So, my friend says, “come up to Wyoming and join us for the Elk Bow Hunt!” (Editor’s note: because I can cook.) That part of Wyoming is Bear Country…and I recently sold my SWEET 1968 jet trailer. My little truck doesn’t have a camper shell, and I really don’t want to sleep on the ground. So…here is my challenge.
After picking up 3 sheets of 3/8 plywood (you’ll want the thin stuff for weight, so that one person can set it up and take it apart) some furring strips, and glue screws, I came up with the modular camper shell. Because of it’s light-weight construction and modular design, I chose not to drive with it already assembled. Instead, I packed the back, and then put the parts flat over the rest of the best and strapped it down. In addition, I put a tarp over the entire thing for extra water-proofing.
Now, I KNOW it looks like a doghouse, but it worked great! Plus, it breaks down neatly and stores against the wall in the garage. A used camp shell would cost around $250.00–that is, if you can find one, and if you have the room to store it.
Back to my “dog house.” I had some hinges in my treasure chest of junk, along with some exterior paint, and ta-da! I’m bear-resistant. NOT bear proof. My wife Erin cynically calls it “the crunchy outer coating before the bear gets to the chewy center.” (I’m the “chewy center.”) I guess the life insurance is paid up again.
Anyway, for about $60.00, I put it together in a weekend, and it worked perfectly. Give it a try…and remember, bear-RESISTANT.