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Old 10-17-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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What to do with mattress over winter?

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I was wondering what everyone does with their mattress over the winter (trailer not in use). Do you just keep it in the trailer? Take it in? Stand it up for more air flow? Throw it out and get a new one?

Along the same line, we also have a 4" topper. Wife thinks it look like a big mouse nest and want to bring it in. I'd rather not find room for a 4" x queen size piece foam.

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In over 40+ years of camping we've never removed our mattress or topper over the winter.

Never had an issue.
We have had mice several times... but never in the mattress.
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I'm sensing a trend here......

No dampness problems leaving the mattress with one side down with no air flow under it?

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Never removed either.... 4 years.
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I'm sensing a trend here......

No dampness problems leaving the mattress with one side down with no air flow under it?

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One side remains down all during camping season without any air going underneath it, right? If you're worried about dampness then just get a couple of 4 lb Damp-Rid pails and place them in the RV.
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In over 40+ years of camping we've never removed our mattress or topper over the winter.

Never had an issue.
We have had mice several times... but never in the mattress.
Same here. Nothing with the mattress and no mice. Made sure every possible entrance was sealed and for good measure put down "bait stations" under the TT.
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In over 40+ years of camping we've never removed our mattress or topper over the winter.

Never had an issue.
We have had mice several times... but never in the mattress.
What’s the best thing to use for mice do you put it in the camper or under the camper or both
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A hungry tom cat works well. Seriously I put in an electric mousetrap and check it every week. https://www.amazon.com/Victor-RZC001...1348088&sr=8-8
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We have a mattress protector cover on ours that zips to seal the mattress in. But we leave it in the camper.
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We have a residential mattress an leave it in .. 20 years no issues
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I may get thrown off this forum but if you don't relax and take it easy and soak up the memories your camper makes. Stay in a hotel. From an old and grumpy camping retired Army Master Sergeant.
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We only remove perishable food from the camper. Ever. Camper gets packed for her next mission as soon as she returns from the last. This includes clean towels, bedding (sleeping bags -- we don't make beds when camping), etc.

After the last trip of the season she went in a barn at the fairgrounds until spring when we lived in Ohio. Here in Virginia she gets covered.

There is, though, a big advantage in removing everything: You'll find you don't need all the stuff and only half will go back in.

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Aye....Leave it in the camper.......14

Nay....Take it out......0

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If I were you, I would just take the whole camper inside, that would solve the problem of winterizing, battery degrading, mouse nest in mattresses, tires degrading due to weather and squirrels chewing on your rubber covered roof. Just cannot be too careful with those RV's., however I would leave that tow vehicle outside.
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Of all the random threads I've read on this site, I think this might be the most one sided I've stumbled across. I think I'll be leaving the mattress in.

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What’s the best thing to use for mice do you put it in the camper or under the camper or both
At the risk of thread drift (although the answers to the OPs question have been unanimous) I've posted this before.... in 40 years we have tried everything and I mean everything... Mothballs, Fresh Cab, Irish Spring Soap, Essence of Peppermint and Spearmint Oil, Fox & Coyote Urine, Dryer Sheets, Electronic Pest Devices, Pest Deterrent Granules, Glue Traps and on and on.

The only thing that has worked is to seal every hole you can find and then set good Victor traps with peanut butter and check them often.

You'll catch them all in a relatively short time.

Some years we never catch any and there are no signs and other years we'll get a dozen or so before it gets cold enough they no longer are moving.
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