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#1 rotti

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:55 PM

Apparently a rule change, I hadn't seen this before.

I camped there last year just after the incident. Had to curl up in the back of my Tahoe.

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The forest is allowing hard-sided vehicles made of metal or strong composite plastic to be used at the three campgrounds. Truck-box campers that have a 4-foot high hard side, in addition to a raised upper section, are permissible, but tents and pop-up campers are excluded, as is camping without a shelter.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:56 PM

"Truck-box campers that have a 4-foot high hard side, in addition to a raised upper section, are permissible, but tents and pop-up campers are excluded, as is camping without a shelter."


The thread title says "Truck pop-up campers are now griz-approved"....So, when the quote says "pop-up campers are excluded [i.e., not permitted]", they're not referring to our kind of pop-up campers?
Are they instead referring to what's also known as "tent trailers", or...? Posted Image
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 10:47 PM

As I understand it FWC truck campers are OK (hard sided to at least four feet off the ground). Mine measured at least 6 or 7' to fabric. The hard side itself is 58" with the top down.

Pop up trailers not OK, fabric less than four feet from the ground.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:15 PM

Still probably not wise to rub yourself (or whomever) down with bacon before bedtime :rolleyes:
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 01:17 AM

A hard side is no guarantee especially with bacon, maybe just slow em down a bit till you can get to your bear spray or cannon.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:09 AM

Still probably not wise to rub yourself (or whomever) down with bacon before bedtime :rolleyes:


Well darn. Same goes for honey then as well?
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:46 AM

I haven't camped in grizzly country for over 10 years, when I spent a few nights in Glacier NP. This was back in the tent era for me, but I slept in the back of the canopy-covered truck in places where the no-tent rule was enforced.

Before I bought my FWC it definitely crossed my mind, wondering if I'd be able to camp in those grizzly parks with it -- with the top raised at least. But I decided that since I hardly ever go to those regions that it would be an acceptable downside.
I'm mostly a desert rat, so it hasn't been an issue for me.
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 04:00 AM

Well, since black bears in Yosemite are skilled in peeling open car doors, I can imagine a grizzly would have no problem ripping the door off my FWC. I guess they just haven't had to learn the skill, yet.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 04:05 AM

Well, since black bears in Yosemite are skilled in peeling open car doors, I can imagine a grizzly would have no problem ripping the door off my FWC. I guess they just haven't had to learn the skill, yet.

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And good point -- grizzly aren't the only species that can do damage.
Yosemite and elsewhere still permit soft-side camping around black bears, don't they?
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 04:22 AM

A few years back, my sis and I stayed in canvas wall tents in Curry village. Black bears wandered through the area during the night looking for scraps, and brushed against the tents, but didn't try to get in. Of course there were all kinds of warnings about using the bear boxes for anything with a scent. The worst pests were the noisy neighbors. Curry is too crowded for me.
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