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Old 05-22-2013, 05:46 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Branndon View Post
Expenses can get out of hand quickly unless they are documented well.
  • Remembering people's names and locations that I've met.
  • Organizing things like favorite sites and destinations around campground for future use.
Branndon I might be able to help you with these few issues. Something I started once we bought a motorhome was a log book. I document every trip typically after getting home. I put the campground we stayed at the site and other good sites in case I return. I even track the price we pay for fuel, camping and wood. Who all was on the trip and names of people we meet. The activities and amenities the campground has. Then I ask the DW and each kid the best part about the trip and add that.
Had to do this as after a summer of trips they all start to run together and we couldnt remember which campground was which. Its fun to go back and read later too.

As for my biggest problems:
1) having enough vacation time to use the MH as much as I would like.
2) It would be nice to tow a car, boat, jet skis, and kayaks to some destinations if I only owned them all.
3) some campgrounds are not really equipped for a 40ft MH and have limited sites or dont trim trees high enough to position without hitting branches.

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Old 05-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #16
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We used to travel for business as a vendor at hamfests. A badge maker made us (business cards sized) badges to wear which read: "Hello there I don't remember your name either!" Always gets a chuckle, a name and handshake re-introduction.


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Old 05-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #17
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We are still considering removing the Flexsteel sofa and installing some La-z-boy stuff.
We did that, just got done modifying the sconces to clear the higher backs of the chairs. They had a 4" long extension that hung down too far.

Brannondon: can't really help with your question. I've tried a couple of the programs out there. Just didn't use them. One required that the install be validated over the internet and I refused to let the laptop connect to the web. The developer refused to do it any other way and also refused to refund my money. So I gave up trying anything.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Branndon View Post
Hello everyone, I'd like to create a tool for myself (and possibly for sale if there is interest) to help fix most of these issues.

This is the short list,
  • Forgetting crucial steps when arriving or departing.
  • Organizing things like favorite sites and destinations around campground for future use.
My Rand McNally 7710 and 7720 do the 2 things above very well. The departure/arrival checklists can be modified by the user. The Sites and Destinations planning/recording is linked to the GPS, making it very useable.

~For part-timers, making the mail-hold and newspaper-hold are an on-line application "to do" so that requires getting on-line before leaving home...maybe I need to add that to my departure checklists

~We have learned to always take the "User name/Password book." We have been in too many situations where we were on-the-road and needed to access an on-line account or service - only to find that we couldn't recall the access info. I'm too much of a dinosaur to put that info in an electronic device...For us, it's a small note book that fits in any safe. But that might be a good option for this "tool"

Good luck with the tool design and safe travels
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #19
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #20
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The check list may interest some MH manufacturers that have something similar to American Coach's "Trip Tech" which requires the driver make a check mark after each item on the list before the engine will start.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:11 PM   #21
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The biggest problem I have found was is finding enough room to get in and out of gas stations since we now tow a car on a dolly. It's not so bad when the pumps are parallel to the road, but those that are not can be a real pain. Have driven off and looked for an easier pull in on several occasions.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:15 PM   #22
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by RanCarr View Post
DH refuses to haul the BlueBoy (sewer tank) anymore.
Sounds like a there is a story behind this one.

The lack of family and friends to go camping with. That's a biggie. My husband isn't into the type camping I am so I either sit inside with him, bored, and read or watch TV, or sit outside alone watching the sun go down.

The key is to DRIVE him out of the RV. Get a couple of CD's of the kind of music he HATES.... Act like you LOVE it and Crank it up as loud as possible and Scream-sing along with it. (you'll be a amazed how quickly he leaves or gets an idea of something you can do.) During those Rained in times, get some hobbies, like beading, leather braiding... something you enjoy.

People aren't as friendly as they were back in the 70s so just walking into someone's campsite and being welcome doesn't happen much anymore.
As a fellow RVM... you are welcome at my camp anytime. I might even break out the Tie Dyes and suggest some colorful fun!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #24
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As motorhomes are subject to breakdowns either chassis related or coach related it is very hard sometimes to find anyone that can come to where you are to do any kind of mobile repair work. For example I recently had a coach electrical issue involving my 12 volt system in Auburn Alabama. There was no mobile service available. I'm sure there was somebody that could have helped. Mabe a regular electrician could have helped. need someone to compile a program that list mobile rv services.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:37 AM   #25
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Right now my biggest problem is still working and using my RV for what little vacation time we get. So many places we want to see, so little time to do it in. Don't get to retire for another 12.5 years. *sigh*
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The check list may interest some MH manufacturers that have something similar to American Coach's "Trip Tech" which requires the driver make a check mark after each item on the list before the engine will start.

The main dashboard display on our Itasca (with Freightliner Chassis) has a departure checklist as an integrated function. It is not customizable, but I just ignore the few items that don't apply to our particular rig. It is very easy to scroll through as the engine warms up.
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I would not call this a problem, but more of a wish ... That is we would like to locate fellow RVers who are traveling our direction, if only for a couple of days or so. It would be nice to motor along stopping at the same rest stops, fuel stations, campgrounds, and eateries with a few other RVers.
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I placed one of these vaults under my dinette seat with a steel security cable they also sell. The cable is wound around the bolted-down steel legs of the bench seat. I it big enough to hold check books, spare keys, small weapons, and any other important stuff. It is not perfect but will slow or stop a snatch and grab thief. You can also find then cheaper without the biometric feature which I do not have. It will bolt down if you can access the back.

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