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Old 12-29-2013, 10:00 AM   #21
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I keep a spreadsheet on Google Docs/Drive. I record mileage after the fact by using Google Maps, so it's not 100% accurate but it's good enough for me.

On it, I keep the following:
- campground
- site number
- who in my immediate family went (wife, kid 1, kid 2, I)
- who went along with us
- notes about the site
- notes in general about the campground
- date arrived at campground
- date left campground
- place the camper was located before hand (home/storage/prior campground)
- place the camper was taken to
- miles towed to the campground
- miles towed from the campground

I can easily total the number of nights I've camped, number I have planned for the year (I add trips to be), number of miles towed, all that jazz.

I can share a copy if someone is interested. I'll just have to sanitize one to keep my private info private.
I glad to see the kids part, that way you collect them all before you leave......... Your a good DAD
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #22
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I glad to see the kids part, that way you collect them all before you leave......... Your a good DAD

Well you know- you forget once or twice and "the authorities" give you requirements.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #23
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Dumb question. Why would anyone even care about how many miles are on the trailer?
If you are worried about resale condition and layout are the only thing that matters.
X2... I keep a log book of my flying time, and logbooks for our airplanes, why would I want to do this for my 5er?? I used to keep one for the truck but now all I keep track of is oil changes, everything else is dependent on that interval, the only thing would be for tire miles but I change them every 2-3 years anyway, and the most I put on in a year is around 3-4k
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #24
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Not even in the same ballpark. An airplane has an engine and all kinds of electronic and hydraulic systems.
I better start recording how many hours each lightbulb in my house lasts. (I hope you see my humor as this is not by any means a serious suggestion)
A pull trailer has tires and brakes which wear out by age before anything else 99.99 percent of the time. Oh well teho
Oh I do think we are in the same ballpark here - my point being is maintenance is maintenance,regardless of whether it's performed on a washing machine,a truck or a RV. Maybe you missed all the posts here from those who have had their dealer or some maintenance facility perform repairs on their RV's. That's maintenance and we all know that not all maintenance is properly performed and wouldn't it be nice if you had a piece of paper(record) of who performed the shoddy work and when?

My closing reference to aircraft records is that if you don't like or want to keep maintenance records,don't buy an airplane or helicopter - records are required by law for those things.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #25
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Oh I do think we are in the same ballpark here - my point being is maintenance is maintenance,regardless of whether it's performed on a washing machine,a truck or a RV. Maybe you missed all the posts here from those who have had their dealer or some maintenance facility perform repairs on their RV's. That's maintenance and we all know that not all maintenance is properly performed and wouldn't it be nice if you had a piece of paper(record) of who performed the shoddy work and when?

My closing reference to aircraft records is that if you don't like or want to keep maintenance records,don't buy an airplane or helicopter - records are required by law for those things.
X2 - I keep records of my truck and trailer as well, though not as detailed as the aviation records! However there is value in knowing when something needs attention or replacement, and especially for warranty items.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:59 PM   #26
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X2 - I keep records of my truck and trailer as well, though not as detailed as the aviation records! However there is value in knowing when something needs attention or replacement, and especially for warranty items.
Absolutely.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #27
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Call me crazy but isn't that what a " trip meter" is used for?

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Old 12-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #28
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Call me crazy but isn't that what a " trip meter" is used for?

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Does your "trip meter" record all past trips?
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:15 PM   #29
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It sure does. I set it to zero and take off. When I'm done I write down the mileage. Then when I go on another I repeat the process. Works like a charm every time and had never let me down. Hopefully you got the sarcasm in my typed message.

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #30
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It sure does. I set it to zero and take off. When I'm done I write down the mileage. Then when I go on another I repeat the process. Works like a charm every time and had never let me down. Hopefully you got the sarcasm in my typed message.

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Yeah - I got it

Your first post didn't say you wrote down the mileage after each trip which is what I think the OP was asking about - keeping some sort of record of his trips.

Whatever works for you - like the beer commercial says - it's only weird if it doesn't work.
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