Mice In The Trailer
Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:38 AM
But NEVER bring them inside. The smell will never dissipate. It will get into the upholstery, the window treatments, any rugs you have, any towels and blankets, the mattress, mattress cover and bedspread and so forth. It will be a disaster.
Several members commented about putting them around the tires and tongue jack, etc., for the winter. That appears to have helped.
2009 Outback 268RL
Husky weight-dist. hitch w/sway bar
2008 Ford Expedition EL, Eddie Bauer trim
4wd, factory tow pkg
Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:37 PM
Let me take you back a few years to our first TT purchase. We were boaters, went all over Puget Sound and San Juan Islands... Decided it was time to explore land locked locations and purchased a TT from friends. All was good, had a great summer, no problems until Fall. We knew we wanted to do some fall camping so we did not clean out the unit and just put it into storage for a few weeks. Weeks turned into months as we got busy with school and fall sports.
Spring rolls around and we get the TT out and opened the door to find that mice had a fabulous, heated winter vacation complete with snacks and warm places to live!!! There must have been 50 or more in there. We had to shampoo carpet, replace mattresses, took apart the furnace and cleaned the ducting, etc. no place was untouched! Disaster!
Needless to say, all food comes out of the TT at the end of the season. I now pack all packaged or pouch products in plastic containers. Example: I take macaroni and cheese out of the box, put in sandwhich bags and label goes into a bin. If I am unfamiliar with a product, I cut out the instructions too. Cake mixes, corn bread mixes, etc. all get put into a large, locking plastic bin. Sauce packets, dressing mixes and so on all have a bin to go into as well. The only things not in a bin are canned or jarred foods.
I also wash all the bedding at the end of the season and put it into the space saving bags and stick them in the shower of the trailer. Pillows & towels get compressed in the bags too. In Spring, release the seal and fluff up and ready to go. (I have also found that trailer supplies don't get mixed into household supplies over the winter thus starting the great hunt to find everything!)
Needless to say we learned from a huge newbie TT mistake. We never had those kinds of problems while boating...just sea otters making a mess of the swim step! I probably go over board keeping things cleaned, mouse proofed ans stored but I don't ever want to get into that position again!
So, I need some foam ASAP for the front cap! Thank you for posting this information!
Edited by 2girls4mom, 08 June 2012 - 12:39 PM.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:52 PM
2009 Outback Sydney Edition 310BHS 12K Equal-i-zer, MaxxAir, Electric Tongue Jack
Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:18 AM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:05 AM
2011 Outback 250RS
2010 Chevrolet Express 2500, 6.0 litre
Equal-i-zer hitch, Prodigy brake controller
Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:38 AM
Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:29 PM
Reviving this old thread as it's super relevant to my situation.
First, we had mice in the bottom of the trailer (saw droppings under the sink and couch, and heard scratching under the floor).
We sealed the underbelly and the holes in the floor where the water pipes come in. Laid traps and then... nothing.
Problem solved. ...for a bit.
A couple weeks later we are out camping and we hear scurrying across the roof. Turns out it's inside the ceiling. Must have been trapped outside when we sealed up the trailer so it found another way in.
Thanks to the posted photo by @TwoElkhounds, I found the mentioned gap at the bottom of the nose cap. Seems like an obvious way in.
So last night we opened up the ceiling speakers and replaced them with cardboard with a mouse trap on top and screwed the cardboard back in, thanks to the suggestion from @spidey. Today we had a mouse in the trap.
Now I will keep laying traps to see if there's more, but here's the big question: how should I seal the nose cap? I can't help wondering if the cap was built that way for moisture to have a way to drain out. If I use spray foam, I keep the moisture in. Perhaps I should use spray foam across most of the opening, and leave a few inches on the ends with which to stuff steel wool with peppermint drops added?
@TwoElkhounds, did the factory tour tell you anything about the reason the nose cap was built in such a way? And did you have success after sealing the front gap?
Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:06 AM
This is not just an old topic, but ancient. The unhappy young lady in the previous photo is probably out of college and making her own kids unhappy.
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