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Old 09-16-2016, 03:34 PM   #1
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Managing User Manuals and Documentation

Just thought I would share a tip that works great for me and might help others. A lot of you may have already figured this out and be doing it - certainly nothing magic to it.

We all have piles and piles of user manuals, troubleshooting guides, general instructions, etc for our RV's. For our coach, I had, for example, manuals on the chassis/engine/transmission, microwave, washer, dryer, toilet, TPMS, stereo system, electric bunk, awning, GPS, dash cam and so forth. Piles and piles of irregularly shaped books and papers that you could need to reference at any time. My solution? Simple.....the iBooks app on your iPhone or iPad. Even if you don't use Apple products, your electronics most likely have a similar application for viewing and organizing PDF files. In my case, everyone of the manuals I listed could be found and downloaded free online. I can now reference each of them from my iPad at will. Really helps when you need a quick reference or a refresher on how to work something.

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Old 09-16-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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Good tip.

First thing I do with a new anything (that requires some effort to figure out) is to download all the info ie manuals, spec sheets, brochures etc and put them into a Google Drive folder. Thus way when we want to fix or know how much our trailer weights we have it,even 10 years later.

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Old 09-16-2016, 04:05 PM   #4
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Can't say for ibooks as I don't use Apple, but if you use PDFs, it is very easy to search for a key word rather than scanning the entire document.
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Can't say for ibooks as I don't use Apple, but if you use PDFs, it is very easy to search for a key word rather than scanning the entire document.
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Now that you have them all downloaded and in electronic form ... take it one step further ... (or would this be, one step backwards ??)

Print just the "most important" or "most referenced" few pages that you keep going back to ... put them in sheet protectors and in a small / lightweight ring binder or report cover. You can also "print larger" to make it much easier to read.

Sometimes it's really nice to be able to check that "number" or "size" you can't remember, without having to fire up the computer. Or which fruit wood goes best with which meat in the smoker ... or the NOAA Weather codes at which county / campground ... or that pesky checklist ...

Been doing this "trick" for about a decade, and it is a nice hassle saver.
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IBooks does have a search function - just tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner. Printing the pages you need is a great idea for some folks; I just prefer the electronic format. I can zoom in when I need to view a diagram, etc. To each his own! I also like it that I can view the documents without going out to the RV to get papers and such.
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IBooks does have a search function - just tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner. Printing the pages you need is a great idea for some folks; I just prefer the electronic format. I can zoom in when I need to view a diagram, etc. To each his own! I also like it that I can view the documents without going out to the RV to get papers and such.
X2. I have been using iBooks for several years now. I have folders for my RV, TV, boat, car, house, etc. I can view a document on my iPad or iPhone or laptop anytime I want....
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I did similiar. I searched and download manuals and technical info on my chassis and appliances. I then printed most of the information, took it to OfficeMax and had them bind it into a book (spiral bound with clear covers). This book stays in the MH.

I also uploaded all the pdf service, parts, manuals, etc to my blog site so I can get to them anytime.

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Thanks for the tips .

I assume you could down load them onto your computer?? We do not have smart phones or pads .. Printed form for us is better as internet is not always available.


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