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Monday, August 28, 2006

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Howard, I think you will find you won't ever buy a washer/dryer for your trailer. We passed on it when we ordered our motorhome last year. I have never missed it as we always have laundry facilities nearby (usually in the park) where we camp. Our dealer even recommended against ordering it, as he said it takes forever to do a small load and uses up lots of water (which is truly precious if you are dry camping). He said that they often have customers return to have those washers removed. They are not very useful, unless you really have to have that one pair of socks washed and don't mind waiting hours for them to be done. I prefer to use the extra space for storage and think the $1,000+ saved will go a long way in quarters at the laundromat.

Howard,
Your basket should have Quicken categories installed. Single entry for reports is a wonderful thing! :-)

The basket thingy is going to become one for us also.
Good way to keep track begining in Oct.as house closes then....cant wait. Been on the road for a month now but back at house for 3 days then off to airport to pick up sister-in-law and her hubby then off to Mounment Valley and Mesa Verde for 11 days of travel with RV... who knows they may get the bug some day too!!!
No washer/dryer for me either opted for a little Advati freezer in that space.
Southwest Judy and Bob and 2blackdogs

Re the washer/dryer and laundry subject, you would love the laundry at this campground (Glen Ellis in NH). They have a gorgeous laundry which they make available to the community. Beautiful new stainless steel front loading washers (22) and commercial (double load) size dryers (23) and plenty of space to fold. And very clean.

As you know, we love our in-unit washer and dryer. It takes no longer to do a load than anywhere else. Full loads (as much as 3 pair of jeans+) but does indeed use a lot of water. That's the only down side we see. Don't really need the extra storage, but the idea of a small freezer does intrique me.

I read your section regarding receipts, posting, reconciliation etc. with interest.

Personally, I use "Quicken". I've used it for about 12 years. Before that I used "Managing Your Money" for about 5 years. Before that, I had developed a spreadsheet to track things. I've done it so long now, it's second nature.

I've grown to be a great fan of those applications. If you look around, you can find them for "next to nothing" after rebates, or on eBay for older verions. The hardest thing to do is to be disciplined about entering the data. You seem to have conquered that pretty well. The next hardest thing is to get your accounts set up the way you like them.


But, I enter all (and I do mean all) my receipts into Quicken. It keeps them sorted by account source, such as savings, checking, mastercard etc. I have spending accounts set up to track my budgets (for instance I have an account for RV household purchases, mobile phone bill, gas, oil etc). Then, whenever I wish, I can print (or view) reports showing how I'm tracking compared to my current budget. Or if I'm curious, how am I doing compared to last year. I can run projections given my current rate of spending (or not spending). I can get income statements, balance sheets, track warranties, rebate submissions ... you name it. I can reconcile my checkbooks, savings accounts, credit card bills. I can pay my bills on line in about 5 minutes, get reminders of upcoming payments due, birthdays (plus I can see what I gave them last time to avoid embarassment). For me, tracking finances can be a very very tedious chore. This sort of program makes it far easier and, dare I say, fun. At least as much fun as something like that can be.

It doesn't matter what package you use. I think they are all pretty similar now.

But, it might merit some consideration.


Take care and keep living the RV - Dream. We're not too far behind you in the physical world and right next to you in spirit.

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