Travel through the backcountry means in an RV or toy hauler means that the threats of animal attacks could increase. If you take the time to understand what may happen, then you can prepare yourself and your fellow RV or toy hauler travelers. You should respect the wildlife surrounding you when traveling, but be smart and protect yourself as much as possible.
Some of the most common attacks from animals come from ants, bees, and bears. You will find these animals as you take your towable toy hauler or motor home into the back country. You want to follow these tips and protect your RV and toy hauler companions.
1. Attacks from bees: Bees swarm when made angry, and they are attracted to moisture. Be careful when you are traveling with your motor home or toy hauler in the back country of moisture climates. Look for moist spots in and around your camping spot. These places could range from a water cooler or ice chest to a radiator cooler.
If and when you get into a situation where bees begin to swarm, find a place to hide, such as the toy hauler or motor home. Bees are able to stay put in one area for a long time, so be wary of the place you chose to hide. For example, diving into water, such as a pond, may not be the best spot. If you can drive away, then do so immediately. If you or your toy hauler or RV traveling companions get stung, seek medical attention.
2. Bears: Did you know that bears are sensitive to scent? Scents mean anything from lip gloss to toothpaste. If you have lots of scented items at your toy hauler motorhome camp site, then you should have a bear canister. They are used to store food when in bear territory for safety.
If you come across a black bear, scare it by waving your arms, yelling, and throwing rocks. You need to head to the motor home to drive away. Grizzly bears are very dangerous, so make all precautions to avoid confrontation. If there is a Grizzly, you need to back away slowly and get into the RV immediately.
3. Attacks from fire ants: Fire ants commonly build their nests underneath rocks or logs, but they also build dome shaped nests in open areas. Be aware of where you set up camp. Fire ants have been known to attack humans by swarming them. Move your camp site if there are lots of nests in your area. If you or anyone in your party gets attacked, then seek medical attention. Many people are allergic to them.
When you go RVing in the back country, be preventative and stay safe. Know your surroundings and what to do in case of emergency from animal attacks.