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Old 03-27-2007, 10:11 AM   #1
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Are you safe in your Airstream??

Here is a picture of an Airstream that was tore into by a black bear. The bear smelled food in the trailer and wasn't going to let anything get in it's way. As you can see, the bear broke one window, ripped off the storage door, beat up the whole curb side, but even more shocking was that the bear ripped open the outside skin, ripped out cross beam support between the skins, the window frame and the inner skin, along with anything that was mounted to the inner wall, and actually GOT IN to the trailer and ate anything that it found yummy, including all the dog food. There was a dog in the Airstream at the time of the event and got out safely while the bear helped itself.

No one was injured, but the as you can see, the Airstream was damaged extensively.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:18 AM   #2
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BTW, this picture was taken in the late 70s, in Alaska.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:30 AM   #3
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This much damage would only happen if I was away from the A/S. The black bears can normally be scared off, if not there are other remedies. My fear would be that the bear arrives when I'm gone.
So to answer the question, I feel safe from personal danger, maybe not from property damage.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:35 AM   #4
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For me personally, I would not feel unsafe in my Airstream, but one has to admit, that the walls of an RV that make us feel safe, really are jus thin sheets of skin. I know when I saw this photo a bit ago, I looked at my RV just a little bit differently than I did before I saw this photo. None of the 3 campers were there as this happened, but the dogs barking and growling was not going to scare off this bear from brunch that day.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:04 AM   #5
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Wow, I wonder if there was any blood? I'd feel less safe around thunderstorm in tornado country, but I've never camped where I'm not at the top of the food chain. I see the interest in the Alaska rally evaporating

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Old 03-27-2007, 11:10 AM   #7
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Just when you thought it was safe to go out...

One of the reasons we originally wanted to move from a fold-down camper to a hardsided trailer was for protection from bears.

Is there a problem with keeping food and cooking in an RV in bear country? We always thought food storage bins were for tenters.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:29 AM   #8
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A hard-sided trailer is safer than a pop up or tent, but there is little that will completely prevent a determined bear from getting in if it really wants to. Have any of you seen the insurance commercial where the bear absolutely destroys the completely closed up minivan to get a box of donuts?
We keep our stuff closed and sealed no matter where we are, there's no sense tempting fate.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:37 AM   #9
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Oh my gosh, if my wife sees this she will have justification for eating in restaurants when we are on the road and not having food stuffs in the trailer . I've seen lots of bears in campgrounds over the years and tear into a tent and tent trailer a few times and it's a scary thing. With a human in a hard sided trailer making all kinds of racket it's not likely the bear will continue it's efforts - where it may see a dog as a potential added snack for the most part they are pretty much scared off by humans attached to loud noises. I know people forget and leave meat out to thaw, cookies on the counter and then leave a window open for fresh air to circulate while they are away, and in those cases I can see the bear being more attentive.

I've never seen a bear attack a hard sided trailer but I've heard of it happening - typically weve felt only when the smells coming from within are just too good to pass up. That's the excuse I'll have to use with my wife - that the bears would only be attracted to exceptional cooking so we are pretty safe.

With that said I suspect I might look like the bear got ahold of me if she ever reads my response so I'll have to make sure she misses this thread.

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I've heard that bears that have been fed human food are more likely to go where the human food is. This is a reason that park services sometimes have to destroy an animal and why it is never a good idea to feed bears or leave food, dirty dishes, and even toothpaste outside.

I think black bears are more elusive and afraid of people, loud noises, etc. Unless they have cubs in tow. Grizzly's are a whole other ball of yarn.

When we camped in Yellowstone in the VW camper, we kept our coleman cooler in the metal bear boxes, but I to have wondered if you still need to do that if you have a "hard-sided" camper.
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Bears in Alaska have been known to break through the walls and/or doors and windows of buildings. Short of brick or concrete block with heavy (and securely attached) bars on widows I don't think you can keep a bear out of a dwelling if he really wants in.

OTOH, more people in Alaska are killed or injured by moose than by bears.
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Bears and wildlife in general

One of the reasons over the years I have gravitated from camping on the ground to a pup tent..family tent,,van (probably the 'safest')...popup..sob and now our Tradewind. Hopefully with the high reflective surface of ours intruders will frighten themselves. I know that I am kidding myself but the alternative is stay at home......kidding myself again!

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Hi Guy,

Wow, bears in the a/s, oh my!..but it does give me a little sigh (just a little) to think that the moose are more apt to kill or injure people up in Alaska! and I thought moose were so elusive, at least when we were in Yellowstone..I was trying to see if we could find one the whole time we were there, no such luck!
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OTOH, more people in Alaska are killed or injured by moose than by bears.
It's funny you say that because when they all got back into town and started talking to folks about what had happened, the locals gave them a lashing for being so stupid as to go out boondocking during (and I can't remember for sure which animal it was...Elk or Moose) mating season. The locals told them that the (Elk or Moose) have been known to charge people. One told of the animals butting their heads/racks against moving freight trains.
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