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Old 07-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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To Haul The Genset To Michigan, Or Not

We are leaving on a round trip to Michigan (shore side), then to the UP and come back through Wisconsin.

We've never been to either and the question that comes to mind, is whether I need to haul the Yamaha 2400 or not. It's a PITA to carry around.

We have no specific plans to boondock, but don't know if having it(because of the season) would be a good idea.

Advice and campground suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:41 AM   #2
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I have been limited by my failure to take mine too many times. They go. Every time.
Having them just allows for more options.

Have a good trip!
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:05 AM   #3
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Last summer a campground lost power for half a day w/ 95 degree heat. I was very happy to have generator. On this trip didn't bring it (short trip) but campground keeps flirting with low voltage in the heat wave. I like mine for rest stops. I generally bring it on longer tips, but like you don't like lugging it around.
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We just returned from a trip through that area. If you are planning to stop near Marquette, this was a very nice campground.

http://www.gitchegumeepark.com/home.html

Paste into google maps (46.488347,-87.230802)

We only stayed one night, but the sites were beautiful, full hookups, and a very interesting campground owner.


We also satyed at the Mackinac City KOA, not too bad for a KOA, full hookups, and Sheplers ferry to Mackinac Island has a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off at the campground... it was a wonderful day trip.

Enjoy your trip!
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We often make unplanned stops in smaller state campgrounds that don't have electricity, or on forest land (boondocking). If we hadn't had our generators with us, we would have been limited to one or two nights. Some of the best camp spots we've stayed at were not on our itinerary and didn't have hookups.

Just my opinion, but we always take ours...
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We just returned from a trip through that area. If you are planning to stop near Marquette, this was a very nice campground.

http://www.gitchegumeepark.com/home.html

Paste into google maps (46.488347,-87.230802)

We only stayed one night, but the sites were beautiful, full hookups, and a very interesting campground owner.


We also satyed at the Mackinac City KOA, not too bad for a KOA, full hookups, and Sheplers ferry to Mackinac Island has a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off at the campground... it was a wonderful day trip.

Enjoy your trip!
Thanks, AS 65, for the tips.

I've tried the State Park sites, and they don't seem to be that RV friendly (like the Arkansas parks we frequent so often).

As a matter of fact, I've made plans that include Marquette.

Did you find campground availability to be much of an issue during your trip?
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We had no trouble finding campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula, however we did finish our trip before the school kids were out for the year.
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my yamaha 3000i is like an american express card...i do not leave home without it
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Okay one thing's settled. The genset travels with us (figured I was going to lug the darn thing in the first place).

NOW, how about some campground tips like AS 65 gave me?
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Thanks, AS 65, for the tips.

I've tried the State Park sites, and they don't seem to be that RV friendly (like the Arkansas parks we frequent so often).

As a matter of fact, I've made plans that include Marquette.

Did you find campground availability to be much of an issue during your trip?
As you might guess by our username, we are native michiganders and have been to more than 30 of the 65+ Michigan State Parks. I am not sure what you mean by "RV friendly", but every Michigan State Park we have ever been to has always had tons of pop-ups, trailers and motorhomes parked there, as well as lots of tents.

Almost all of our state parks have electricity and a few have full hook-ups (Hartwick Pines and Holland, for example).

We camp in a 30' MH and no one ever blinks an eye when we pull in, except to remark that they didn't know AS built MH's and how beautiful ours is.

Availability is an issue because our parks are very popular. A few require a solid 6 month advance booking to get in. Fortunately, most are much easier to get into.

In general, the further north you go, especially up into the UP, the less crowded they are.

Michigan also has an extensive network of State Forest Campgrounds that are all rustic and mostly very secluded.

Here is the link for Michigan parks reservation system (also lists SFCG's) www.midnrreservations.com The online booking system works very well and is reliable. It also takes less time to book online because the folks at the "800" number are required to literally read all of the rules and reg's to you before they book you.

Good luck with your travel through MI!

BTW, I agree, take the genset with you. You'll want it for boondocking.
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Many thanks, Michigander. Great information.

"RV friendly" was perhaps the wrong word to use, and for that I apologize.

Both MI and WI websites are somewhat "different" from what I'm used to. Most of the MO. and AR. parks furnish actual photos of the sites to aid in your choice.

I suspect when all's said and done, serendipity will play a big part in this adventure.

Do you have any suggestions around the Benton Harbor area?
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Many thanks, Michigander. Great information.

"RV friendly" was perhaps the wrong word to use, and for that I apologize.

Both MI and WI websites are somewhat "different" from what I'm used to. Most of the MO. and AR. parks furnish actual photos of the sites to aid in your choice.

I suspect when all's said and done, serendipity will play a big part in this adventure.

Do you have any suggestions around the Benton Harbor area?
I see what you mean. That would be nice to have photos.

We usually scout a park that interests us in the fall when it's easy to get in, mark our favorite sites, then plan ahead in the winter for the next summer.

Other than that you would have to rely on info from friends, etc. Even with tips from friends, because everyone's idea of the perfect CG or site is different it's hard to recommend individual sites.

There are several MI SP's near Bentor Harbor: Warren Dunes SP and Holland SP (we have stayed at both of these and like them) are closer than Grand Haven SP, PJ Hoffmaster SP and Muskegon SP. All of these are on the Lake Michigan shore and are very popular. There are plenty of neighboring attractions. Any one of these would be a good place to start.

Also, some of these are within easy driving distance of each other, so you could drive around and check them out.

Silver Lk SP (also on the lakeshore) allows dune buggy driving on the sand dunes. However, because of this it attracts a fair amount of noisy vehicles.

Hope this helps. Have fun!
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