Hi folks, hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.
We spent the first few days of the school holidays up at the RV, and skiing at Mount Washington. It was extremely cold (for Vancouver Island) over those few days, about -14C, and it turned out our RV batteries couldn't cope with the cold, despite being rated to -20. The solar panels were doing a good job of charging (once we cleared the snow off), but as soon as we put any load on the batteries, they went into safe mode and gave no output. Unfortunately that meant a dash into Courtenay to find a portable generator, so that we could keep warm! The furnace uses propane for heat, but needs electricity to run the fan, and won't fire up without the fan running.
At the end of the next day, after some nice skiing up at the mountain, the Land Rover decided not to start! Despite a couple of attempts to boost the battery from some kind folks, there was no way it would start. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get some roadside assistance (not easy at night at the top of a mountain when there is a large snow event!), we decided to leave the car and come back the next day. Hopping on the Mount Washington Ski bus, which took us into Courtenay, and then finding a taxi to take us back to the RV, with a quick pint at Gladstone Brewing while we waited.
We spent Christmas with the same great friends who rescued us, at their farm near Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. We had quite a bit of snow, so technically a white Christmas, but it actually rained pretty constantly on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, which put a dampner on our plans to get outdoors. We ate lots of delicious food, played lots of games, and stayed cozy by the wood burner.