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Old 08-28-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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Talking MACKINAW Adventure

Well we just got back from our first 7day+ outing with the AS. We traveled 900 miles today alone just coming home. We met alot of nice AirStreamers- two really stand out-One couple have a 64 Safari Twin which they BOUGHT in 64 NEW!!! This baby looks great & everything is ORIGINAL & in perfect condition. Only one small dent by one of the wheelwells when a tire blew in Glacier National. The couple still camp all over the country & the list of places that that AS has been to is amazing. Around the U.S.A three times. & he said they went around the entire U.S.A.- The Canadian Rockies four times & out West to every BIG Park too many times to count. Their only on their ninth official tow vehicle(Not Bad at all). He wants to talk to AirstreamCaraval about coming to Mi. & Polishing their baby. The other couple belong to a Tin Can Trailer club in Michigan & have 7 working vintage AS's. We were at a rest stop when a fellow Airstreamer pulled up & we began talking. She tells us-"You see all these big 5th wheels & 100 thousand dollar motorhomes.. do you see them talking to each other-NO! because they have nothing to talk about-....Airstreamers do!" A great trip , a few mishaps , a lot of WIND(WHAT A PAIN IN THE A**) but worth the learning experience. We will be getting a better tow vehicle. I want a dually P.U.. Well till next time...
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Old 08-28-2003, 05:40 PM   #2
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Always in Mackinac. About 10 or 12 years ago a woman died when the Yugo she was driving blew off the bridge. They theorized she was on the grating that is the left lanes and an updraft lifted the car over the railings.

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Old 08-28-2003, 06:00 PM   #3
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I don't think you'll go wrong with a dually! We got to enjoy ours all the way to FLA and back. This was our first trip towing with it.

There were times that I hardly noticed the trucks going around me until I looked over and seen them. I haven't used it while towing in strong winds but I would guess that it would be a lot more stable!
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Old 08-28-2003, 06:40 PM   #4
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Actually I've heard that story more than once over the years- heard it was VW though!! Is that a true story or legend....I will give the MightyMac its respect- it does get windy & you never drive above 20mph.
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Interesting thread, as this time next month we will be crossing the mighty Mac, on our way to Imlay City Mi, for a fan install & then onto the Homecoming in Ohio. Would like to know if the wind on the bridge is really THAT BAD & is something we should be prepared to deal with. Is there a preferred lane to use for trailers, etc? There was a discussion some time ago regarding a campground right near or under the bridge & one that was near by. We will be arriving late in the evening at the bridge & would like any info regarding campgrounds that one would care to share.
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Old 08-28-2003, 07:52 PM   #6
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True, it was a big news story at the time. The center lanes are grate because of the winds, it is supposed to allow it to pass through instead of having the whole width of the bridge as a solid surface. There are 2 sets of guard rails, the inside is very low (they talked about raising it but never did), the outside is really not much higher. The Yugo was on the grating, the wind from below pushed and lifted the car and the low rail launched it over the side.

The outside is the best because it is solid surface, but they paint it constantly because it is so big so there are always lanes closed . The speed limit is 20 so it isn't that bad even on the grate. If the wind gets bad they will close the bridge. Otherwise enjoy the view and bridge, it is awesome.

Straits State Park is on the north side of the bridge in St. Ignace. It is about 4 to 4 1/2 hours from there to Imlay City.

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John-- thanks the reply & the time element to Imlay. Means we won't have to get up as early on Thursday to be there by evening.
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We too are thinking about heading to MI. We have relatives in St. Ignace and appreciate your info. about the park and the bridge. Thanks!
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Wilderness state park is the park on the Mackinaw side. A really nice big park with sites on the beach if you want. Alot of AS's there also.
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Keep this in mind

For those of you interested, I'm looking into doing a Midwest Forum rally up in Mackinaw City next year. I'll be passing along more information once I talk with the folks at the campground in a few weeks.

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I have personally crossed the Mighty Mac many times in both Winter and Fall and have never had a problem .If the winds do get too high they make all the large vehicle line up and wait for an escort to help you cross at a max speed of something like 20 mph.I have only had this happen 1 time out of nearly 60 crossing in a 3 year period.TheMackinac Bridge is beautiful any time of the year ,so just relax and enjoy the view.If you have time I would strongly recommend stoping at Fort Michilimackinac State Historic Park ,it is well worth the stop,here is a link to the bridge area http://mightymac.org/ Tom
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Always plenty to do around the Straits. Bridge can be exciting, but nothing to get overly worked up over. As for the Tin Can trailer club, it's the Tin Can Tourists, nationwide club, dates back to 1919. They are having a Fall gathering in Milford Michigan, weekend of Sept. 20th. More info at www.tincantourists.com It's a great group of people with all makes of old rigs (plenty of A/S's too).
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Appreciate all the info regarding "The Bridge" . Does anyone know of a close-by private campground. We will be passing thru only once this year & would prefer not to pay a State sticker fee.
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Appreciate all the info regarding "The Bridge" . Does anyone know of a close-by private campground. We will be passing thru only once this year & would prefer not to pay a State sticker fee.
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I stopped at the Mackinaw State Park several years ago and it cost me something like $15. There was no sticker fee.
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