went back the next day to find a new nest in the same place. Fixed the loose vent lid problem, cleaned up the mess again and removed the cover. All seems well now. They can't climb the walls of the trailer but can climb the cover.

Because of this problem the cover is useless. They could have gotten into the AC or the refrigerator vent. Has any one else had this problem?

If you cover your unit and it is parked outside beware.
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Old 09-26-2015, 03:34 PM   #2
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I need to show this to my husband. He insists on covering up our TT for the winter. I certainly don't want any mice moving in at any time. Our winters aren't nearly as bad as your's. We live in southern Indiana. Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info, that's not something I would have thought of.


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Old 09-29-2015, 12:01 PM   #4
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Please do not use Rat/Mouse poison. It works by causing the mouse to bleed internally and die but this does not happen instantly. The bleeding causes the mouse to be thirsty and go look for water. Now you have a poisoned mouse in the open looking for water. The are now prime targets for hawks, vultures and owls who will be poisoned if they eat the mouse. Good old fashioned snap traps are humane and prevent injury to beneficial wildlife.
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Old 09-29-2015, 12:31 PM   #5
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I do cover mine but the tt is not parked on a farm which is not the best place to be parking. The conditions you describe will breed. Mine is covered and parked along side of my house. If you could find a better place to store you would avoid the mice and other animals. Later RJD
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Old 09-29-2015, 01:17 PM   #6
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I had a similar experience, but with squirrels instead of mice. They chewed holes in the cover and made nest on the top of the rig. I live in a 55+ community in Florida and there is an area in which we can park our units. I would really like to cover my trailer to protect it from the sun, but I keep it waxed good and the top treated instead. Covers are to expensive to become home building material and housing for rodents, so they can destroy my trailer.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:09 PM   #7
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Please do not use Rat/Mouse poison. It works by causing the mouse to bleed internally and die but this does not happen instantly. The bleeding causes the mouse to be thirsty and go look for water. Now you have a poisoned mouse in the open looking for water. The are now prime targets for hawks, vultures and owls who will be poisoned if they eat the mouse. Good old fashioned snap traps are humane and prevent injury to beneficial wildlife.
I second this. My brother in law had a Lab bleed to death last summer when he got hold of a poisoned rat. They had poison boxes set in the area to control the rats around the farm. The poor dog hemorrhaged to death.
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:35 PM   #8
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My son covered his and a raccoon got on the roof, knocked the awning off its lock and then died up there after leaving a mess. They didn't notice the awning was not fastened and about 20 miles down the interstate in a terrible wind storm it unfurled. He got stopped in time and it was not torn off. Hasn't covered it since.
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:44 PM   #9
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I live in town and park in the driveway. We have enough mouse issues in the house to keep both my cats busy . I Prefer to park without a cover. I find, that in addition to creating a super home for critters, when the wind blows the cover rubs and marks the outside of my Airstream. My mechanic advises against car covers for this reason; and because they hold the moisture and encourage rust. I try to avoid poison, too, and find spreading sheets of unused bounce dryer sheets all around in the trailer helps discourage the mice. Good luck. Sorry about this expensive lesson for you.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #10
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Has anyone tried a liberal dose of mouth moth balls/flakes. Seems to keep the critters at bay. Get some old pantyhose, cut the legs off, pour some moth balls in and hang under cover or RV.
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