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Old 03-08-2019, 05:04 PM   #1
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Question Mouse entry W/O permission

We have a 2005 Bigfoot 21 ft trailer and love it. We cover it each winter(we are in British Columbia) to protect the finish. I was in the trailer checking it this past week and found about 1 cup full of seeds in the compartment under the fridge. We never leave anything edible in the trailer over the winter so as to not attract any rodents. I have been on top, under, frt, back, left and right and have not found any opening for the pest to get in. By the amount of seeds he stored he had free access to the inside when ever he/she wanted.
The Bigfoot is a set of closed bathtubs on top of each other so there is only a few spots for access, and they are all plugged. My mind has been going over the trailer time and again and the only spot I can think is the outside grille for the fridge. Is it possible for there to be a small hole behind the evaporator. I suspected that he climbed up the cover and crawled in.
Other than that point I am at a total loss as to where the little pest is getting in.
Have anybody else had this issue and how did you solve the problem.
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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There still is couple of feet of snow on my camper so I haven't looked inside yet... but I know my camper has a vent through the floor for the battery compartment that is big enough for small critters to get in. I stuffed a rag in the hole last fall, so we'll see.
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Old 03-08-2019, 06:52 PM   #3
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Google mouse holes. They can pass through incredibly small openings, incredible really. Mice problems with campers is pretty common and they can cause damage.

+10 to below, I keep bait stations under my campers (outside) as well as under my Miata. Mice love car wiring too.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:05 PM   #4
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Bait stations outside the camper. Crumpled aluminum foil in small gaps. Dryer sheets inside small, vulnerable spaces. Remove all food and nesting material. Frequent inspections. Last resort, traps.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:21 PM   #5
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put some really bright lights on inside of the trailer being sure to do that inside of cabinets and closets. Next crawl under the trailer and hopefully you will see the light and know where you need to stuff in some stainless steel pot scrubber material. You can squirt a small amount of spray foam into that pot scrubber after it is in place and that will glue it into place as well as prevent drafts. This method of gap filling is removable if you ever need to make a repair to the trailer.


You can get stainless steel pot scrubbers in the grocery stores and in the hardware stores. Because it is stainless you won't have a rust issue.
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:01 AM   #6
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put some really bright lights on inside of the trailer being sure to do that inside of cabinets and closets. Next crawl under the trailer and hopefully you will see the light and know where you need to stuff in some stainless steel pot scrubber material. You can squirt a small amount of spray foam into that pot scrubber after it is in place and that will glue it into place as well as prevent drafts. This method of gap filling is removable if you ever need to make a repair to the trailer.


You can get stainless steel pot scrubbers in the grocery stores and in the hardware stores. Because it is stainless you won't have a rust issue.
I cut a bar of Irish spring soap and spread it around. i also have put a 5 gal. bucket with antifreeze in it. Set up a ramp to the bucket top, have a diving board when the mouse goes for the dog food it tips the board. I super glue the dog food on the end to make sure it stays all winter. 1 dozen so far.In the bottom RIP.
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:21 AM   #7
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Do you keep your trailer plugged in to shore power? If so, do you have one of those power cord hatches with the little sliding door which opens when the cord is in use? That would definitely be one thing I would check for as a point of entry, if you have one of those access covers with the cord slot. Critters and ants use the shore power cord as a boarding ramp and often enter through that cord hole.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:00 PM   #8
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Mouse found a home!

Every MH or trailer or camper should be checked regularly as mice can get into any hole down to about 3/16" maybe less. So they probably came in through the Fridge Vent and found a dry, warm spot there for the winter.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:44 PM   #9
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I cut a bar of Irish spring soap and spread it around. i also have put a 5 gal. bucket with antifreeze in it. Set up a ramp to the bucket top, have a diving board when the mouse goes for the dog food it tips the board. I super glue the dog food on the end to make sure it stays all winter. 1 dozen so far.In the bottom RIP.
Not only will Irish Spring soap keep the mice out it would keep me out of my trailer as well. I can't stand that soap, it smells very strong and not in a good way.
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Not only will Irish Spring soap keep the mice out it would keep me out of my trailer as well. I can't stand that soap, it smells very strong and not in a good way.
So it works, buy Ivory
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:26 AM   #11
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Bounce dryer sheets placed throughout interior and exterior cabinets. Never ( knock on wood) a problem. Scent is mild
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:56 AM   #12
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I had a mouse problem in my Bigfoot, only 2 entry points that made sense, propane line grommet was a bit loose or they got in while storage compartment door was left open while storing gear and I brought them home with me.
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Stainless steel will rust, albeit slowly. Stainless is a marketing word. Back in the 1930s it was called "rust resistant steel".
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I did away with the small factory installed shore power hatch that had the little slider for allowing the shore power cord to protrude when deployed. I installed a Marine style twist-Lock removable end on my cord, and now just plug it in and unplug it to leave. No more "mouse door." I also installed a larger hatch in place of that small useless one which you couldn't do anything with, except fight with your power cord all the time. I have a lot more access for additional storage now that was just wasted space behind the converter before because you couldn't get to it.
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