Sunday, March 6, 2011

Suncrest Refrigeration Heating and Cooling Tucson

This year I have wintered with my good friends the Montenegros down south in Tucson, AZ. As most of you know I build websites as Tucson Webmaster and Ralph Montenegro asked me to build a website for his heating and air conditioning business Suncrest Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Tucson.

I am happy to say that now you can find Suncrest Refrigeration Heating and Cooling on the World Wide Web. Better known locally as Suncrest Refrigeration, they have been in business since 1987 servicing all of Arizona with expert HVAC sales, installation, service and repairs. Suncrest is a specialist in RV heating & cooling service and repair which is handy for me traveling in my 5th wheel.

So if any of you snowbirds out there following my travel blog, find yourself in need of RV heating and cooling service in Tucson, I recommend Suncrest Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Tucson. Give them a call and they will come to you.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Labor Day Weekend is the Best Time of Year for Camping

If you are looking for a Free National Forest Camping spot; USFS Sno-parks are a great candidate. Sno-parks use is free this time of year and the weather is great.
Late summer camping has other benefits:
  • Mosquitoes are all but gone.
  • Hot sunny days & cool nights.
  • Fall colors.
  • Fat fish, the fish stocked in the spring are fat and tasty.
National Forest Sno-parks are located in the Cascade Mountain Range in WA & OR and in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in CA.
Hikers and backpackers can pick up snowmobile and cross country ski trail maps at the USFS ranger station. If hiking off trails in wilderness areas, hikers should be equipped with handheld GPS units to avoid getting lost.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Selecting the Right GPS for You

If you are an RV traveler, a GPS navigation system is almost a must today. Our society has become so sophisticated and high tech that GPS coordinates are replacing street addresses. This is especially true when the destination is not located near a municipality; e.g. a campground.

For example on my website about Free Summer Camping in USFS Sno-parks, I use GPS coordinates to help my readers find these off the beaten path campgrounds. I also include driving directions; however “5 mi north of Paulville on FS 1234” is not a very exact location.

If you do not have a Sat Nav GPS system or are considering and upgrade, explore the New Sat Nav GPS Systems on the market today. Whether you are looking for a portable GPS unit for your RV or a hand held GPS system for hiking or ATV use, can help you with your decision.

Writing to you from Tucson, AZ

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Lately I have been in Tucson, Az working on different projects. I have experimented with Youtube videos and added some Sno-park videos and a Sno-parks blog to my inventory. My latest website (still in its infancy) is which is about selecting the correct GPS receiver for your specific needs.

In my research on GPS navigation I stumbled upon a new RVers pastime. Geocaching is game/sport were a person hides a treasure and players use their sport GPS devices to find it. The treasure, usually in a waterproof container, is a trinket which is either left for others or is removed as a souvenir and replaced with another trinket. A log book of visitors is generally available for guests to register. I will elaborate on this in a future blog post.

Writing you from Tucson, AZ

Monday, March 8, 2010

Attaching a Home Water Heater to an RV

Hot water in an RV can be an expensive luxury if your only energy source is propane. If parked in a location for an extended period of time, investing in a small home 120 volt water heater may be a solution. Here is an easy inexpensive way to connect a home water heater to your RV. Disconnecting the heater for travel s as easy as; disconnecting the garden hose and capping the inlet fitting. For a more temporary solution using an existing water heater see our post Tapping a Home Water Heater for RV Use.

Parts you will need:

1. Home water heater
2. Two ¾” pipe nipples with male hose adaptors.
3. Two washing machine hoses with female hose fittings.
4. Garden hose; Fresh water supply.
5. Rubber hose washer with a debris filter.
6. Pipe nipple ½” (½’ is standard yours may vary).
7. Hose adapter fitting to fit you pipe nipple (½” standard)
8. Garden faucet cap for travel setup. (optional)
9. Teflon pipe tape to prevent leaks.

The idea is to tap into the RV hot water OUTLET with a washing machine hose connected to a home water OUTLET. Here is how it is done.

Water Heater Connections
Using Teflon pipe tape, insert the ¾” pipe nipples into the water heater’s inlet and outlet orifices. Connect the two washing machine hoses to the pipe nipples. Connect the garden hose the water heater inlet hose and any fresh water supply.

RV Connections
RV water heaters have two readily accessed connections to the heater. These connections are usually found under the RV or in the water heater maintenance hatch. One at the bottom of the hot water heater is to drain the heater for winterization (ignore this one). The water connection exiting the top of the heater is the hot water outlet which we will connect to.

To connect the home water heater to your RV water heater, begin by turning off the water supply to the RV. Remove the ½” drain plug from the hot water outlet. Using Teflon pipe tape, insert a ½” pipe nipple into the fitting. Attach (using Teflon pipe tape) a garden hose adapter fitting to the ½” nipple. Connect the washing machine hose from the water heater outlet to your RV.

Fill the water heater with fresh water and plug the heater into an appropriate 120 volt power supply.

**WARNING: Always fill the water heater before connecting the heater to a power source to prevent damage to the water heater.

To disconnect the home water heater for travel; remove the washing machine hose and cap the connection with a garden faucet cap or remove the ½“ pipe nipple and replace the original drain plug. NOTE: DO NOT use this connection to winterize your RV; it will NOT drain your water heater.

Wintering in Tucson, AZ