August 2019  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and welcome to the August Newsletter. Thanks for taking a peek.

Thanks, everyone for subscribing to and reading my monthly newsletters. If you're new or missed any editions, you can always catch up by visiting the Archive Page.

What's New With Us

August has flown by, can't believe its already coming up on Labor Day and into September. Soon the kids will head back to school, and the summer vacationers will dwindle. I'm looking forward to the less busy shoulder-season.
Anne and I spent parts of August visiting with family, both hers and mine. We got several enjoyable visits in, which is nice since we spend winters away from loved ones.
I was also a busy beaver finishing up a couple of product reviews, notably our new lithium batteries from Lion Energy, and tending to multiple mods & repairs to our older fifth wheel.
As the rig ages, upkeep is getting more and more time-consuming. Luckily, its something I enjoy. Learning to do it myself has saved a ton of cash over the years.

Hopefully, everything will be shipshape by early November when we usually head south. The less maintenance required on the road, the better.

Recently Published on "LYRV"

Lovely Rebecca Spit Provincial Park – Quadra Island, BC

RV Digital Thermostat Upgrade Mod *Explained*

Rotted RV Slide Out Floor Repair + Fixed Manufacturer Flaw

Update on the Many Little Mods I’ve Made to Our RV

Energizer 2000W Portable Generator Review

Remote Solar Power Disconnect Switch Installation

Bathroom Fan Upgrade – Heng’s Vortex

Lithium RV Battery Review – Lion Energy Safari UT


Extra YouTube Clips

Float Plane Zooms Past our RV Site
Image of the Month

View east to the BC coast from Rebecca Spit beach on Quadra Island

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website/App

If your looking for a hard to find plastic parts for your old RV, this website looks promising.


"We at Sierra Engineering Co, Inc. are pleased to be in our 31st year of manufacturing obsolete, hard to find, RV replacement parts. We produce identical reproduction of the original part, manufactured of fiberglass. We have added ABS plastic parts to our in-stock inventory."

New Items

"We are continually taking on discontinued parts to reproduce to keep up with the demand for obsolete, hard to find RV parts. If you don't see it in our catalog, don't hesitate to call or send us a message. We may be adding it to our inventory."

(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month


Handy RV Repair Product

West System G/Flex 655 Thickened Epoxy

The other day I purchased some G/Flex 655 Epoxy at a local boatyard marine supply shop to try and fix small cracks in my waste tanks. I'm hoping it's going to be just the ticket. Stay tuned for a video coming soon.

Last year's repair attempt using a product called Plasti-Mend didn't hold up. After only a few months, the cracks returned. Over the course of our 6 months snowbird trip, I had to reapply several times to prevent leaks.

(Link to the West Systems website G/Flex 655 info page)

"A toughened, versatile epoxy that is conveniently pre-thickened for permanent waterproof bonding of plastic, fiberglass, ceramics, metals, damp and difficult-to-bond woods. With a modulus of elasticity of 150,000 PSI, it is a bit more flexible than standard epoxies and polyester, but much stiffer than adhesive sealants. This gives G/flex 655 the ability to make structural bonds that can absorb the stress of expansion, contraction, shock, and vibration. It is ideal for bonding dissimilar materials. Mixed at a 1:1 ratio, G/flex 655 gives you 45 minutes of working time at 72°F. It reaches an initial cure in 7 to 10 hours and full cure in 24 hours."
Figure it would also be a good thing to have on board the RV for repairs or emergency patch jobs. For example, add a little fiberglass cloth in layers and fix a torn fender or other damage. Repair a stripped screw hole by filling the hole with epoxy then drilling out a new pilot hole slightly smaller than the screw. 
RVing Funny of the Month

Thanks for reading the August newsletter. Another fun summer of RVing is winding down, fall preparations begin.

Cheers Ray -

“August is a gentle reminder for not doing a single thing from your new year resolution for seven months and not doing it for next five.”  - Crestless Wave

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