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SmokelessJoe 10-26-2010 03:29 PM

London, Ont. to Clarksdale, Mississippi via Port Huron, Kalamazoo, Chicago, Bloomingt
Anyone with suggestions as to where to stay along (or near) this route during the first weeks of November?

Particularly interested in, and happy to pay for, non-traditional sites - like a Fairgrounds or a State or small town park somewhere. Or behind a red barn, an hour or so outside the big city…….

Water, 30 amp power and a sewer within 120’ would be a nice bonus.


xrvr 10-26-2010 03:31 PM

Remember some campgrounds may close for the winter as early as Oct. zz

SmokelessJoe 10-26-2010 03:35 PM

Meant route to read London, Ont. to Clarksdale, Mississippi via Port Huron, Kalamazoo, Chicago, Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, St. Louis,Cape Girardeau, Mo and Memphis.

fltlevel510 10-26-2010 04:04 PM

RV Parks
Hey Joe,

Have relatives in Aylmer, Ontario. Usually travel I75 and the 401 for visits. However, we have stayed at the Paul Wolff Forest Preserve in Elgin, Illinois for our visits to the Chicago area. This is a great county park only a mile or so to the train station for a quick trip into Chicago. We have also had a rally at Cape Camping and RV park in Cape Girardeau. The folks were very accommodating to our group. If you want the basics travel a little further South to Charleston, Mo to Boomland RV Park. This is a full hookup park that uses the honor system for payment. We have stayed here on several occasions and simply leave cash in an envelope on the door. The park is located close to a large truckstop, ez in and out, with typical truckstop grub and trinkets. Have a great trip!

SmokelessJoe 10-26-2010 06:48 PM

Small world department Flat Level.

Thanks for the tips. I'm going to Zip Dee enroute and they are on the same side of town as Elgin is so that looks good.


Aage 10-26-2010 07:20 PM

Too bad you can't just take the I75 all the way, I found it a fabulous route. We even bought the book Along Interstate-75, and found it well worth the twenty or so bucks.

However, for what you're doing, as well as the great recommendations you will get from the folks here, do invest another $20 and get a Woodalls guide. I will never go camping again without it. Great guide, showing all the camps and giving good, clear, honest appraisals and ratings of them all.

When I bought my copy last year, it came with a CD that I just copied to my laptop. The advantage of the CD was that you could plug in the parameters you wanted, the area you're heading to (plus the proximity you will accept), and bingo there are all the available ones.

One parameter is to do with "open all year or not", I forget how they expressed it.

Just get it, you will NOT regret it.

ps: are you going to Jackson Center, too? If you do, say hello to Rhonda at the front desk for me? :D

Lily&Me 10-27-2010 06:38 AM

Comlara Park, on 39 north just off the I-55/I-74 interchange in Normal, is a nice county park. Inexpensive, electric hookups, water available and a dump station.

If you take 39 south from the park into Normal, then College Avenue east to Veterans Parkway, there are many restaurants, WalMart, Meier, etc., on Veterans Parkway. Good place to re-stock on your way south, and you can pick up 55 again at the south end of the Parkway.

Travel safe,


SmokelessJoe 10-27-2010 11:25 AM

Thanks to you all for the thoughtful leads.

This Forum is a wonderful resource tool.

Any other Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee enroute suggestions gratefully received.


HiHoAgRV 11-01-2010 10:25 PM

If possible, keep us posted of you progress....

Ya never know when a 'stream member might be in the area...

tschat 11-01-2010 10:46 PM

After growing up in the MS delta (Cleveland MS), I recommend not stopping in MS. :)

Lily&Me 11-02-2010 06:21 AM


Originally Posted by tschat (Post 912836)
After growing up in the MS delta (Cleveland MS), I recommend not stopping in MS. :)

Oh, come on, now! Mississippi is full of history and has beautiful areas---I agree that the Delta is not the most scenic, however. Kind of like where we live in central Illinois, all flat and boring. :)

The Natchez Trace is beautiful, as are the cities of Natchez and Vicksburg--full of splendid old homes and southern charm.


SmokelessJoe 11-11-2010 03:13 PM

Our stumbled upon route thus far:

Port Huron, Michigan. Beautiful Pine Grove Park on the main street, along the waterway. Good to visit the unique RAVEN Coffee House again. No one to bother us. A friendly local dentist on his way to work detoured past us, attracted by the rig.

Owasso. The Airstream dealer is no more. Parked on the Meijer lot. No one bothered us and the Meijer gas station manager helped us fill the water tank in the morning.

Fenton, Michigan at a Panera Bread location. All of these overnights without permission but again a friendly send off by the Panera manager at breakfast.

The last two nights at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. These folks are set up to service several hundred visitors at a time. 20 and 30 amp service, water and dump stations. $15. Water off at this time of year but staff filled the tank at the Expo Center.

So far it's been pleasantly non traditional.


Happycampers 11-11-2010 03:42 PM

Hello Sergei..Glad to hear that you are not freezing. On your way to Zip Dee...?? They will let you park there overnight.... they are near the airport. We are in Texas now. Travel safe

SmokelessJoe 11-11-2010 04:34 PM

Zip Dee wouldn't let me ship a parcel there in my name so I'm glad to hear that they may not be the first to allow me overnight parking.

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