Correct Closing of BV 250/300 Lids
We want to point out an issue with the BV250 and BV300 models which the user needs to be aware of. A manual mold was used for the production of the lid and this resulted in some lids being slightly oversized due to cycle time variations. These oversized lids can cause the lid to come down on top of the housing stop bump rather than sliding inside the bump. What this means is if you continue to tighten the lid, the lid will not close correctly and in fact, the lid will bow out at the housing bump if you continue to tighten the lid with the lid on top of the housing stop bump. This results in a lid that is NOT correctly closed; in fact, it leaves a gap which a bear can use to pop the lid off and a bulge in the outside of the lid at the location of the housing bump. If the lid is closed correctly, it should also be able to unscrew slightly before hitting the housing stop bump; this is another way to check that you have correctly closed the lid. Please do a visual check of your BearVault to ensure you have closed it correctly. All of the lids work as designed as long as the canister is closed correctly.
If you see the lid hit the top of the bump, simply press in with your finger on the lid and it will move inside the housing stop bump. You can then continue tightening the lid until you hear that “snap” which tells you that the lid is closed correctly. The lid will also be touching the housing so there is no gap between the lid and the housing. If you have an oversize lid and you ensure you close the lid correctly, you have a canister that has withstood attacks by 800 pound Grizzly bears successfully. If you do not close the lid correctly you have a vulnerable canister that may fail during a bear attack.
Incorrectly closing the lid has resulted in at least one incident of a bear gaining access to these models. These incidents are reported to the rangers, and the rangers keep a tally of these incidents. If they feel the number of incidents is excessive they can revoke the approval of that model of canister. Please ensure you look at the lid and housing when you close these models so that you are sure it is correctly closed. We are partners with our customers, and we need you to correctly close your BearVaults if they have an oversize lid or else you all may lose the option of buying a larger, lighter, easier to use bear canister.
If you have a friend who uses a BearVault, please pass this on.