Mouse Proof Your RV

 Mouse Proof Your RV

Many RVers are getting their RVs out of storage for the winter only to discover that while it's been sitting there unused for the past couple of months, the RV has had visitors – mice!!

Mouse Proof Your RV 3We have heard so many sad stories of mice getting into an RV and literally destroying it. Between chewing up wires, burrowing inside the walls, and leaving their waste everywhere – mice are incredibly destructive and pose not just a sanitary concern, but a safety issue.

Besides cleaning up the mess, you want to make sure the critters don't come back.'

One thing you could do is try mice repellant products. A couple years ago we met someone who told us about a product called Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellant. For uninfected areas, the directions say to place one pouch for every 125 sq. feet. So two or three pouches will do it for an RV. The scent lasts 90 days so you may need to replace them come the end of February. For infected areas where mice are active, they suggest one pouch every 8 square feet and to replace the pouches every 30 days. The scent alone is the deterrent, and the product is one we have used successfully.

You can find Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellant everywhere from Walmart to camping supply stories. I found it on Amazon with four packets selling for $14.99, eight for $29.88. Here’s a link – 

Mouse Proof Your RV 4Some readers have also suggested spraying the underbelly of the RV with a product called Rodent Defense. It is a spray that goes on the engine, wiring, and anything exposed underneath your vehicle. The product is made of vinegar, water and various essential oils like peppermint and white pepper, that supposedly mice do not like. While I have not tried this, I pass this along in case it is of interest. I also this product on Amazon, selling for about $20 for 32 ounces or $37 for a gallon. Here’s the link for Rodent Defense –

Also, some of our readers have suggested putting a box of laundry dryer sheets around your RV. Rodents supposedly don’t like that smell.

And if you suspect mice are getting in, be sure to check for open spaces under the chassis. It doesn't take much space for a mouse to squeeze in and do all sorts of harm. Try and plug them up if you can.

I hope these suggestions are helpful.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. Just call 1-586-372-6990.

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Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.