May 2022  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and welcome to the May Newsletter. Back on Vancouver Island

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

As promised last month, I've got a recap for you of our recent snowbird travels. Another fun trip south and back. Our tenth!
Now that we are back on Vancouver Island, we've been visiting some BC provincial parks around the Island. Being the shoulder season and with the kids still in school, they aren't overly busy. So it's nice.

We spent a few weeks up at Rathtrevor PP in Parksville and this last week out at a French Beach PP near Sooke. It's the first time I've camped at French Beach. Funny since I lived close by in Victoria for over 40 years. I always seemed to head further afield to camp.

The campground makes a good base station for day trips out to the wilder southwest coast of the Island. Many campsites are a little tight to maneuver into, but some can handle longer rigs like ours: 30-foot trailer and 20-foot truck. I'll publish a French Beach video in the coming days.
It's been one of the coolest Mays I can ever remember, and I've lived on the coast for 50 years now. Much wetter and cloudier and way below-average temperatures. I hope it warms up in June.
The good news is the forest looks spectacular, so green and lush. The air is fresh and clean. The extra moisture should help delay the summer fire season.
On June 1st, we trek northwards on the Island to spend a few weeks camped at Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park. It's a favorite since it is well off the beaten path in gorgeous natural surroundings. Big lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. Come June 14th, we head back to Campbell River to enjoy our traditional summer site on the estuary at Thunderbird RV Park.
It will be good to be stationary again for a few months and enjoy the summer heat on hookups. AC is nice to have during July and August which can get a little hot these days.  Last year we had a heatwave that saw rise in temps as high as 40C, over 100F

Actually, later in June, I plan to replace our 11-year-old Coleman Mach 3  with a brand-new one from Lippert called Furrion Chill. I am looking forward to that project along with a roof recoat. I'll do an install video and give you a review on how it compares to the old one. Stay tuned.

Recent Posts on the LYRV Website

9 Ways We Deal with Mail and Package Delivery 

2021/22 Snowbird Trip Concludes – Spring Greenery

RELiBATT Lithium Battery Review (Self Heating for Low Temps)

WFCO Auto Detect (Lithium or Lead Acid) Converter Charger Review

Bluetti AC200MAX Portable RV Power Station Review

Checking out Cathedral Grove’s Giant Trees 

Haloview Byte Tango Rear & Side View Wireless Camera System

The 2021-22 RV Snowbird Season Travel Recap
Image of the Month

Yours truly on front of an 800 year old Douglas Fir Tree

Ray's Website/App of the Month


Harvest Hosts

Over the years, I had avoided joining the Harvest Hosts membership program, thinking it was mostly just wineries. I'm not much of a fan of wine. But lately, as they have grown, I noticed they have many more diverse places to stay, such as museums, golf courses, farms, beekeepers, etc.

So this last trip, I took the plunge and signed up for the year at $99. It turned out to be a pretty good deal. I particularly enjoy staying at museums that I would want to visit anyway and farms with livestock and wildlife or good things to eat. It also gets you off the beaten path and discovering new places.

Online booking was easy to use and provided decent information and reviews on the various places. It was also easy to cancel a stay as I had to do it a few times when bad weather came up during our trip. Harvest Hosts has another offering called Boondockers Welcome that I hear is handy, but I've personally never tried it.
Fair Disclosure: I decided to become an affiliate for Harvest Hosts

Funny of the Month

Spotted a large cougar lurking in the bush
Thanks for checking out the LYRV newsletter. Hope you have some fun summer RVing trips planned.

Cheers Ray -

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

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