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RE: RV Site UP Michigan - Finger Lakes

Your comment about Finger Lakes was confusing to me; I looked it up and, amazingly, there is a tiny lake called Finger Lake in Ottawa NF near Watersmeet. Coincidence? Or did you get a little scrambled between MI and NY? I grew up in MI, and we moved to OK 30 years ago. Along Lake Superior it can get quite chilly in June (heck, sometimes it's chilly in July!) from all that cold water. Farther inland it is warmer. Just figure on moving to a part that suits you for temps, because it can vary from day to day. Mosquitos can be thicker in June, too, but not usually so bad as to drive you out. Biting black flies along the shore are unpredictable and in pockets; if you hit a spot where they are, often you can go 15-20 miles down the road to escape them. I have enjoyed the west unit CG of Porcupine Mountains SP, where one can walk a trail along one bank of the river, cross a bridge, and walk back along the other side; there are 3 waterfalls along the way. The east unit has a great view up high of Lake of the Clouds down below. A bit to the east of that, Ontonagon has a nice municipal CG on the shore, too. McLain SP certainly is nice, if you can get a campsite. It's pretty busy. It's nice to bike or walk around the CG and then down to the south end of the park where there is (or was?) an ice cream shop. The drive along M-26 north to Copper Harbor is scenic, and I think people are welcome inside the monastery at Eagle River. If you like raspberries, see if you can pick up some of the local thimbleberry jam (if any is left from the previous year). Ft. Wilkins SP (as well as Fayette SP along Lk Michigan) have historic buildings and stuff to look at. Personally, I like being up that way around August 1st when the raspberries, thimbleberries, and blueberries are growing wild along the shore area. Speaking of Fayette SP, if you're down that way near Manistique, be sure to stop at Palms Book SP and see the Big Spring. The water is crystal clear, 40 feet deep. Of course, the boat ride along the Pictured Rocks shoreline from Munising is entertaining, but you want to get a sunny day, and preferably take the 'sunset cruise' for best light on the rocks. Tickets are pricey, but it's worth doing one time anyway. I've read that the NF CG west of Munising (Bay Furnace CG) is nice. Farther east, Grand Marais has a nice CG. Also Brimley SP near the Soo. Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point have already been mentioned. If you get as far as St. Ignace, cross the Mackinaw Bridge and do the tourist thing around Mackinaw City; there's a fort and a couple of lighthouses to see, and fudge and trinkets to buy. Be sure to go to the local bakery for the best cinnamon bread ever, and some of their pecan rolls. Yum. A boat ride to Mackinac Island makes a nice day trip, but know that it will be at least 10 degrees cooler on the island as well as on the water, so take coats. If you have bicycles (or want to rent some over there), a ride all the way around the island is great fun (no cars, period).
rexlion 02/12/22 07:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing mileage/capability

A 90s era dodge diesel pickup would tow better and give better mpg. That TT has too much frontal area for a Traverse or similar with v6, based on my experience with a Highlander.
rexlion 01/16/22 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tandem axle vs single

I greatly prefer single axle trailers. My rear tandem tires would pick up so many nails and screws, it was ridiculous. Plus double the cost for tire replacement. I have had blowouts with both types. No big deal either way. No, the trailers were never in danger of tipping.
rexlion 12/26/21 06:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Awning replacement for Scamp 16 in

There is a fiberglassrv dot com forum filled with Scamp owners, and they are very knowledgeable about all things Scamp and Casita. Just a thought in case you don't pick up the info you need here.
rexlion 11/04/21 11:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does Anyone See A Need For a Portable Generator?

Maybe if you felt the need for redundant backup equipment more than you feel the need for the dollars you'd spend? That's the only reason I can think of.
rexlion 11/02/21 10:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TR: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Thanks for the kind words! And Mike, you are exactly right -- there is very little colorful fall foliage in Southern California. So that's why we head out in search of aspen groves during the fall. Maple would be nice, too, but we are three thousand miles away from Vermont!If you can get to NE Iowa or Minnesota, you should be able to see some great autumn colors. Here's a map showing where maple syrup is obtained from maple trees: https://i.imgur.com/wmIRMNyl.jpg width=360 That should cut about a thousand miles off your trip. ;)
rexlion 10/30/21 05:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Who needs bears when those aspens have the two of you "treed"? ;) Nice photos. I shared the link with my sister who can't get out much due to physical and health issues; she loves to see places like this. As nice as the autumn aspens look, I can't help wondering if you like aspens so much because you don't have many sugar maples out your way! :D
rexlion 10/28/21 09:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New class B

One would have to watch that first step when making the late-night trip to the bathroom. Other than that, it looks nice.
rexlion 10/26/21 08:22pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

Interesting result. Thanks.
rexlion 10/21/21 07:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mask use in Mexico Right Now-It's IMPORTANT!

I'm happy to cooperate by staying out of Mexico. It doesn't sound like I'd enjoy it there with things being that way.
rexlion 10/15/21 09:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What now??

May time and love soothe your hurt. Until then, know that it is totally normal and natural to grieve.
rexlion 10/11/21 09:46pm RV Lifestyle
RE: At least I was honest

I wonder what percentage of RV purchasers are influenced (at least partly) by the thought that it would make a good bug-out tool in case the SHTF?
rexlion 10/10/21 01:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newsom signs bill to ban the sell of gas powered generators

I happen to like my battery-powered weed whacker/edge trimmer and my Toro battery-powered self-propelled mower. I bought them because they're quieter and because they don't put out fumes that make my nose run and sneeze. Also I don't have to change the oil in this mower, ever. Based on my current electricity cost, I figure I'm saving about $80/year versus gasoline. I like my corded electric leaf blower, too, for the rare occasions when I need one; no worries about a clogged carb after it sits for 10 months. That said, I highly value the ability and right to make my own choice based on all the info and variables. I'd rather not have some small group of people mandate my choice and take the decision away from me. Perhaps more people should read Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Since California will have this law, perhaps generator rental places will spring up just across the state line. A new business model, perhaps? Campers can pick up their genny on the way out to their camping destination, and drop it off on the way home, for $50/day plus a hefty deposit. :) Come to think of it, if sales but not rentals are banned within the state, it would be easy enough for the usual shops in CA to "rent" a genny for a deposit sum equal to the normal for-sale price, with the understanding that if the renter never returned the unit, ;) ;) nothing will happen. :B
rexlion 10/10/21 01:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: New motor home blues…

It is not yet 2022, so maybe your MH thinks it doesn't need to work until Jan. 1? ;) If you need a new hose, farm supply places are sometimes equipped to make a hydraulic hose with the proper length, diameter, and fittings.
rexlion 10/09/21 11:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip to Colorado from Minnesota

A trip to CO a "few weeks" from now means you'll be driving in the lower plains east of the mountains, as others have said. You'll be able to see some snowy peaks, most likely. It's not the same as being in the mountains, but it should be pretty.
rexlion 10/09/21 11:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Request Prayers

I have prayed for both of you. May your health and well-being be restored. Unless your wife has been incapacitated mentally by the fall, IMO respect her wishes. Hospitals are not without their risks. An adult should be free to decide what level of care she will have, barring incapacity of course. Making one's own decisions and having autonomy contributes greatly to an adult's quality of life, and quality of life generally trumps quantity (for example, who wouldn't prefer 1 year of freedom over 20 in the slammer?).
rexlion 10/08/21 07:24pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: simple laptop solution for RV travel

Chromebooks (and the other brands who offer similar) have no hard drive and use online "cloud" storage of all files. If that's ok for you, fine. I prefer having a hard drive to store my photos, documents and such on my own computer. Last November (around Nov. 10) I spotted an early black friday deal at Walmart for a Lenovo Ideapad 3 laptop for $149, so I grabbed one. It's basic with not a lot of memory, but it does fine for me. I even challenged myself by making it a dual boot system with Linux Mint on a USB thumb drive, just to see if I could.
rexlion 10/03/21 02:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nowhere to go

Plenty of open sites in Oklahoma. October weather here is mostly nice. Come for a visit!
rexlion 10/01/21 05:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campfire Breakfast

How was it with the hot tea and coffee cooked in it?You beat me to it! :D
rexlion 10/01/21 05:14pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Looking into getting first TT

Previous posters are correct. If you want a 3 row SUV, get a popup trailer (sleeps 6 easily enough) or a hybrid (pop-out bunks). Keep in mind that the goal is to get out there and enjoy the outdoors together as a family; anything that enables you to do that will let you build the memories. Even a whopping big tent will do that. Think of whatever you pick out as, primarily, a bedroom on wheels. If you're looking for a complete house away from home, you are likely to be disappointed no matter what you buy, because (1) the quality isn't there and (2) it's going to be crowded as heck inside that trailer.
rexlion 09/22/21 05:32pm Travel Trailers
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