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Old 11-02-2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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We store our 2013 Fun Finder 244RBS under a canopy on some mountain property I own during the winter. I always have trouble with mice getting in during the winter and wreaking havoc. I have set up a multiple mouse trap and it has helped but keeping them out in the first place would be ideal. Any suggestions about mouse-proofing?
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:53 PM   #2
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We store our 2013 Fun Finder 244RBS under a canopy on some mountain property I own during the winter. I always have trouble with mice getting in during the winter and wreaking havoc. I have set up a multiple mouse trap and it has helped but keeping them out in the first place would be ideal. Any suggestions about mouse-proofing?
It's pretty amazing how small of a hole a mouse can squeeze thru 😳. So, step one is to plug any avenue of entry. I stuff dryer sheets into anything that looks like it could lead to the outside of the trailer and potentially allow a mouse to gain access. I also crumple up dryer sheets and strew them about the interior (the cabin as well as storage areas). In the past I've also used Cab Fresh repellent packets with good success. They're available at Farm/Home stores and prolly local hardware stores. $15-$20 for a box of 4 packets. Nice piney woods aroma (that apparently mice hate). This year I added Grandpa Gus's Mouse Repellent to my armamentarium. They're slightly less expensive ($9-$11). They have a pleasant peppermint / cinnamon spicey aroma and can also be found at stores like those mentioned above. All of the above methods are for preventing or discouraging mice from getting in he camper. My final step is to place 2-3 poison bait stations just in case one of those pests makes it into my camper. In the 6 years that I've had my camper, I've yet to experience any "havoc" wreaked by those pests. In addition to all of that, when I dropped the camper off at the storage barn, my friend there told me that he had acquired (since last storage season) some excellent "mousing" cats😎. I'm feein' pretty good about the situation.
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I had my trailer out at a friend's farm since September and was using it up until yesterday. Mice everywhere and they are looking for any place to nest. First thing is I do not cook inside the trailer. I will brew coffee or heat soup or oat meal. No high odor or oily and greasy foods. Next I take 3" sewer pipe and cut in 12" lenghts. I then buy 2 end caps for each piece and drill a 1" hole near the edge of one end cap. Place two bars of the green rodent bait in each tube and put one of each caps on each pipe. I choose the all- weather type it seems to last and is more potent. See attached photo. Place a pipe by a tire on each side and one at the Jack. Pets are protected from the bait and kids hands are too small to twist the end cap off. Works around buildings, vehicles, equipment. I was using the trailer out there until yesterday in minus 15 degrees C with water in the system and no problems with freezing or mice looking for a nice place to move into. Like the previous posts said you have to be aggressive with these little buggers. I believe part of the reason this works so well as they find the bait before they climb your tires and the tube make them feel secure and they eat in peace, then don't feel good and go back to their home. Silverado
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One of the first things after getting my camper home after purchase was to check every place a line/wire or hose went thru the floor to the inside. I filled around those places with spray foam. In some areas, I stuff the opening first with stainless steel wool then spray foam. Mice won't chew thru steel wool, ever!
In the fall, I lay 4 -6 packets of Fresh Cab inside the camper in various places front to rear. It's available at WalMart and most farm/home stores and Amazon too. Normal price is about $10 -$12 for a box of 4 packets.
Since the spring of 2012, have never had a mouse invade as never anything chewed on or any mouse turds found.

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Great idea! I'll try it and post when I see what happens.
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I’ve never heard of using dryer sheets - that’s interesting. I have heard of using course steel wool because they won’t chew through it (but get the stainless steel wool, normal kind will rust into a mess)

Also baited traps around the exterior (not close to the trailer, about 10-15’ away). And if you have a dog, let them mark all around the perimeter of the trailer so there is a scent of a predator.
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People here use dryer sheets but they say only the Bounce brand will keep the mice away. I work in a hardware store and we sell both Fresh Cab and also a product called Mouse Magic. I have used both products but have been lucky enough to store my camper in a mouseless truck bay anyway. Customers who buy Mouse Magic and Fresh Cab do like the products.
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When I bought my Fun Finder, the salesman suggested Irish Spring bar soap. I keep one in the storage area and several inside the cabin. So far, so good.
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That's an easy one to try.
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Dryer sheets and Irish spring are old wives tales. Only solution I've found is close the holes.
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Old wives tale or not, I haven't had any mice. Of course, I have made sure there are no holes available for mice to enter through.
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Old wives tale or not, I haven't had any mice. Of course, I have made sure there are no holes available for mice to enter through.
Lol. I guess the mice I had didn't get the memo. They ate the soap and made nests out of the bounce sheets. The moth balls also didn't help. They just didn't care.

If your using steel wool the stainless wool is a better choice since it doesn't rust. I just use the pot scrubber kind.
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