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Old 11-22-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Something I've been wondering about...

I've never owned a hard-sided trailer before. I was taught when tenting to never keep food in the tent. My wife was taught even to avoid keeping clothes in the tent if you cooked while wearing those clothes.

Up until now we've only used a tent trailer, and we kept this mindset. We never keep food in the tent trailer, and never cook in it.

But now that we're moving up to a hard-sided trailer, I wonder what the accepted practice is in bear country. I get the impression that most of us do most of our cooking outside the camper, but most of us store food in the trailer.

Does anybody take any precautions when Escaping in bear country?


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Old 11-23-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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To be honest, I have never spent too much time worrying about the potential of a problem.

I have slept in tents many hundreds of nights in bear country. We did keep our food away from camp, often either hanging, in barrels, or in bear caches if available.

With our trailer, we do cook outside most of the time, but have cooked inside too. Plus, all our food is in there. If a bear did happen around camp, either I would not be there so would be in no danger, or if I was I would be able to chase it off.

The areas of biggest problems are those in heavy used areas, and I tend not to camp in those areas all that often. Away from civilization, and bears I have seen are way more afraid of us, than I am of them.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:42 AM   #3
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:23 AM   #4
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Gina D. says this about bears and molded trailers: "Hard and crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside"!

Below is a picture of a Boler and the damage done by a bear. The owners were away kayaking and a bear pried the window off to get inside. Once in, tore the door off the icebox and generally trashed the inside. While this doesn't answer your question, it can happen.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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I remember reading of some folks who were in their trailer when a bear tried to get in. They used Pam and a lighter to flame it away.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:27 PM   #6
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I remember reading of some folks who were in their trailer when a bear tried to get in. They used Pam and a lighter to flame it away.
Thane, you are correct. Sending the wife outside with a lighter is one solution. In my case, hopefully it would buy me and the rest of the family enough time to get away.

Might be a little different if you woke up to 9 grizzlies knocking on your door?

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #7
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We have opted for the trained Bear Attack Dog. Ever alert and watching..
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #8
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DonM, with a dog like that, you have noth'in to worry about! All kidding aside, I have never heard of anyone having issues with bears getting into their trailer. In most campgrounds there are multiple trailers, all with food stored inside. You would have to have really bad luck. I think the greatest chance would be if you left your trailer in a remote spot with no one around.

One thing I love about sleeping in a trailer is that I don't have to worry about bears. I do, however, have a can of bear spray handy, just in case...
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:01 PM   #9
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I'm trying not to imagine shooting off a can of bear spray, at the target bear inside my trailer, with me. On the other hand, what are the options?
I have bear spray and bear bangers. As the guy who sold me the bear bangers said, don't aim at the bear. If you miss, it will explode behind the bear and it will run toward you. Supposed to aim the "banger" up so it explodes in the air between you and the bear. I don't think that's going to work that well in the trailer either.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:10 AM   #10
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What a cutie, Don!

Did you hear about the bear at Lake Tahoe that got into a Prius and "drove" it a ways? True. Need to lock vehicles.

Some standard advice is to bang pans. If you have a cooler in your vehicle, you should cover it because bears often recognize them. We always have some sprays with us.

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