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Old 12-09-2015, 09:23 PM   #21
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Dave, I've read that smells (Dryer sheets, mothballs, Fresh Cab.) deterring mice is a myth, true or untrue?
I just know we have had either incredibly good luck or mothballs work to repel mice. We stored our fold down in a friends actual farm barn that was wide open with loose boards etc . He has large model A and model T collection stored in that same building and recommended the mothballs and we've used them since. I know animals have an incredible sense of smell. I've seen coyotes dig down through well over a foot of snow to find a bait and a frozen trap and then return months later to the same site to dig the same hole with trap and lure long gone. There are any number of commercial repellents available and also attractants combined with poison for rodents so the sense of smell certainly works in there somewhere.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:44 PM   #22
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We live in Surrey. Storage conditions vary even on the same property. Because we are forced to store our trailer on the north side of our property, in the shade of our house, everything grows a green slime by spring. Each spring I would have to get on the roof of our old stick trailer and clean not only the rubber roof, but all the slots and crannies around the vents and such. We got a cover for our Escape 21 for just over $200 and hope it saves us the big cleanup for a few years.
Ditto that. So much easier in the Spring with the cover. One light bulb on and have never had a problem with mold or mildew.

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Old 12-10-2015, 10:29 AM   #23
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BlackJack sits outside, uncovered but plugged in. I have a 100 watt heater on and check it weekly. No mold, mice, ever. The nice thing with this method is we can go camping with little preparation, turn on refer, hook up an go. This weekend it will be near 70.....campfire camping weather.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:40 AM   #24
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I just know we have had either incredibly good luck or mothballs work to repel mice. We stored our fold down in a friends actual farm barn that was wide open with loose boards etc . He has large model A and model T collection stored in that same building and recommended the mothballs and we've used them since. I know animals have an incredible sense of smell. I've seen coyotes dig down through well over a foot of snow to find a bait and a frozen trap and then return months later to the same site to dig the same hole with trap and lure long gone. There are any number of commercial repellents available and also attractants combined with poison for rodents so the sense of smell certainly works in there somewhere.
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We have planted hundreds of oak saplings on our land (after a huge straight line storm decimated old trees). Deer will walk past thousands of edibles to eat them, so we have to put them inside plastic protective tubes. So then, mice decided that those tubes were perfect winter nesting places and nibbled right thru the enclosed tree. Now we drop one or two moth balls in each tube in the fall and so far no mouse damage. Problem for the Tacoma is I don't really want to have to smell mothballs every time I drive it.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:48 AM   #25
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This weekend it will be near 70.....campfire camping weather.
Campfires are even better, at least more appreciated, when much colder. We often see a lot of folks around the campfire when temps drop to the freezing mark. It sure doesn't feel that cold with a lot of glowing embers warming you up.

One evening camping this past fall, I was curious as to how cold it was getting out, so went and looked at the thermometer. I went back to the fire, and asked everyone to guess the temp. Guesses ranged from 5-8C (41-45F), and the actual temp was 0C (32F). This shows how much warmth a well stoked fire provides. Of course, we did have a wee bit of antifreeze in our systems too.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:55 AM   #26
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... Of course, we did have a wee bit of antifreeze in our systems too.
I'm wondering about your definition of "wee"...
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I'm wondering about your definition of "wee"...
More than 2, less than 20.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:11 AM   #28
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For you Facebook folks...earth kind (fresh cab) will start their daily give aways (their products) starting this Sunday.
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:59 PM   #29
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Maybe the rubber roof gets too bad for the things to settle down and they might need an extra effort to pull up the water content. Roofing according to the conditions is really important and its necessary for all the roofs. I used to hire commercial roofing contractors of Empire Roofing Corporation for all the roofing and vent related issues.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:57 PM   #30
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Our trailer's being stored, outside, in Mission for the winter. It's been 1.5 months stored, with the cabinet doors open, cushions stored like gbaglo posted.

No windows or fan open, and when I checked it last week the Dri-Z-Air container had less than 30 cc of water accumulated.
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Our trailer's being stored, outside, in Mission for the winter. It's been 1.5 months stored, with the cabinet doors open, cushions stored like gbaglo posted.

No windows or fan open, and when I checked it last week the Dri-Z-Air container had less than 30 cc of water accumulated.
Likewise at the end of October I stored my 2014 17B, no cover, with the vents/windows closed. I did remove all the contents and upholstery, and opened all cupboard doors and storage lids. I have emptied the 2 Dri-Z-Air containers twice up until last Wednesday each time each one was approx. 1/3 full. Each time I checked the wall, floor and cupboard surfaces and they were bone dry. My trailer is stored uncovered in an open air storage facility just outside of Parksville.
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It is 26 degrees outside, the heater is on the pond and BlackJack, outside in the yard, is plugged in with 43 degrees inside.
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Worth mentioning; last winter I followed the same process that I detailed previously, the trailer was stored at the end of September until early May. The trailer was dry each time I visited to maintain the Dri-Z-Air containers. The exterior surfaces had minor mildew and dirt on them particularly around the belly band, however the trailer cleaned up nicely when polished looking like new again when I prepared it for the first camping trip in May.
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Old 04-15-2016, 12:46 PM   #34
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BlackJack sits outside, uncovered but plugged in. I have a 100 watt heater on and check it weekly. No mold, mice, ever. The nice thing with this method is we can go camping with little preparation, turn on refer, hook up an go. This weekend it will be near 70.....campfire camping weather.
Do you leave your heater on 24/7? Thanks.
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:31 PM   #35
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Do you leave your heater on 24/7? Thanks.
Yes, when it was below 40 degrees it would turn on. It had a thermostat that should have turned it off once it warmed up during the days. My electric seemed to be a bit higher in the winter.
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Has anyone found signs of mice in an Escape?

I just re-read this thread and would like to know if anyone has had trouble with mice inside an Escape trailer. From the posts I would say no, but of course not everyone posted.
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Nope. None. I have posted pix of the area where power cord enters trailer ( potential access point, I guess ). No evidence.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:15 PM   #38
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Never had mice in any trailer, but I keep putting out traps and baits come winter storage.
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They do refer to it as a mouse hole, but the more common problem is with ants entering there. We had that happen at a Beach campground with our first Scamp, big ants! Went home and did the removable power cord mod. Never had a pull out cord since.
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I just re-read this thread and would like to know if anyone has had trouble with mice inside an Escape trailer. From the posts I would say no, but of course not everyone posted.
Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil (from heslth food store) and put on a plate on the floor or counter. Refresh cotton balls every two weeks. Trailer will smell minty fresh and mice HATE peppermint.

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They do refer to it as a mouse hole, but the more common problem is with ants entering there. We had that happen at a Beach campground with our first Scamp, big ants! Went home and did the removable power cord mod. Never had a pull out cord sinc.
Next time you get asked "paper or plastic" take the plastic. Stuff a plastic bag around the cord in the mousehole. The tighter it is packed, the better. It will keep out ants. However, the removeable cord option is even better because you don't have to remember to plug the open parts of the mousehole.
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