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

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What's New With Us

July weather on Vancouver Island has been colder and wetter than the last few summers, but we are grateful to see a significant decline in the BC forest wildfire situation. I'll take some clouds and rain over smoke any day.
The month has flown by for me as I've been kept extremely busy testing and reviewing several RVing products. This month you'll find review posts and videos for a wireless security camera, 340-degree dashcam, 500W portable power station and best of all new Safari UT lithium batteries for the Cougar.
Installing lithium batteries to replace regular lead-acid type in the RV is still quite expensive. So, I've been giving them an in-depth review. So far, I've published seven videos to do the with installation and performance testing. Later in August, I'll come out with my full review and of course more updates to come this fall once we get rolling south again.
Other than the product reviews I've enjoyed camp life on the estuary, visits with friends and family and a couple of day trips.

One to nearby Mount Washington + Comox harbor and just the other day we took the short ferry ride over to Quadra Island visiting beautiful Rebecca Spit Provincial Park. The Quadra Island video footage will be out soon.
August will see me tackle a flooring repair. I recently discovered a spongy rotten section of our RV slideout's flooring. I'll need to replace a small section of plywood. Glad I caught it before it spread too far.
Also, I need to remove a couple of my RVs waste tanks and see if I can permanently repair a pair of stubborn cracks. Lots of fun. :)  Stay tuned...

Recently Posted on "Love Your RV!"

Upgrading My Lead Acid RV Batteries to Lithium

Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Q & A

In-Depth Testing of Our New Lithium Batteries

Akaso Trace 1 Pro Dash Cam Review

RV Security Camera Review – Reolink Go 4G LTE

New Tool for Love Your RV! – Milwaukee Hackzall

Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station Review

Gorgeous Mt. Washington + Comox Harbour


Extra YouTube Clips

Campbell River Estuary Wildlife Montage

Guest Post from Wholesale Warranties

Why Even Handy RVers Should Think About Warranty Coverage
Image of the Month

Whiskey Jack (Gray Jay) lands right on my hand, Mt Washington, BC

Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website/App


New Boondocking App - FreeRoam -

A new free app that looks like it could be helpful. I like the overlays for BLM, Forest lands and cell carriers. Still lacking a complete database but getting there. Has a desktop version too. Here is a link to a video walkthrough of the app
(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month


Product Tip - Compact/Lightweight 50-foot hose

Over the years of full-time RVing, I've carried various water hoses. I use a Never Kink 25-foot freshwater hose but also like to have an extra 50-foot hose for rig washing or distant water spigots. 

For years I had a commercial grade heavy rubber hose, and it worked well but was awkward to roll up and store, especially in cold weather. So, when it came time to replace, I decided to try a lighter weight type.

First I tried those expanding hoses you see on TV all the time, but they proved to be not durable enough. I soon went through a few them, punching holes in their thin cloth/rubber membranes. Also, the end connectors weren't that great.

Last summer I bought a hybrid of sorts, called a Zero-G from Teknor Apex. The same company that makes the Never Kink RV hose I usually buy. Well, so far so good, it's over a year later and still working well. Nice and light and takes a lot less storage space than my old rubber hose. Added bonus; it's drinking water safe.
RVing Funny of the Month


Chain saw carving of Cookie Monster at a Vancouver Island Coffee Hut

Thanks for reading the July newsletter. Stay cool out there this summer. :)

Cheers Ray -

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.  - John Muir

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