Storage Tips & Tricks


Rodents are the most abundant mammals in the world. Mice have an amazing ability to climb straight up walls, or jump 12 inches high, and can easily fit through holes the width of a thimble. They often take up shelter in homes, sheds and RVs. Instinct demands they constantly chew and gnaw on material to build their nests. Damage to personal property is in the millions. It is widely known that they can carry and transmit deadly diseases to humans. They often serve as a transportation source for fleas and ticks. They are a real threat to public health.

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Trailers and motorhomes sit unattended for long periods when not in use. They become inviting targets for mice, squirrels and insects to take over and claim as their own.

Rodents work their way in through holes made to accommodate water, sewer, propane pipes and power lines underneath the motorhome.

Among the top five RV insurance claims are damage caused by rodent infestations. The mice chew through electrical wires, rubber and plastic hoses, completely disabling the motorhome.

Mice can carry disease. Hantavirus, a particularly dangerous disease carried by deer mice, can be breathed in while cleaning up mouse droppings.

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Mouse Free was a product born out of necessity. It was the fall of 2005, the nights were becoming cooler, and change was in the air! Yes, the onset of winter brought about an insurgence of mice trying to find shelter. An unsuspecting RV owner was blindsided by the ability of mice to find their way into his fifth wheel. In a panic since his wife was absolutely scared to death of mice, he nearly emptied the shelves of the local hardware store. Then, setting his traps all around the inside of the unit and near the wheels on the outside he figured he was protected. Well, he found out the traps worked, but still had a huge mess to cleanup inside. By the time the mice made it to the traps, they had already left behind their unmistakable signature again. Angered while he was cleaning and disinfecting, he thought to himself “there must be a better way, a way to prevent the mice from entering!” Returning to the hardware store he purchased cans of spray foam and steel wool. “I'm going to keep them out, if it is the last thing I ever do!” he muttered to himself. While lying on the cold asphalt, starring up at the undercarriage, can of spray foam in hand, he thought how am I ever going to find out where in the world are they getting in? Feeling frustrated, knowing that even if he finds where they are entering, the mice will just chew and gnaw, day and night until they make it inside again. “There must be a better way!”

He thought “if only a product could protect the entire undercarriage, by repelling mice“ – well the light bulb went off! Utilizing his 20 years of experience in the automotive coatings and lubrication industry, he set off to end his mouse problems. After four years of research and development with his team of experts, Mouse Free was born.

The Mouse Free product has the unique ability to repel mice. It contains a high concentration of menthol; it smells nice to humans, but rodents find the smell very offensive and leave the area immediately. Secondly, the product acts as an undercarriage lubricant for moving parts. Better yet, the lubrication qualities in the Mouse Free product create a thin protective coating that rodents and even insects cannot travel across. The process and composition are now protected under US patent pending #12/830,368, and Canada and International patent pending #2,707,664.

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Mouse Free is totally non-toxic and safe!

The scent repelling properties within the formula are derived from 100% natural essential oils. These same essential oils are commonly used for relaxation during aromatherapy treatments!

*Mouse Free is safe when used as directed. It is not implied that the product can be used for aromatherapy, nor should it be used for any other purpose except what is found in the directions.

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RV Storage Tips, Tricks, and Advice for all your RV storage needs.

Storage, Maintenance Tips to Protect Your RV InvestmentProper storage and exterior maintenance of your RV will protect the financial investment you’ve made in your motorhome or travel trailer, extend the service life of your RV and increase its resale value when you decide to sell your RV online. If you have kept your RV covered or garaged, be sure to note that in your online ad; it’s a valuable selling point with buyers.Storage options Garaging your RV when it is not in use is the best way to protect its exterior from weather damage and maintain a high resale value. Over time, exposure to the elements can take a toll on your RV. Atmospheric ozone and UV light cause paint to fade and rubber and vinyl to dry out and deteriorate. Repeated exposure to rain, snow, ice and wind increase the potential for damage to your RV’s roof and body. Unfortunately, few people have the garage space to handle RV storage. To protect their RVs from harsh weather, many owners in northern states and Canada rent indoor storage space during the winter months or house their RV in U-store facilities. When indoor storage is not an option, oversized metal carports and do-it-yourself canvas carports provide reasonable protection from the elements, particularly for vulnerable RV roofs.

RV covers are another protective option but have earned mixed reviews from RV owners. Covers that are thrown over and tied around RVs can cause significant chafing damage to the exterior of your RV, particularly if it is parked in a windy area. Poorly ventilated covers promote mold growth which can also cause considerable damage. Never cover your RV with a tarp or non-breathable fabric. Moisture condensation can be extremely damaging. If you purchase an RV cover, spend the extra money for a good quality cover made with breathable fabric and get one sized to fit your RV to minimize the chafing.

Exterior Maintenance Tips

Keep your RV covered to protect it from the elements.
Wash your RV frequently and after trips to remove surface grime that can damage the exterior if allowed to build up. Never use harsh chemicals; use only mild soap and water or products specifically formulated for your RV’s exterior finish.
Wax the exterior of your RV using a quality wax formulated for your RV’s exterior finish. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and exercise care around graphics. Waxing an RV is a big undertaking, but it is one of the most effective ways of protecting your RV from damaging dirt, grime and roadway chemicals.
Scrub off black streaks as soon as you discover them. Wait too long, and you may not be able to remove them completely. Use an automotive black streak cleaner, testing graphics before application.
Check for water damage regularly. Inspect all seals and caulking for signs of wear and repair promptly with approved RV sealant. Regularly inspect sealant at all cutouts. Any place where the manufacturer has cut into the RV’s body to create a window, attach a hose or vent an appliance is more vulnerable to water damage.
Keep the roof of your RV free of leaves, debris, tree sap and branches. Inspect and thoroughly clean the roof several times a year, using cleaners compatible with the roof material. Whenever you clean your roof, carefully inspect all roof sealants for damage and reseal immediately with approved sealants.

RV Storage Recommendations and Tips

Inside rv storage verses outside - outside storage is cheaper, otherwise if you can afford it store the rv inside, especially if you can do it in a controlled temperature environment. That means air-conditioned in the hot climates and heated in the cold climates. Inside rv storage like this eliminates the need for an expensive rv cover, tire covers, winterizing which takes a lot of time and planning, keeps animals and most bugs out, prevents all weather related damage like high winds, sun, and hail and rain, aging. They also tend to be more secure than outside rv storage places.

RV Refrigerator - while storing the rv for longer than 2 weeks, clean out the fridge and wipe the insides down with baking soda and water. Then leave an open box of baking soda inside fridge with door wedged open. If your refrigerator also runs off 12 bolt batteries make sure switch is OFF.

RV Exterior - breathable, polypropylene covers with zippered entry doors allow easy access to the interior of the rv if you plan to cover it. Covering the rv like this protects it from sun damage, acid rain, dirt, bird droppings, sap and more. Some covers resist water though they are NOT water proof. Actually they are designed to shed water like condensation, dew, or light rain but allow trapped moisture to evaporate. They do NOTHING in hard rain. These covers are not without their problems though. One should be aware that certain animals and bugs find it quite comfortable under the covers as they appreciate the same protection you are trying to give your rv. Wind can be real problem as well. Strap and buckle attachment systems prevent billowing to a degree but be aware that ANY heavily repetitious movement could cause abrasion damage to weaker components like a plastic mirror casing or backup camera lens. If you buy an rv cover make sure the edges and seams are reinforced to prevent tearing especially over the ladder, and make sure you get an rv storage bag.

RV Tire covers - We just spent $1,447 having new tires put on our Class A rv. The bad thing was the tires we threw away had plenty of tread on them. However they were dry rotted from age and sun damage. Tire covers help prevent this and they are much cheaper than rv covers. Get the kind with bungee cord fasteners or good snaps so the wind doesn't tear them off. Heavy-duty flannel-backed vinyl reflects heat and light and repels liquids. To determine correct size, measure tire diameter from tread edge to tread edge, across center of wheel cover. Visit commercial truck tires for information on buying tires for your semi truck. Visit used passenger bus for information on buying a used passenger bus.Batteries - remove your batteries when storing your rv by disconnecting the cables and removing the battery altogether. Store battery in a warmer part of your house but not inside where people sleep. If you are leaving them in the rv connect a smart battery charging system to them and leave connected to shore power when participating in rv storage.