Thursday, October 6, 2022


Has a mouse, rat or squirrel ever taken up residence in your RV?

By Chuck Woodbury
A rat moved into my RV last year when it was closed up for winter. I don’t know how long it was in there, but when I first noticed its droppings, it grossed me out. I looked around and found a couple little chewed items and spots of urine on couch pillows.

All of a sudden, my little sanctuary was violated and felt very dirty.

I never saw the rodent, and wasn’t even sure it, or they, were still there. But I set a couple of traps baited with pieces of Snicker Bar to be sure. A few days passed, but no creature. Gail and I cleaned up the RV, and tossed away the pillows.

I concluded the rat was gone. Then, a few days later, as I was about to step out the door, I noticed a rodent along the way, dead. It was a small rat. I have no idea how it died, but that was the invader.

Which brings me to our poll question. Has your RV ever been occupied by a rodent, rat, mouse, squirrel or other creature? If so, please leave a comment about what happened, and how you got rid of the invader(s).


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Jan Kuester
1 year ago

We had a pack rat couple that invaded our basement, one day after the other. Unfortunately we could not chase either critter out. Employing a large, trusty rat trap baited with peanut butter, Mr. Pack rat met his demise while approaching the tasty treat within an hour after the table, er, trap was set. A search for HOW and WHERE he had entered our fifth wheel proved fruitless. The next day at noon, Mrs. Pack Rat, in an apparent search for her missing husband, approached my feet as I sat in the living room area. We stared at each other and she quickly disappeared. I set a trap, again baited with peanut butter but also added a chocolate chip for good measure. Less than 5 minutes after the trap had been set in the forward basement, Mrs. PR was caught. Another search began and my husband discovered a overly large slice had been made in the Corplast where the cable for the spare tire cable passes through. Gorilla brand duct tape was used to fix the gash and we remain rodent free.

1 year ago

Several years ago I had a squirrel get into the back side of my refrigerator on my 5th wheel and destroyed the wiring harness including the power cord which was live. He paid the ultimate price. I found the Krispy critter with his tail sticking out the access panel. Got it fixed for several hundred dollars and 2 years later another one did the same thing but this one got away.

Mary Martin
1 year ago

Does Kangaroo Rat qualify 😂. We had a visitor who thank goodness was onlyin for a few hours, we think, while we were sleeping. He was shown the door and kindly left. Being that they are actually related to rabbits, I chose no. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time but after 5 years I am hopefully we have a relatively tight situation. We just have to remember to close the screen door.

Bob S
1 year ago

Storage hasn’t been an issue. I attribute that to the liberal amount of FreshCab that we put out. But we have been invaded by mice 3 times in 9 years while living in the RV. Then the old fashioned spring traps do the trick. Recently a squirrel started attacking the engine compartment. Mothballs and deer/squirrel spray (simulated cougar urine) didn’t seem to help. At least until I was able to spray the urine directly on the squirrel a couple times.

1 year ago

Our previous 2 travel trailers had unwelcome residents. The older one had wood eating ants invade it. A local pest company was successful in terminating their camping adventure.
Our last travel trailer became the winter residence of at least 2 families of field mice. Each winter for 2 year’s.
Our new fifth wheel was visited by a single mouse a few weeks after we acquired it. She passed away during her visit after becoming trapped inside of the plastic kitchen trash can. The obituary said that she left behind no children or mate. Just a hole in the upholstery that the trash can had been sitting in during travel.

Lawrence Murnane
2 years ago

Used peanut butter and cheese on separate traps.
Mice seem to favor the cheese.

jane shure
2 years ago

Peanut butter and mouse traps works very well

Rory R
2 years ago

I don’t really know what worked. I tried so many things. I’m assuming it was a mouse or rat that came in thru the sewer hose. I tried everything under the sun, I finally tried 3 gals of bleach in the grey tank and 5 gals in the black tank, filled both tanks with water and drove around for a while. Then dumped and flushed both tanks multiple times. After that no sounds of tiny lil feet in the middle of the night.

2 years ago

Our funniest animal/pest was one day while cleaning the floors, my wife screamed and I came running to find a small lizard at one of the furnace outlets. After several hours, we managed to get him out and on his way.

2 years ago
Reply to  dave

No lizards in our RV but find one in the house every once-in-a-while. Live in Central Florida – they were here first. Lots of geckos outside – only on occasion inside. I think GEICO is trying to get me to switch from Progressive Insurance.

2 years ago

While in Valley of Fire State Park a few years ago, we picked up more than one Chipmunks.
At our next stop in quartzite, we removed Everything from our basement and left it out with the doors opened all that day. We seen 2 of the little buggers leave and think they took the rest of the relatives with them

2 years ago

My wife says if we ever get a rat in the rig,I have to set it on fire.
We had mice once and didn’t know it until friends following behind our camper at a traffic light, saw them using our bumper to go out one side of the camper and in the other.

Selene Montgomery
2 years ago

On rodents – We found torn papers in bay of 5th wheel, but no droppings or animals. We found two dead mice in our motor home bay after spending 5 weeks in a corn field.

2 years ago

One mouse, set out a snap trap with peanut butter and he was caught the next day. Never did figure out why he took up residence in the trailer. No food was taken or anything, guess he just needed a nest out of the weather.

Renee Galligher
2 years ago

On our maiden voyage with our fifth wheel, a chipmunk moved in. Every morning he would chatter at us through the fresh air intake! After we got home from our trip, hubby got under the RV and used expanding foam to seal every hole and for the heater vent in the basement, he covered with screen. On another trip, as we pulled into the dump station, I saw a mouse drop from the bottom of the RV and run off! We haven’t seen sign in the fifth wheel of mice, but I think one got in the wall and died due to an awful odor that soon disappeared. With the RV parked beside our house, I check often for any sign and haven’t seen any to date (9 years later). Several years back though we had some major work done to our unit and the tech found a stash of dried mushrooms on the wiring harness! It must’ve been left by the chipmunk.
We also have a popup that we take to remote campgrounds where our FW wont’ fit, and found dead mice and droppings. Cleaned, disinfected, and treated with Mouse Free.

2 years ago

I had a mouse problem once. As near as I could tell it only chewed up one wire. I replaced the wire, set some bait and never saw (or smelled) the critter again. However, a few years ago, I did have to completely rewire a friends trailer. It seems mice Love, Love, Love the insulation on electrical wire. The mice did a really good job of tearing up the wiring.
when fishing in new wire, I pulled out a huge nest in a place that was not normally accessible to humans, under the cabinets. Gross!

Leon Brasowski
2 years ago

We had animal chew the gas line to the generator on our Motorhome. Replaced the line and happily never came back.

2 years ago

Not in our current fifth wheel, but our last one we had a couple that took up residency in the silverware drawer (yuck!). Luckily they were caught early and easily, and had not had a problem again before trading last year.

2 years ago

We are very lucky to say No. And boy have we heard so horror stories! Just early this month friends of ours who have a seasonal site near us had to buy a new Fifth-wheel. One night they thought they heard some noise in between the walls during the night.They woke up the next morning to find nothing until they opened a drawer built into the stairs going up the bedroom, and there was a nest of red squirrels that got in and used the insulation from inside the walls to build the nest.And they also found more areas where they must have gotten in before.And could see where some wires have been chewed on. So that was it for them! Time to buy a new Fifth-wheel.

2 years ago

Just got rid of a mouse family 3 weeks ago. They were in one of folding chair bags. No more found at this point.

Jerry X Shea
2 years ago

5000 miles on my new LTV – UNITY TB on a MB Chassis. Mouse chewed into my gas line (fuel injection line) on the top of the engine. Got towed to a MB Dealership.
Repair guy said “European auto makers use a ‘SOYBEAN LEAF’ compound that mice, rats, squirrels, rabbits and most varmints love to eat.”