Yearly Archives: 2017

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Spartan Motors ~ Charlotte, Michigan

We arrived at Spartan about 9 AM on Thursday the 7th of September. Chris McChord and our assigned mechanic, Joe Bullen were waiting for us. We’ve been to Spartan before and knew the procedure, they provide electric and water sites next door and they take your coach in for service and return it around 4 PM. Our goal was to have an Exhaust Recall looked at, the coach weighed, the transmission serviced and their “Chassis Inspection” completed. The recall was resolved without issue. They inspected our chassis, and then took us under the coach to show us the various things […]

Finn Road Park ~ Essexville, Michigan

We had planned to spend a week at the Finn Road Park, however, much to our surprise, we received a phone call just after checking in from Spartan Motors in Charlotte, Michigan. We had been attempting to have our coach serviced at Spartan (the OEM of our chassis), however, they seemed to be extremely busy. I had called in early May for an appointment in September and they were booked up. They offered to put me on a cancellation list, and they had a cancellation. The kind folks at Finn Road Park, allowed us to shorten our stay without a […]

SnapPad Jack Pads ~ A better solution?

We have not enjoyed the process of collecting various wooden blocks to serve as “Jack Pads” for our 41,260-pound coach. We had various versions and we have explored the possibility of purchasing many different conventional plastic/rubber jack pads. While searching, I stumbled across a SnapPad advertisement about a year ago and I liked the idea of a one-time installation and no more crawling around on your hands and knees trying to align the jack pad to the jack. However, after researching I learned that they did not make their SnapPad product for our motorhome. Then in early July of this […]

Lakeshore Park Campground ~ St Ignace, Michigan

We departed Aune-Osborn for the short drive to the Lakeshore Park in St Ignace, Michigan. The Lakeshore campground is located on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, about a mile west of the Mackinac Bridge.  We had a $35.00 per night, pull-in site with full hookups and a view of Lake Michigan and Mackinac Bridge.     We decided to try and visit the Pictured Rocks again and we spent a day at Mackinac Island. It was an excellent campground with friendly and helpful staff. We spent a week at Lakeshore Park before crossing the Mackinac Bridge and reporting for […]

Aune-Osborn Campground ~ Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

We arrived at Sault St Marie, Michigan a little later than planned due to our “door” experience. We are members of the Arcadia, Florida ELKS lodge, and in May we contacted the Elks Lodge in Sault St Marie about utilizing their camping area along the waters of the St Mary’s River in Sault St Marie. They informed us it was first-come-first-serve, Elks members only. So we planned on arriving early enough to snag one of the four sites. When we arrived we were surprised to learn that they now take reservations, they were booked up and they now allow anyone to […]

Marquette Tourist Park Campground ~ Marquette, Michigan

From Lake Fanny Hooe we headed south to the town of Marquette and stayed at the city operated Marquette Tourist Park Campground arriving on the 1st of August and departing on the 4th. It was a satisfactory campsite and at $35 a night for 50 amp full hookup, it was reasonable for the Upper Penisula. Draft Our plan was to stay here while visiting the Pictured Rocks. However, after scheduling our Pictured Rock cruise and having it canceled due to high winds on the lake, we postponed our Pictured Rock tour till later. We did enjoy our visit to the […]

Our Door and the Wind

So today, 4 August, while driving east out of Marquette, Michigan on Route 28, (Coordinates 46°26’08.4″N 86°49’19.4″W) the wind was gusting fairly strong out of the north across the Gitche Gumee, often putting a heavy spray of water onto Route 28. The gusts were maybe 40-50 mph and we were about 40 miles east of Marquette along one particularly narrow stretch of roadway right along the water. Imagine my surprise when I look at my passenger side camera and notice our second from the front, basement door on the passenger-side (the largest one) is standing wide open. I’m driving 55mph […]

Lake Fanny Hooe Resort and Campground ~ Copper Harbor, Michigan

From Stannard Township Park we drove north on to the Keweenaw Peninsula to the northern town of Copper Harbor and the Lake Fanny Hooe Campground. The area was green and the weather was relatively cool for July. As one would expect the area does get a great deal of snow with a “snow thermometer”  indicating the most snow in the area occurred in the Winter of 1978-79 with 390.4 inches of snow! That’s over 32.5 feet of snow!    Below is a clipping of a Google map showing the location of Copper Harbor. Location of Copper Harbor. We thought we’d booked […]

Kreher RV Park ~ Ashland, Wisconsin

The Kreher RV Park is a nice 31 site city-operated RV campground, although, as with many of the northern campgrounds it does not have sewer at the site, only a dump station. It is also a first-come-first-serve campground, with many multi-month residents who take the water view sites early in the camping season.  We stayed there from 20 to 27 July 2017. It has a small park with playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. No laundry, however, a nice public laundromat is about a half mile away. We enjoyed our time there in spite of the adjacent SUPERFUND cleanup site. We learned about […]