Motorcoach and Trip Specs
Navigation Data and Travel Details Dates & Results of RV System Checks
Repairs & Maintenance Monitoring Tracking of RV Expenses
Battery Charge Table RV Formulas
TUTORIAL: All the Details
♦ This 28-page tutorial is in three parts. They examine all of the numerous features of the MotorCoach Trip Planner & Systems Log (McTriPS Log) and illustrate how the log is used during the planning and traveling of an extended RV road trip.
♦ Part 1 shows how navigational and travel information is recorded in the log. Used as the example is the data produced while planning a trip that begins in the black bear country of Colorado and heads south towards the Gulf of Mexico passing through cities and remote areas. Each of the four travel days includes a midday break and ends in an overnight boondock at a preplanned, suitable location. After 1200 miles the final destination on the sunny shores of South Texas is reached.
♦ Part 2 illustrates how the status of RV systems are recorded in the log while traveling. As system data is collected over time, a permanent, reviewable record is built that monitors the health of your motorcoach and helps detect the development of potential problems.
♦ Part 3 covers the technical aspect of the planning process. Using free online resources, it shows how navigational and trip data are searched, how routes are mapped, and how boondocking and fuel stops are determined.
Each pad of McTrips Logs measures 8 1/2″x 14″ and contains 25 sheets. Each sheet has 8 lines. This means that in the Trip Log section there is accommodation for a total of 200 individual trip legs. That’s a whole lot of traveling!
In the System Log section there is room for over 6 months worth of system checks if done daily. If you performed system checks on a weekly basis, then there is room for almost 4 years worth. Of course, this varies by individual and depends on how your coach is used.
The logs are bound into pads backed by chipboard. They are designed to be kept on a legal size clipboard (not included) available at any office supply. The logs can then be easily written on when inside or outside the coach. The clipboard can be hung in a convenient location or placed on the dash for access as needed.
What??? Using paper in this digital age? Why not? Paper still functions extremely well in targeted applications. Check your bathroom; you see a roll of digital devices anywhere?See TIPS for more info on paper vs digital.
The McTrips Log began life as a letter size, basic trip planner. Initially it was primarily used to record navigational data. Through many generations the log evolved into the 28 section, legal size trip planning and system log seen today.
If you have been RVing for a while, you likely have fashioned your own method for organizing the travel and motorhome information that constantly flows your way, especially if a full time RVer. Being used on the road today are an assortment of notebooks, ruled pads, marker boards, and electronic devices.
ABOUT: McTrips Log and Me
ABOUT the PURPOSE
The McTrips Log is designed to be a more effective and organized way of keeping all important RV-related trip and system data in one place. It records the details of all your trips. It shows how the systems on your coach are performing. It builds a history of system status and provides a valuable maintenance record. It does all this and more 24 hours a day 7 days a week without draining your batteries.
The McTrips staff consists of me, an individual that shares with you an enduring interest in the RV lifestyle. I’ve learned a thing or two about planning routes, navigation, and using those techniques designed for keeping on top of numerous systems that must be monitored on an ongoing basis. These were skills taught me while serving as an officer flying with the United States Air Force.
Many of those same techniques have been modified and incorporated into the McTrips Log making it a productive tool tailor-made for RV use. The log simplifies and guides the planning of road trips, short or long, and gives structure for keeping ahead of multiple systems that if ignored can bite you in the pocketbook. It is an efficient and practical interface between you and your motorcoach.