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Old 12-04-2019, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hello,
I am currently creating a Maintenance Checklist form in Excel. I am not the most proficient in Excel and when I am frustrated, it makes me wonder...

Does anyone know of an App to help log routine RV maintenance?

Here is an example of what I want:
AREA - FREQUENCY- DESC - DATE- NEXT DATE
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Slide out seals - 4x yearly - Inspect for wear. Spray with slide-out lube.- 07- 04 - 19

Thanks
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Old 12-08-2019, 10:44 PM   #2
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Never seen one made by anyone posted. Mainly I believe because everyone's campers are generally different unless you're talking same manufacture and line of models. Asking manufacture to provide such information when almost all the appliances and parts are provided by other manufactures just isn't very likely. No owners manual, no maintenance checklists, just a pile of warranty and owners manuals for all the parts and appliances in the camper in a plastic bag or a drawer when you pick it up.

That said, check out the basics and intermediate on this and let's see if we can't help you that way.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...y=Excel+basics

Excel is a great tool for making checklists among other things for camping. I have one for setup and camp breakdown day I throw on the picnic table to make sure I do everything in the order I want to, even though I've camped for years. One single distraction, question from someone, interruption can make you forget something important. Those three things have caused me to lower my tongue jack before I raised my stabilizers, forget to chock my wheels before unhitching (luckily on a level parking pad) among the screw ups I'll freely admit to.
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:43 AM   #3
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Never seen one made by anyone posted. Mainly I believe because everyone's campers are generally different unless you're talking same manufacture and line of models. Asking manufacture to provide such information when almost all the appliances and parts are provided by other manufactures just isn't very likely. No owners manual, no maintenance checklists, just a pile of warranty and owners manuals for all the parts and appliances in the camper in a plastic bag or a drawer when you pick it up.

That said, check out the basics and intermediate on this and let's see if we can't help you that way.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...y=Excel+basics

Excel is a great tool for making checklists among other things for camping. I have one for setup and camp breakdown day I throw on the picnic table to make sure I do everything in the order I want to, even though I've camped for years. One single distraction, question from someone, interruption can make you forget something important. Those three things have caused me to lower my tongue jack before I raised my stabilizers, forget to chock my wheels before unhitching (luckily on a level parking pad) among the screw ups I'll freely admit to.
Thanks for the link to Excel 101 and the laughs. We have a list for setup and breakdown. I keep adding steps to it.

With a Maintenance app, I realize everyone has different needs. I was hoping it would allow one to add their own maint steps and needs. I have found a few for cars, but they donít allow me to add my own.

If I knew how to write an app, I would do it and offer to all my RV friends...
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As a technical writer, I am constantly amazed why people use Excel for text-based applications. If you are a person who is proficient at Excel because of your profession, that is all well and good. But if you're not, Word is much more user-friendly and provides many basic numeric functions if that is what is needed.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:23 AM   #5
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Hello,
I am currently creating a Maintenance Checklist form in Excel. I am not the most proficient in Excel and when I am frustrated, it makes me wonder...

Does anyone know of an App to help log routine RV maintenance?

Here is an example of what I want:
AREA - FREQUENCY- DESC - DATE- NEXT DATE
----------------------------------------------------
Slide out seals - 4x yearly - Inspect for wear. Spray with slide-out lube.- 07- 04 - 19

Thanks

Your post got me wondering is there an app in the Google Play Store, like Amazon seem to have most everything else, so I did a search and found a couple. Having never used any of them I'm certainly not going to make a recommendation I will say though, Google Play Store, has couple.

Check them out if your an android user and see what you think. One I'm looking at includes maintenance tracker along with a checklist minder.
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Your post got me wondering is there an app in the Google Play Store, like Amazon seem to have most everything else, so I did a search and found a couple. Having never used any of them I'm certainly not going to make a recommendation I will say though, Google Play Store, has couple.

Check them out if your an android user and see what you think. One I'm looking at includes maintenance tracker along with a checklist minder.
Yeah Iím an iPhone user. Based on my searches in the Apply Playstore, I will assume the apps you found are NOT RV specific. So do the allow you to edit the fields and enter your own maint items? The ones I found are for autos and are specific to autos. Ie: oil change. Windshield fluid. Wiper blades. Etc.
That would be fine if it would let me add an RV maint item. Ie: lube tv antenna, caulk around air conditioner, etc.
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As a technical writer, I am constantly amazed why people use Excel for text-based applications. If you are a person who is proficient at Excel because of your profession, that is all well and good. But if you're not, Word is much more user-friendly and provides many basic numeric functions if that is what is needed.
Thanks. Iíll try Word. I think most people think if you have a list of data, Excel is best. I could maybe do his with Edlin. (Testing your age) 😃
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Yeah Iím an iPhone user. Based on my searches in the Apply Playstore, I will assume the apps you found are NOT RV specific. So do the allow you to edit the fields and enter your own maint items? The ones I found are for autos and are specific to autos. Ie: oil change. Windshield fluid. Wiper blades. Etc.

That would be fine if it would let me add an RV maint item. Ie: lube tv antenna, caulk around air conditioner, etc.
One I found called ToGo RV so yes RV specific and asks for make, model and year. Has templates and yes they can be modified changed. I'm going to start using this app, thanks for the idea.
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{snip}...I could maybe do his with Edlin. (Testing your age) 😃
Age Testing: OMG! Time warp! I spent hours using Edlin to modify autoexec.bat files. Anyone use the original VisiCalc spreadsheet program? And on the Mac side, anyone remember the original Hypercard (and Hypertalk language) program?

Regarding checklists: I use MiraCheck CoPilot for my aviation checklists and have begun adding checklists for the RV. They offer a free iOS version (which would work fine for RVs) but I'm not sure they offer an Android version.
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Age Testing: OMG! Time warp! I spent hours using Edlin to modify autoexec.bat files. Anyone use the original VisiCalc spreadsheet program? And on the Mac side, anyone remember the original Hypercard (and Hypertalk language) program?

Regarding checklists: I use MiraCheck CoPilot for my aviation checklists and have begun adding checklists for the RV. They offer a free iOS version (which would work fine for RVs) but I'm not sure they offer an Android version.
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One I found called ToGo RV so yes RV specific and asks for make, model and year. Has templates and yes they can be modified changed. I'm going to start using this app, thanks for the idea.
SWEET! They make Togo for iPhone too! Just downloaded and going to try it out.

Thank you so much. This appears to be just what I was looking for!
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There is a maintenance schedule in your owners manual. Just add dates.
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There is a maintenance schedule in your owners manual. Just add dates.
Owners Manual? Whatís that? Haha.
Okay thanks for this. Good stuff.
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Thanks. Iíll try Word. I think most people think if you have a list of data, Excel is best. I could maybe do his with Edlin. (Testing your age) ��
I was taught way back when - "NEVER EVER use a spreadsheet for a database!" The most violated rule in computing. If you want records of maintenance you have done as well as a list of items due and interval, a database is the ideal tool. But probably not worth the learning and set up curve.

Word can make very nice checklists very quickly, and does a much nicer job of formatting than Excel. This from a person who spends 40% of his workday in Excel - because engineers are too lazy to learn any software besides Excel, and are too lazy to set up their data dictionary to use a database properly.

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