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we are new to rv life and just bought a TT. yesterday I had a steel car port built to store it in. its against my shop on one side and closed on the other and back, great haven for rodents. we live in the country so we do have a few. question is what can a person do to minimize rodent damage. I don't like poison as I have a dog, neighbors have a cat but its not doing much.my TT looks like its sealed good on the bottom it has the cold weather option.
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Seal each and every hole. Steel wool, steel window screen will do. Follow that by using rodent proof spray foam. Sticky traps inside is about all you can do.


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Poison or traps are you best option. Rodents can cause a LOT of damage.

Learn to make your own bait station or buy one like this. The dog won't be able to get at the bait and your RV will be safe from big damage.


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Traps, and sealing (I also use barn cats)

I don't like poison as the beasts will die and stink up the rig

Neither soap nor dryer sheets work, the same is true of home made herbal or oil


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Forget filling the holes, you will never find them all. Put down a bunch of glue boards. Check on a regular basis


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It probably goes without saying, but clean out anything that looks like food to a mouse--empty the kitchen cupboards, etc. An unheated trailer with no food is far less attractive to a critter than a nice warm one with oatmeal or whatever.

I set the plain old Victor mouse traps in my motorhome while its stored. Over the few years I've had it, I have caught a total of one mouse (and they're very much around in the semi-rural area I live in). It also appears I got him or her before there was any damage done...at least, I've seen absolutely no evidence of chewed or fouled bits.

While it's hard or impossible to seal every hole in a trailer, it is relatively simple to keep track of the possible entry points: they have to either climb a wheel, the tongue jack, or (if plugged in) the power cord. The more proof you can make those points against climbing aboard, the better off you're likely to be.





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PURE Peppermint oil from GNC soaked in cotton balls in all drawers and throughout the RV. Mine sits in a barn, and this never fails me, plus the coach smells nice in the spring!


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I put snap traps (no bait to attract them) inside the storage bays and inside the camper.

Mice are dumb...they crawl all over everything...they will crawl onto the traps.

Then check the traps every week.

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DrewE wrote:

It probably goes without saying, but clean out anything that looks like food to a mouse--empty the kitchen cupboards, etc. An unheated trailer with no food is far less attractive to a critter than a nice warm one with oatmeal or whatever.

I set the plain old Victor mouse traps in my motorhome while its stored. Over the few years I've had it, I have caught a total of one mouse (and they're very much around in the semi-rural area I live in). It also appears I got him or her before there was any damage done...at least, I've seen absolutely no evidence of chewed or fouled bits.

While it's hard or impossible to seal every hole in a trailer, it is relatively simple to keep track of the possible entry points: they have to either climb a wheel, the tongue jack, or (if plugged in) the power cord. The more proof you can make those points against climbing aboard, the better off you're likely to be.


Good list of entry points. Don't forget the roof! Squirrels can easily get up a shed structure and on to the roof of the RV. I know a few people who have made a "cage" out of small-mesh hardware cloth or window screen (metal) and weight it down with bricks, or fasten it down tight with bungee cords, one for each vent and the AC. Some friends who have a seasonal site under trees had a big problem until they did this. Squirrels can chew through anything but metal and climb anywhere.


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