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RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

Yes, Dodge and Island Lakes (connected by a short smaller boat-able channel) has a good public launching ramp too on the south shore of Dodge Lake.
travelnutz 06/19/19 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

YES, the U.P. is a lot bigger than most realize and very spread out places with only around 300,000 population compared to the L.P. which has 9,650,000 population with 90+% of them living in the southern half of the L.P. Michigan has thousands of campgrounds with a total of over 300,000 campsites per the DNR and has more than 11,000 inland lakes larger than 5 acres in size and over 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shorelines on 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. Bet you can't guess why we won't ever move away and have lived here on the Lake Michigan Lakeshore so happily for all of our 77+ years.
travelnutz 06/18/19 09:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

Some other possibilities: Did you check Indian Lake SP a couple miles west of Manistique. Nice place. Lots to do in the area and see, like Kitch-iti-kipi Spring SP about ~12 miles away and lots of fishing lakes in the area with having a canoe type boat too. Drive down the Garden Peninsula for a day trip to Fayette Historic SP and Snail Shell Harbor. A restored iron smelting large park that also has a SP CG within walking distance of the historic part. The CG is adequate but not prime like the fancy LP CG's but it has electric and restroom/showers. Could even stay a couple days there if desired. Lots to see there. We have been there many times with an RV or our large sailboat or our cabin cruiser by water from Grand Haven, MI. We are "travelnutz" and for over 55 years now whether by RV/land, Water or Cruise ship 16 times, or even by air when a must like for Hawaii or across the Atlantic. Yes, drove to Alaska a few time too and also flew and cruised there 4 times too. So many places yet or again to go but so little time because we are old farts now but that's not going to stops us, just slow us down a little.
travelnutz 06/18/19 09:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

OP, we go up to Tahquamenon Falls State Park for the last 57 years starting from home usually by October 1st for the brilliant colored leaf peeping and usually to Muskallonge State Park for a couple days too as we RV. Gorgeous trip every year. Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the Upper CG (Hemlock) at the lower falls is open and kept plowed with electric on for RV's year around. The Lower CG (Portage - our favorite), Rivermouth and Muskallonge CG's closes down on October 11th to the 14th each year. The falls and the parking lots, both Upper and lower, with some of the amenities are open for use year around. We have been there with an RV in Jan and Feb a few times in the past.
travelnutz 06/17/19 10:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

Distance from Gogebic State Park to Ontonagon is 44 miles and takes 50 minutes of travel each way at the speed limits. Heck, going all the way west to Ironwood on US-2 would be closer and 7 minutes less each way than going to Ontonagon and Ironwood is a lot larger city than Ontonagon.
travelnutz 06/17/19 09:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

Quite desolate around Lake Gogebic and when we were there, basically no commercial businesses within maybe 15 miles. Nearest laundromat either Watersmeet or Wakefield both over 30 miles drive in opposite directions. A real grocery store is at Wakefield and a very small one at Wattersmeet. Didn't see one on M-28 north side of Lake Gogebic when there as from there it's closer to Wakefield but a farther drive from the stat park than via US-2. Lots of smaller lakes for fishing or canoe type boat south of US-2 a little southwest of Wattersmeet. Lake Gogebic is very large and can get way to rough for canoe fishing real quick. All depends on wind direction and wind speed.
travelnutz 06/17/19 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spend 400 bucks for dual alternators on new Ram build?

The thread OP is from/living in the Midwest where solar is very iffy at best and there's trees everywhere too which virtually block out the sun's rays anyway. Note that the promotors of solar are from the desert/bleak/virtually treeless areas of North America. We know the difference as that's where we live in the Midwest also and very smartly opted for dual alternators on our ordered diesel truck and been so happy we did. Remember that the alternator works equally fast in recharging in any area/location you might be in unlike with iffy solar. Alternators are not affected by cold, altitude, clouds or trees, rain or snow, and is very fast and dependable. It's not only the fact that the dual alternators will quickly when at engine idle recharge all the batteries (2 in the truck and 3 group 31 batteries for the Lance TC with its 1500 watt inverter or our Carriage 5th wheel with 5 same batteries in it and 2 more in the bed of the truck for powering the 5th wheel with its 2500 watt inverter). Even if in direct sun for 12 ours a day everyday, solar would be about like using a candle to heat a home in zero degree weather. Basically useless! The additional plus is that having dual alternators and buying the extra serpentine single alternator belt stored under the seat means even if an alternator fails, you simply change belts and are good to go with the other alternator. A real game changer! $400 seems a very high price for a second alternator as ours was well less than half of that cost.
travelnutz 06/13/19 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: lost my co pilot

So sorry to hear that! Much very deep sympathy from us. Cancer is certainly not a friend at all as I'm a cancer survivor myself for 9+ years now and maybe I'm just lucky. We are both over 77 now and we do cherish every day together and all the wonderful memories. We are and have been a married fine tuned team for nearly 58 wonderful years together now and don't want it to end ever! The happy memories together are so important and will last forever...
travelnutz 06/11/19 11:42am Around the Campfire
RE: OH Happy Day... for now..... only 2 cents apart

Gas and diesel has been see-sawing with each other for many months here in on the West Michigan Lakeshore where we live. Lowest price we've seen for gas was $2.57 and diesel was $2.61. Both were in the $2.80's this morning. Seems the price changes everyday either up or down a few cents. When the price of each is the same, Diesel has a big advantage in cost/mile of driving as diesel has 12% more energy in it per gallon etc and that alone with the diesel price at $2.80/gal equates to the price of gas needing to be $3.14/galt o drive the same distance (miles) with both comparable vehicles. Then the fact that a diesel engine runs at a much lower RPM's than a comparable size gas engine, we experience an honest roughly 30% to 35% less fuel consumed in our diesel engine vs our gas engine truck. Especially when towing or hauling heavy. Had the very same heavy Lance truck camper on both our gas truck and our diesel truck and we seen the difference constantly on the many trips driven. Until last year when we finally stopped keeping a log book, The diesel truck consistently got between 1.36 to 1.55 higher MPG than the gas trucks whether towing our 5th wheel or with the Lance on over a total of more than 470,000 miles driven with the trucks.
travelnutz 06/04/19 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Midwest flooding andinto Michigan

down home, You are the thread's OP. We owned 4 side by side parcels high and dry with a total of 4.3 acres since 1987 with 2 being on a lake between Pentwater and Ludington inland from Lake Michigan approx 9 miles in the 532,000 acre Manistee National Forest. Just 2 years ago sold 2 of them and are completing the sale of the 3rd next week, (the closing). One is left to keep as we are over 77 years old and maintaining 4 was getting to be too much for us. 2 are bare land with RV pads, one with electric and the other 2 of the 4 have a joint deep well, full approved septic in, and 100 amp split (220 v) electric service on each with a finished pad for our one 5th wheel and the other for family to use with an RV. One lot has an Amish built "storage barn" 10 X 20 foot with a 3/4" pressure treated plywood floor on a 4 X 6 pressure treated framing and pressure treated sidewalls and shingled roof. Kept our snowmobiles and motorcycle dirt bikes in it plus whatever. Property taxes total per year were $422 for all 4 parcels. Total yearly property taxes we pay and we don't get the homestead exemption there either. I sure don't think that is high taxes! Yes, we live in West Michigan on the lakeshore just outside of Grand Haven city limits and have a very nice 2800 sq ft walkout ranch home here we built years ago with an oversized 2 stall attached garage on a very large high and dry sand soil lot. Have my 32 X 36 foot finished off to match the home "toy Barn" with full electric behind on our property. Has a 6" thick concrete floor with a 6 foot wide apron across the front and has a 14" wide X 12' 6" high front door with 12' 6" high ceiling inside the building. Our total yearly property taxes taxes sure are not high at all here either for what we have and the great location. Yes, we do get the homestead exemption ammount just like everyone else does. I'm confused by why your taxes are so high in Michigan? However, I don't know much about Coldwater area and only been thru there maybe 6 times on US-12 but didn't stop. We have owned 4 other additional properties in West Michigan also and the property taxes were not high including on our condo property owned for 21 years with a 35' dock on the Grand River for our 34' Catalina sailboat we had.
travelnutz 05/31/19 08:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Midwest flooding andinto Michigan

That's one of and a big reason we have lived for 77+ years and will always live in West Michigan on the lakeshore. It's simply wonderful!!!
travelnutz 05/30/19 12:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Midwest flooding andinto Michigan

Yes, Lake Michigan is high presently as are all the Great Lakes from all the colder than normal wet weather we've had this year so far. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are connected by the 5 mile wide Straits between the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula in Michigan and thus have the same water levels. Being high levels is probably not what you think of high meaning like in the Southern US or around the Mississippi or Missouri river drainage lands that really flood deep. Max water level variation of Lake Michigan/Lake Huron 44,000+ square miles surface over the last more than 100 years of record keeping has been a total of only 6.4 feet. Doesn't have much affect on the land inland as it is so many feet higher. Here we call 3-4 foot lake levels variations over the maybe 10 years it takes to do just the normal occurring around 20 year lake levels no big deal and expected The 5 Great Lakes drain into the Atlantic Ocean after 4 of the 5 lake's waters going over the Niagara Falls and then join Lake Ontario's waters going on out thru the St Lawrence River in southern Canada a little north Of Maine. The Niagara Falls amount of water going over them greatly increases with higher lake levels as that is nature's natural spillway. The Great Lakes are huge and deep (up to 1,333 feet deep and have an 94,250 sq miles of water surface at average water levels. If a state they would be the 11th largest state and about the same size of the entire state of Oregon in surface alone and contain over 20% of all the planet's potable unsalted water. They are called the Inland Seas for a reason and even have 1000+ foot ships running around on them. Also have over 6,000 ships that have sunk to the bottom in them and ~30,000 drowned crew and passengers. No tides like the Oceans but have had up to 35 to 50 foot high waves in strong storms. We live on the Lake Michigan shore about 75 miles north of Berrien Springs which is inland about ~20 miles inland from Lake Michigan on the St Joseph River. Wet lowlands near the river but not really flooded like happens usually during the early Spring snow melt or maverick very warm periods earlier in the year. My wife's family had settled in the Berrien Springs to Dowagiac area when they came over from Germany in the mid 1870's and many still live in the area so we get/go to visit them at times and know the farming, orchards, and vineyards/wine area.
travelnutz 05/30/19 11:12am Around the Campfire
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Perfect fit! A loser and a loser unite to make both be bigger losers. Then they will both disappear and life will still go on and for the better.
travelnutz 05/28/19 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What!

The American Flag is the true symbol of our entire nation and should be flown in all locations without regard to size or how high it's flown above the ground on any land owned as wanted to be by the land owners or approval thereof and/or also on public/municipal owned land in our nation. The only restriction that should ever be applied is that it be flown safely and properly in regards to American Flag Etiquette. NO other restrictions can ever allowed, PERIOD!
travelnutz 05/22/19 07:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Ford aluminum body reduces repair cost

I have news for you! My ordered new 2004 Chevy 2500 Duramax crew cab 4X4 long box red truck is now 15 years old, has well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and We live in Michigan where they always use salt on the roads in winter and have for my entire 77 years living here. The truck has never been garaged even one day of it's life. Sits outside on our wide (14' wide at the road widening to 36' wide) northside driveway always that goes back thru the gate to my toy barn/workshop. The home garage is on the south side of the home and is for our other vehicles. Our truck does NOT have a speck of rust on it anywhere and has original paint which is still very bright and shiny and no paint peeling either. The truck still looks new as there's no dents or rust on the chrome either. That's one reason we still keep it along with the only repairs ever needed or done was replace the front brake pads, replace the fuel pressure sensor, and so far replace 2 burned out light bulbs. The truck was bought for hauling our RV's and that's all it's ever done too for 15 years so far. We have other vehicles for our other transportation uses. GM trucks have 2 sided G-60 galvanized exterior steel body panels with some later years aluminum panels being used also. Rust in 10 years on GM trucks is totally bull unless it has been in accidents and been improperly repaired. Ours is already 15 years old and is rust free just like about all the GM trucks you'll see around here at that age or even older. Not so with either other truck brands and especially Dodge/Ram as at 6+ years old they have lots of rust especially on doors and/or fenders around the wheels and the tailgates/beds also.
travelnutz 05/21/19 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best onboard airbags for Duramax

I have Air Lift Systems airbags with the onboard compressor on our Chev 2500 Duramax crew cab long box 4X4 truck and simply love it. Had 2 GM trucks since 1993 and one Ford truck (ill-fated 6.0 diesel that quickly went bye bye) with the Air Lift system on them and never had an air leak or issue yet. The first was on our 1993 Chev 2500 5.7 engine ext cab 4X4 long box and as of last fall (2018) the asparagus farmer friend I had sold it to in 2004 with 168K said the airbag system is still working fine yet. Truck now has over 460K on it and is really beat up now as we see the truck often being land owned neighbors. Still is used for his farm work/hauling stuff etc.
travelnutz 05/18/19 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Flannel

Maybe you can understand why we love the wonderful West Michigan Lakeshore living so much. Just for whether alone: Average in the coldest months on the Lakeshore is Jan/Feb with 20 for a low and 33 for the high and in summer July/August it's 81 for the high and 60 for the low. Cooler in Winter and warmer in Summer, where Deb and Ed live which is inland around 50 miles to the east. Cooler Springs at the Lakeshore and we have very warm Falls until usually in December thanks to huge now warm Lake Michigan air blowing over us until in January. The shipping season on the Great Lakes including Lake Superior doesn't end until the second week in January and opens again in the 1st or second week of April when all the harbors are ice free. Season is open 9 months of the year or more. I'd rather stay here in our home on the Lake Michigan Lakeshore during the winter but my wife is disabled and needs to avoid slipping and falling on any ice or snow for about 2 to 2-1/2 months in the worst of winter as we are outdoor people so much. Besides, we have several family members on both sides living in Florida and we get to visit them when there and they often come to Michigan in the summer like so many Floridians do in the summer to escape the horrid temps and humidity down there.
travelnutz 05/17/19 09:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Flannel

Quote- (the weird thing is how the humidity affects one's perception of "cold", since you're obviously living where it's dry. I would rather be in Michigan in -10 degree (zero humidity) weather, than in damp 50-degree weather in Florida, which feels "cold" to me....LOL!) How well we know and agree with Deb's statement as we had a winter location in Florida for about 2 weeks to 3 months (both northern and southern Florida including the Keys for over 50 years) so far and the high humidity makes even 70 degrees in Florida feel chilly to cold while it feels like swim suit temps in Michigan. WE KNOW! No one goes outside by choice in 50 degrees in Florida and 40 is bitter feeling but in Michigan it's just a simple sweater or sweatshirt temps and be outside having fun. It hit 26 degrees 2 nights at our RV CG this winter and got to a whopping 48 degrees high daytime and not a soul was outside their RV's except the park owner for maybe half an hour to get the mail and check the bathrooms etc. Always on his golf cart (with a full front window as it rains heavy so much most months of the year) in his boots and snowmobile suit and bound tight hood that he used in Gulf of Alaska spring and fall on his big commercial fishing boat and also when at his Grand Marais, MN (on the Canada border) winter home for snowmobiling in winter. He said it was warmer feeling back in Grand Marais at well below zero F than here in Florida at below 40F. He said the Florida cold chills him to the bone and takes hours to get warm again. We have experienced this too. Wet cold is so bitter! Not snarky as it's the truth about the Ed comment and HE made it, not me!
travelnutz 05/17/19 08:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Flannel

Sounds like Ed M is the smarter one of the 4!
travelnutz 05/17/19 05:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Camping in the upper Peninsula of Michigan.

I think the mine was in Hancock Mi which is north of Houghton right across the lift bridge.
travelnutz 05/15/19 05:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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