June 2022  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and welcome to the June Newsletter.
It's Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime.

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What's New With Us

In the first half of June, we continued spring camping in BC provincial parks, spending 13 days at Buttle Lake Campground in beautiful Strathcona. The cool, wet spring persisted, but we enjoyed our stay, especially the few days when the sun appeared.

The valley's low-hanging fog often made for a dramatic scene, even on those cloudy days. The lushness and vivid greens of the forest were remarkable!
We love how off the beaten path Strathcona is, but that does come with challenges for extended stays. There is no cell or WiFi service or even a dump station. Fresh water is via large hand well pumps.
However, recent additions to our boondocking arsenal have helped with those issues. Starlink satellite internet kept us in touch with the world. It worked quite well placed just outside the tree line with an open northern sly. I talked to one of the rangers, and he was stoked that they now have it at their park ranger headquarters.
The waste tank dumping is solved using my new macerator pump and 36-gallon sewer tote. After about a week or so, when I headed into the town to get fresh groceries, I'd fill and dump the waste tote and return with fresh water using my 60-gallon water bladder. If you missed it, I published a video a few months back about dumping and filling with the new equipment.
Mid-June, we headed over to Campbell River to once again spend the summer at Thunderbird RV Park out on the Tyee Spit. Love the changing estuary views.
This will be our 9th summer in a row, plus one winter we have spent here. Plans are to hang out here till Labour Day. It has become our base station, a chance to stay put for a few months. Decompress from our travels and do larger projects on the RV if needed.

We love the proximity to the ocean, the marinas, shopping, and our tidal estuary views. Also, perfect for Anne's wildlife photography, with subjects coming and going right outside our RV door.

Lion Energy Safari UT1300 Giveaway

I'm giving away my 3 used Safari UT1300 lithium batteries to one lucky winner. The catch is physical prize pickup only. Good luck! Ray
Send an email to with the subject line “UT1300 Giveaway” to enter for the random draw on July 1st, 2022.
The winner must be able to have the batteries physically picked up from me in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, by Labour Day 2022.

Recent Posts on the LYRV Website

RV Camping at French Beach Provincial Park on Vancouver Island

New BougeRV 40A MPPT Solar Controller with Bluetooth App

DOA Clamp-On Amp-Meter/Multimeter Repair – Kaiweets HD206D

Giveaway Draw (Physical Pick Up Only) 3 Used Lion Energy UT1300s

 Mod to Keep My Truck Starter Batteries Charged Up When Parked

Guta 8 Tire RV TPMS – Install & Review + Longer Term Update


Extra Videos on YouTube

Haloview (BT7 Plus) Rear View Cams - Road Test Results

Starlink Satellite Internet Update - Reactivated my Dishy after 6 Months + DIY RV Ladder Mounting
Image of the Month

Lush Spring Scene at Buttle Lake - Strathcona Provincial Park

Ray's Website/App of the Month

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Enter the vehicle VIN number to check for recalls

RV Tip of the Month

Check your rig's frame

This one comes courtesy of El Schaefo on the LYRV forum

"Hi Folks, just a quick note to share a post so I can get the word out to others who might have this same issue. I have a Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S 2017, and while doing a grey tank replacement (a cracked grey tank that epoxy wouldn't fix), my buddy Eddie Glonek ( found 2 soon-to-be catastrophic cracks in our trailer's frame.

The short version of the story is: we were an accident waiting to happen, and the rig is unrepairable at this point. Eddie saved us OR others on the highways from serious injury or worse.

We now have a new rig and we are in the process of moving almost 5 years of mods from the old to the new.

To see a detailed write-up with lots of pictures of the 16+ total frame cracks, check out this post :

Thanks to Ray for having this wonderful forum, I look forward to reading every Sunday when I receive the digest.

Be safe out there y'all and check your rig's frame!"

El Schaefo

Funny of the Month

Thanks for reading. Have a Happy Canada or 4th of July!

Cheers Ray -

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.”  - James Dent

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