Not many sites available? Hmmm, not quite what "Da Yooper" had posted!
Exactly the type of post that keep me from posting much on these forums. The DNR report is at 84% as of today, and I listed other nearby options showing the OP the ability to get a decent site nearby if Tahq didn't work out.
I love folks that knock others post from the comfort of their keyboard.
The Michigan DNR site shows Tahquamenon at %80 booked for Labor Day weekend, I would be very surprised if it were to sell out. Other state parks nearby, Brimley is at %70 and Muskallonge is only %44.
Another place to visit if your in an adventurous mood is Crisp Point Lighthouse, by using county road 500 west of the upper falls parking area (don't follow a GPS and have fuel). We will be camping and taking care of this gem the Mon-Fri before Labor Day.
Makes me slightly worried on what to expect with our first fifth wheel we picked up this week. My dealer didn't install the wedge or remove the lockout bolts and I didn't realize it wasn't setup properly and was surprised how close the trailer came to the cab of the truck when I pulled into the storage yard. Luckily I didn't hit.
I moved the wedge pack today and will tow later in the week. I kept the 15/16 wrench in the basement, so if I need to remove the wedge and re install I can.
I avoid the Detroit crossing and use Sarnia instead.
The downfalls of Detroit include the Ambassador bridge, sometimes clogged with truck traffic, leaving only one lane for cars/rv's and getting to it on Huron Church is a pain while in a car, let alone when towing.
The Bluewater has three full lanes and while it may be a few miles/km's further it's not through metro Detroit and 402 goes right to the bridge. I haven't been on interstate 69 since Feb, so I'm not certain on construction but it's not traveled by as much traffic as the interstates around here.
I've checked out the Black Max gen sets at Sams but only for home use. I can't imagine using it in a campground, I'll keep my EU2000 for that. The Honda EU's are the quiet ones (along with Yamaha's version)
We just went through this process, and ended up with a 5er which I really didn't want when we went shopping as I really like to use the bed of my truck and thought I couldn't live without it.
We were moving up from a 10 year old, no slide, light weight travel trailer bunkhouse and haven't had kids with us for the last 3 seasons, so it was time to get something with two slides and set up for a couple. After shopping it was easy to fall into the fifth wheel, since it seems like so much more trailer with better towing characteristics.
Our original thought was move up to a nicer TT now then to a 5er in 6 years when I retire. After thinking about it, this idea was just bad all around since we would loose a lot of valuation in the TT and interest rates can't stay this low forever.
Yes, we may be spending $5000 more, like you for the 5er but with interest rates low and not wanting to have to sell and go through this process again down the road in a short 5-6 years, we went with a triple slide 32 RE, so we will be comfortable for some years to come, as I don't see us needing to move up.
I only needed the standard hitch, since the Shasta has the Reese Revolution (Sidewinder) hitch and is set up for short beds, so the new Equalizer brand hitch for a heavier TT would be within a $100 or so of the new 5er hitch. Of course I'm looking at a Trailer Saver hitch down the road if it beats us up towing down the road.
Were looking forward to getting into it this week and hopefully sneak a night of camping out of it next.
We're in the process of purchasing a Shasta Phoenix 32RE, which has the hookups for a washer/dryer in the bedroom and is considered a mid profile.
Being new to fifth wheels, I have no idea what type of washer/dryer would fit in that space besides a combo unit.