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We do not have our Ollie yet, just planning....  

 

We have a family farm, but we live about 5 hours away from it, so most of the time won't store it there.  But, to save $, we do have the ability to store it there in the winter.  However, it's literally all dirt.   No concrete driveway or pads.  And lots and lots of rodents.  With the way the Ollie is sealed, (don't have it yet), are rodents a worry?  Or do we store our Ollie somewhere else?  Our local storage is also a farm with crushed gravel, and they say they do not have a rodent problem (although not guaranteed).  We are talking high altitude CO where the sun is very impactful, and very little moisture, lots of blowing dirt (close to New Mexico).  They have put up temporary shelters for their cars which we could do for the Ollie. 

 

 

 

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OK, lets just assume that the mice get inside - what are they going to eat and/or drink once inside?  If you take those things away and plug what few "holes" there are in the exterior then lets have a party and chew on some fiberglass?😁

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From us in Iowa we no what your talking about. We store ours in the out building at home during the winter. Now setting at the paster next to the barn at the farm. So far so good 👍no mice.

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We have a lot of forum members who store their trailers in the country. 

The clamshell opening for drains are too small for mice, imo. Put the camco stainless screens on the other vents. For winter layup, we used to put aluminum window screen in the fridge panels, taped it on, and took it off in the spring. 

If you live in the country, you know the drill. Check for openings larger than a dime. With the Ollie, the underbelly is fiberglass, not munchable wood. 

Check to make sure all openings not screened with metal are closed. Including the bumper area, and where it attaches to the trailer.

A lot of folks in cold country remove the cushions, as foam doesn't necessarily love subzero temperatures.  At least, prop them up on end. I do that in hot humid Florida, too, as it decreases the chance of condensation wetting the fabric. (In the boat, too, off season, and anytime it's unused for a long period of time .)

And, remove all food sources, .of course.

 

 

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Ok thanks Dave and SeaDawg.  Newbie here and don't have the Ollie yet so not sure what kind of openings there are and what there is to munch on.  Don't want to pay $80k for something to only have it destroyed when I could have prevented an issue.

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2 hours ago, topgun2 said:

OK, lets just assume that the mice get inside - what are they going to eat and/or drink once inside?  If you take those things away and plug what few "holes" there are in the exterior then lets have a party and chew on some fiberglass?😁

?   mice love to eat wiring and insulation to make nests with.  Look in engines, there isn't wood there.  Lots of mice nests are found in engines. 

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Mice have to get there, first. 

Get a creeper. Look under your Ollie. 

Engines are wide open. Ollies aren't.

 

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12 hours ago, trekhard said:

?   mice love to eat wiring and insulation to make nests with.  Look in engines, there isn't wood there.  Lots of mice nests are found in engines. 

To wit - that is why I said to plug holes.😇

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We live in the country and park our Oliver on our property under a CalMark cover.  The only mouse intrusion we’ve had is in the spare tire cover or the bumper.  No damage.  You should be fine parking it at the farm.

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Month #11 with our Ollie stored here in our back yard on a 12X55’ pad we had poured. We have had zero issues with any critters entering or making a home inside our Ollie. We always remove any food source if we know we are not going to be traveling. I have installed S/S fine mesh screens over exterior appliance inlets and exhaust vents. I also cover our AC unit after every trip to preclude and Carolina Wrens from building their dream home. 😄

 

 

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A "dream home" in a "dream home" - what's wrong with that?😊

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FYI the dozen (in an LE2) stainless steel “scupper” drains in the belly have screens on top, to prevent critters from climbing in. But double check anyway. It’s not just rodents you need to be wary of, wasps build nests wherever they can get, and they especially are attracted to propane, they can really mess up your appliances if they are unprotected.

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7 hours ago, Patriot said:

Month #11 with our Ollie stored here in our back yard on a 12X55’ pad we had poured.

Awesome! Most of us can just dream of a scenic spot like that for our ollies.

Mine squeezes (literally) into a 12' wide side yard, with overhanging roof and trees .

You have a super setup.

 

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