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Old 11-02-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Trip/RV Journal

Just curious as to what type of trip/maintenance logs some of you use. Did a forum search but had no luck. It seemed to just pull up random threads.
There's a lot of stats mentioned in the forum so some people must keeping a journal.
I was going to take an Excel sheet and make one then print them out and get a binder. I saw some on Amazon and Camping world that look OK.
I saw some Apps but I want a hard copy. Looking to keep track of trip mileage , expenses , fuel mileage , mods and repairs , etc.
Any suggestions ?


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Old 11-02-2014, 11:19 AM   #2
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I keep a spreadsheet in Google Drive so that I'm able to access it from any Internet-connected device. I keep track of date arrived, date departed, campground name, site #, notes about the campground, notes about the site, who in my 4-person immediate family went, family/friends who camped with us, where the camper was before hand (storage, home, alternate storage, previous campground, etc), where camper went afterwards, distances traveled to and from campground, cost for all nights (including fees and taxes).

I also have lines in the spreadsheet for major maintenance (new tires, trips to/from warranty work, etc).

I have them for the each year of camping that we've done so far. It's nice to look back at records.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:21 AM   #3
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That's what I do. I just made a spreadsheet except I don't print them out. It keeps an ongoing total miles towed, nights used, and description of trip and any problems or repairs. So far we have towed our LaCrosse just over 10,000 miles.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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That's what I do. I just made a spreadsheet except I don't print them out. It keeps an ongoing total miles towed, nights used, and description of trip and any problems or repairs. So far we have towed our LaCrosse just over 10,000 miles.
Me too

I started off with a notebook which worked well when I was new but now has turned into a campground information resource. I don't wander far from home and my trips are usually just 2-5 night long & I usually camp solo. Not much to report so simple works best for me.

Now I did just added to the Excel worksheet an tentative plan for 2015 on when & where to camp.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:09 PM   #5
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Appreciate the input. I'll just do the same and build a spread sheet and a separate tab to print a trip sheet for each trip.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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me too

It may be old school but we try to stay away from most electonics on our trips and use just a lined journal. We put the highlights of our day and stuff like that in the journal and then after the trip I put a few photos in it for fun.
I like how some of you are using Excel, etc, for memories and since we do take our laptop on our trips with us (usually under the bed just in case we need it) I may try that approach and see how it works. Great ideas!
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:24 PM   #7
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Nice looking Journal PT. We've only had our 5r one season and we'll be doing something similar starting next season. I think I saw that cover or something like it on Amazon.




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pt1655, it's hard to beat the feeling and sense of nostalgia that paper and pictures evoke. Old school or not- it's quite nice.
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We're still in the process of buying our first RV so haven't officially started camping life. But since I'm an amateur photographer, I want to explore ways of photo journal. For example, using Google plus to post all the photos of camp ground, group, MH, sightseeing etc. These photos will all have time stamp, location tag and your own notes - nice record to have over the time. And most importantly, they are easy to share with family and friends.
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It may be old school but we try to stay away from most electonics on our trips and use just a lined journal. We put the highlights of our day and stuff like that in the journal and then after the trip I put a few photos in it for fun.
I like how some of you are using Excel, etc, for memories and since we do take our laptop on our trips with us (usually under the bed just in case we need it) I may try that approach and see how it works. Great ideas!
Ditto.

This way, we can hand this down to our kids, or just look back upon it when we are rocking at the Home...not sure we will be doing electronic gadgets then.
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