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Old 04-12-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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We live in the suburbs and every year we have mice that come into our Jayco 5th wheels. We now have our 5th unit, a 2012 30.5RLS and sure enough, over the winter here in the North, we have droppings in our cabinets and around the edges of the floor. We would love to know suspected spots that these "pets" come in so we can fill them (the holes, not the mice) with foam or steel wool. I hate taking everything out of the cabinets each Spring!
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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You might also try hanging moth balls from the wheels, jacks, or anywhere else on the EXTERIOR that they could climb up from. Most vermin dont care for the smell of that stuff (but dont put it inside the unit, cause most people dont care for that smell either-- and once the smell gets in it never seems to leave).

When I winterized my trailer and put it away for the winter I spent about $50 on a half dozen snap traps, two multi-catchers and a half dozen boxes of poison. Baited and placed all those devices throughout the trailer in case anything ever made it past the cat and dog that have access to the building where it is stored. I checked it in March and there was no signs of pest activity. Even so, I am quite sure next year I will double my investment in pest control products anyway. I figure for the amount we spend on our new RVs we shouldnt be afraid to spend a hundred or so dollars to ensure that pests dont destroy it. If you are in cold climates I wouldnt recommend glue traps, as I doubt the glue would be as effective in really cold temps. (plus that is a cruel way to kill a mouse compared to the other ways listed above... but then again, you might want to make an example for any other would-be tresspassers! ;-))

Lastly, the steel wool is an excellent idea if you are able to find the entry points. I am sure there are others on here with similar models that have found and filled such openings and hopefully they will chime in.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Steel wool works well, so does foam in a spray can. A box of DeCon works well for those that get in.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:35 AM   #4
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You need to do a full examination of your unit and that means using a flashlight and checking every square inch of your unit from the exterior and that includes all your storage areas. You will probably find where holes have been drilled to pull extra wiring, plus gaps in the underbelly. Once you locate these areas fill them with spray foam as well as use steel wool in areas where the foam is not practical. I would then go to a hardware store or any place that sells rodent poison especially the stuff that is contained in cellophane bags and drop them on the floor and some in cabinets and storage areas of your unit. If you see that the bags have been chewed open you will then know that there still is an opening that needs to be closed. The poison will kill the rodents and they will dry up and you won't get the smell.

I had a mouse in my 5th wheel two years ago and this is what I did and so far I have been rodent free. I know this is a pain in the butt but if you take your time I think you will be pleased, so far I am.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:52 AM   #5
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I had that problem on an older TT some years back, what I did to see where they were getting in was to put talcum powder all over the bottom of the TT over winter in spring you could see the paw prints so I steel wooled and sprayed expaning foam and that cured it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #6
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In Canada where I live the rv dealers have their whole parking lot covered in several inches of limestone. The rodents hate it, and they stay out of the trailers. We are having a limestone pad done for our trailer to sit on. We also use a plug in devise that gives of high frequency waves that destroy the rodents nervous system. This also works very well and as it happens my husband worked at the Canadian and USA border crossings, and both governments used these devices in their storage sheds etc. with great success .
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Here is a link to the electronic rodent repellent.

http://www.victorpest.com/advice/all...-of-repellents
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If you have power available then a few ultrasonic pest repellents are the best investment you can make...
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Look for a product called "FRESH CAB". It is used by grain farmers to keep critters out of combines and other equipment. A little pricey but it works and comes with a money back guarantee. Check, Tractor Supply, Menards, Ace Hardware or online.
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I've been using "Fresh Cab" also. Now, granted we've only had our TT since November, I haven't had any unwanted visitors. However, this was when our TT was parked near to the house, dogs, and cats. The hubster has since built a barn (concrete floor) in our "back 40" to house the TT. I'm hoping they continue to stay out! The barn cats will still have access to that area, but not the dogs.
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