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Old 07-03-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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hi, and thanks for ANY help making a Escape purchase... we live in TN up on the Cumberland plat right outside a forest, mice are a constant battle, do escapes have an issue with mice getting in ? I would think the only possible place might be the axle mount areas or air conditioner ?
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:12 PM   #2
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hi, and thanks for ANY help making a Escape purchase... we live in TN up on the Cumberland plat right outside a forest, mice are a constant battle, do escapes have an issue with mice getting in ? I would think the only possible place might be the axle mount areas or air conditioner ?
One nice thing about the one piece fiberglass shell is that there aren't hardly any places for mice to get in. On reason people get the removable power cord is to eliminate the power cord opening that an attached power cord uses which can be a possible entry point for mice.
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:52 PM   #3
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We too have never had a single mouse in either of our Escape trailers, now dating near 10 years,

As David mentioned, the removable power cord insures that no rodents or insects can get in there. With our 19 we originally had a retractable cord and did get some insects inside though fortunately no mice. I did change that to a removable though.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:03 PM   #4
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No Mice!

I am also very happy to say no mice in our 2017 Escape 19. I specifically got the detachable power cord for that reason.
I had always found droppings in our previous stick trailer, but no more!
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:07 PM   #5
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No mouse in MY "house"!

Detachable power cord... duly noted. : )
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:29 PM   #6
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... I would think the only possible place might be the axle mount areas or air conditioner ?
The axles mount to the frame, and the frame is entirely outside of the fiberglass shell, so there is no penetration of the shell for the axles.
An RV air conditioner has no path for air exchange between inside and outside, so wiring and refrigerant tubing openings, and the gasket-sealed square roof opening are the only opportunities - neither seems like much of a mouse risk to me (and I have replaced a roof-mounted air conditioner).

On the other hand, every floor penetration for plumbing (fresh water, waste, and propane) is a possible entry point if not sealed properly - I have not heard of issues with these in an Escape.

An interesting one is the refrigerator: the access door is an entry point, and the roof vent would be if the screening is damaged or not fine enough, but the space behind the refrigerator should be sealed (to block exhaust fumes) from the trailer's interior. Is it really sealed? Probably.

It's hard to keep mice out of an RV.
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Old 07-04-2019, 01:05 AM   #7
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Keeping mice out of the trailer

We have a standard power cord exterior fitting but after the cord has been connected to the genset or shore power we stuff a stainless steel wool " ball" in the opening and wrap it around the power cord and shut the plastic door. The mice or critters can't make entry thru the fine lacing of the stainless steel. It's worked for 8 years in our 19 and now our 21 and I don't have to coil up a detachable power and store it somewhere.
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In our old stickie trailer we had mice get in several times. They seemed to like the furnace duct work - made a cozy nest and was safe from our cats. We were alerted a couple of times to their presence by our cats congregating intently at the furnace grate.

When we got our new Escape, it was kind of funny to watch the cats checking out the furnace grate very carefully....they had apparently learned over the years that that's where the mice live!
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In our old stickie trailer we had mice get in several times. They seemed to like the furnace duct work - made a cozy nest and was safe from our cats. We were alerted a couple of times to their presence by our cats congregating intently at the furnace grate.

When we got our new Escape, it was kind of funny to watch the cats checking out the furnace grate very carefully....they had apparently learned over the years that that's where the mice live!
Love, love, love the photo, the story, and cats in general - and am delighted to learn that mice won't find easy access in my new Escape!
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:25 PM   #10
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When storing our trailer last year (outside but covered), we put bars of Irish Spring underneath as someone told us mice don't like the smell so will stay clear of the trailer. After uncovering this Spring, we found that something had been chewing on the bars of soap so now we're wondering whether the mice stay clear because of the smell or because they have their fill of soap ...
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:09 PM   #11
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Irish Spring gives mice minty fresh breath
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:34 PM   #12
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If you wrap the Irish Spring in dryer sheets, maybe they won't eat it.
I've heard that if you give mice a bath in 50/50 white vinegar and water, they won't come back.
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:47 PM   #13
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And that's what our soap looked like!! (Do I have to provide towels for that bath ... ?)
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We live in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Boulder, CO. The "urban/wildlands" interface. We had spent >$3,000 repairing rodent chewed wiring on several autos, until we started spreading mothballs under our vehicles and adding the flashing LED "Rid-A-Rat". While I don't know if one or the other works, there's no question that using both sure does. We haven't had an issue since. I feel both are cheap "insurance". Less expensive, at least, then repairing vehicle wiring.

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Old 08-19-2019, 04:21 PM   #15
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In 3 years of ownership of our 19, we've never had a mouse get in it, and we live in a pretty rural area.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:25 PM   #16
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I put a bowl of jello in the refrigerator to see if any elephants leave their foot prints, so far, so good. Sooner or later I have to eat the trap.....
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:26 PM   #17
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we have lots of mice in our yard but none in our trailer but i do worry about it too.
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Cool Re: mice and dental hygiene

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Others less squeamish than I will have to tend to the dental needs of mice 🐭 🐭 🐭, as I served my time in that area, thanks very much. An electric zapper (finally) took care of that problem in my recently-sold home, so my daughter will now inherit the many glass storage jars I purchased to keep mice out of my kitchen goods. It's going to be strange going back to plastic again.

Also, I'm not planning to store SOJOURNER for quite a while - if ever - after picking her up in October. If all goes as planned, we'll remain in area around Chilliwack long enough to shake loose any obvious issues before meandering back to Houston - and then explore surrounding southern climes throughout the winter.

Dreaming of visiting the Monarch butterfly reserve at Michoacán in February. I much prefer butterflies to mice. 🦋🦋🦋
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Try to visit Great Smokey Mountain NP next summer, specifically Elkmont, Tn where the fireflies for 3 weeks are synchronized, daylight then darkness, all together. Really a sight to see, as if someone was turning a light on and off.....https://www.visitmysmokies.com/blog/...oky-mountains/
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:19 PM   #20
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I put a bowl of jello in the refrigerator to see if any elephants leave their foot prints, so far, so good. Sooner or later I have to eat the trap.....

It's not the Jello. The elephants are afraid to step in and damage the rhubarb.
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