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Old 11-21-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
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Travel Log / Trip Diary

Just curious what people are using to keep track of their camping/rv'ing trips? (If you do)

An app or good ol' fashion paper & pencil?

I would like to keep track of some basic information of our destinations, rates, site we stay at, mileage, maintenance, comments / notes for future reference, photos, etc. I don't need the extra frills of GPS recording my actual route taken or social media feeds.

I would prefer to use an app for this on my phone, but not against paper and pencil. Let's hear what you use and any special reasons it works best for you.

Also, does anyone keep a folder or binder with campground maps from places that you've stayed? Do you mark the site(s) you've stayed at on the maps?

Thank You in Advance!!
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:32 AM   #2
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I've kept a daily journal since we purchased our first MH in 2005 using MS Word. I just include little tidbits about where we've been, what we've seen, where we stayed, and who was along for the ride. I don't always include site numbers. I try to take pictures of anything of interest at destinations, not so much where we've camped. I used to take pics of the rig in the sites, but that gets boring so I no longer include those. I've recently changed to using a Chromebook so now I'm using Google Docs for my latest journal.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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I wish I would have started something in the past. The only way I can really keep track now is to look at my photos and google maps. I use Flickr as my online photo storage and it will sort by date of the upload, and it has a feature on the web version that will show where the photos were taken. I also put a mark on google maps and save it, which will allow me to go back and find the places I have been or where I want to go in the future. This allows me to login to google maps from any device and the stars will show up of those places. Here is my current map - been to most of the places in CA/AZ, heading on a cross country trip next summer...
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:43 AM   #4
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We keep a small bound book in our truck. We record the date, start mileage every time we tow and the arrival mileage and nights spent at that location. Also the location and a small amount of info in the campground, like water supply taste and anything else that may be needed for future reference. We also keep a folder in the camper with campground maps we get at checkin. If we like the place we jot notes on it along with nice sites and file it by state.

I also log any maintenance done to the truck or trailer as it happens in the same log book. We have 2 filled and most full on a third.

I can easily compute towed mileage, nights stayed or most anything else I need to jog my failing memory.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:33 AM   #5
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Camping World sells pages for a small log [http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-binder/2152]; we've used it for eons, and is a quick way to jot-down specifics (mileage, routes, etc.) for future reference - this is kept in the TV. In the TT we have a folder where we stash campground maps, brochures, etc. that have future value, we also keep a campground book there as a reference for when we don't have connectivity.
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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We have a drawer in our file cabinet at home where we keep travel info of interest. Sightseeing brochures for places that look interesting, camp ground maps with sites that we like circled so we know which ones to reserve in the future. In the feather we have a small plastic storage box where we toss all the stuff we pick up at tourist info centers, etc, and when we get home we sort through it and keep the good stuff and toss the junk. The box helps us keep the HTT cleaner and going through the stuff is a nice way to spend a rainy night sometime in the future as we dream about the next trip.
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Old 11-21-2015, 02:12 PM   #7
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We use RVCare Log Book | Recreational Vehicle Maintenance Log Book for maintenance, inventory, details on places we stayed. Use for both rig and tow vehicle maintenance.

Have started to our web site for travel log type info we want to share.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:44 PM   #8
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We keep a small bound book in our truck. We record the date, start mileage every time we tow and the arrival mileage and nights spent at that location. Also the location and a small amount of info in the campground, like water supply taste and anything else that may be needed for future reference. We also keep a folder in the camper with campground maps we get at checkin. If we like the place we jot notes on it along with nice sites and file it by state.

I also log any maintenance done to the truck or trailer as it happens in the same log book. We have 2 filled and most full on a third.

I can easily compute towed mileage, nights stayed or most anything else I need to jog my failing memory.
I wish I had started something like this, guess it's not to late.

Does everyone post information like this on Main Index - iRV2.com Campground Reviews or RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks ?

All of this information would be a great resource to others. I try to give reviews to the campgrounds I have visited. Also, there is https://freecampsites.net/ where you could put info about dispersed/boondocking places.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:50 PM   #9
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I review every campground stay at rvparkreviews.com. Great resource!
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:41 PM   #10
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I keep a binder of campground flyers, area brochures and info with receipts and site #. I started it in 2002 when we bought our PUP. Love looking back on our travels. Been coast to coast and up through Canada. I am glad I started it.

We used to keep a running total of what the PUP cost us decreased the price by each night we stayed in it just for fun. It wasn't long before it was free.
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