I am a very discouraged Dakota Hybrid owner. I purchased my trailer 2 years ago and experienced ongoing problems with leaks in the bed ends resulting in many warranty struggles and finally having two new beds installed around Christmas.
On opening my trailer this month I have discovered a mouse has gained entry and nested in and destroyed the canvas and screening of one bed end. My unit was stored indoors during the winter months and I did not anticipate this.
I have 2 questions:
a) How do I go about finding a replacement for my chewed up end? Are they still available? Are they available direct or do I have to go through a dealer?
b) Does anyone have any tips to keep the rodents out in the future? How do I figure out where they entered?
Of course there are all kinds of Mouse Traps available. Some traps are known as humane traps and just capture your rodent friends so you can kindly release them back into the wild or put them near someone else’s RV. The not so humane traps just send them directly to mouse heaven.
You can also purchase Rodent Poisons; which in my opinion are really not safe to use around your pets or curious grandkids.
A better and more humane way to get rid of rodents for good and keep them away is using a Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. Rodent Repellers plug into a 120 Volt electrical system or work off of batteries and produce ultrasonic sounds that basically makes mice and rats leave the area and never come back. The ultrasonic sounds are not audible to humans, cats or dogs. But if you have a pet Rat, Mouse, Gerbil or Hamster you should not use this solution as it will drive your little rodent pet insane.
Another repellent that some RVers swear by is called Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent. Fresh Cab is an all natural repellent that is safe to use around children and with no special handling required. In fact it is the only natural pest repellent approved for inside use by the federal EPA.
A few of these packets spread around your RV may help get the mice to leave. Fresh Cab will also work well in your home or garage.
As far as the availability of your bed ends are concerned, hopefully one our visitors can steer you in the right direction as to where to get the replacements.
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Happy RVing and "mouse hunting"
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