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Old 10-17-2020, 11:51 AM   #1
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How to keep bugs and rodents out over winter???

Getting ready to winterize the water system and cover our 5.0 up for our great lakes winter. Two questions....

1. What can we do to minimize the bugs and rodents that might want to move in over winter? Our lot is very woodsy and we are storing her outside.

2. What can we leave inside the camper over winter vs. what do we have to bring in the house? Do we need to basically empty it out? Obviously anything food related/edible should come in. What about plastic dishes, the mattress, etc.

Any guidance for these first time winterizers is much appreciated!


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Old 10-17-2020, 12:17 PM   #2
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While I probably should find some wood to knock on, I haven't had a rodent in either trailer (since 2011). The only bugs have been those that rode in on me, and some no-see-ems that managed to get through the screens in Florida. I did have detachable power cords on both trailers. I also remove anything edible (including soap, etc) before storing the trailer. Paper products, the mattress, etc stays in the trailer. I do remove all clothing, sheets & blankets, etc.

My suggestion would be to check underneath for any openings that Escape didn't fully foam closed, if you have the permanent power cord and leave the trailer connected, be sure to stuff around the cord with steel wool or the equivalent, and, just to be sure, put an electronic mouse trap inside. If you remove the anode from the water heater (and I suggest you do to clean it out & be sure it is drained) either put it back, a new one if necessary, or a plug.

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Old 10-17-2020, 12:18 PM   #3
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I brought in anything that can attract mice, from soap to food. All clothing and towels that could be nesting materials go in too. If you are real worried you can leave all the cabinets and cubbies open, with mouse traps placed here and there just in case. The trailers are pretty well closed up some mice issues should be at a minimum. I even went so far as to place traps next to the tires.

In 7 years parking the trailer next to the woods, I've never had a mouse or bug in it, I do however catch many in the shed not far away from the trailer. I'd imagine a lot has to do with where you live.
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:35 PM   #4
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We live in rural NM with lots of mice and pack rats. The best thing we have found to keeping rodents at bay is a bright white LED rope light laid on the ground which encircles the entire footprint of the trailer.
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