Visiting Bear country with Penthouse top
Hi all. We're planning to go to the Red's Meadow area in the Eastern Sierra in June. We've yet to camp in bear areas, and have no experience doing so. We're camping with a large group of similarly inexperienced folk - and I'm the organizer of the trip!
My concern is regarding food storage. There are bear boxes there, but since we're with a large group (in a group site) I'm not sure if the boxes will be large enough to accommodate everyone's stuff. As the organizer I can make sure there's enough room for *my* stuff, but don't want to be selfish if I don't have to. From what I've heard from park staff this is an area where we *can* keep foodstuffs in our cars, in the trunk or covered, out of site, in the passenger area. I also read not to store food in RV's with soft sides (I suppose the bear can smell through that material?).....like the penthouse top?!
So, can anyone share their experiences "car camping" with a penthouse top in this area, or other areas where there are bear?
Maura, with a Ford E150 passenger van, with just the penthouse top (soccer mom's camping/everyday ride extraordinaire) , in SoCal