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Old 08-25-2014, 01:30 PM   #29
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I don't know about the specific camper you are interested in but Scamp offers an ice box or 3 way fridge of the same size as options. Ice box costs $115 and according to the Scamp store fits same location as this $570 3 way fridge Appliances : Dometic RM2193 (Replaces RM2202) Refrigerator

You can certainly beat the new price of that 3 way by purchase of used. I would also note that a member posted about adding extra insulation around ice box when installing really helped the ice last longer.

I use plastic cat litter containers in the cooler. They provide block ice for the first couple or three days. Water from home to refill drinking water jug when they melt. And have a mouth wide enough to pour cube ice into. No melt water in cooler either.

Also use a separate cooler for drinks and snacks that need to keep cool such as chocolate or fruit. Avoids having to open the main one with all the perishable food as often.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:22 PM   #30
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In bear country, cooler goes in vehicle, not trailer. A determined bear could break into either, so my thinking is (1) vehicle with windows closed is better sealed against odors, (2) vehicle has better insurance & more easily repaired/replaced, and (3) we're not in there!! No food of any kind in our bedroom (=trailer).
Sandy, Byron, & Jon, Thank you for your comments!

I was trying to buy a 1973 hunter Compact l or ll. However, the very inconsiderate seller refused to accept half what he was asking for the trailer. Some people!

What does the Federal Parks do now about people who are traveling on motorcycles and tent camping in bear and/or javaliena country?

Years ago, when traveling in Canada on a motorcycle, and sleeping in a small tent, I thought is was a joke about the Bear Warning signs in campgrounds. Untill I took a good look at the Fort like building that campers were taking their trash to each evening!

I stopped eating in the tent!

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Sandy, Byron, & Jon, Thank you for your comments!

I was trying to buy a 1973 hunter Compact l or ll. However, the very inconsiderate seller refused to accept half what he was asking for the trailer. Some people! <_<

What does the Federal Parks do now about people who are traveling on motorcycles and tent camping in bear and/or javaliena country?

Years ago, when traveling in Canada on a motorcycle, and sleeping in a small tent, I thought is was a joke about the Bear Warning signs in campgrounds. Untill I took a good look at the Fort like building that campers were taking their trash to each evening!

I stopped eating in the tent!

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BIg Bend and Yellowstone provide bear proof boxes firmly attached to the ground to put your stuff in. Several other National Parks also have the Bear proof boxes. In Big Bend the Park Ranger came around and made people put their coolers inside the bear boxes, followed by the campground host to make sure it was done.

When traveling in country where large animals such as bears can be a problem change your food to food that doesn't have much odor. If bear boxes are there use them, if not hide your coolers so that they can not be recognized as coolers by shape or color or totally out of site in a auto trunk. Read and understand the campground rules, they're meant to protect you and yours.
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Trunk that Byron suggests is a good choice. Bears can grip with claws and pull down with enough force to open a car door. Can't pull up.

Motorcycle camping. Wow suddenly realized how long its been since I did that. We carried a nylon bag with a rope. Toss the rope over a high branch, attach bag with food and pull up BUT not all the way to the branch. Goal was to have bag of food hanging too far under branch for little tree climbers (raccons, squirrels) but too high for bears. End of rope was tied off to another branch as high as I could reach.

Did the same thing when backpacking. Her is a link with some good suggested ways of handling food in bear country.
Outdoor Action Guide to Bear Proofing your Campsite

It always made more sense to me to tie the free end of the rope up high. I'm a bear, I smell something good up there, what I'm probably going to do is stand up against the tree to sniff. No point in having the rope end where the bear might be standing.
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