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Fixing Things: Bathroom Fan



  1. a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
  2. lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.

Never a truer word spoken. In this case, our RV’s electric bathroom fan declined into not working.




So break out the ladder and tools and up to the roof we go . . .


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Campground WiFi Speed Record

I’ve never seen these kinds of WiFi download speeds in a RV campground . . . so I measured twice . . .



Fixing Things: UV Filter

We filter the bejeezus out of our water (see Water Filtration System). I think it’s because we were living in Milwaukee, WI during the 1993 cryptosporidium outbreak, the largest documented waterborne disease outbreak in US history.

Our UV (Ultra Violet) filter is a key part of our RV’s water purification setup. Not only does our UV filter disinfect water, it also stops water system algae outbreaks (see The Green Stuff under Fixin’ Stuff).

Our UV Filter (click on drawing to enlarge)


UV Light Bulb

The “heart” of a UV filter is the UV light itself. The ultraviolet radiation from a UV light effectively sterilizes water.

However, since the UV bulb gradually dims over time, it must be replaced. In our case that’s once a year. Our Sterilight UV system has a Controller that notifies us when the UV light is failing by flashing “A3”.

So when our Controller started flashing “A3” recently, I replaced the UV bulb and the glass sleeve that surrounds the bulb. Easy peasy, right?

Not this time.

This time our Controller kept flashing “A3” and other error codes. Bad mojo.

I knew what this meant — the Controller had gone south. Since we first installed our UV system, the Controller had failed once before about 3 years ago.

Because a new Controller costs over $300, replacing it was not high on my list of things to buy.

Blue Screen of Death


So I played a hunch.

What if the Controller was still sending power to the UV light? However, since the UV light is sealed up, how could I tell if it’s working?


Does it feel warm?


Because we weren’t running water, a functioning UV bulb will warm up its enclosure. So I just “laid hands” on the enclosure — it was warm. Pretty complex test methodology, eh?

I’ll be saving some money for a while and just keep feeling up our UV tank.



Roseanna’s Cafe in Oceanside


Fred and Marian, a couple we met six years ago at Crazy Horse Campground, paid us a visit at our Netarts campground. The couple live in Salem, OR. They were both born in Liverpool, England and emigrated to the US about 40 years ago.

Fred and Marian in front of the Pacific

We all had a late lunch at Roseanna’s Cafe which we picked out of a Yelp list. It was a great pick.



Some photos from the nearby beach . . .





Coffee, Canines, and Cameras

We are hunkered down in Netarts, OR taking a “day off” — cleaning and grocery shopping.



Our Bella K-cup (ie, Keurig) coffee maker arrived today. The Bella allows you to use regular old coffee grounds as well as the ubiquitous K-cups. We’ve been hesitant to make the change from grinding our own coffee beans to using a Keurig coffee maker. It’s not because we were overly concerned about K-cup pollution, but more about the ready availability of K-cup coffee.

Our Bella


However, we found it more and more difficult to buy Whole Bean coffee and more and more easy to purchase K-cup coffee. So we caved.

So you just bought a Keurig?


Our decision to switch was fully confirmed when we tasted our first K-cup coffee. Outstanding! I could actually tell the difference between different coffee types.

My First K-cup Coffee and the K-cup is actually biodegradable



CANINES (aka Flirt)

After our experience with our dog Flirt at Emigrant Lake and burrs, we decided to get our girl some protective dog shoes.

At Emigrant Lake, OR, we found several of these in just one paw


They’ll also come in handy during the hot weather in Arizona when the ground can become painfully hot to dogs.

And they’re red


Not exactly love at first wear . . . (Google “dog shoes” for some funny videos) . . .




Noticed a Wall ‘o Video Cameras at our current campground. Almost 30 cameras, and no “You Are Under Video Surveillance” signs to be seen. This is getting to be far too common. Creepy.

It also begs the question . . . Why so many cameras? Has there been that much theft and/or vandalism? Or . . . ?


Wall ‘o Cameras