Sunday, December 9, 2007

Budget Spreadsheet

I’ve been working on creating a budget spreadsheet for RV Fulltimers using Microsoft Excel. Most Rvers with laptops have Microsoft software and Excel is usually being used, so that is the format I elected.

No two budgets are alike, but a spreadsheet is easily modified to accommodate even the most detailed ones. You can download your own copy by going to

Feel free to modify my format to suit your own needs. You may even give it away to your friends if you wish. What you may not do is sell the spreadsheet to anyone.

Points of Interest

Recently I discovered a web site that has Points of Interest (POI) files you can download into your favorite GPS mapping software. I use CoPilot Live for my laptop, and the POI files work really well. Instructions for CoPilot Live and other GPS mapping software are included on the web site The individual files can be downloaded from

All files are zipped text files. You will need an unzip utility to unzip the files you download. Free unzip utilities are available on the internet. Once you have downloaded and unzipped the files, you will import them into your GPS mapping software. The exact procedure depends on which map software you are using.

NOTE - in each case, it is assumed that you have downloaded AND unzipped the files, and that you have your GPS mapping program running. After you have unzipped the files, you will have files with the extension TXT. These are the files you will import into your program.