mpg recorder ideas ?

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    I am gonna be doing an extended test on a gadget that is supposed to improve MPG on our run to Beni and home,, Not getting a whole lot for it but I will get to keep the widget no matter what the outcome.

    I shall be doing the run there without it fitted and the return run with

    I will have to keep a record of mileage done between fills and of course how much diesel goes in the tank at each fill

    I do not want to use the iPad and a pen and paper is not really reliable either ( sounds funny but paper gets lost and damaged etc etc )
    Same goes for using a fone app .. Woman is gonna be doing the 'book keeping' and simply hates using a fone for anything except fone calls ( Cannot even get her to open texts she gets !! )

    Ages ago I remember a little hand held widget that you could enter the info in.. It was very low tech but other than that I cannot remember much about it..

    Anyone got any ideas ??
     
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    Get over the paper phobia, if woman isn't keen on phones she won't be too happy with a widget me thinks.

    Write the miles on the till receipt and back it up in a book with other comments regarding weather conditions etc as these also affect consumption. When you have done it both ways you need to reverse the procedure i.e go with and home without.

    Martin
     
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  3. PeteH

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    Look on the "Truckers" Web sites?. I am sure that when I was driving some guys had like little hand-held "computers" that could record such things including MPG? and Tacho Details?

    Pete
     
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    Yes John you have to do it twice ..... after all coming home is all uphill :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Tell us more?
     
  6. Allanm

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    Try one of these.....

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    Or maybe this....

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  7. Don Quixote

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    Been using this method most of my life "write the miles on the till receipt and back it up in a book" or in our case we now use a "app" on the iPad called Road Trip HD and enter every detail of our trips away. We know to the last cent what we have spent and what MPG/KPL we are getting.
     
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    I think you are just setting the screen. When are you putting them up for sale.;):)
     
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    It's alright for you, I don't even have the woman to use ...... head down.:imoutahere:
     
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    Not so sure about that. The Domesday Book was completed in 1086 and it can still be read today (and without batteries or electric power). On the other hand try reading your 3" floppy discs now! :)

    KH
     
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  11. Eddystone

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    I agree.
    Set up a small notebook and rule up each page, when you need to, with date, odo reading, where purchased, quantity and cost.
    Keep it, with a pencil and a rubber, in the glove box.
    Start the book from the other end and keep a simple diary on a daily basis with weather, temperature, route, traffic conditions, etc.
    It just depends on how much data you think you need to do justice to the comparison.
     
  12. Jaws

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    As far as I am aware they will never go on sale to the general public mate :)
    They are being produced by a small company that supplies fleet vans only..
    To be honest I did ask if an order of a few dozen might be possible.. and was told no chance..
    Only going to registered transport companies

    What this is about is they have been supplying for a while.
    Some firms are happy and some firms not so happy
    I have been asked to do the test as a totally independent witness and the data produced will possibly be used in a case going to court
    They were looking for someone with a heavy van and the tag axle was also a factor.. apparently it more closely relates to the sort of loads transport firms use 'small vans' for
     
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  13. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    The doomsday book has never been in my van or my hands
    been doing this kinda thing for 8 years now.. Up until now merely for personal interest
    Every year SOMETHING always seems to happen to the pad !!
     
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    We have an A5 hard-backed spiral bound notebook with large elastic band for relevant page marker. Biro goes down spiral, book in glovebox. Clear plastic CD 'envelope' stuck to back inside cover for receipts. Driver fills up, passenger records mileage, litres & cost.
    Book is used to record anything you want about the trip.

    Sods law says that gadget, phone, app etc will malfunction when you are about 90% of the way through the test.

    "I have been asked to do the test as a totally independent witness and the data produced will possibly be used in a case going to court

    Police refer to the book as 'Notes made at the time' when giving evidence.
     
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  15. Pilote87

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    Many years ago I was given a "Motorist's Record Book" and the first entry for a continuous record started in September 2000 with a Synergie we had. The log for our first motorhome was August 2005 and I could, if I wished summate all my spreadsheets so I would know how much I have spent on fuel for our motorhomes since then. I won't as I don't want to be horrified.

    I keep all the info in the book and then transfer it to the spreadsheet periodically, when I think about it.

    I don't know if this type of book is still avilable, but some sort of cash book could well do the job.

    J
     
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    Contemporaneous is the expression...

    KH
     
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    I use an old A5 Filofax binder. Make A5 pages to my own spec on the PC, print & punch them. Punches are AFAIK still available. The binder is a robust zipped one I keep in the dash centre pocket. It also includes a Filofax calculator that fits the binder rings. As well as fuel / mileage /journey records I keep on odd page with van servicing info (oil / filters types etc).
     
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    Now I am interested. Could you put two by for me please.;)
     
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    We use the book from Jims shop
    Is it called destinations or something like that?
     
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    It's oh so simple, get FuelLog on a phone. Even your dog could use it. Free. Multiple vehicles.
     
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