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Water Softener Installed in Park Model

I started this project in May and planned to be done a month ago, but the Arizona heat slowed me down a whole lot.

The water softener shed I built was finished in June, but all the plumbing I had to run took another month.

Anyway, our water is now soft and slippery and we’re ready if we decide to install a washer/dryer.

Some photos . . .

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Protecting RV Pets & Fridge Contents

Lacrosse-04_Logo We travel with two Golden Retrievers who we love dearly, and we worry about leaving them alone in our motorhome — especially in hot weather. To lessen the possibility of runaway high temperatures, we purchased new RV air conditioners before we started full timing. In addition, we installed an automatic generator start system. Basically, this means that if we lose power to our RV for some reason, the generator in the RV will start up automatically, supplying power to our motorhome.

Also, from past experience, we’re concerned about the temperature in our fridge rising above 40 degrees F, the recommended safe limit for food.

So what can you do to get piece of mind for both of these worries?


LaCrosse Alerts Main Screen

The solution we chose was LaCrosse Wireless Temperature and Humidity Monitor. This LaCrosse system can monitor temperatures from two sources — ambient air temp and through an external temp probe. The system also monitor ambient air humidity.

The system consists of a wireless router which receives temp and humidity data from a wireless monitor. At regular intervals (which can be changed), this data is sent to LaCrosse where it is displayed on a custom web page that only shows your data.


iPhone Alert Screen

The temperature and humidity data can be accessed from a computer browser or from a smart phone screen. Note: As of today, there is no app for LaCrosse alerts.

In addition, temperature and humidity alerts (like min/max) can be set up. For example, we set an alert for a max temp of 80 degrees F and an alert of 40 degrees F for the temperature probe.

When either of these alerts are triggered, we receive text messages and emails until the condition(s) are corrected.

Finally, my only complaints about the system were the lack of directions and the shaky setup procedure. For directions, you’re sent to a web site to activate the unit. There’s nothing really in the box that gives you an overview or specifics. Also, the setup or “activation” procedure required a couple tries before it worked.

4th of July & 1st Monsoon


We spotted this couple camped below our park model who seemed to be really making out — but really clumsily, so we figured one or both of them was drunk.

However, when her friends carried her down into the water to “cool” off, we figured she was more than just drunk. And when the firetruck/ambulance appeared, our suspicions were confirmed.

It looks like she had a mild case of hyperthermia. She didn’t end up going to the hospital, but the paramedics did give her some sort of bag of liquid (saline solution?) attached intravenously to one of her arms.

A short time later one of the males she was with punched another male. It was a short fight as the two had a real long post fight drunken conversation.

Here’s a movie of the brew ha ha . . . one of our Road Runner friends appears at the end.


It’s summertime and the humidity’s rising. One-hundred-plus degree temps are tolerable when the humidity is low, but ratchet the humidity up a few percent and it’s sauna time. This leads to monsoon time (June 15 – September 30) in Arizona when large thunderstorms develop. We had a pretty strong one on July 7th that lasted about an hour and developed winds up to 40 mph.

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