Unfortunatly in my line of work I get to see the end result of these crashes. Its never a pretty sight. I also use radar and have clocked people towing their campers in excess of 85 mph!!
Thats just crazy! Stay safe people!!!
This accident had nothing to do with speed. If anything, a semi merging too slow onto the freeway was the problem.
I wonder how often an rv rides the SS Badger. It looks like our 31' Class C will cost $300 plus. We have done that crossing with a car and do enjoy it. We may still do it one way this summer but going through Chicago is so much less appealing. Any other options besides ferry boat and Chicago?
There is a smaller, faster ferry that runs between Milwaukee and Muskegon. I do not know if it can handle RVs.
The two largest towns in the U.P. are Escanaba and Marquette. Escanaba, other than the water features, does not have as much to offer as Marquette. Marquette, being a university town, is more diverse and the lower harbor area has several festivals during the year. Being on Lake Superior, Marquette is cooler during the summer than Escanaba. I lived in Marquette back in the 80's and traveled extensively throughout the U.P. during that time.
As far as campgrounds go in Marquette, there are not many to choose from. Tourist Park, on the city's north side, has FHU's and is reasonably priced. There is a river there, but it's more of a base camp for checking out the area. I would not recommend Gitche Gumee campground, east of town along the lakeshore. On RV Park Review.com it has been bashed and all I remember about it is that it's along the highway and across from the lake.
About 15 or so miles west of Marquette is Ishpeming and Country Village RV Park. I've never stayed there, but the reviews are very good and it has FHU's, including cable & wireless (this is important since the U.P. is remote and you won't pick up either otherwise). This would be a good location for exploring the Marquette area as well as the Keweenaw Peninsula, towards Copper Harbor.
Munising, 43 miles east of Marquette, is a nice little town. There is a nice campground along M-28 west of town and is run by the city I believe. Good views of the lake, but you do get highway traffic. Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore is definitely worth a visit.
I would also recommend spending some time at the Porcupine Mountains State Park. There are 2 campgrounds, one north with electric and a rustic one south. We will be camping at the south park this summer. I prefer the hiking trails at that end of the park. It's a huge park with many spots to hike.
The Houghton/Hancock area in the Keweenaw Peninsula is also a great area. There are a couple of campgrounds right in both towns worth checking out.
I stayed at a nice private campground 2 years ago just south of Munising. It had full hookups. I forgot the name but I can look it up if you are interested.
Some of the pieces and parts for the plumbing connections are standard residential fittings. Make a trip to Lowe's or Home Depot, taking with you what you need to replace.
Did that - no luck. The Home Depot guy told me to go to the RV store. This is a $5 to $10 part and nobody has it.
I just noticed the water connection on the outside of my trailer has a slow leak which causes the water pump to kick on about once per minute. I removed the fitting and noticed the body was bent and the inner O-ring cracked. This fitting is only 3 years old and never used. Here'e the best part - I cannot find a replacement. I tried Camping World, 2 local RV stores, and several hardware stores. Anybody know where to look next for a replacement part?