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Old 10-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Mice and I am at my wit's end with this

We have a Rockwood 2604 2012 and this will be our 2nd winter with it. We got it late last fall and in the spring of this year when we went to open it we discovered mice. We spent 3 days blocking every crack and opening that we could find with the yellow foam stuff and steel wool. It was okay for most of the summer but I checked it today and they are back. It is clean and there is no food left in it. We have tried Bounce, balsam balm, traps, and peppermint oil. Dealer says it is because we live in the country but so do a lot of other people and none of our friends have them this often. Is there a certain spot that we could be missing that we did not seal?
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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I have given up on preventing mice from entering. I use traps - one on the inside on the countertop and one between each side's tandem tires on the ground. Shop ORTHO HD Max 2 count Mouse Trap at Lowes.com
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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I had a chipmunk in my 2010 2604 last year. Fortunately after he left I found where he got in & sealed it with steel wool. He came in where the propane line entered the trailer behind the oven. It was very poorly sealed. Once in there he had free reign from the bottom kitchen cupboards right to the vanity under the bathroom sink. DW left a peach pit on the counter & we could hear him rolling it around trying to get it to go down the back of the stovetop. I removed the knife rack behind the stove & sealed 3 holes there just to be safe after I sealed from the outside.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Found that mine were climbing the inside of the cover to the fridge vent. The vent had big enough holes that the mice could squeeze through (if they can get their nose through, their body follows.). Once inside the back of the fridge, they had free roam of the unit, through a variety of passages.... Anyway, bought the screens that cover the vent openings, so I'm hoping that this fixes it once and for all.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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I had a chipmunk in my 2010 2604 last year. Fortunately after he left I found where he got in & sealed it with steel wool. He came in where the propane line entered the trailer behind the oven. It was very poorly sealed. Once in there he had free reign from the bottom kitchen cupboards right to the vanity under the bathroom sink. DW left a peach pit on the counter & we could hear him rolling it around trying to get it to go down the back of the stovetop. I removed the knife rack behind the stove & sealed 3 holes there just to be safe after I sealed from the outside.
Was it Chip or Dale?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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When we opened up in spring we found droppings everywhere, then found the little B.......s had made a nest out of shop towels in the storage locker underneath. They had collected all the rat poison cubes from where I had left them and brought them all to one place in my BBQ cardboard box, they had been eating them all.

I then found one of the culprits in the BBQ box and put him in a field 100yds away. I cleaned everything up, put new poison cubes in various places.

Next visit, (the rig was in storage), same story, new nest, all the poison cubes relocated neatly into to my BBQ box and they even chewed into the plastic poison bag to get at the poison, this time I just left things as they were as they were not going inside the rig but staying in the storage locker.

When we went to collect and use the rig they were gone, probably because they had eaten all the bait. Why they did not die is a mystery
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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Boy, do I hate reading these posts! I am planning to purchase a Sunseeker early next year but am one of those women who "freak out" if I see mice. Not sure how I will handle this.......
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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Steps I take:

Mow grass and weeds as close to ground as posible.

Place poison in empty coffee cans that have been crushed on end to keep cats and dogs out.

Use traps inside baited with peanut butter and check every few days.
Place poison inside also in case they don't like the traps.

The idea is they will first find the poison outside and die before they venture inside. If they do get in they will go after the peanut butter and you will find them in the trap and be able to dispose of them before they decompose and stink up the camper. The last thing you want is for them to make a home in the wall or under the shower or other inaccessable place and die. This is why the inside traps are so important.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:13 PM   #9
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If you can find any a spray product called "Squeek Out" (formerly Mouse Out) works wonders. It was designed as an aircraft lubricant because it states put at extreme speeds but was found to be an excellent rodent deterrent. FDA caused the name change because it wasn't approved for use around food. We spray it on the ground around the tires, hitch, any electric cords laying on the ground, and the jacks in a continuous line, keeping it off rubber surfaces, and the little buggers won't cross it. Farmers here in Oklahoma spray down their engine compartments on tractors and combines, bins, etc. each fall to keep them from chewing up wiring in the winter. On top of that it really is a super product for stopping squeeks and lubricating as intended. Hope its sold elsewhere, we get it at the Farmers Co-ops.
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Boy, do I hate reading these posts! I am planning to purchase a Sunseeker early next year but am one of those women who "freak out" if I see mice. Not sure how I will handle this.......
Handle them gently, they are so cute,
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