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MURPHY55347

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Posted: 10/14/20 10:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they peed in the air vents on the floor you will never get the smell out! Every time you turn on the heat you are going to smell it. Any inaccessible place they have been will retain the smell. Sorry but I would run away from this one.

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BurbMan wrote:

We have owned 4 different trailers and parked them in the yards at 3 different homes over 20 years and never saw mouse #1. I would pull out bottom drawers, look in cabinets, etc and see if you see any chewed wiring or other signs of damage.
If there's no damage, then you just need to get rid of the mice. If you plan to move the trailer after you buy it, there's a fair chance you won't have mice problems in the future.


Prolly because the rats eat them for a snack on long Island...


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WasserPigeon wrote:

HOWEVER...when we went back to look at it yesterday we found mouse droppings. The mouse droppings were under the kitchen sink, in the bottom of the tv cabinet, and potential signs of nests in the air vents on the floor. how to proceed with the price, taking care of the problem, looking for other potential issues, etc.? Thanks in advance!


Do you burn your house down after there's a mouse in it?
Do you call an exterminator and an industrial cleaning company when there's mouse turds in your kitchen cabinet?

Of course, verify that all items work (wires not chewed through).
Turn the heat on, if it smells bad, proceed accordingly.
Obviously the camper doesn't smell like rodents have been partying for years in it, or your story would be different...I think?
If everything checks out, Jew 'em down a little for being too lazy to clean it up themselves.
It's posts like these that make me wonder how many people right now today would survive if they had to live in the country, or god forbid, go back in time 1, 20, 40, 60 years with their current "knowledge" and phobias.

I have great memories of the couple times we forgot to put down Dcon at the cabin in the fall. The next summer, me n dad would sit at the kitchen table with our boots on so we could smash mice if they dared make a break for it in broad daylight!
Grow a pair and deal with.....stuff. It's mouse s hit, not nuclear waste!

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BTW, when I sell my camper, "it never had mice in it."
I own a shop vac and windex though!

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I'd say buy it but you better run the furnace first and check the vents for obstruction.

Not trying to scare you but we actually had mice completely shut down all ductwork with a plethora of nest on brand new trailer.

Mice around here will make nests with dryer sheets and love the aroma of mint oil, we tried every product even electronics.

If they can get in, they will.
Eliminating access was the only way we have rid our trailers of mice.....10 yrs without a single mouse stirring.

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mbopp wrote:

We had 2 mice in a campground this year. I didn't want to use poison and have them die in an inaccessible place so I used the old fashioned spring traps.


Exactly! We use bait around our house. Well, guess what? One got in the 5w and died. Have no idea where or how because there has never been sign of them in there and we used spray foam or steel wool to block all holes, but one found a way in.


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If the RV is infested with mice thta could be a deal breaker. But just because you found evidence of mice but no real permanent damage or smell is NOT a deal breaker


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MURPHY55347 wrote:

If they peed in the air vents on the floor you will never get the smell out! Every time you turn on the heat you are going to smell it. Any inaccessible place they have been will retain the smell. Sorry but I would run away from this one.
Agree with this - there is a better chance than not that you will have to deal with the leftovers from a mouse infestation from the dead bodies to the nests in inaccessible places, to the smell when running the heat or AC.

Keep looking - you will be better off in the long run not buying this one - IMO.

Good luck!


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I would say discuss this with the owner. You should be able to check everything before purchasing. Use the electrical, make sure the furnace and all appliances work, use the water systems and pump. See if you have any strange smells with the furnace running and it's warm in there. Refrigerator, water heater etc. If you are parked anywhere in the country, near fields or tall grass, chances are you will have them again. Try to close off any small openings with steel wool. They can't chew thru it.

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