If you’re a regular reader of my blog, surely you remember the post of June 16, 2014, “Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door,” which told the story of the bear trying to break into the Best Little Trailer one moonlit night while we were camped in Ashley National Forest near Flaming Gorge, Utah.
That post stirred the imagination of readers, including one very inventive and skillful engineer friend, Mick. He set to work designing an anti-intruder, dual air-horn device, which I dubbed “the tooter,” because I like technical terms.
Following Mick’s instructions, I set up the tooter on the PVC pipe that supports the Wilson internet antenna.
In the next photo, if you look closely, you can see how the device is tightened onto the pole (the silver knob, barely visible, between the pole and the BLT), and also how the horns can be rotated to other positions than downward (the silver knob at the front.) Pretty cool!
The air tubing goes in the side window and runs across the top of the back window by the curtain rod to reach the compressor. You can see the black tubing in the upper right of the next photo. Then it is concealed behind the curtain as it runs down to the compressor box.
The white power cable has a cigarette-type plug that inserts into one of the BLT’s 12-volt sockets next to the connection for cable tv.
The close-up view above shows the yikes-there’s a bear-at-my-window button, otherwise known as the go-away-clingers button. The black air hose connects at that tab sticking out on the right side, halfway down the compressor box.
WOW! WHAT A BLAST!
Thank you, Mick, for this generous and useful gift! I almost wish a bear would show up so I could try it on him . . .