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Old 03-11-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Maintenance Record Keeping

I do a fair amount of my own maintenance. Currently I keep separate logs for everything: Generator in the Onan manual, Chassis in the Freightliner manual, engine in the Cummins manual. This seems a bit tedious and disorganized.

What does everyone else do? Consolidated log book, separate like me, hodgepodge shoebox, nothing?
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I would say whatever works for you and is easy to understand.

As much as I like computers and spreadsheets noting is like pen and paper sometimes.

I keep mine in a log book. This has the date and milage (or hours) along with the description of work performed. This includes fuel and propane. I also keep all my receipts of the parts I purchase.

This is valuable information to me and possibly to the future purchaser.
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If you can, copy the receipts. Some fade after time to the point of being un-readable
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I keep mine in a log book. This has the date and milage (or hours) along with the description of work performed. I also keep all my receipts of the parts I purchase.

This is valuable information to me and possibly to the future purchaser.
Pretty much the same. I use MS Word as my "log book" as I can search it. I do 4 separate logs (Onan - AquaHot - Cummins/Allison - everything else) where each is a Word "table" which allows me to keep everything together and each table's rows allow me to record each maintenance activity keeping it all together as well.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:34 PM   #5
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I am a bit lazy,I like to put everything in order to the date. I have a diary of my daily work and keep all recites as they happen.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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I use Excel. I can sort and/or calculate with it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:17 AM   #7
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I have a plastic storage box under the dinette seat for manuals, parts invoices, maintenance notes, fluid changes, etc. If it might be useful later, I throw it in there. If I need info, which is rare, I have to dig. Works for me.
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8 x 11 (Or bigger - don't know the exact size) manila envelope. On the outside I draw lines and record the date/miles/what I did. Inside I keep all receipts.

I've filled both sides on the first envelope and am working on the second one. I keep this in the pouch on the back of the drivers seat.

Quite handy when I need to check on scheduled maintenance as the record is on the envelope.
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I keep a hand written record for all peridoc service/repairs on engine, trans, chassis, generator. Not so much on changing light bulbs, and other small items. JMHO I bought it to use , not to get writers cramp keeping up with screws, light bulbs faucit washers, and when I washed and waxed it last, or keeping log books on how much fuel it has burned. But to each his own. When it comes time to sell the coach will speak for it's self about the care it has had.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:47 AM   #10
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I keep a hand written log of engine/chassis maintenance and then a seperate log for the generator maintenance. Seems simple enough to me.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:55 AM   #11
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Check the classifieds on this web site.
In the "FREE" givaway section you can get a program for keeping all sorts of RV records..
I tried it and could not get it to work on our computer. But from what I saw of it, it looked to be what you are looking for.
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I use an application (App) on my iPad called "MPG". It is very handy to use on the fly because the iPad is instant on. This app tracks Fuel, Trips, Service, and general entries. It provides a place for notes in all catagories which is helpful to note things like "Winter Idle Time" to explain why your fuel mileage dropped off. This app also allows you to export and email copies of your logs. We do keep a plastic folder with dividers (monthly/yearly) for paper records and receipts. After reading about receipts fading I may scan and store some of the important service receipts.
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I keep mine on the computer with a back up copy by #2 pencil. Includes, date, mileage, hours (eng and gen), and work done.
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