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Old 07-20-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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Expense log

We will be going on a month long trip and I would like to find a simple program that would track expenses, figure mileage etc. I don't have time or the brain power to set up a spreadsheet. I would like a computer program instead of a phone app.

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Dont do it, you'll want to sell your MH afterwards.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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Mileage is easy

Mileage is easy and I track it to be aware of any sudden changes that might indicate something wrong in the engine bay.

I try not to dwell on the other expenses too often. It's in the shop right now and the ransom is going to be around $2,500.

The DW and I tell each others that whatever it is it's cheaper than fancy hotels and first class airfare.

It is what it is.

If you google 'RV expenses spreadsheet' you'll find many.
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The DW built an excel spread sheet several years ago that we use. We track our daily mileage along with fuel cost and MPG. It also helps me decide where to get fuel and where NOT to. Being that we travel through Canada a fair amount, we can see where to get fuel and how far I can push my MPG. It has been fun to watch our expenses over the last couple decades.
This lat trip I started keeping a record on the RV parks that we stopped at. Some were real good and others, well......
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We didnt count anything but fuel and camping fees before we went F/T. The rest was a fairly stable expense no matter where we were.

Now we count nothing. The expenses of a S&B are gone, and this lifestyle is much cheaper.
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There is a rather comprehensive program called Rolling Stock that probably does more than you can imagine keeping track of. It was created by an RVer who is a professional software engineer for his own use. Friends liked it so much that now he sells it. It keeps track of all your vehicles, i.e. all your "rolling stock".

Rolling Stock - Vehicle and Trip Expense Recording and Reporting
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If you tell me what you would like to track and what info you want, I can put it into Excel for you.
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I would keep daily notes in a journal. In the evening or after your trip you could transfer to your computer.
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I'm not sure how your financial arrangement is, but if you use a credit/debit card exclusively you can download from the bank your monthly statements. That will have all of your purchases. A program called Quicken is relatively inexpensive and once the statement is downloaded it can be opened with Quicken and the program will sort your purchases by category. Some slight editing of the categories may be necessary when the first inport, but all in all it does a good job.

Or, start a file folder. Keep all the receipts and for the fuel receipts write down the mileage on the receipt. At the end of the trip, or daily, weekly or as needed, you can compile the information into whatever form you wish.

Or, as others have suggested.

Happy trails.
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maybe I don't want to know

Thanks for the replies and the offers. I guess I will just do it by pen and paper as all I really want to track is fuel mileage. As mentioned it is probably better not knowing until we get back home!! I am going to drive slower to see if I can improve the mpg. At 62 to 64 mph I only get 5.6 to 5.8 mpg so I am going to try 58 mph to see if I can get over 6 mpg. We will be gone for a month so I don't need to be in a big hurry anyway. The MH drives so good it is not tiring to drive it just gets boring.
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There is a rather comprehensive program called Rolling Stock that probably does more than you can imagine keeping track of. It was created by an RVer who is a professional software engineer for his own use. Friends liked it so much that now he sells it. It keeps track of all your vehicles, i.e. all your "rolling stock".

Rolling Stock - Vehicle and Trip Expense Recording and Reporting

X2 excellent program!
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