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Old 11-20-2020, 04:04 PM   #61
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:12 PM   #62
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Put bounce dryer sheets in your rig..mice hate it..
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:37 PM   #63
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As if it wasn't bad enough that they can slide or slip through any single opening, such as wire entry, hose or pipe entry, and main power cable entry, they will also eat though the decking by slipping under the belly pan, or up into the wheel well, and eat the particle board right into the rig. You won't even know they are there. Look at your belly pan, it is a plastic corrugated sheet, with gaps, they crawl in between the screws, and have the run of the entire trailer. They gnaw through the wood, and pop up nuder the carpet, run to a corner, and eat through that. Behind couches, inside cabinets, in the furnace, behind the stove, behind the fridge.
In addition to tall the smelly remedies that others have espoused, I use full on chemical warfare. Mouse-pruf is no longer blood thinner (warfaren), but if you go to the feed store, you can buy rat sized cakes of the old stuff. I wear cloves and a mask, and cut it into usable chunks. I put it at each contact point, (behind tires, under the hitch, next to each stabilizer, and where the power line leaves the ground to enter the RV. Also the sewer drains. We boondock a lot, in the Sierra, and the Cascades, so there are also pack-rats, which are about half the size of a cat. They will eat your engine insulation, and wires, so I put the same stuff around the tires. We used to have a cat that traveled with us, but he never made much difference. the bait does the trick.
I also wrap duct tape with the sticky side showing for about two feet just above where it leaves the ground. Catches ants and smaller mice and bugs.
By the way. If you are a mouse hugger and don't want to actually kill them, consider this: In desert areas of the southwest, and even further north, Hanta virus is carried by mice, they pass it on in their urine. And they piddle everywhere, since they use that to track their way to food, and for their families to follow. Keep them out, since the clean up is a major factor: Bleach on all surfaces. Seriously.
I'll say "Amen" to that. This morning I discovered a major carpenter ant colony in my frig. My Puma is stored in my back yard with electric power plugged in. It was my fault. I accidentally left the frig on with door ajar to prevent mold (ha ) the last time I went out to check the gear. The combination of ready wood and moisture provided a perfect "storm" of resources. Got it cleared out, but what a mess to clean up. I'll plan on inspecting the undercarriage with a roll of duct tape next week. So far, no rodents. Small blessings.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:31 PM   #64
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Critters getting in FR TOY HAULEF.

I watched squirrels going in my RV above wheels. I determined that where the slide hydraulic cylinders move in and out has holes about 3” in diameter. Gives them easy access to space below floor and under pinning screen. L
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:47 AM   #65
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I too have tried everything and watched all the youtube videos on what secret technics work. Finally, I talked to a buddy that works for Erhlich Pest Control and this is the bottom line. Poison the crap out of them. I bought 2 outdoor bait houses for rats and load them up with the Green Poison blocks. I put one under the front of the RV and one under the back. Stay diligent and replenish them often. The mice will learn quickly that that area is an area of death and actually stay away. Initially, they will eat up a lot of the bait but will then stay away. At that point all you have to do is every couple of months, refresh your bait. I haven't found a single dropping in my RV in two years. I now do the same thing in my sheds and garages and I have no more issues.
That is what has occurred in my barn (Trailer storage), and sheds. I used to buy the DCon in 5 gallon buckets years ago. I would have to refill my containers every week, sometimes more. Now I rarely need to add any. I always felt that they carried it away to all their potential nesting sights, then died leaving it for the next one. It also helped me monitor their activity. I hardly ever find dead mice anymore, (used to find multiple mice), and I never have them in my trailer while at home in storage. As always you need to be aware if you have cats, and dogs. It can be deadly to them if they eat a lot of it.
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Old 02-15-2021, 01:32 AM   #66
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Maybe luck I don't know but I take Irish Spring bar soap slice it thin and literally put it everywhere in the trailer, under the storage area in every corner, couch, bed, tub, sink behind everything under everything and they seem to stay out. I had issues years ago with my crawl space in my house this was the fix so I carried it over to my trailer, boat, jet ski, heck even behind the seat and in the ducts if the truck we don't drive much in the winter. Went through a 6 pack of bars a few weeks ago.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:50 AM   #67
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What I'd like to know is, ideally from other owners of my rig, is.... where are those openings? They are very hard to find.

Thank you
I kept seeing squirrels running up under my 5th, wife said they just went past the trailer. One day I set up an observation point and caught the coming and going—eliminated 3. But, finally figured where they were getting in. They jumped up on tires and went through a hole where slide out hydraulic arms come out. The hole is about 2&1/2 inches. Not sure how to seal around moving rods yet.
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:17 AM   #68
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Hello!

I've crawled underneath with a flashlight and stuck my hand into spaces searching for entries (kinda scary!) but I still cannot see where rodents are getting into my rig.

If you know where they're getting in (I have a Cedar Creek 5th Wheel 34RLSA), I sure would appreciate your help. I'm supposing not all rigs are the same underneath.

The plan is to stuff steel wool or insulating foam.

Any suggestions welcome! Thank you
On our 2019 Cedar Creek Champagne 38EFK, I found that rats were gaining entry through the holes in the chassis that the levelling jack hydraulics exited through. I also discovered that they came out via the Jack cut outs in the lower body panelling. My resolution was to make aluminium plates that fitted round all 6 Jack legs, I also made and fitted stainless steel mesh round the hydraulic slide rams. As for the hydraulic Jack piping, I slid split cable conduit over each pipe and wrapped that with stainless mesh, finally fastened with tie wraps. I wrapped the pipes because rats attacked the hydraulic pipes in an effort to get back in!
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:29 AM   #69
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I know there are folks who believe this stuff works... until it doesn't. I'm one.

A lot of "it works!" is simply luck of the draw.

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The ONLY thing that has worked with certainty are GOOD Victor snap traps baited with peanut butter. Check them regularly and you will catch them. If we do this right after we winterize for storage, we usually get 3-4 right away as they are looking for shelter and then no more until warmer weather. That is all we use now (last 6-7 years) and it only costs me $5 and some time. They get in... but we get them.

YMMV... ours has for sure!
The Victor traps and peanut butter definitely catches mice. Every time we visited our trailer two or three of the four traps we had out had a dead mouse. But there was an infinite number of mice in the surrounding fields. We decided we would be catching mice and emptying/resetting traps for the rest of our lives, never exhausting nature's bounteous supply of new mice.

I got a huge sheet of cardboard (maybe an opened refrigerator carton) to lie on and spent a day on my back under the trailer. I found the primary entry pretty quickly. Our trailer actually has an insulated underbelly. It's fiberglass wool, held up by a continuous sheet of 10 mil black vinyl.

The mice were going up the inside of a tire/wheel to the spring, to the frame. From there they opened up a hole where the gas copper tubing penetrated the vinyl membrane. They got above the membrane and crawled about 18" forward through the glass wool, and squeezed through an impossibly tiny gap around the hole where another gas tubing penetrated the floor for the range.

Mice hate steel wool (and bronze wool which doesn't rust away). I used steel wool because that is what I had brought with me. The trailer doesn't move so the only moisture the steel wool will see is damp air. My technique is to unroll a steel wool pad, then re-roll it around whatever object is penetrating the floor, and tie it with a couple of cable ties.

In this case, I wrapped steel wool around the copper gas tubing where it penetrated the membrane. I closed the openings the mice had made using Gorilla Tape. From the inside of the trailer I used a screwdriver to tamp steel wool into the gap between the copper tubing and the hole. (This was not a case of a sloppy, overly-large hole. At the worst point, it seemed like the gap was no more than an 1/8 inch wide.)

Then I went back under the trailer and wrapped steel wool around every other penetration of the membrane: electrical connections, gas, everything I could find. Where I had access from above, I tamped more steel wool around cables.

I didn't see any obvious spots for entry in the slideouts or their openings--I did nothing there.

And we haven't seen any evidence of mice for the last three years!

Note to self: When under the trailer and pulling down wasp nests, make sure they are unoccupied first,
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:51 AM   #70
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Tom cat bait bars placed away from where the rv is stored. my rodents come from the wheat fields 300 ft across the street. place near sheds outside. just toss them here and there, check for nibble marks and concentrate on that area . i had a mouse family living under my flagstone sidewalk. WARM PLACE UNDER THERE. IN A FREEZER IN GARAGE,they were in the insulation of the walls . a few traps with peanutbutter. for the tricky ones sew a 1/2 piece of popcorn on the bait plate , get the smart ones every time. HAPPY HUNTING !
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:03 AM   #71
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The Victor traps and peanut butter definitely catches mice. Every time we visited our trailer two or three of the four traps we had out had a dead mouse. But there was an infinite number of mice in the surrounding fields. We decided we would be catching mice and emptying/resetting traps for the rest of our lives, never exhausting nature's bounteous supply of new mice.

I got a huge sheet of cardboard (maybe an opened refrigerator carton) to lie on and spent a day on my back under the trailer. I found the primary entry pretty quickly. Our trailer actually has an insulated underbelly. It's fiberglass wool, held up by a continuous sheet of 10 mil black vinyl.

The mice were going up the inside of a tire/wheel to the spring, to the frame. From there they opened up a hole where the gas copper tubing penetrated the vinyl membrane. They got above the membrane and crawled about 18" forward through the glass wool, and squeezed through an impossibly tiny gap around the hole where another gas tubing penetrated the floor for the range.

Mice hate steel wool (and bronze wool which doesn't rust away). I used steel wool because that is what I had brought with me. The trailer doesn't move so the only moisture the steel wool will see is damp air. My technique is to unroll a steel wool pad, then re-roll it around whatever object is penetrating the floor, and tie it with a couple of cable ties.

In this case, I wrapped steel wool around the copper gas tubing where it penetrated the membrane. I closed the openings the mice had made using Gorilla Tape. From the inside of the trailer I used a screwdriver to tamp steel wool into the gap between the copper tubing and the hole. (This was not a case of a sloppy, overly-large hole. At the worst point, it seemed like the gap was no more than an 1/8 inch wide.)

Then I went back under the trailer and wrapped steel wool around every other penetration of the membrane: electrical connections, gas, everything I could find. Where I had access from above, I tamped more steel wool around cables.

I didn't see any obvious spots for entry in the slideouts or their openings--I did nothing there.

And we haven't seen any evidence of mice for the last three years!

Note to self: When under the trailer and pulling down wasp nests, make sure they are unoccupied first,
Sounds like you did well Larry.... and yes!... those wasp nests are mean and hateful when occupied!

One final thing and I know you mentioned not much moisture because of being stationary but just a cautionary note in the context of the thread... STEEL wool wrapped around a copper pipe can cause galvanic corrosion because of the dissimilar metals regardless of moisture. I would imagine even more so when fastened tightly with a zip tie holding the two together.

Plumbers and pest control folks in our area advise using copper, brass or stainless wool around copper pipes. Hopefully it won't give you any issues in the long run.
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:35 PM   #72
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Hello!

I've crawled underneath with a flashlight and stuck my hand into spaces searching for entries (kinda scary!) but I still cannot see where rodents are getting into my rig.

If you know where they're getting in (I have a Cedar Creek 5th Wheel 34RLSA), I sure would appreciate your help. I'm supposing not all rigs are the same underneath.

The plan is to stuff steel wool or insulating foam.

Any suggestions welcome! Thank you
We had mice in all areas of our 5th wheeler. We use the electric ultrasonic New pest control. You can buy a 6 pack from Amazon called zero . We had a house in WV that was only used a few times a year. Mice were in every closet, draw, under sinks litterly everywhere we learned about these Ultrasonic devices and purchased them. Put one in every room in the house. It completely eliminated the problem. Did the same for the 5th wheel and have not seen a rodent or bug anywhere. If I could figure out how to get them in my truck and car I would. They simply love wiring, heater boxes, and air cleaners. Darn squirrels got into the engine bay on our brand new car, what a mess. My pellet rifle is pretty darn accurate.
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What is the name if the rat sized mouse proof?
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