Not our Alfa!
One of the features of the Alfa line, that I really like, is a compartment between the sink and stove, that holds a rather large waste basket. You can put trash into it thru a smaller round hole, or for bulkier items, you can remove the larger Corian cover that is part of the countertop.
(I also use a small bag lined plastic pot to collect food wastes while I cook, but this is just tied off and dumped into the larger basket at the end of clean up.)
The waste basket can be accessed for emptying thru a locking door on the outside of the coach.
Given the strong, metal "critter proof" trash containers I have seen at campgrounds and parks, I have wondered about the security of that outside door.
Seems like my thoughts were not that far off.
The following was posted on the Alfa Yahoo Group. The writer "Paul" is a new Alfa owner.
He wrote: "We're dry camping in the parking lot of the Big Sky Resort, in Big Sky, MT. This is on the west side of Yellowstone Park.
My wife and I awoke to a loud noise at 1:30 last night. I thought it sounded like our garbage door being ripped open, and sure enough there was a large black bear next to our rig, digging through our trash can which he purged from the trash compartment. It was a bit shocking to stare through our trash orifice in the counter top and see a large bear.
We were able to summon help from nearby and the bear was scared off long enough for me to exit the coach and pick up the trash. Moments later, after I was securely in the coach and the helper departed, the bear returned. He reared up on his back legs to sniff the trash compartment door again (which, amazingly, was not broken). I was relieved that he chose to walk away this time without ripping the door open again. I don't know how many forced entries the door clasp would tolerate. Of course, I had not placed the trash back in the compartment. Until I leave bear country the trash will live with us inside the coach.
Needless to say, we didn't sleep well last night...
Oh, and the scare lights didn't get their name for scaring bears. I think they just helped him see what he was eating better."
I think we will be sure to empty the trash each evening and keep the compartment very clean when we are in Bear Country!
Do you have a good bear story?