So far the investment in Ruby appears to have paid off. A trip from Vancouver Island to San Fransisco proved uneventful apart from losing the radiator drain plug and the temperatures being 102 F in the shade in some spots ! Then in August we travelled to Alaska driving both ways . We covered over 5000 miles and all went according to plan with no mishaps to report . However anything can happen on the Peking To Paris and we must still keep working to improve whatever we can.