Well, evidently Rhode Island mice are quite the party animals! We stored our camper in Georgia for 5 months and had no issues. We stored our camper in our campsite at Camp Westwood over the winter and those mice sure had fun!! YIKES – what a mess! Evidently, all the preventative measures we took (and spent lots of $ on) didn’t work for the 7 month storage duration. We’ve spent the past 2 days vacuuming up mouse feces and acorns… spraying cloth surfaces with bleach/water solution, scrubbing all other surfaces with bleach solution. Had to remove the screws/brackets holding the loveseat and theater seating so we could move them to clean the mouse feces behind/under them. Many loads of laundry and hand washing of stuff in drawers/closets. What fun!
Lesson learned. We’re figuring that next year we will have to just set mouse traps and visit the camper at least weekly to make sure no party activity is occurring. We live close enough to make that happen.
We are thankful that at least this was something we were able to clean up after. We got lots of exercise too!
Still not 100% sure it was all from mice. The feces – definitely mice! But perhaps the acorns, etc. were from chipmunks? We’ll probably never know. We haven’t seen squirrels in camp, but have seen chipmunks and mice. Other campers have reported dead mice in their campers, so I’m thinking we are lucky to not find them in ours. We’ve set traps since our initial discovery, but so far looks like ours was the party site and they moved on.
We’ll visit a couple more times this week to make sure everything is clean and stocked up for opening day next weekend. We’ve been told we are the party site opening day on the 15th. Firewood is set to be delivered that day, and we’ll be ready for whomever shows up to party. BYOB!!
Let the camping season begin : )