Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-01-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,005
RV in Bear Country

Heading up to Lake Louise. Bears are about this time of year. We are in. class A motor home. Can you cook in your RV? Other than don't leave attractants outside...is there any other advice?


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636, Cummins ISB
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
__________________

__________________
HavingABlast is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
KarenS144's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Paoli, IN
Posts: 1,075
We've been camping in bear country. All of the warnings we've seen say not to leave grills, coolers, food, etc. outside so we've been putting the grill up after we've finished. Gary says he'd rather the bear get the grill outside rather than claw up our coach. LOL!

I always ask the host or ranger if there has been bear activity recently in the campground and the answer for the places we've been is "no, but". Either they've been spotted nearby or it's about time for them to be bulking up for the winter.

We keep bear spray close and stay aware of our surroundings.

We're heading to Yellowstone today and hope to see bears. From a distance!
__________________

__________________
Karen & Gary
Glamping is not for the faint of heart!
with furkids Gypsy & Cody &
traveling in a 2011 Ventana 3433!
KarenS144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,005
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarenS144 View Post
We've been camping in bear country. All of the warnings we've seen say not to leave grills, coolers, food, etc. outside so we've been putting the grill up after we've finished. Gary says he'd rather the bear get the grill outside rather than claw up our coach. LOL!

I always ask the host or ranger if there has been bear activity recently in the campground and the answer for the places we've been is "no, but". Either they've been spotted nearby or it's about time for them to be bulking up for the winter.

We keep bear spray close and stay aware of our surroundings.

We're heading to Yellowstone today and hope to see bears. From a distance!

Thank you KarenS144. We will be sure to check with the ranger. With all of the warnings about food, I was perplexed just how we would go about cooking in the coach. Hope that you enjoy YNP!


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636, Cummins ISB
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
__________________
HavingABlast is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 10:38 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
JohnBoyToo's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: DFW, Tex-US
Posts: 4,830
run faster than the person with you ? :

Police the area when you FIRST get there as the camper before you may have cleaned fish on the picnic table ... maybe pretreat the area as a preventive measure?
__________________
'11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT RR10R pushed by a '14 Jeep Wrangler JKU. History.. 5'ers: 13 Redwood 38gk, 11 MVP Destiny, Open Range TT, popups, vans, tents...
JohnBoyToo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 252
I have seen tents set up next to bear proof food locker wouldn't think it would be that bad.(note it was not my tent I don't care a
How safe they say it is.)
__________________
Raving is a hobby hobbies cost money
halftimer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 11:12 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
ArmandV's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Tarzana, CA
Posts: 1,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by halftimer View Post
I have seen tents set up next to bear proof food locker wouldn't think it would be that bad.(note it was not my tent I don't care a
How safe they say it is.)
We tent-camped in Sequoia National Park a few yards from the bear locker in 1998 and had no problem. It was on that trip that we saw wild bears for the first time in a national park.
__________________
2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog is too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
ArmandV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,318
Unless you are between them and their babies or food bears really do not care much for or about humans. I've hiked in bear country all my hiking life (decades). The only hiking difference is:
1. I pack no food in my pack. With no lunch, it can make for a long day but better safe than bear bait. I do pack more drink.
2. Have a bear horn.
3. Have bear spray.
4. Wear bear bells.
Only once did a bear get with a few feet of me. The bear was taking the same trail as me. They do this because it is much easier to travel on a trail than slog through the woods/brush. The bear (black) caught up to me and my partner from behind! As soon as I realized the bear was going to "play through" we got off the trail as quickly as we could. We got no more than 10' off the trail before the bear passed us. The bear went on his/her way up the trail. After discussing the incident, we decided to return to the trail head and take another trail for that day.

That bear scared the you know what out of me. However, from the bear's view he/she never paid any attention to us. It just went about doing whatever is was going to do.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 03:10 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,005
I love the story about your bear encounter GaryKD.


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636, Cummins ISB
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
__________________
HavingABlast is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 04:53 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,318
Thanks for the feedback. More information is:
1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park
2. Rainbow Falls Trail
3. 2011
4. Late March or early April

This trail is also one of the many trails that leads to Mt. La Conte. Mt. LeConte is the second tallest mountain in the GSMNP (about 6500'). Rainbow Falls is about 3 miles from the trail head and about 2K in elevation from the trail head to Rainbow Falls. For me 2K up in 3 miles is quite a workout. It is 1/2 way up to the top of Mt. LeConte.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 05:53 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Salt Lake City area
Posts: 542
We camp in bear country most of the time we are out! Cooking inside your rig is fine. If you use a grill or camp stove outside, put it up when you are finished. The ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park said it concisely: the only thing outside your rig when you leave it should be firewood. We have seen a number of bears in campgrounds, but we haven't ever had any issues. It is something to be aware of but not to be afraid of. Follow the rules and you will be fine.

As to hiking, I would never be 5 foot off a road without bear spray. It is not terribly expensive and an excellent deterrent for the one in a hundred thousand chance that you have a potential bear issue.
__________________
2014 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 240 RKS
2015 Ram 2500 Diesel
http://toobusyforwork.com
UTTransplant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 06:13 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
We have seen bears in many of the Northern PA. State Parks, usually near the dumpster area. Our last trip a few weeks back we stopped for a week at Worlds End SP. in NE PA. The park employee there said there hasn't been a bear siting in the campground this year.

Back about 15 years ago we tent camped on the bay of Valdez AK. Just made sure all items with smell / or a scent stayed in the car. Ended up seeing a huge grizzly bear about 1/2 mile down the road the next morning.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2015, 08:17 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,005
I've been around and photographed bears on occasion on day trips. Just never cooked around them. All large mammals that I've come across would rather not be around humans. I certainly wouldn't want to surprise one or come between mom and baby. I will be certain to take all of the advice to heart. I feel much better prepared. Thanks!

Jerry


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636, Cummins ISB
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
__________________
HavingABlast is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2015, 06:47 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Big Bear Lake, Ca
Posts: 886
We just got back from Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Put your stuff away at night. There are 3 sows near the Park Campground in Lake Louise with Cubs.

They do not have bear lockers like the USFS does in their campgrounds.

Since we got home in two weeks we have had a black bear on our rear deck four times.
__________________
2004 CRV TOAD/1990 WRANGLER TOAD ROCK BUILT
Forest Grump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2015, 03:44 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,005
Just checked into Lake Louise. Thanks for tip on the sows. Any tips on restaurants, gas stations...and things to avoid?


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636, Cummins ISB
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
__________________

__________________
HavingABlast is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Goin cross country!!! John How Navigation, Routes & Roads 16 08-24-2015 04:28 PM
Country Coach Freedom 20 Charger (1997) mharner Class A Motorhome Discussions 7 05-17-2015 03:24 PM
What do you think about 2006 Country Coach Allure? Laara Country Coach Owners Forum 19 10-04-2014 08:05 AM
Country Coach - Horrible Technical Support & Customer Service Experience customfab Class A Motorhome Discussions 48 08-08-2014 02:02 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.