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Subject Topic: What can/cannet be left in Motorhome over
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Message posted by pepe63 on 11/11/2013 at 11:53am
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RE: MICE!

Yep, we've just been revisited by the little b*ggers!...

They had paid us a brief visit a couple of years back but on loading the 'van before setting off for our trip last Friday, I noticed bits of chewed up tea towel in a lower locker(...which meant a last minute strip-out/wash/disinfect of all the lockers/surfaces etc...)

The van very rarely "stands" for very long anyway(..it was used less than two weeks ago)and even when not being used, we always seem to be going in and out of it(stocking up/sorting out etc)....

We do use one of those battery operated "screamer" things...but I believe that they  may need to be in the "line of sight" for them to be really effective?....

Checking/blocking up any access holes is an obvious step to take(which I've done previously)..but the problem is, mice can get through the tiniest of holes....  

 


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Message posted by VWT4Transporter on 11/11/2013 at 1:18pm
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I wouldnt leave any pillows or sleeping gear in a camper over winter.
You sleep in/on them and your sweat goes in them. You get fungal spores on them, pack them away then open them up a few months later and they are black with mold.

Doesnt matter if the van is dry or not, the tiny amount of sweat from your body will stay there to help the spores to breed.

Message posted by SymbolLife on 11/11/2013 at 7:40pm
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Right VWT4Transporter; that's my weekend wash job sorted.

Message posted by HOWIES on 12/11/2013 at 12:37am
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open all cupboards all internal doors incl; lift seat base(s0 any thing with a hinge-leave it open; air will evenly circulate; I plug in a very low watt heater (very low cost)does not heat, but keeps chill off; ie. cheapest; oil filled radiator you can get little ones now; and very cheap; and when we get the odd dry sunny day open all windows; skylights the lot; then return to your little heater; cost pence to run

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If your leaving your van for any amount of time during the winter make sure that all food is taken out even the crumbs in the cupboards and cooker, otherwise you might get the mice in, or worse rats.They can smell grub from outside the van and will get in if they think there is a free lunch. Also if the weather gets really cold and you can't leave a heater in take out all liquids which include washing up liquids and shower gels, they make a nasty mess if frozen and the bottle cracks.

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Message posted by spartan3956 on 13/11/2013 at 8:24pm
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If you are not going to use it
Cash the road fund licence in i save 60.00
and SORN it.

Message posted by chrisandsandra on 14/11/2013 at 12:48pm
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We leave almost everything in ours year round, but there again we do use it for camping year round, plus it is our only vehicle so we are out in it regularly meaning it gets aired/warmed and allowing us to check for any problems.

The only problem we have had has been with olive oil going cloudy in cold weather, but it goes clear again as soon as it is warm.

Message posted by VWT4Transporter on 14/11/2013 at 1:35pm
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We chuck our old oil into the diesel tank when weve finished camping for the year

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