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Old 06-30-2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Hello from Indianapolis

My name is Jean and I own a very old Jayco fold-down (pop-up) camper. We love to camp but had gotten to the point where zipping and unzipping the tent was too much on the back so I found this camper. Used it once the first year (it was late in the season) then stored it for the winter. On Mothers Day we brought it home and in the process of setting it up we cranked once too many times and broke the cable $900 later the cable was "fixed" although one of the pulleys is rusted to a frozen status so we never know how much longer it will last. Storing the camper over the winter was free in at my daughters house but when we opened up (again on Mothers Day) we discovered critter damage galore! They left pounds of critter poopies as well as urinating on the fabric part of the window covering. We've vacuumed and sanitized every surface we can except the canvas/window fabric. Not sure how to clean/sanitize this part. Is it waterproofed? Can we steam clean? Is there a special product to clean with? I've called the only Jayco dealer in Indianapolis and they said they don't deal with pop-ups...so they couldn't give me an answer. We are almost done repairing the screens and vinyl and the hole they ate in the fabric over the bed. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Old 06-30-2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new used pop-up. As for the cable, you did not do anything wrong. The cable was probably already compromised and only holding on by a thread, and would have failed no matter who had cranked it up, ether on that trip or on your next trip. We had a 197X Starcraft pop-up, at some point I think every cable was replaced at least once.

My brother had the same critter issue a few years ago with his pop-up, with very similar damage. I am not sure though what they did to sanitize the tent walls, but I do know everything was opened up and cleaned thoroughly. The worst part I was told was the cushions as they opened them up washed the covers and then washed the foam, it took a few weeks for the foam to dry (ick).

There are lots of things people swear by to keep critter out, this is what I do to any trailer, and we have never had a mouse issue. I get on my back and crawl under the trailer and look for every single hole, and fill it. You will be surprised how many there are. I use a combination of steel wool (I really like the brass scrubby pads) in the hole first and then a little marine sealant (caulk). Then after every trip, as we are packing up we wipe everything down good. At the end of the camping season, we remove all critter food potentials, then we scrub and bleach all the areas food may have been. Then I place a few bait blocks around the inside (mice just cannot resist them) to indicate if there were any critters in the trailer (if they are chewed on, critters have been there). I also add a few sticky traps, but they only work if the critter walks on it.

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the JOF Jean! I moved your thread to the Pop-up forum for more exposure regarding pop-up specific questions. Hope the clean-up goes well and you enjoy many days of camping this season
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