In this article we review:
- Why use Fresh Cab
- Where to Purchase
- Testimonials & Videos
- How to place to be most effective
- Dosage we recommend
- Links to our other Winterization Tips and Practices in our Avion
We have had RVs (Class A and 2 travel trailers) and live in upstate NY which unfortunately is not “year round” friendly for RVing. So we must winterize and store our RV. We do store inside a cement floor, steel storage building which is optimal but we know many of our fellow RVers must store outside on a driveway or field/lawn (field/lawn is worse scenario and try to avoid this if you can!)
We also have owned a small 5×8 cargo trailer where we have kept our living history reenacting equipment, including clothing, blankets, candles-you name it for over 30 years. Annually these things must be protected from those nasty little critters….MICE! Mice love to find quiet, dark places and are especially attracted to candles, paper, cloth and of course even the “whiff” of food, grease (even splatters or on towels, or leftovers on potholders, etc.)
We SWEAR by FRESH CAB sachets! We have used them effectively now for over 10 years along with our other winterizing techniques which we have detailed fully in a past blog post….cue link —- LINK FOR ARTICLE.
Fresh Cab is a natural product, no harsh chemicals.”
The scent in our opinion is very nice, a mild Balsam Fir (..like those little balsam pillows in mountain area souvenir shops!) and outdoorsy scent (its all herbals) and in fact when we were selling our ’73 folks noted how nice and clean it smelled. The package says each sachet lasts about 2-3 months. Typically for us, we winterize at the end of October. I go back into the rig in January then again in March to toss out a few more sachets leaving the original ones there too (I think they have some residual effect).
NOTE: the sachets are made somewhat like mega-sized tea bags and I cut them in the middle where the thin paper connector is so i can put more around in various areas.
Why use these over traps and poisons? Simple..We do not want dead mice in my trailer. Period. They stink as they decay, a dying corpse does not deter other mice from coming in, the dead mouse could become maggot filled and its just gross to take dead mice from a trap! We do not want poisons around where pets or grandkids could come in contact and I want to reach places that are hard to get to! We want to deter them from liking/loving our trailer as much as we do! So we REPELL them from the get go- so we are not hospitable!
WHAT AREAS TO FOCUS ON?
Inside the camper:
- Around floor edges
- Under the sofa and chairs
- Inside back edges of cabinets and drawers (Utensils may harbor food scents!)
- Under bathroom cabinets and beds
- Around any vent openings in closet floors, etc. where there is access to the undercarriage of your rig.
- In tight or hard to reach places I literally open the cabinet door and do a hefty “pitch” and toss the sachet bag to the rear of the cabinet so it lands on the back edge floor—that is where mice like to scamper!
Outside the camper: (just be sure to remember to take them out in spring before your first camping trip!!!)
- In the hot water heater compartment
- All/Each Underbelly compartments (storage areas accessed from outside the camper)
- In the sewer/dump station compartment
- Battery box (mice like to chew wires!)
OUR TRIED AND TRUE METHOD FOR PLACEMENT AND USE:
We use 12 sachets in our 32′ trailer, each “tea bag” is cut in half at the paper connector so actually 24 packets in our RV at all times. This is overkill based on the square footage recommendations on the packet but we want to ensure we never have mice and so far this has worked for us. In spring I will take the obvious ones out that are in the common sitting areas, along floor edges, and hot water tank and furnace areas but WE LEAVE the ones from the winter i tossed into the back of cabinets, into the sewer compartment outside bay and over all the vent openings in closets, under bath and kitchen sink and anywhere inside the trailer that we normally do not access like under the bed storage, under back edge of sofa. We leave them there for rest of our summer/spring/fall camping season. Then in October we clean out all the old and replace with fresh new ones.
Again using Fresh Cab is NOT the total solution! Please be sure to review my other full article so you get tons of other tips on how to winterize your rig. Nothing is worse than a mouse infestation! LINK TO FULL ARTICLE.
WHERE TO BUY THEM??
- We now support our local ACE HARDWARE store who sells Fresh Cab and we purchase two of the large size multipack boxes.
- TRACTOR SUPPLY stores also sell it. Link
- They can also be found on Amazon.
- Menards stores have at least the smaller packs. Link
- The FRESH CAB company (EarthKind, Inc) also have their own website and you may find sales now and then with free shipping.
Fresh Cab originally was originally designed for cabs of farm vehicles stored for winter – hence the name. It is SAFE FOR PETS (non rodent kinds of course! LOL)
DON’T BELIEVE US? CHECK OUT THESE OTHER TESTIMONIALS!
HERE IS A GREAT ARTICLE! The article goes more in depth as to the herbal formula used, amount needed for sq. footage of space, etc. Well worth the read!
We also found a good video! Note, this experiment dealt with a barn vehicle that was already infested! Hopefully your RV is NOT so you are going to use Fresh Cab to make sure it stays rodent free!
Here is a video geared towards RV storage and use of Fresh Cab. Although covering an Avion travel trailer is NOT advised due to abrasion against the aluminum skin!
Happy travels, and here’s to a rodent free RV!
Kevin and Luisa
Please visit AND SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel and our Facebook Page /pewterpalace